Sunday 17 December 2017

Body found in search

A BODY has been discovered in a midlands area where a massive search for a missing man was under way.

Hundreds of people in Borris-in-Ossory spent hours combing rural areas around the Co Laois village yesterday searching for Shane Finan (20) who had been missing since Thursday. It is understood a body was discovered late yesterday evening, and it was believed to be that of the missing man.


AN Irishman has been arrested on suspicion of boarding the Costa Concordia wreck to search for souvenirs.

The unnamed 25-year-old was arrested with three others. The men worked for Titan, a salvage company hired to raise the ship which capsized off the coast of Italy two years ago killing 32.

It is believed they boarded the ship late on Thursday night without the company's permission.


A life-saving transport service for sick newborns or very premature babies currently operating only during "office hours" will become available around the clock later this month.

The specially equipped ambulance with trained staff, which takes babies born in maternity units around the country to specialist units in larger hospitals, is only available on a 9am-5pm basis.


THE son of Jackie Lavin, the partner of former TV 'The Apprentice' boss Bill Cullen, has filed for bankruptcy in Britain.

Gary Lavin (42), has applied to the High Court of Justice in London for bankruptcy but will be discharged of his personal debts in October next year under the UK's more lenient personal insolvency laws.


ROAD bosses have purchased more than 200,000 tonnes of salt to treat the roads over the long winter.

The salt is in storage in more than 100 depots across the country, and keeping the country's 100,000km of road ice-free is expected to cost some €7m.


EXPLOSIVE science shows, archaeology digs, free movie screenings and interactive exhibitions are taking place across the country this week as part of Science Foundation Ireland's Science Week.

It is a collaboration of events run by colleges, schools, libraries, teachers, researchers and students throughout the country. For further information on events, visit

Irish Independent

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