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Cross-border human trafficking probe finds 12-year-old Nigerian in house

POLICE investigating a people-trafficking network found a 12-year-old Nigerian girl at a house in a plush Dublin suburb yesterday.

The girl who was found in a house in Castleknock was taken into the care of the HSE. One man has been charged in Northern Ireland in connection with the cross-border inquiry. The 51-year-old faces six counts of helping unlawful immigration and is to appear in court on Tuesday morning. He was arrested along with another man in his late 30s following PSNI raids on two houses in Lisburn on Thursday. The searches led detectives to contact the Garda National Immigration Bureau, which launched follow-up searches.

Garda cars in 'bugging device' scare

GARDA cars, including unmarked cars used by detectives, were checked for bugging devices last week after a mechanic who services garda vehicles was found with surveillance equipment.

Senior Garda sources said the man had a minor criminal record. They said that he had no known subversive links although this had been initially feared.

Marchers protest cancer service move

PROTESTERS marched from Rathmines in Dublin to the centre of the city yesterday in a rally against the closure of cancer services at St Luke's public hospital.

The Save St Luke's campaigners are trying to prevent the services from being transferred to St James's hospital. They voiced disappointment in their local TDs, Environment Minister John Gormley and Fianna Fail's Chris Andrews, who did not support the march.

Drew stronger since recent treatment

Singer Ronnie Drew, who was admitted to hospital with a health scare last week, is much stronger, friends say.

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The 73-year-old founder of the Dubliners has been battling throat cancer for the last two years. His return to hospital may have been linked to dehydration which left him a little weak but he later rallied, say friends.

No winner of €10.1m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €10.1m Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 4, 9, 13, 26, 32, 45 (bonus 28) and Wednesday's jackpot is now heading for €12m.

There were 3 Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25K; 93 Match 5s (€1,405), 201 Match 4+bonus (€163); 4,059 Match 4s (€50); 5,296 Match 3+bonus (€25) and 65,090 Match 3 (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 19, 28, 37, 38, 42, 43 (bonus 24). The Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 2, 5, 25, 30, 39, 40 (bonus 27).

And in the UK draw for stg£4.3m, the numbers were 5, 9, 14, 37, 38, 44 (bonus 42).

Youth centres' funding drying up

A drying-up of Peace II cross-border funding is threatening a shut-down of youth facilities in several towns in the Republic. The pay-out of cash from the Fund to Youth Federation projects is to end on June 30 next, and staff employed at a number of centres were given protective notice this weekend.

Rolling Stone's art coming to Dublin

Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, who has a stud farm in Co Kildare and is currently one of the world's most collected artists, will unveil his new Paint it Black series at Gallery Number One, 1 Castle Street, Dublin, on June 19.

The show features original artwork and limited edition screenprints. The collection includes portraits of the Rolling Stones and also work from his Jazz & Blues series.

Gardai appeal for help to find senior

Gardai at Cabra are seeking assistance from the public in tracing the whereabouts of 74-year-old John Byrne, who has been missing since 11am last Friday.

John is 6ft in height, of average build and a tanned complexion. When last seen, he was wearing a blue and white striped shirt, dark jacket and navy pants. John was last seen in the Chapelizod area heading to Palmerstown. Please contact the gardai at Cabra on (01) 666-7400.

Niall Quinn's aunt re-elected mayor

An aunt of former Ireland soccer star Niall Quinn has been elected Mayor of Thurles for the second time.

She is Councillor Mae Quinn, a teacher at Ursuline Convent, Thurles. Niall Quinn's parents, Billy and Mary Quinn, are both from Thurles.

Coast-to-coast walk recalls famine

A coast-to-coast walk of Ireland in aid of the Dublin Simon Community will retrace the footsteps of four Irishmen who fled the famine by walking from Newport to Dublin and a boat to America.

The 303-kilometre walk will be led by writer John Mulligan from September 6 to 15. Those interested in joining the charity walk can find out more from www.dubsimon.ie.

Ayur Veda expert to give public talk

Ayur Veda specialist Dr Donn Brennan will give an introductory talk on the system of preventative medicine at the Carmelite Community Church on Whitefriar St Dublin, at 7.30pm on Tuesday, June 10. Admission €10.

Retired director leaves €6.1m

Dermot Hickey, retired company director, Brighton Road, Foxrock, Dublin, who died on September 25, 2007, left an estate valued at €6,149,799 nett.

Other estates included: Sean Fitzpatrick, farmer, Dublin Rd, Ballinagh, Co Cavan, €4,737,345; Thomas (Barry) O'Sullivan, farmer, Fortwilliam, Douglas, Cork, €3,574,904; Denis Murray, victualler, Main St, Macroom, Co Cork, €2,552,858; Denis Burke, builder, Hearse Rd, Donabate, Co Dublin, €2,292,989; Patricia Werner, Kilteagh Drive, Foxrock, €2,124,537; Aidan McGennis, doctor, Clontarf, Dublin, €2,006,437; Pamela Acton, cook, Commons, Rathoath, Co Meath, €1,732,455; Margaret Gibbons, nurse, Killiney, Dublin, €1,431,610; Moya Scraggs, Greystones, Co Wicklow, €1,189,532; Francis (William) Downes, insurance broker, Glasnevin Ave, Dublin, €1,026,201; Eileen Hughes, Dalkey, Dublin, €957,568; Barbara Ryan, Templeroan Green, Templeogue, Dublin, €948,141; Josephine Hughes, Glasnevin, Dublin, €932,830; Mary Kenny, farmer, Ballykealy, Durrow, Co Laois, €921,861.

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