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Diaspora Centre plans

A PLANNED Diaspora Centre in Dun Laoghaire Harbour would attract up to one million visitors a year.

That's according to Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, who said he expected a formal application to made later this year for the €50m facility, which will be known as the Irish International Diaspora Centre (IIDC). The visitors' centre, which will be located on the Carlisle Pier, is one of a number of ambitious projects earmarked for the south Co Dublin harbour, including the creation of an urban beach and a major initiative to lure cruise ships into the port.

Durty Nelly's sold

ONE of the country's oldest and most famous pubs – which has attracted Hollywood royalty through its doors – has been sold for "a fraction" of its €12m sale during the property boom.

Two well-known Ennis based businessmen, hotelier Sean Lyne and Noel Connellan, had previously purchased Durty Nelly's pub in Bunratty, Co Clare, from Humphrey O'Connor.

Abuse suspect on run

A CHILD abuse suspect on the run from the authorities in England has been spotted in a rural Co Donegal village.

Police in Bolton yesterday issued a picture of Martin Begley, who is wanted for questioning about indecent assaults on a girl in the Lancashire town. The 46-year-old is wanted after a girl was sexually assaulted a number of times between January 2007 and November 2008. Residents say Begley had been living until recent days near St Johnston in east Donegal.

Rape investigation

Gardai are investigating claims that a woman was raped after she got into a car on her way home in Dublin. The woman told gardai she had fallen asleep on a bus travelling out of the city and woke up at the next stop at Baldoyle, north Co Dublin.

After the bus had left, the woman said she was attacked by a man while in his car.

The incident took place last week but gardai said last night that their inquiries into the allegations were continuing. They have ruled out earlier suggestions that the man had been armed with a gun. The woman was later treated at the sexual assault unit in the Rotunda Hospital.

Irish Independent