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Drain murder charge

A YOUNG man has been charged with the murder of a father of six who was shot dead late last year.

Ross Allen (23) of Kilmonaghan Lodge, Clara, Co Offaly, appeared at Portlaoise District Court yesterday charged with murdering Christy Daly (47) at Kilbride in Clara on December 29, 2013. Mr Daly's remains were found in a drain on January 7. A post-mortem showed he had been shot a number of times. Mr Allen was remanded to reappear at Cloverhill District Court on Thursday.


A POST-mortem examination was due to take place yesterday on the body of an elderly pedestrian who died in a traffic collision.

Sr Ronan (Phyllis) Mollin (73), a retired nun from Bridge Road in Portumna, was walking at Clonfert Avenue on Thursday night when she was struck by a car. An ambulance was called, but Sr Mollin was pronounced dead at the scene. Gardai are seeking witnesses to the accident.


POOR weather conditions could mean stargazers lose out on a glimpse of the International Space Station (ISS) as it passes over Ireland this weekend.

The biggest and most expensive spacecraft ever put into orbit around Earth will travel across this island over the next three nights. Every two months it crosses our skies at night time, and can be clearly visible. However, heavy cloud cover is set to cover most of the country tonight, which will ruin most people's chances of spotting the €109bn spacecraft.


FORTY passengers were stranded on a faulty train for four hours before they could be transferred to a bus.

Iarnrod Eireann yesterday said it was not possible for them to walk along the track because of an uneven surface and there was no level-crossing gate close by. Passengers were held up on the 1pm train from Sligo to Dublin, around one and a half miles outside of Collooney.


A MAN wanted in the North in connection with a 1998 murder has had April 28 set for his extradition hearing.

Francis Lanigan, of Pinebrook, Mulhuddart in Dublin, is fighting his extradition to Northern Ireland in the High Court. The 47-year-old was arrested in January last year on foot of an extradition warrant in connection with the murder of John Knocker, who was shot dead in a car park in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, on May 31, 1998.

Irish Independent