Friday 19 January 2018

Eight still held for questioning after gardai raid to foil suspected extortion

Gardai were last night still questioning eight men, aged in their 20s to 50s, arrested on Friday in a swoop on an office in west Dublin where it is suspected that an attempt was being made to extort money from a businessman.

A loaded handgun was recovered. Yesterday morning gardai raided a further 10 homes of suspected members of what they believe is a newly formed dissident Republican group. It is believed to have taken over the extortion rackets formerly run by the Dublin Real IRA figure, Alan Ryan, who was shot dead last September.

Water restrictions remain in place

Water restrictions will continue in Dublin this weekend in spite of water levels at a key reservoir improving yesterday.

Householders and businesses in Dublin may find weak pressure at night from their taps or, in some cases, no water supply from 10pm to 9am.

Inquest into Katy's death postponed

The inquest into the death of model Katy French has been deferred until July. The French family asked for the postponement to allow them to get legal representation.

In February Kieron Ducie and Ann Corcoran, who were with Ms French the night she collapsed, walked free from court after each receiving a suspended sentence.

AdVic raises penal reform concerns

AdVIC, the advocacy group for families of homicide victims, has taken issue with two aspects of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on report on penal reform.

The report recommends that standard remission for prison sentences should be increased from a quarter to a third. "AdVIC does not believe that this should ever be applied to prisoners serving sentences for murder or manslaughter," the group said in a statement.

No winner of €4m Lotto jackpot

TheRE was no winner of last night's €4,079,200 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 5, 11, 12, 17, 42, 44 (bonus 8).

There were three Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25K; 42 Match 5s (€1,819); 11 Match 4+bonus (€162); 2,175 Match 4s (€54); 3,433 Match 3+bonus (€23); and 37,106 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 8, 32, 33, 36, 39 (bonus 11) and the Plus 2 numbers were 11, 12, 14, 15, 35, 37 (bonus 19).

In the UK draw for stg£3.8m the numbers were 8, 15, 24, 40, 43, 45 (bonus 33).

Gardai investigate stabbing incident

GARDAI in Dundalk have sealed off Patrick Street in the town after a man in his 30s received serious injuries in what appeared to have been a stabbing incident.

PSNI probes litter-bin explosion

POLICE are investigating a small explosion in Lurgan, Co Armagh yesterday afternoon. The bomb was placed in a litter bin in an attempt to injure police officers responding to reports of an illegal parade. No officers were injured.

Sinn Fein Education Minister John O'Dowd, who lives in Lurgan, said: "Planting of this device on a busy road on one of the busiest days of the year was callous and stupid."

Police on high alert for Easter march

Police in the North are on a state of high alert as mainstream and dissident republicans march today to commemorate the anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The disclosure that Martin McGuinness's home in Derry was paint bombed earlier this month has added to the tensions surrounding the Easter Rising commemorations. The Deputy First Minister is scheduled to speak at an event in Dublin today.

Genealogy firm resists online records

A genealogy service has said that if the State puts church and family records online it will have "a significant impact" on earnings of family history centres.

The Irish Family History Foundation, which lists Senator Lebras O Murchu as a director, earned income of €1,089,763 for 2012, with profits of €34,161 for the year, according to documents lodged in the Companies Office.

Fairyhouse bets forecast to top €1m

Over €1m is set to be gambled on course at Fairyhouse racecourse meeting tomorrow. Huge crowds are expected at the Meath venue for the historic races meeting which features the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National. Horses owned by the likes of JP McManus and Michael O'Leary will compete but the race often throws up fairytale successes such as last year's 33/1 winner Lion na Bearnai.

Strong interest in dementia event

MORE than 500 people are to attend a conference on dementia care in Ireland, to be held at Dublin's RDS on April 16-17 by the charity Sonas. Among the speakers is Minister of State for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch who is due to reveal details of the Government's dementia strategy.

Documentary to raise 1916 concerns

Serious concerns over the planning process surrounding the site of the 1916 rebellion in Moore Street, Dublin, will be raised in a documentary, Iniuchadh – Oidhreacht na Casca (Legacy of the Easter Rising), tomorrow on TG4 at 8pm.

It comes amidst ongoing controversy over the dereliction of the site, which despite its national monument status, is said to pose a health and safety threat.

Crisps recall after plastic discovery

KP Snacks has issued a product recall after pieces of plastic were found inside packets of crisps. The company put out the warning over some McCoy's multipacks.

New radio series on former President

A new series, Mary Robinson, Talking to John Bowman, will be broadcast over four consecutive nights at 10pm from Tuesday to Friday on RTE Radio 1. The series will feature conversations with the first woman president and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Dublin airport gets 1,700 Easter flights

More than 210,000 passengers using 1,700 flights travelled through Dublin Airport over the Easter weekend. Dublin Airport Authority has advised travellers to get to the terminal 90 minutes before flight departure and to add a further 30 minutes if they are using long-term car parks.

Hardware director leaves €4.6m

George Moore, The Curragh, Co Kildare, a former director of Moore's hardware store in Newbridge, who died on May 13, 2011, has left €4,695,833 in his will.

Other wills: Annie Pierce, of Hainault Road, Foxrock, Co Dublin, left €2,722,418; Alan Pilkington, company director, Whyberg Park, Blackrock, Dublin, €2,230,512; Elizabeth 'Betty' Maher, housewife, Casimir Road, Harold's Cross, Dublin, €1,561,540; Annie Hughes, farmer and horsebreeder, Cuffesgrange, Co Kilkenny, €1,486,883; Catherine Leonard, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin, €1,436,804; Anne Dardis, legal secretary, Tritonville Road, Sanymount, Dublin, €1,384,894 and Christina Philomena Ui Chribin, post mistress and anti-contraceptive campaigner of Santry, Dublin, left €381,326.

The value of wills include property, including the family home and should not be regarded as cash amounts

Irish Independent

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