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English priest on family visit killed in collision involving car and tractor

A priest visiting relatives in Ireland died on Friday after a collision involving his car and a tractor and trailer.

Fr Edward Murphy, from Cambridge, died after the crash on the M9 motorway in Kilkenny. The incident happened at 3.30pm and Fr Murphy was the driver and only occupant of the car.

Escape only noticed after four hours

THE garda killer who escaped from an open prison in Cavan on Thursday was missing for more than four hours before the authorities noticed he was gone.

Martin McDermott was last seen by prison authorities at Loughan House at 12.30pm but wasn't reported missing until 4.45pm. He was serving seven years for manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin. McDermott was rearrested in Derry yesterday and charged with assaulting three PSNI officers, disorderly behaviour and criminal damage. He was refused bail and shouted obscenities as he was led from the dock. He was summoned back to the court by the judge who fined him £150 (€180).

Motorcyclist killed in Sligo accident

A motorcyclist in his 30s was killed in an accident in the village of Easkey, Co Sligo, at about 2.30pm yesterday. Gardai are appealing for witnesses.

Garda collusion case to be examined

A miscarriage of justice 40 years ago is being examined by the tribunal investigating the alleged collusion of gardai in the murders of two RUC officers in 1989.

Lawyers acting for the Smithwick Tribunal requested papers from the Court of Criminal Appeal and gardai about the quashing of a manslaughter conviction in the death of Una Lynskey, 19, whose body was found in the Dublin Mountains in 1971. Sources close to the tribunal said lawyers were exploring the possibility that a garda acted to protect an IRA figure who may have carried out the killing.

No winner of €7.9m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €7,961,841 Lotto draw. The numbers were 9, 17, 36, 38, 40, 43 (bonus 6).

There was one Match 5+bonus winner who gets €25k; 51 Match 5s (€1,920); 128 Match 4+bonus (€192); 2,459 Match 4s (€61); 3,555 Match 3+bonus (€28); and 41,361 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 11, 12, 13, 29, 34, 43 (bonus 4) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 12, 15, 17, 26, 37, 44 (bonus 20). In the UK draw for £6.7m the numbers were 1, 3, 16, 20, 37, 40 (bonus 15).

State to help repatriate body to Brazil

THE family of a Brazilian murdered in Ireland have been promised government help to repatriate his body.

Bruno Lemes de Sousa, 28, was found dead in a bog in Co Kerry last Sunday. Two men -- a Brazilian and an Irishman -- have been charged with his murder.

Yeats painting estimated at €150,000

'The Novelist', which was painted by Jack Yeats in 1944, will go under the hammer at Adam's Irish Art on March 28 with an estimate of between €100,000 to €150,000.

Also included in the auction is a personal letter from Lolly Yeats (Jack and WB's sister) to Janet and Mainie Jellett, dated February 20, 1939, expressing her thanks for their letter of sympathy with details of WB Yeats's death.

Limerick studio in PlayStation deal

LIMERICK-based Open Emotion Studios has landed a contract to develop software for PlayStation Vita, the gaming device that went on sale in February. The firm has six full-time game developers and eight part-time staff.

Corrigan's new pop-up plans for Cork

Colourful celebrity chef Richard Corrigan is about to 'pop up' in Ireland again. After leaving Bentley's on St Stephen's Green, Dublin, and retreating to Bentley's in Mayfair, the Meath-born chef is planning to open a 'pop-up restaurant' in Bantry House near Bantry, Co Cork.

Howlin urges inquiry into bank crisis

A public inquiry to establish responsibility for the bank crisis should be held, the Minister for Public Expenditure has said. Mr Howlin told the Financial Times there was a need for accountability for those who made "reckless and outrageous" decisions behind closed doors, regarding the most momentous economic matters in the State's history.

The Government hoped to establish a parliamentary inquiry into the banking crisis last year but it it lost a referendum in October 2011 aimed at giving the Oireachtas more power to force witnesses to attend.

'Mamma Mia' of opera to hit Dublin

The 'Mamma Mia' of opera, The Weeping Flowers premieres at Dun Laoghaire's Pavilion Theatre this week from March 20 to March 22. The Weeping Flowers is a totally new operatic play, devised by Irish writer, Gerard Dalton, who has interwoven 27 duets from 22 of the world's most acclaimed operas. See www.paviliontheatre.ie

Tribute to woman missing 35 years

Prayers were said yesterday for Ireland's longest-missing person, Mary Boyle, who vanished 35 years ago today.

The congregation at St Mary's Church, Kincasslagh, Co Donegal, was joined for their St Patrick's Day mass by members of Mary's family including her mother Ann and her identical twin sister, also named Ann. Mary was six when she disappeared on March 18, 1977.

Newspaper investor leaves €4.5m

Sylvia Fairtlough, a former shareholder in the Leinster Leader newspaper of Ballybrittas, Co Laois, who died on November 11, 2009, has left €4,485,700 in her will.

Other wills: Vincent L Byrne, sole-trader, Barton Grange, Straffan, Co Kildare, €4,033,123; Paul McCullough, director, Rathoath Rd, Dunshaughlin, Meath, €2,342,242; Rose Burns, Rathasker Stud, Naas, Kildare, €1,924,762; Coleman O'Loghlen, sales manager, Castleknock, Dublin, €1,702,000; and Mary Manning, Rathfarnham, Dublin, €1,652,128.

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

Sunday Independent