Tuesday 12 November 2019

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To celebrate the launch of the new Ice Cold Costa Range, available from May 4, you'll get a free coffee when you buy a latte, cappuccino or americano -- hot or iced -- with the voucher on page 25 of LIFE magazine next week.

Retired teachers still get State jobs

Retired teachers on comfortable pensions made up a quarter of those hired by the State Examinations Commission to supervise Junior and Leaving Cert exams last year.

New figures obtained by FF's Brendan Smith show that 1,147 retired teachers were appointed exam superintendents last year -- out of a total 4,735. In addition, 393 retired teachers were employed to correct exam papers and 192 retired teachers were hired as Leaving Cert oral examiners.

"It is unacceptable at a time when thousands of qualified teachers are looking for jobs," said Mr Smith.

Neary attack 'not related to his past'

Gardai investigating an assault and burglary on the disgraced obstetrician Michael Neary believe the attack had nothing to do with his past. The armed raiders who broke into his home in Monasterboice last Wednesday spoke with local accents but appeared not to know who he was.

Neary was struck off after it emerged he had needlessly removed the wombs of dozens of women at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth. During the attack, he was held at gunpoint and threatened with knives.

Man killed at party was 'caring father'

A MAN killed at a party in a Waterford city flat last Monday was yesterday fondly remembered as a "caring" father of two with a "big heart". Joe O'Brien, 60, died from injuries in an apartment at Scotch Marsh, Waterford city.

Three people were arrested in connection with the incident and have all appeared in court in recent days. All three will appear again before the court on Tuesday.

Finian McGrath hits out at Honohan

Independent TD Finian McGrath has criticised Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan for his political statement on the fiscal treaty. "He should stay out of politics and concentrate on his job," said Mr McGrath.

"What will he do next? Will he be vetting all political and economic policy documents before the next election? Public servants are there to serve the public not political parties," added the Independent TD.

Two women die in separate collisions

Two families are grieving this weekend following the deaths of two women in separate road crashes in Co Cork.

Sarah Richardson, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-car collision near Cobh, Co Cork, last Friday night. The young woman, who was from Cobh, was alone in one car while two men were in the other car.

A Polish woman in her 60s also lost her life last Friday when the car in which she was a back-seat passenger was involved in a collision with a lorry near the toll plaza between Rathcormac and Watergrasshill. All four occupants of the car were taken to Cork University Hospital.

Gardai in Cobh are appealing for any witnesses to contact the garda station on 021 4908530.

No winner of €3.1m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €3,113,324 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 3, 24, 32, 33, 40, 42 (bonus 19).

There was one Match 5+bonus winner who will receive €25,000; 35 Match 5s (€2,160); 138 Match 4+bonus (€137); 2051 Match 4s (€57); 2935 Match 3+bonus (€26); and 33,831 Match 3s (€5 scratchcard).

The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 5, 15, 22, 23, 29, 43 (bonus 4) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 2, 11, 12, 16, 28, 37 (bonus 44).

And in the UK draw for an estimated £4.1m (€5.03m) prize, the numbers were 1, 3, 9, 23, 37, 46 (bonus 6).

Bomb near Border is safely removed

Bombs have been defused during security operations in Belfast and Newry. A 'viable explosive device' found in a van abandoned near the Border was safely removed during a day-long operation in an area near Newry canal.

Local MLA Danny Kennedy said he believed the bomb contained up to 500lbs of explosives.

Early yesterday morning, a small bomb was also safely removed from beneath a car in north Belfast.

Jobless at 70% higher risk of suicide

The jobless are two to three times more likely to kill themselves than those in employment, according to the Irish Association of Suicidology. Its president, Senator Dan Neville, told a conference in Templeglantine, Co Limerick, that the high rate of suicide among the unemployed is partly because people with a psychiatric illness are more likely to lose their jobs.

"But even among people with no history of serious mental illness, unemployment is associated with a 70 per cent higher suicide risk," he said.

Less restraint in elderly care urged

A group of nurses have formed a 'restraint reduction' knowledge-sharing pool. Its specific aim is to raise awareness of the dangers, and to reduce the use of restraint, in the care of older people in facilities throughout Ireland.

The group, the Irish Restraint Reduction Interest Nurses, so far represents 25 HSE and private care homes. It was started by Florence Horsman Hogan, a clinical nurse manager. Any facilities wishing to join this group can contact her at fhorsmanhogan@eircom.net or on 086 8762148.

Michael Fitzpatrick apology

On page 10 of last week's Sunday Independent, April 22, in an article entitled 'Brothers grim empires crumble', mention was made of the murder of Michael Fitzpatrick who was stabbed to death in Limerick in June 1999.

The article may have incorrectly given the impression that Mr Fitzpatrick's murder was connected to gang violence in the city. The Sunday Independent accepts that Mr Fitzpatrick was an innocent man and not involved in any way with organised crime and we apologise for any hurt the article may have caused to his family and friends.

Matron Elizabeth Crown passes away

The death has occurred of Elizabeth 'Betty' Crown, of Lurganboy, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, former assistant matron of Our Lady's Orthopaedic Hospital, Cappagh.

Betty, who was 97, will repose in the Chapel of Our Lady's Hospital, Manorhamilton, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm today, with removal to St Osnat's Church, Glencar, arriving at 7pm. Burial follows 11 o'clock mass in St Osnat's tomorrow.

Shamrock Rovers and INM man dies

The death has taken place of former Shamrock Rovers football player and group advertisement manager of Independent Newspapers Peter Finnegan, from Glenageary, Co Dublin. He is survived by his wife Rose and family. His funeral takes place at St Joseph's Church, Glasthule, Co Dublin, tomorrow, arriving at 11.25am.

Publican leaves €5.6m in his will

A Dublin publican, Desmond F Wootton, of Bray Road, Shankill, Co Dublin, who died on March 28, 2008, has left €5,621,957 in his will.

Other wills: Kathleen (Kay) Kennedy McNaughton, a housewife of Fortfield Park, Terenure, Dublin, €2,422,895; Thomas Croke, farmer, Ballingarry, Thurles, Co Tipperary, €1,614,567; Opeline Fitzherber, teacher, Dunnoe, Navan, Co Meath, €1,552,544; and Patrick Corcoran, mechanical driver of Piercetown, Kilcock, Co Meath, left €1,083,535.

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