Friday 19 January 2018

Family of missing Irishwoman are still hunting for body in flooded quarry

THE search for the body of Offaly vet Catherine Gowing, 37, will resume tomorrow around the flooded quarry in north Wales where her burned-out car was found two weeks ago. A search of the quarry, which is 30 metres deep in places, by specialist divers produced no results.

Catherine's sister, Emma Gowing, and husband Shay Maguire issued a statement on Friday, saying: "We are desperate to find her. Please help us bring her home."

Call for charity salaries to be revealed

THE chief executives and senior executives of more than 8,000 charities which have tax-exemption status should publish their salaries, Fine Gael TD Derek Keating has demanded. He said that there was no evidence of salary cuts among chief executives, some of whom are known to earn between €150,000 and €200,000 a year.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has revealed that his department has given a grant to the Irish Charities Tax Research Ltd to examine issues relating to fundraising and salaries of officials in the charity industry.

Man is jailed for attempted murder

AN illiterate criminal who has 179 criminal convictions has been jailed for 16 years for attempted murder. Shane Mason, 30, of Sean Heuston Place, Limerick, shot Daniel Philips, 20, in the head and chest as the victim drove through John's Square in Limerick city on May 24, 2010.

Mr Philips spent a month in a coma and had to learn to walk again. Det Sgt Kevin McHugh told Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan at the Central Criminal Court that no clear motive had ever been established for the gun attack.

HSE to probe pregnancy agencies

The Health Service Executive has confirmed that it is investigating a number of pregnancy counselling agencies following a report in yesterday's Irish Independent.

The undercover investigation into taxpayer-funded crisis-pregnancy agencies was carried out by a team of women, some from the pro-life movement, who secretly recorded counselling sessions at 11 locations.

Disruption at Aer Lingus 'inevitable'

AER Lingus passengers are again facing the threat of disruption coming up to Christmas after the breakdown of talks at the Labour Relations Commission.

Siptu organiser Dermot O'Loughlin said industrial action was "inevitable". Talks between Aer Lingus, Siptu and Impact broke down over the €750m deficit in the Aer Lingus/Dublin Airport Authority pensions scheme.

One winner of €7.4m Lotto jackpot

THERE was one winner of last night's €7,373,469 Lotto draw; the ticket was sold in the south-east. The numbers were 4, 9, 24, 25, 29, 44 (bonus 39).

There were two Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25,000; 48 Match 5s (€1,831); 142 Match 4+bonus (€155); 2,806 Match 4s (€48); 3,089 Match 3+bonus (€29); and 44,822 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 10, 17, 21, 22, 35, 43 (bonus 9) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 6, 12, 22, 33, 44, 45 (bonus 35).

In last night's UK draw for a £4m (€4.8m) prize, the numbers drawn were 7, 14, 20, 30, 33, 46 (bonus 27).

Gardai act to stop Halloween attacks

Gardai have uncovered a plot to attack officers in the same area of south Dublin where they came under attack last Halloween. Extra gardai are expected to be on duty on Wednesday after officers in Ballyfermot received information that teenage gang members were intent on launching attacks on gardai for the second year in a row.

Last year, gardai came under sustained attack from youths who rammed two squad cars with stolen four-wheel-drive vehicles. One of the stolen cars drove over Garda Linda Bury, who suffered serious injuries.

Attackers hunted after men stabbed

GARDAI are searching for a gang that left a Chinese man fighting for his life in hospital after he was stabbed repeatedly in the head, back and leg. Up to eight men with hammers, knives and possibly a machete attacked the 29-year-old on Capel Street in Dublin just before 2am on Friday. A second man was also stabbed but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Councillor urges 'No' in referendum

A WICKLOW county councillor has urged people to vote 'No' in the Children's Referendum.

Cllr Pat Kavanagh of Fis Nua, who has worked with children in a professional capacity for 30 years, including as a social care worker, said the State appeared to want to unburden itself of its financial obligations to children by having them adopted instead of fostered.

Car of the Year shortlist is revealed

THE shortlist for the Continental Irish Car of the Year was made public last week. The cars will be tested again by members of the Irish Motoring Writers' Association before winners are finally announced on November 22.

Sunday Independent motoring editor Campbell Spray and motoring correspondent Martin Brennan are both members of the IMWA, as is contributing editor Geraldine Herbert, who will feature in a special motoring supplement on November 11.

The car of the year shortlist is: BMW 3 Series; BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe; BMW M5; Ford B-Max; Kia cee'd; Kia Optima; Mazda CX-5; Mercedes-Benz M-Class; Peugeot 208; Toyota GT86 and Volvo V40.

Businessman leaves almost €2.7m

WILLIAM Douglas Taylor, a businessman of Meadowvale, Boyle, Co Roscommon who died on October 23, 2011, has left €2,678,525 in his will. Other wills: James Richardson, director, Clonard St, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, €1,288,769; Noel Ryan, pub owner, Wood Rd, Cratloe, Co Clare, €1,144,159; David O'Sullivan, businessman, Leopardstown Ave, Co Dublin, €898,388 and Clive Gayner Clibborn Goodbody, tea merchant, Glenalbyn Rd, Stillorgan, Dublin, €274,341.

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

Sunday Independent

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