Friday 15 December 2017

FG's Bradford accuses RTE of bias in coverage of US presidential election

Fine Gael Senator Paul Bradford has intervened in the US election to slam what he calls the "institutionalised pro-Democratic Party bias that exists within RTE".

Speaking in the Seanad last week, Mr Bradford said: "Having listened to Morning Ireland on RTE, I wonder why we pay to have an American correspondent... It would be just as easy for RTE to have a direct link with Democratic national party headquarters."

Senator David Norris rejected the claim, saying: "Nonsense. It was balanced. I heard every word of it

An unrepentant Bradford retorted: "It would be appropriate, if those at RTE want to report on the US election, that they do so in a balanced fashion and keep their bias to their private conversations."

Suicide verdicts 'cannot be rushed'

Coroners "cannot rush to judgement" even if suicide "may be very much apparent" the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has told a Fine Gael TD.

"I am mindful that coroners bear a heavy duty in reaching the verdict of suicide," Mr Shatter told Derek Keating, who is closely involved in the suicide charity Pieta House. "I am satisfied that appropriate verdicts in relation to suicide are being recorded."

Nama reveals social housing potential

Nearly 4,000 properties around the country have been identified by Nama as having potential for social housing use, a social housing seminar was told.

Felix McKenna, senior asset manager, Nama, told an Irish Council for Social Housing seminar that "active transactions" were being progressed for around 500 units, of which 133 were now operational. However, there were "complexity of transactions" related to these properties.

Burton gets Pro-Quinn leaflet at home

A glossy two-page leaflet, calling on politicians and civic society to support the Quinn family and in particular Sean Quinn, was delivered anonymously to the home of the Social Protection Minister Joan Burton last week.

There was no documentation identifying the sender.

Some in Leinster House expressed concern about the "sinister'' nature of such a delivery -- but Ms Burton is believed to be unconcerned, though intrigued.

The expensively designed leaflet purports to represent the views of "concerned Irish citizens" and "concerned Irish businesses". It features a photo of Sean Quinn Jnr and makes the claim: "Anglo have put this man in jail because he wouldn't agree to the theft of his companies" and also that "Anglo has cost this man [Sean Quinn] hundreds of millions and the Irish taxpayer €30bn''.

No winner of €3m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €3,018,767 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 1, 18, 22, 26, 35, 40 (Bonus 17).

There were 41 Match 5 winners who each get €1,689; 76 Match 4+bonus (€229); 1,821 Match 4s (€59); 2,708 Match 3+bonus (€26); and 31,664 Match 3s (€5).

The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 7, 8, 9, 10, 34, 43 (bonus 31) and the Plus 2 numbers were 12, 17, 20, 23, 34, 39 (bonus 9). And in the UK draw for stg£4m, the numbers were 1, 11, 16, 18, 27, 42 (bonus 4).

Man extradited from Dutch custody

A man held on a European arrest warrant in Amsterdam in connection with the false imprisonment of a family in Raheny in 2005 has been remanded in custody in Dublin.

Alan Costello, 49, is due to appear again at Cloverhill District Court after being extradited from Holland. He was arrested on Friday in Amsterdam.

Government plane sold for spare parts

A plane, which in conjunction with the government jet has been flying ministers around Ireland and Europe for decades, has been sold to a US firm for spare parts.

The Beechcraft Super King Air plane, which ferried ministers around at a cost of €1,700 an hour, had been in storage for three years prior to being sold for just over €230,000. It was bought for €317,000 in 1978.

Priory Hall residents to stage protest

EX-residents Priory Hall will march from Donaghmede Shopping Centre to Priory Hall at 2pm next Saturday -- a year since they were first evacuated from their homes.

"One year on, families still live in constant fear of the threat of Dublin City Council's Supreme Court appeal to remove the temporary accommodation, which is the only safety net that many families have," they said yesterday.

They say they have fallen further into debt and have been ignored by the government.

Person dies in two-vehicle collision

One person was killed in a two-vehicle collision on the main Dublin-Belfast road yesterday near Banbridge, Co Down. It is believed a car crossed the central reservation and collided with a ar heading in the opposite direction.

Cork jazz festival boasts 1,000 acts

The line-up for the 2012 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, which takes place from October 26-28, features more than 1,000 musicians from 22 countries. This year's festival welcomes an eclectic mix of performers, including De La Soul, Beach House, Jean Toussaint and Natalie Williams.

Online buyers of debs dresses warned

The European Consumer Centre Ireland has warned that girls buying debs dresses online could be ripped off.

Companies claiming to be based in Paris and London were found to be located in Hong Kong. Caroline Curneen, of the watchdog, said: "We would advise consumers to be vigilant when shopping online on new websites. No one likes reading the small print but it is essential that you know who you are dealing with. A simple internet search should reveal any negative feedback."

Children's charity running out of cash

The Jack & Jill Children's Foundation has launched a national appeal to help raise a €400,000 shortfall in funds required to keep its services going to the end of the year.

The foundation, which provides intensive home nursing care, funding and support to the families of children under four years old with brain damage, has been severely hit by the recession, a slowdown in the mobile phone recycling market and a reduction in its HSE grant.

The charity is asking for €5 donations in a fundraising drive entitled 'Bringing Home'. Details at

Man charged with murder of Wilson

A man was yesterday charged at Cloverhill District Court with the murder of John Wilson. Mr Wilson, 35, was shot dead in Ballyfermot in Dublin over a week ago.

Keith O'Neill, 37, of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody with no bail application. When the charge was put to Mr O'Neill he responded: "Yous have the wrong man."

He will appear again before the court on October 12. Four other men, arrested Wednesday, remain in custody.

Builder leaves €25.9m in his will

Builder Paddy Kelly, of Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, and formerly of Ballyogan Road, Sandyford, Co Dublin, has left €25,944,277 in his will.

Other wills: William Flanagan, farmer, Balbriggan St, Skerries, Dublin, €6,775,788; John McEvoy, managing director, Ardagh Cresent, Blackrock, Dublin, €3,630,542; Mary O'Regan, accounts manager, Avoca Pk, Blackrock, Dublin, €2,536,361; Catherine O Brolchain, teacher, Helen's Rd, Booterstown, Dublin, €1,209,629; James Nesbitt, publican, Brookwood Pk, Artane, Dublin, €502,642; and Thomas O'Shea, a former member of the RIC from Cappamore, Co Limerick, €13,500.

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