Saturday 17 February 2018

Four-year-old girl killed and sister, 5, injured as family van spins into ditch

A FOUR-year-old girl died and her five-year-old sister was injured when their family car crashed last night.

The accident happened shortly before 7pm at Grenagh off the Mallow Road in Cork. The sisters were travelling with their mother and father in a Ford van when it spun out of control into a ditch. No other vehicle was involved.

The four-year-old girl suffered head and neck injuries and died before she could get to Cork University Hospital.

Her five-year-old sister was also hurt but her injuries are not life threatening. Both parents avoided serious injury. Gardai are treating the matter as an accident.

NURSES ASK MULTINATIONALS TO PAY USC

MULTINATIONAL corporations engaged in tax avoidance schemes should be compelled to pay the universal social charge (USC), according to an Irish nursing union.

David Hughes, of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, said firms like Google, Apple and Starbucks should pay the charge, if not voluntarily then through legislation. He added: "It is time for the multinational corporations to come to the table which they have studiously avoided and make a contribution."

FARMER CRUSHED BY BALES OF SILAGE

A CO Cavan farmer in his 50s has died after he was crushed by bales of silage on Friday evening. When the man, named locally as Mr Pat Bradley, from Dungimmon, Mountnugent, failed to return to his house, relatives searched the farm buildings and found him under a collapsed pile of bales. An ambulance and gardai arrived shortly after but were unable to revive him.

NO WINNER OF €5.6M LOTTO JACKPOT

There was no winner of last night's €5.6m Lotto jackpot. The winning numbers were 2, 6, 10, 22, 29, 38 (bonus 37).

There were 49 Match 5 winners who each get €1,460; 122 Match 4+bonus (€147); 2,413 Match 4s (€46); 2,546 Match 3+bonus (€29) and 39,630 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 6, 11, 15, 23, 27, 44 (bonus 40) and the Lotto Plus 2 drew 6, 10, 11, 15, 25, 30 (bonus 29).

And in the UK draw for stg£3.7m (€4.8m) the numbers were 12, 15, 24, 36, 45, 49 (bonus 32).

CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS 'A HUGE SUCCESS'

IN just over two years since Civil Partnerships first took place in Ireland in April 2011, 1,088 lesbian and gay couples have entered Civil Partnerships across every county in Ireland, up to the end of June 2013.

"Civil Partnerships are a resounding success. . . these couples have contributed enormously to the remarkable progress towards marriage and full constitutional equality for lesbian and gay couples and families," said Kieran Rose, chairman of gay and lesbian organisation GLEN.

BUS DRIVERS GIVE MANDATE FOR STRIKE

BUS drivers in the capital have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike if Dublin Bus pushes ahead with plans to cut pay and increase working hours. Some 94 per cent of drivers in the Siptu ballot backed industrial action if management implements a Labour Court recommendation that would change employees' terms and conditions.

CIGARETTES WORTH €4.6M SEIZED AT PORT

THE Irish Tobacco Manufacturers Advisory Committee (ITMAC) has welcomed the seizure of 10.4 million cigarettes at Dublin Port. The seizure had a street value of €4.6m and a potential loss to the exchequer of €3.7m.

Customs at Dublin Airport also seized cigarettes with an estimated value of €10,530 after searching a 23-year-old man on a flight from Moldova in Eastern Europe.

KENNY TO LAUNCH SENATOR'S BOOK

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny will launch A Cry in the Morning, a murder mystery by Senator John Gilroy, in the private members' restaurant in Leinster House on Wednesday, July 17, at 7pm. The book deals with the bizarre unsolved 1913 murder of a Japanese servant, Sanotic Koniste, at the Clifton Estate near Athboy in Co Meath, then owned by millionaire John Morgan Mordecai.

WOMAN CHARGED AFTER COCAINE SEIZED

A WOMAN, 48, from the Dominican Republic has been charged with possession of two kilos of cocaine uncovered by customs at Dublin Airport. The drugs, worth €145,000, were seized after she arrived on a flight from Mexico.

FEARGAL QUINN TO SHARE RECESSION IDEAS

SENATOR Feargal Quinn will deliver his ideas on how to beat the recession when he addresses the Mountmellick Business Association this Tuesday, July 16. The Superquinn founder will speak and take questions in the town's community arts centre from 10.30am. All are welcome.

PSNI APPEAL OVER MISSING WOMAN

Police in Omagh last night reissued an appeal regarding missing 44-year-old woman, Lisa McGowan. Lisa is described as 6ft tall, slim to medium build, with auburn, short hair. She wears red and silver glasses. Anyone who can help is asked to call the police on 0044 845 600 8000.

OMAGH BOMB SUSPECT INJURED IN FALL

A LOUTH man implicated in the 1998 Omagh bombing in which 29 people and near-term twins were killed has been seriously injured after reportedly falling off a ladder in Dundalk. Seamus McKenna, 57, was one of four men named as being involved in the bombing in the civil action taken by families of the victims. The High Court in Belfast found there was insufficient evidence against him.

JEWELLERY GRADUATES TO EXHIBIT WORK

THE National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny will exhibit work by the 12 talented 2013 graduates of the internationally renowned Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills and Design Course run by the Crafts Council of Ireland. The exhibition will be officially opened on Friday, July 19.

52 BAPTISED AS JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES

FIFTY-TWO people were baptised in a baptism ceremony at the Jehovah's Witnesses Convention in the Citywest Convention Centre yesterday. More than 7,000 people attended yesterday and the convention continues today.

GRAFTON STREET TO GET €4M REVAMP

Dublin's Grafton Street will be transformed within months in a bid to stop the dramatic fall in rental values that have plunged 52 per cent since the downturn.

Dublin City Council's €4m investment will transform the street, artists will be asked to enter an competition to build quirky street furniture to spruce it up, and Nama has embarked on a project to knock together 57 and 58 Grafton Street. Separately, a Massimo Dutti clothes store will open in the former HMV outlet on Grafton Street.

HOMEMAKER LEAVES €1.9M IN WILL

BRIDGET V Anderson, a homemaker of Emily Square, Athy, Co Kildare, who died on February 22, 2012, has left €1,964,213 in her will. Other wills: Patrick J Gilroy, chalet operator, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, €1,454,870; Barry Castles, mine worker, Athboy, Co Meath, €1,409,198; Pamela Davison, of Rue Piete Castel, Gurnsey, €1,086,007.

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

Irish Independent

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