Garda hurt in blaze
A GARDA received treatment after he attempted to rescue a man from a house fire.
Sources said that there was a claim of false imprisonment at a house on Walkinstown Road in Dublin 12 and when gardai arrived, one man barricaded himself into a room. A fire broke out and a garda attempted to rescue the man but got into difficulty. Dublin Fire Brigade arrived and removed the man from the bedroom and put out the blaze. The garda went to hospital suffering smoke inhalation but it is understood his injuries were not serious.
DJ MURDER PLEDGE
THE brother of a murdered Tipperary DJ, whose body was discovered in a slurry pit after a two-year search, says he will continue his hunt for justice.
The body of Bobby Ryan, a part-time disc jockey who operated under the stage name Mr Moonlight, was discovered in a disused slurry pit in April after he had disappeared on June 3, 2011, near his home in Bansha. The victim's brother, John Ryan, said he hadn't given up hope of bringing his brother's killer to justice.
AIR AMBULANCE PLEA
Pressure is mounting on Health Minister James Reilly to make a speedy decision to permanently base the air ambulance service in Athlone.
A 12-month 'pilot' project during which the service was based at Custume barracks in Athlone, Co Westmeath, ended last June and is being extended for three months for a third time -- until March 2014 -- to enable a final decision to be made. An inter-service working group will look at the options for a permanent service and at possibly expanding the service across the country.
FAKE €50 NOTES ALERT
Gardai have issued an alert that a gang may use the Christmas sales to put fake €50 notes into circulation.
Several incidents were reported in north Galway and south Mayo in the run-up to Christmas of counterfeit notes being used. "Criminals know that there is a lesser chance of being caught if they use the notes during particularly busy periods so we have asked retail operators to be particularly vigilant," a garda spokesperson said.
DERBY BOOSTS CHARITIES
Two Munster charities are set for a timely financial boost tonight when they benefit from the generosity of thousands of rugby fans.
League leaders Munster take on Connacht at Thomond Park in a RaboDirect PRO12 derby which Munster Rugby has designated as its charity match for the season. Mid West Spina Bifida and CUH Charity hope to raise thousands of euro from the clash.