Garda on drink charge
A SENIOR member of the gardai has been accused of attempting to frustrate a drink driving prosecution by taking alcohol in an incident at his home.
Paul O'Brien pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared in Dublin District Court yesterday. Mr O'Brien, with an address at Moyville, Rathfarnham, is accused of one count of consuming alcohol with the intention of frustrating a prosecution under Section 4 of the Road Traffic Act 2010. The offence is alleged to have happened at his home on May 6 this year. Judge Smyth adjourned the case to a date in February, for hearing.
BACTERIA ON BANKNOTES
IRISH hospitals have been urged to switch to cash-free transactions after it emerged potentially dangerous bacteria were found on nine out of 10 banknotes examined.
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) researchers conducted a survey of euro bank notes handled at Irish retail outlets. The CIT team stressed that their findings underline the case for promoting a cash-free environment within Irish hospitals.
MURDER SUSPECT FOR TRIAL
A MAN charged with the murder of his wife has been sent forward for trial. Oliver Kierans (57) of Drumbannon, Bailieboro, Co Cavan, has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife in September.
He appeared before Judge Sean MacBride at Virginia District Court in Co Cavan yesterday charged with murdering his wife Patricia Kierans (54) at Drumbannon, Bailieboro. Mr Kierans was arrested by gardai following a nine-hour siege at The Square Bar, Bailieboro.
SEARCH STORM WARNING
SEARCHERS for a missing fisherman feared dead have been warned not to venture near the shoreline due to stormy weather.
The fourth day of the search for a 47-year-old Lithuanian man, who had been living in Tuam, Co Galway, was due to resume this morning but stormy conditions are expected to hamper the search. The Irish Coast Guard issued a warning to searchers to beware of conditions along the Clare coast where the man was swept off rocks while fishing on Sunday.
M50 COLLISION DELAYS
A FOUR-car collision on the M50 in Dublin caused traffic delays for motorists.
The incident occurred on the northbound lanes at junction 10 Ballymount at around 5.15pm yesterday. Dublin Fire Brigade said it sent a number of ambulances to the scene. No reports of serious injuries were received.