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Gardai hunt for jewel thieves

Gardai have appealed for help in tracing a haul of jewellery, worth more than €100,000, which has been stolen from the home of a businesswoman. The jewels were taken in a break-in at the house in Kilcolgan, Co Galway, while the owner was away. The haul included a diamond ring worth about €30,000, a gold Rolex ladies watch with diamonds on the face, also worth around €30,000 and a bracelet with 20 diamonds, valued at €25,000.

Meanwhile, gardai in Malahide, Co Dublin, are trying to locate the owners of items of stolen jewellery that have been recovered in the area. Recent victims of jewellery theft have been asked to contact gardai on (01) 666-4600.

Murder victim will be laid to rest today

THE remains of murder victim Marie Greene were removed from the family home to St Mary's Church in Athlone, Co Westmeath, last night.

Ms Greene (37) went missing from her home on February 13. Her body was discovered by gardai at bogland on the outskirts of Athlone on Tuesday. A 63-year-old local man has been charged with her murder. Marie will be laid to rest in Cornamagh Cemetery following 10.30am Mass today.

New flu death brings winter toll to 23

Another person has died from flu, bringing the death toll from the illness to 23 this winter. However while the amount of flu circulating continued to fall last week, there remained 19 people still seriously ill with flu complications in intensive care units.

Influenza B is the dominant virus, accounting for 86.5pc of all positive specimens while almost all of the remaining sufferers have contracted swine flu. All but one of those who died of flu had pre-existing medical conditions.


In an article on Page 6 of Monday's Irish Independent, it was incorrectly reported that Declan Regan, a victim of a fatal road traffic accident, was a father of two.

We are happy to clarify that Mr Regan had no children and apologise to his family for the error. A donation has been made to the Carmelite Monastery, Knock, Co Mayo.

Irish Independent