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Sunday 17 December 2017

Gardai investigate suspicious death of 21-year-old man in Limerick flat

GARDAI are investigating the suspicious death of a man in Limerick. The man, aged 21, was pronounced dead at University Hospital Limerick yesterday morning after he was found in a critical condition in a flat in the city.

Gardai were called to the flat, located on Steamboat Quay, at about 6am. A garda spokesman confirmed the deceased is from Limerick.

It is understood he was with a group of others in the flat in the hours leading up to his death. One of the group alerted gardai when the man became unresponsive.

Gardai have spoken to a number of people who were in the flat at the time. A postmortem is due to take place at University Hospital Limerick.

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN STREET ASSAULT

A 27-YEAR-OLD man has been seriously injured in a late-night assault in Co Galway. He received serious head injuries in the incident, which happened at 2.30am yesterday on the High Street, Tuam.

The man was taken to University College Hospital Galway and then transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin where his condition is described as serious.

Gardai are appealing for anybody who was in the area of High Street between 2am and 3am to contact Tuam Garda Station on (093) 70840 or any garda station.

NO WINNER OF €5M LOTTO JACKPOT

THERE was no winner of last night's €4,957,574 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 10, 11, 17, 39, 41, 43 (bonus 32). The Plus 1 numbers were 21, 25, 28, 29, 31, 38 (bonus 17) and the Plus 2 were 1, 2, 5, 9, 13, 16 (bonus 37).

WOMAN KILLED AFTER HER CAR HITS A BUS

A woman in her 30s was killed yesterday when the car she was driving hit a bus on the N13 between Letterkenny and Derry near Newtowncunningham at 3.30pm.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. Three children in the car were taken by ambulance to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. The driver of the bus was uninjured.

Witnesses are asked to call Letterkenny Garda Station 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

U R WARNED: DRIVERS FACE €60 TEXT FINE

IT is now an offence to send or read a text message – or to even hold or touch a mobile phone while driving.

Under the legislation, making a call or holding a phone will result in two penalty points and a €60 fine payable with 28 days. This increases to four penalty points and a €90 fine if paid within 56 days.

TOWN HONOURS ITS TWO MUSIC LEGENDS

THE "freedom of the town" is being conferred tomorrow on two Irish musicians born in the Co Monaghan town of Castleblayney – country and western legend 'Big Tom' McBride and jazz player Paddy Cole.

A third entertainer, singer Anna McGoldrick, who was also born in the border town, is to receive the same civic honour from the town council – but her presentation is being deferred until she returns from the United States where she is currently on tour.

CORRECTION: IBRC 24.9PC SHAREHOLDING

In an article last Sunday headed 'Chilling log reveals scale of attacks on former Quinn Group', we incorrectly said that IBRC is a 75 per cent shareholder in Aventas. IBRC's shareholding in the group is a minority 24.9 per cent.

TD'S CONCERN OVER SURGE IN HOMELESS

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has voiced grave concern about the significant increase in the number of individuals presenting as homeless to council housing sections in South Tipperary.

Mr McGrath was speaking after it was confirmed to him that on a single day this week up to 10 individuals in Clonmel notified the council that they were now homeless and in need of accommodation.

FG SET FOR THREE EURO SEATS, SAYS POLL

FINE Gael could be set to win three seats in the European elections, according to an opinion poll.

Outgoing Fine Gael MEPs Sean Kelly and Mairead McGuinness are likely to retain their seats while Junior Minister Brian Hayes could take a seat in Dublin. The party could even land a fourth seat in Ireland South.

MAN IN COURT OVER 2.5KG SEMTEX FIND

A 47-year-old man appeared in court in Belfast yesterday charged with possessing more than 5lbs of Semtex explosives. Thomas Hughes, from Maeve House in north Belfast, was remanded in custody on a charge of possessing 2.5kg of Semtex with intent to endanger life. The discovery inside an airing cupboard of Hughes' flat is the largest discovery of the explosive in Northern Ireland in the past 10 years.

€5M CANNABIS HAUL SEIZED IN DRUG BUST

Gardai have seized a massive haul of herbal cannabis in the car park of the Ikea superstore on the northside of Dublin. Officers from the national drugs unit recovered the drugs, with a street value of about €5.4m, after they intercepted what they believed to be a handover of the shipment in the car park.

It brings the total amount of drugs seized by gardai to more than €16.5m in the past month.

The latest seizure follows a big intelligence-gathering operation mounted by the national unit into the activities of a south county Dublin gang with overseas contacts.

The officers were backed up by detectives from the organised crime unit in yesterday afternoon's swoop on the suspects at the Ikea park in Ballymun.

Four men were arrested, one from Tallaght, a Dutch national and two Asians, along with a woman from Wexford, and they were taken for questioning to Ballymun and Finglas stations. Under the anti-drug trafficking legislation, they can be held without charge for up to seven days.

100 SHEEP ARE STOLEN BY RUSTLING GANG

THE theft of 100 sheep from a premises in south Armagh led to a huge cross-Border operation this weekend, with a major hunt under way for the location of an illicit 'back-street' abattoir, somewhere near the Louth/Armagh border, where detectives believe the sheep may be sent to be slaughtered by racketeers.

More than 150 sheep have been stolen in recent weeks from farms in counties Armagh, Monaghan and Cavan.

Last month, 30 sheep were stolen from a farm near Cootehill, Co Cavan, and a further 19 sheep were also taken from another Co Cavan premises at Kilnaleck.

The latest snatch by the rustlers took place during the past week on the northern side of the Border, at Markethill, Co Armagh.

Yesterday, the PSNI and gardai issued joint appeals for any information that might help target the rustlers and thwart further thefts.

PRO-LIFE VIGIL DRAWS CROWDS IN CAPITAL

CROWDS gathered yesterday to hold a pro-life vigil in Merrion Square in Dublin.

The event called 'The National Vigil for Life 2014' was held to protest the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 which came into effect on January 1.

Sunday Independent

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