Gardai probe blaze
GARDAI in Galway are treating as suspicious a house fire that broke out in the city.
The emergency services were alerted by neighbours to the fire at the semi-detached property in the Gleann Dara estate in Rahoon at 6.40am yesterday. There was nobody in the house at the time and it had been unoccupied for a number of weeks.
MURDER SUSPECT HELD
A 20-year-old female suspect – who is a member of the Travelling community – has been further remanded in custody in connection with the death of a young woman.
Mother-of-one Brigid 'Bernie' Cash (20) was found dead at 10.40am on Thursday at the house on Warrenstown Walk, Blanchardstown. The suspect handed herself in to Blanchardstown garda station on Thursday. Ms Cash, from Greystones, Co Wicklow, died from serious head injuries.
MISSING MAN SEARCH
A MAJOR search for a Dublin man missing on Connacht's highest mountain for four nights resumed this morning.
The 38-year-old's wife reported him missing on Wednesday after he failed to make contact. He was due to spend Tuesday night in the Doolough valley below Mweelrea Mountain near Louisburg, Co Mayo, but never made it back to his car. "There's been no sign or trace of him. We'll continue looking, that's all we can do," said Colm Byrne, from Mayo Mountain Rescue.
THE independent regulation of residential services for people with disabilities is a "milestone day for Ireland", the health watchdog has said.
The Health Information and Quality Authority will begin inspecting facilities and have the power to close any residential or respite home that consistency fails new standards.
&EURO;212K CANNABIS HAUL
A 65-YEAR-OLD man caught at a cannabis growhouse told gardai he was "there to strip wallpaper from the walls".
The Chinese national was caught at the house in Co Donegal on January 24, where gardai found an elaborate growhouse in which €212,000 worth of cannabis ready for sale was uncovered, Letterkenny Circuit Court heard yesterday.
ATTACKER (17) FACES JAIL
A TEENAGER has been warned he will be jailed if he continues to have contact with a man he viciously attacked and stalked over a 16-month period. Dublin Children's Court has heard the campaign of harassment began because the man had once got into a brief conversation with the 17-year-old's mother.