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In brief: €10,000 reward to catch killer

A REWARD of up to €10,000 has been offered for information to help gardai track down the killer of a young man who was shot dead as he watched TV with his girlfriend. Damian Dowdall was gunned down when two armed and masked men burst into the house at Lealand Road in Clondalkin, Dublin, on the night of January 23, 2007.

The reward was offered yesterday by Crimestoppers, which can be contacted in confidence at 1800 250025.

Young writers to meet Roddy

BUDDING young writers are in with a chance to have their plots and storylines analysed by Roddy Doyle.

The Dublin Book Festival, which runs from March 2-6, wants youngsters aged between 12 and 14 to write and submit a story by February 11. Eight winners will attend a creative-writing workshop with the author on February 26. More information is available at www.dublinbookfestival.com.

Man had cocaine throughout house

A FATHER of three has been jailed for two years after he was caught with cocaine hidden throughout his home. Alan Collins (37), of White Oaks, Drombanna, Co Limerick, admitted having cocaine worth €14,072 at his home on December 4, 2009, for sale or supply.

Judge Carroll Moran at Limerick Circuit Criminal Court sentenced Collins to three years imprisonment, with one year suspended, and ordered that €13,000 seized by officers should be forfeited to the State.

Medical Council to spend €9.6m

THE Medical Council, which regulates doctors, is expected to spend €9.6m this year on its operations and activities, according to its business report.

The body is funded by fees from 18,838 doctors registered to work here. Spending in 2011 will rise due a number of factors including the introduction of a new competence scheme for medics and higher legal bills arising from misconduct inquiries.

Gardai seek help to find teenager

GARDAI have asked for the help of the public in trying to find a missing 15-year-old male. John Ward, from Ballymun in Dublin, was last seen on Thursday lunchtime in the Clontarf area of north Dublin.

He is 5ft 6in in height, of a slim build, with short blond or light brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information should contact Ballymun gardai at (01) 666 4400 or the garda confidential line at 1800 666 111.

Irish Independent