Monday 18 December 2017

In Brief: As Ireland basks in heatwave, man in his 30s drowns in accident at lake

A man in his 30s drowned yesterday in an accident at a lake in Co Galway. The man, from Eastern Europe, drowned at Ballyquirke lake in Moycullen, Co Galway.

Emergency services were called to the scene after the alarm was raised at around 7pm. The body was taken from the lake but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

MAN KILLED AS TRACTOR OVERTURNS

A man in his 60s was killed in a road accident last night near Miltown Malbay, Co Clare. The incident happened at 8pm when the tractor he was driving left the road and overturned at Clounlaheen East, Mullagh.

On arrival at the incident, emergency crews found the man trapped in the tractor. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by a local doctor.

The road at the scene is closed so that Garda forensic investigators can carry out an examination of the area

DEPT OF FINANCE STILL SEEKING STAFF

Michael Noonan's Department of Finance is looking for new economists to bolster its pool of expertise. The posts, which will be at assistant principal level, bring salaries of between €71,359 and €88,598 at the top end of the increment scale as well as holidays of 30 working days a year, excluding "usual public holidays".

According to the advert, which was published on Friday, the Department is seeking to "recruit two highly qualified and motivated economists to enhance the capacity of the Division. The successful candidates will have strong qualifications in economics as well as considerable experience working as an economist".

DRUGS CACHE UNEARTHED IN WOODLAND

Gardai yesterday discovered cannabis resin with an estimated street value of €70,000 and cocaine with a street value of €3,000 during a planned search of a wooded area at Carrigeen, Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

No one was arrested.

NO WINNER OF €3M LOTTO JACKPOT

THERE was no winner of last night's €2,982,535 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 1, 4, 10, 13, 14, 17 (bonus 19).

There were three Match 5 plus bonus winners who each get €25,000; 80 Match 5s (€840); 187 Match 4+bonus (€90); 2,990 Match 4s (€35); 4,070 Match 3+bonus (€17) and 41,670 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 7, 10, 16, 18, 21, 36 (bonus 35) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 4, 5, 14, 15, 31, 45 (bonus 35).

And in the UK draw for stg£3.7m, the numbers were 8, 9, 13, 17, 41, 43 (bonus 14).

ARCHITECTURAL ARCHIVE TO SHUT DOORS

The Irish Architectural Archive on Merrion Square in Dublin is set to close its doors for two months this summer and make its entire staff temporarily redundant in a bid to make up some of its €100,000 deficit.

IAA chairman Michael Webb explained that without additional funding, the measures were unavoidable. "Quite simply, the archive does not have the resources to operate normally for the whole of the year," he said.

An IAA appeal has raised €42,000 so far. The archive will shut on June 28 unless a substantial amount is raised over the next few weeks.

MEN FIGHT FOR LIVES AFTER KNIFE ATTACKS

TWO separate knife attacks that happened within minutes of each other in Dublin city centre and Dun Laoghaire have left two men fighting for their lives. Both incidents happened around 11.30pm on Friday.

In Dun Laoghaire, a 41-year-old male was stabbed in an incident in an apartment at Clarence Street. His condition is described as serious but stable. A man in his 20s was arrested and a file will be sent to the DPP.

In Dublin city, a teenager was injured in a knife attack at a shop at College Green. The 19-year-old's condition has been described as stable. Two male and one female teenagers were arrested in connection with the attack.

PILOT SCHEME TO REVIVE OUR TOWNS

Limerick city and Carlow town have been selected as pilot locations as part of a national effort to revive Ireland's towns and cities. The pilot programme will see national and local stakeholders create a "town team" who will work together to develop and deliver a "town plan".

DEMOLITION PLAN MET WITH PROTESTS

Three historic houses on Vicar Street in Kilkenny city are to be demolished, while the medieval enclave of Irishtown will be considerably altered to make way for the new Central Access Scheme road as part of a €10.7m project. But the plan has been greeted with protests.

The Complete the Kilkenny Ring Road group, made up of residents, heritage workers and local representatives, believes the fabric of these buildings is likely medieval, unique in Ireland, and warrant further investigation.

MCALEESE PRAISES POSSIBILITIES OF PEACE

Former President Mary McAleese has spoken of a "new landscape of possibilities" brought by the peace process.

At a ceremony at the Battle of the Boyne site at Oldbridge, Co Meath, yesterday, where the Boyne cable bridge on the M1 motorway was named Mary McAleese Boyne Valley Bridge, Mrs McAleese said it was "wonderful and poignant" that it was a bridge that lets people travel easily between the North and South, as "we have made journeys of the heart to one another in order to be here".

Taoiseach Enda Kenny paid tribute to Mrs McAleese, saying it was a "fitting tribute that the bridge spanning the Boyne will be named after a President who bridged the divide between the two traditions on this island".

RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL POWERSCOURT

On foot of a report last Sunday, relating to the change of ownership at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Powerscourt, we have been asked to point out that the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt will be fully operational and remain trading as normal, up to and during the hotel's relaunch as an Autograph Collection hotel on October 1, 2013, with Interstate Hotels and Resorts taking over the day-to-day management of the hotel from that date. We are happy to make this clear.

ARTIST CARRICK LEAVES €2M IN HIS WILL

Acclaimed Dublin artist Desmond Carrick has left over €2m his will. Mr Carrick, who was born in Crumlin in 1928, worked full-time in the Guinness lab until the 1980s. His work was in many public collections. Mr Carrick, described as a retired artist of Woodtown, Rathfarnham, Dublin, who died last September left €2,227,817.

Other wills: James Gorman, businessman, Nutley Rd, Dublin, €2,569,377; Mary Dempsey, Iona Rd, Dublin, €1,025,041; and Patrick Halpin, farmer, Ashfield Rd, Mulhuddart, Dublin, €922,214.

The value of wills includes property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts

Irish Independent

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