| 8.3°C Dublin

In brief: Charity fails to offload house

A HOUSE put up for auction to generate funds for an animal-protection charity has failed to attract a single bid. The Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) is set to hold a national raffle for the €200,000 home after the property failed to sell yesterday.

The house, in the north Clare town of Lisdoonvarna, was left to the ISPCA by late Clare GP and dog lover Dr Maura Lernihan, who passed away in August 2007. The property has been on the market for over a year with a price initially of €350,000.

Court date set for Harte suspects

THE first part of a trial of the men accused of the honeymoon murder of Michaela Harte, daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte, will take place in Mauritius in June.

Prosecutors are expected to lay out their case against hotel workers Abinash Treebhoowoon (29) and Sandip Moneea (41) over three days in a provisional trial held to decide whether a full trial will take place.

Broadcaster gets libel judgment

BROADCASTER George Hook has been granted judgment against Tribune Newspapers in his €38,000 damages claim for defamation in a 'Sunday Tribune' article published in October last year.

Hook, of Foxrock Park, Foxrock, Dublin 18, had previously sought to join Eithne Tynan, Kilbaha, Kilrush, Co Clare, to the proceedings on the grounds she was the author of the alleged defamatory article. Hook stated publicly he was dropping his libel action against her, and the county registrar yesterday struck out the motion to join Ms Tynan.

Gardai probe fire at car dealership

GARDAI are investigating the cause of a fire at a major car dealership that caused an estimated €250,000 worth of damage.

Eight cars and a portion of a building were damaged by the blaze, which was detected at CAB Motors in Blackrock, Co Cork, early yesterday morning. Gardai stressed that they were keeping an open mind about the incident.

Two held over cannabis farm

GARDAI were last night questioning two men in connection with the discovery of a massive drugs factory.

Cannabis plants worth €100,000 were seized by members of a Clare Garda Divisional Drugs Unit during the search of a house located between Ardnacrusha and Clonlarain, Co Clare, on Thursday.

Irish Independent