Wednesday 17 January 2018

In brief: Co-driver killed in death plunge down 500ft ravine during Donegal Rally

A co-driver competing in the Donegal Rally was killed following a tragic accident yesterday afternoon at 4pm.

The man, named locally as Thomas Maguire from Co Meath, died after the Citroen C2 car in which he was the co-driver plunged over a ravine to a depth of between 400 and 500ft. The driver, Shane Buckley of Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, was last night in a critical condition. It was undecided yesterday if the event would continue today. The three-day rally draws up to 70,000 visitors to Donegal.

Motorcyclist dies in tractor collision

A motorcyclist was killed last night in a crash near Listowel, Co Kerry, when his bike was in collision with a tractor on the Listowel to Tralee road at around 8.20pm.

The man, who was in his early 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

€16.4m consultancy bill for Docklands

THE cash-strapped Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) has cost the State more than €16.4m in legal management consultancies, accountancy, auditing and PR firms. And once again it is the barristers who have been the biggest winners.

A Dail question from FG environment spokesman Phil Hogan reveals that the authority has paid €16.4m since 1997. Initially the cost of professional fees was a modest €283,000 in 1997. But from 2005, barristers and PR firms were getting more than €1m a year from the quango.

In 2007-2008 there was a huge spike in the cost of fees, rising from €1.2m to €6.8m. Minister John Gormley said the bulk of the €5.6m increase was caused by "substantial legal fees incurred'' by the authority.

The DDDA spent €1.6m in professional fees in 2009.

Just 3% donate blood on regular basis

ONLY 3 per cent of the population donate blood, says the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS). The IBTS, which requires 3,000 blood donations a week, has launched a short documentary film that highlights the crucial role of these donations and how easy it is to give blood.

The film, The Blood Line, was produced by journalism students at Independent Colleges in Dublin and was shot on location at the National Blood Centre, and at the blood donation clinic on D'Olier Street in Dublin city centre.

Difficulties for GAA star's company

A KITCHEN company which is 40 per cent-owned by Meath's double All-Ireland winner Darren Fay has run into trading difficulties. A creditors' meeting will be held in the Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore, Co Offaly, on June 28 to discuss Darren Fay Kitchens Ltd.

One winner of €3m Lotto jackpot

THERE was one winner of last night's €3,250,259 Lotto jackpot with the numbers 7, 9, 10, 11, 22, 37 (bonus 33).

Two Match 5+bonus winners get €25,000 each; 57 Match 5s get €1,457; 158 Match 4+bonus (€131); 3,427 Match 4s (€37); 3,893 Match 3+bonus (€22); and 51,852 Match 3s (€5 scratchcard).

The numbers in the Lotto Plus 1 draw were 2, 4, 29, 31, 39, 40 (bonus 41) and the numbers in the Lotto Plus 2 draw were 5, 16, 18, 22, 23, 42 (bonus 41).

In the UK draw for £7m, the numbers were 34, 37, 39, 41, 42, 47 (bonus 45).

Gate's Colgan to get OBE this week

THE GATE Theatre's Michael Colgan will be awarded his OBE next Tuesday by British Ambassador Julian King, for services to cultural relations between the UK and Ireland.

"As director of the Gate for 27 years, he has built up an extraordinary relationship with playwrights, producers and directors in Ireland and the UK," said Mr King. "His relationship with Harold Pinter was especially important."

Labour candidate's win referred to HQ

LABOUR'S new parliamentary candidate for Sligo-North Leitrim, Susan O'Keeffe, was selected from a hat and then she was told there was a procedural error and the battle was referred to the party headquarters.

The journalist and former Sligo Mayor Veronica Cawley tied at 71 votes each at the local branch on Friday night. Under Labour Party rules, both names were put into a hat. The name pulled out was the loser and the winner's name, Ms O'Keeffe, remained in the hat. She received a phone call yesterday to say that there was a procedural error.

UK cabinet rocked by new sleaze row

THE UK government was last night rocked by its second cabinet sleaze scandal in three weeks as Lib Dem Energy Secretary Chris Huhne announced that he was leaving his wife of 26 years for for his mistress, his ex-PR assistant.

Kennedy women visit clan homestead

THE former US ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy Smith, also a sister of the late President John F Kennedy, and Vickie Kennedy, widow of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, paid a special visit to the Kennedy homestead at Dunganstown, New Ross, Co Wexford, yesterday to meet their Irish cousins for a private family gathering.

They were joined by Mrs Smith's daughter Amanda and her husband Carter Hood and their children, Summer and Stephanie. The visitors were met by cousins Patrick and Jim Grennan and had a picnic on the family farm.

The Government has said it will give funding for the development of the Kennedy Homestead Visitor centre.

Rape suspects being sought by gardai

Three men, believed to be gypsies from eastern Europe, are being sought by gardai in connection with the rape of a 16-year-old girl in a Tralee graveyard last week.

The three had been living in a house in Tralee and were known locally, said the victim's aunt , who called RTE's Liveline on Friday. The woman said her niece said she was dragged into Rath Cemetery and raped by three foreign men at around 9pm last Sunday.

Diaspora can get heritage certificate

Many of the 70 million people globablly who can trace Irish ancestry will be able to get a State Certificate of Irish Heritage if they don't qualify for citizenship.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheal Martin said the certification would become operational later this year.

Liam Lawlor's estate worth nothing

THE controversial Fianna Fail politician Liam Lawlor has left nothing in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week. The politician/businessman who was killed in a car accident in Moscow on October 22, 2005, left an estate of €842,174 -- but after deductions the net value was zero.

Mr Lawlor, the first modern Irish politician to be convicted of a crime and jailed (for refusing to co-operate with the Planning Tribunal) lived in Lucan, Co Dublin.

In his will, which was made in 1986, Mr Lawlor left everything to his wife Hazel. It stipulated that if she did not survive him his estate should be divided among his children. Mr Lawlor also expressed a wish that, if possible, his family should "retain and maintain" Somerton House.

Other wills: Leslie Sharpe, farmer, Arklow, Co Wicklow, €8,812,608; June Baker, homemaker, Malahow, The Naul, Co Dublin, €7,870,786; David Dowse, Derreenacliffe, Sneem, Co Kerry, €3,431,145; John Walshe, farmer, Castlemartin, Co Kildare, €1,735,372; and Jon Kent, farmer, Clogheen, Co Tipperary, €1,572,915.

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