Wednesday 29 January 2020

In brief: Decomposed body found on riverbank is man who went missing in November

Remains found on the banks of the River Shannon are understood to be those of Frank 'Francie' Green, 48, who disappeared from his flat in Hartstronge Street, Limerick, last November.

A post-mortem examination carried out yesterday was inconclusive in establishing the cause of death and further tests are required, gardai said.

The badly decomposed body was found by a farmer on a riverbank at Portdrine near Cratloe, Co Clare, last Friday. Gardai are satisfied the killing was not gang related.

Bid to send Irish bobsleigh team home

Australia has launched a bid to have Ireland's Women's Bobsleigh Team thrown out of the Winter Olympics in Canada, days before the start of the competition.

The Australian team claims they have an automatic right of entry to the final 20-team line up, due to the fact Australia is part of the 'continent' of Oceania.

This would mean the Irish team, which qualified in 19th place for the Olympics, would be out. And, although the Japanese qualified in 20th place, they will qualify under the same 'Oceania' rule -- leaving Ireland out.

UUP could scupper Northern deal

FEARS have been raised that the deal between the DUP and Sinn Fein to rescue the Stormont Assembly could flounder because of strong opposition within the Ulster Unionist Party to the proposals.

Ulster Unionist leader Reg Empey yesterday refused to be drawn on whether his MLAs would support the DUP/ Sinn Fein deal when a proposal to devolve policing powers to Stormont comes before the assembly on March 9.

Another 200 troops join UN Chad base

Another 200 Irish troops are to fly out to Chad today as a new battalion takes over a UN mission in the country.

Soldiers from the 102 Battalion will join the 200 troops who left for Chad last month and will take over from the 101 battalion in Goz Bieda. Chad is in negotiations with the UN to end the peacekeeping mission and has told the UN to withdraw its soldiers and civilians.

One winner of €5.5m Lotto jackpot

There was one winner of last night's €5,513,556 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 7, 8, 24, 30, 36, 44 (bonus 3).

There was one Match 5+bonus winner who gets €25,000; 51 Match 5s (€1,912); 164 Match 4+bonus (€149); 2,659 Match 4s (€57); 4,470 Match 3+bonus (€22); 45,456 Match 3s (€5 scratchcard). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 9, 11, 22, 25, 42, 45 (bonus 29) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 1, 5, 25, 26, 35, 44 (bonus 17).

In the UK draw for £3.6m, the numbers were 3, 12, 15, 17, 22, 29 (bonus 5) and five winners shared the top prize.

Controlled explosion of suspect device

THE Army bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion on a suspect device last night on the N4 near Edgeworthstown, Co Longford. The device was viable.

A Defence Forces spokesman said the scene was declared safe at 5pm and the stretch of road reopened.

Classes in corridor at crisis-hit school

Children with learning difficulties in Whitecross National School in Julianstown, Co Meath, are being taught in a corridor, according to local TD Shane McEntee.

"Some of the conditions experienced by pupils and teachers in Whitecross are positively Victorian," Mr McEntee said. "Last year, concrete had to be set around some prefabs to prevent rats taking up residence."

The Department of Education said a new school in the town is a "high priority".

Artefacts unearthed in St Mel's ruins

A painstaking search of the charred ruins of St Mel's Cathedral, Co Longford, uncovered a treasure trove of ecclesiastical material as well as 200 objects of archeological and historical interest thought to have been lost in the Christmas Day blaze.

Fishy goings-on at angling festival

Something fishy is going on in Dublin -- and it's happening at Hooked Live! at the Citywest Convention Centre on February 27 and 28, where angling enthusiasts can reel in the insider tips from Europe's top professional fly-casters, angling guides and demonstrators.

Engineers' Week to focus on maths

THE teaching of maths will be highlighted in Engineers' Week 2010, which runs from tomorrow to Saturday.

There will also be a workshop for primary students, supported by Sustainable Energy Ireland, at the Engineers Ireland offices on Clyde Road on Energy Innovation Day this Wednesday.

Driver killed after getting out of car

A 37-year-old man was killed on the M1 near Castlebellingham, Co Louth, after getting out of his car on the hard-shoulder shortly before 9pm on Friday night.

The man, who has not yet been named by the gardai, was hit by a passing vehicle. Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to contact Ardee Garda Station or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.

INLA says it has surrendered its guns

The INLA, the republican splinter group responsible for some of Northern Ireland's most notorious murders, said yesterday that it has surrendered its weapons.

The move coincides with the end of legislation that lets terrorists dispose of guns without fear of prosecution.

The weapons surrender is expected to be confirmed tomorrow by the IICD.

Fine Gael in call to slash judges' pay

Fine Gael has called on the Government to amend the Constitution to cut judges' pay. The party claims the State could have collected €3.1m in revenue had the judiciary not been exempt from the Budget's public sector pay cuts.

How to get into the swing of things

THE art of swing dancing is booming in Dublin, where every Monday night the 16-piece Dublin City Jazz Orchestra is attracting dozens of aficionados to the Button Factory in Temple Bar. The band's musicians include Ciaran Wilde (clarinet and saxophones), Ray Martin (trumpet), Phil Ware (piano), and Hugh Buckley (guitar).

Fish exporter leaves €6m in his will

A FISH exporter from Kerry left more than €6m in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week. Eoin Keane, a company director from Cluais, Dingle, Co Kerry, died August 30, 2007 left estate valued €6,336,387.

Other wills: Elizabeth Brogan, farmer, Riverstown, Rathfeigh, Tara, Co Meath, €5,848,309; Thomas O'Brien, Drumconrath, Co Meath, €2,084,756; Gerard T Scully, Georgian Village, Castleknock, Co Dublin, €2,070,773; John Tevlin, farmer, Kells, Co Meath, €2,014,374; Francis O'Loughran, ENT consultant of Woodbine Park, Blackrock, Dublin, €1,9928,302; and Brendan Glackin, parliamentary reporter with the Oireachtas, Kenilworth Lane, Rathgar, Dublin 6, left €705,425.

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

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