Wednesday 13 December 2017

In brief: Engineering professor Prendergast becomes 44th provost of Trinity

Professor Patrick Prendergast has been elected provost of Trinity College, Dublin. He will be the 44th provost of the university and takes over from the current provost, Dr John Hegarty, on August 1.

Professor Prendergast is professor of bio-engineering and chief academic officer at Trinity. The post has a term of 10 years.

Man killed in early morning crash

A 26-year-old man killed in a car crash near Omagh, in Co Tyrone, has been named as Simon Glenn, from Strabane.

Mr Glenn was travelling in a car with two women aged 48 and 23 and a three-year-old girl when his car was involved in a collision on Dougary Road just after 4am yesterday. The women and the child were taken to hospital for treatment but their injuries are not life threatening.

An 18-year-old man who was driving the second vehicle was detained by police at the scene.

Martin Sheen reveals Charlie pain

On the day Charlie Sheen was sacked from hit TV show Two and A Half Men following weeks of disturbing behaviour, his father, Martin, spoke to Gay Byrne about his deep concerns for his youngest son.

In the interview recorded for The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne to be broadcast tonight on RTE One at 10.30pm, the veteran actor says: "I don't suppose any parent gives up hope for their child, no matter how old or what they do."

"Do you pray for Charlie?" Gay asks. "Every day", Sheen replies, "and I have been for quite a while."

No winner of €2.8m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €2,765,766 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 1, 12, 16, 22, 38, 42 (bonus 32).

There were 4 Match 5+bonus winners who will each receive €25,000. 41 Match 5s (€2,177); 169 Match 4+bonus (€133); 2,581 Match 4s (€53); 3,750 Match 3+bonus (€24); and 41,878 Match 3s (€5).

The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 2, 18, 20, 23, 25, 33 (bonus 16) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 8, 10, 16, 23, 33, 36 (bonus 43).

And in the UK draw for an estimated stg£4.4m prize, the numbers were 12, 14, 32, 44, 48, 49 (bonus 25).

Uncle to pay damages for sex abuse

A Co Offaly farmer has been ordered by the High Court to pay €350,000 damages to his niece after a finding that he raped and sexually abused her over 13 years.

The woman, now in her mid-30s, had claimed the assaults occurred between 1990 and 2003 at various locations in Offaly, including in her family home, a car, a milking parlour, her grandmother's house, and when babysitting in her uncle's home.

Gilligan sentenced over phone in cell

Gangland criminal John Gilligan has been convicted of the offence of having a mobile phone in his prison cell in Portlaoise three years ago.

The convicted drug dealer was charged after prison officers searched his cell in July 2008 and found a mobile phone, a SIM card, a charger, two pairs of ladies underwear and tablets. Gilligan was sentenced to eight months in prison on top of the 22 years he is serving.

Luas to offer free wi-fi for travellers

COMMUTERS who make more then 27 million journeys a year on Luas trams in Dublin will soon be able to go online for free. Travellers on the Red and Green lines will be able to connect with their Facebook page or tweet away within months after the Railway Procurement Agency said they plan to offer free Wi-Fi access to all their customers.

Irish mothers are oldest in the EU

Irish mothers are the oldest in the EU, according to the European Commission's official statistics agency.

The latest Eurostat Demography Report notes most Irish women are, on average, just over 31 when they give birth. The European average age for women giving birth is 29.7. The youngest mums in the EU are in Bulgaria at 26.6 and Romania at 26.9 years.

Last chance for that big band sound

A SUCCESSFUL winter season by the 17-piece Dublin City Jazz Orchestra comes to an end tomorrow in the Button Factory in Dublin's Temple Bar at 8pm.

"It's been a thrill to play the big band hits of Ellington, Basie and Goodman, and great to have the likes of Mary Coughlan singing," said band leader Ciaran Wilde.

Mitchell condemns UN staff murders

Dublin MEP Gay Mitchell, a member of the European Parliament's Working Group on Religious Freedom and Intercultural Dialogue has denounced the murders of United Nations staff in Afghanistan.

Up to eight UN staff members lost their lives after violence erupted yesterday during a protest called 'a day of anger' over the burning of the Koran in a US church. The murders occurred when protesters broke into a UN compound in the north of the country.

"These appalling murders highlight a shocking trend of violence resulting from intolerance," Mr Mitchell said.

Sunday Independent

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