Sunday 17 December 2017

In brief: Fianna Fail face a wipeout in Capital constituency 'unless Bertie will run'

Fianna Fail will be wiped out in Dublin Central at the next election unless former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is on the ticket, an internal party poll reveals.

The recent poll conducted shows that Mr Ahern's popularity has plummeted but he retains enough support to take the last seat.

The poll of 400 constituents says that Fine Gael will return a deputy for the first time since Jim Mitchell's death almost a decade ago, with Senator Paschal Donohoe polling on 16 per cent, which would be enough to see him take the second seat.

Labour stalwart Joe Costello is certain to top the poll given the party's current popularity and if Mr Ahern doesn't run, Labour would be best-placed to pick up a second seat. Despite her low profile, independent Maureen O'Sullivan, who replaced the late Tony Gregory, looks certain to hold her seat.

Former boss of Coursing Club drowns

Jerry Desmond, former boss of the Irish Coursing Club, drowned during a family holiday in Portugal yesterday.

Tragically, Mr Desmond's wife and at least one of their children saw him get into difficulty at a quiet beach near the Algarve resort of Albufeira, and they quickly raised the alarm. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

New Beginning for mortgage holders

HUNDREDS of struggling mortgage-holders at risk of losing their homes have inundated a new lobby group offering free legal services for repossessions.

Barristers have already started reviewing the files of more than 20 people who would otherwise be unable to afford legal representation. The group, New Beginning, has reported 5,000 hits to its website, 452 emails and 259 phone calls since its launch last Monday.

A spokesman said: "We have also received a large number of calls from people who see themselves in the same position at some point in the future."

Body of woman recovered from sea

The body of a woman in her 60s was recovered from the sea off Rosslare in Co Wexford early yesterday morning after she fell overboard from a ferry.

The Waterford Coastguard helicopter spotted the body around 2km east of Rosslare Harbour and it was picked up by the Rosslare lifeboat at around 7.30am.

Bono's brother's restaurants close

Bono's brother, Norman Hewson, is said to be the latest high-profile casualty of the decimation of the Dublin restaurant scene.

The U2 singer's brother owns the Nude Cafe on Suffolk Street and Baggot Street, which both closed in recent days and remained locked-up with tables and chairs stacked inside. Restaurant phones went unanswered yesterday.

Man dies in three-car road accident

A 30-year-old man died yesterday after the car he was travelling in as a passenger was involved in a three-car crash on the R195 at Virginia Road, Oldcastle, Co Meath.

No winner of €4.1m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €4,129,648 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 3, 9, 11, 17, 28, 30 (bonus 6).

There were 10 Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25k; 111 Match 5s (€821); 356 Match 4+bonus (€64); 4,456 Match 4s (€32); 6,602 Match 3+bonus (€14); and 57,514 Match 3s (€5).

In the Lotto Plus 1 draw the numbers were 1, 7, 16, 24, 36, 45 (bonus 2) and in the Lotto Plus 2 draw they were 14, 34, 35, 38, 41, 44 (bonus 31).

In the UK draw for stg£18.1m the numbers were 12, 22, 30, 31, 34, 39 (bonus 36).

Traders hoping ferry route will stay

STRUGGLING traders across Munster are praying investors will plough €1m into the restored Cork to Swansea ferry to ensure that the service continues. Ferry chiefs have launched a business expansion scheme to secure money to copperfasten the future of the service.

Since the Fastnet Line Service was restored in March, more than 70,000 passengers have travelled to the region, putting €2m a week into the beleaguered economy.

Tax breaks crucial to film industry

THE future of Ireland's multimillion-euro film industry hinges on the maintenance of tax breaks to attract major international movies for Irish location shoots.

The 55th Corona Cork Film Festival opens tonight and will highlight the importance of supporting strategic financial incentives for the industry as fears grow that the tax break could be axed along with other incentives in the next Budget. In a poignant gesture, Maureen O'Hara, 90, will be the guest of honour for the gala screening on Friday, November 12, of a documentary on the making of The Quiet Man with John Wayne.

TD: Fenian flag belongs in museum

The National Museum of Ireland should purchase a rare Fenian Rising flag that will be auctioned by Whyte's on behalf of the State, according to Co Limerick Fianna Fail TD John Cregan.

Mr Cregan has spoken to the director of the National Museum, Dr Pat Wallace, and asked him to secure the flag when it comes up for auction later this month. Mr Cregan has also spoken to Taoiseach Brian Cowen about the need for the State to purchase the flag and outlined the strong Limerick historic links behind the flag. It is estimated that the flag could fetch €50,000 when it goes for auction.

Dissidents on bikes throw grenades

A Dissident IRA man on a bicycle hurled a homemade grenade at three Belfast policemen during a robbery, wounding them with shrapnel, the PSNI said Saturday.

The most seriously wounded officer underwent surgery on his arm, while his two colleagues were released from the hospital after treatment for shrapnel injuries.

It was the first time since July that IRA splinter groups have injured police officers seriously. More than two dozen previous bids this year have failed either when the dissidents' makeshift devices didn't work, or the police sensed ambushes and stayed away. However, in one August attack, a bomb instead injured three children.

Von Trash flexes his 'Dance Muscle'

Up-and-coming Irish singer/songwriter Von Trash, aka Barry Glennon, launched his new single, Dance Muscle, in the Button Factory, Dublin, last week. Last summer, Von Trash performed alongside such top pop names as Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Alexandra Burke and at music festivals.

Blackrock woman leaves €4.3m in will

Nora Mulcair of Proby Square, Blackrock, Co Dublin, who died on June 12, 2010, has left an estate valued at €4,362,500.

Other wills: John Flanagan, Skerries, Dublin, €2,511,005; Catherine Corboy, Castle Park Rd, Sandycove, Dublin, €2,064,422; Maureen Tunney, Butterfield, Rathfarnham, Dublin, €1,867,330; Thomas Regan, Woodbine Rd, Blackrock, Co Dublin, €1,480,585 and Nora Roberts, Clarinda Park East, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, €1,403,179.

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

Sunday Independent

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