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Saturday 16 December 2017

In brief: Fine Gael calls for end to wintertime policy as clocks go back by an hour

People can enjoy an extra lie in as the clocks go back an hour this weekend for wintertime, but Fine Gael wants summer time all year round.

Fine Gael's David Stanton said: "No one looks forward to the dark evenings which set in when we switch over to winter time. But there are strong arguments for extending summer time by at least a month every year, and possibly even for the whole year. Longer summer time could save energy costs by reducing consumption and carbon emissions, boost road safety and help tourism," he said.

Public to get gaming complex plans

The latest proposals for an ambitious €460m Co Tipperary plan to build Europe's largest sporting, leisure and gaming complex -- including a casino backed by local deputy Michael Lowry -- are to given to locals tomorrow.

The massive development will also include a 15,000-seater underground entertainment venue with a retractable roof which will surpass Dublin's O2 arena in design and capacity, say the developers.

The Tipperary Venue also includes a racecourse, a golf course, shops, equestrian centre, a heliport, a greyhound track, a seven-furlong sprint track, and an replica of the White House as it stood in 1829. This feature is a tribute to local man James Hoban, who designed the building.

Richard Quirke of Dr Quirkey's Good Time Emporium, Dublin, is to finance the project with a group of investors.

Driver killed, four injured in crash

A 21-year-old man, believed to be the driver of the car, has died in a crash in Waterpark, Carrigaline Co Cork, at around 5.30am yesterday.

Four other people in the car, including a young woman, were injured and taken to hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Elsewhere, a 76-year-old German woman died following a collision in Co Clare. The woman was hit by a tractor at a pedestrian crossing near the entrance to Bunratty Folk Park on Friday afternoon and died later in hospital.

Probe into exploitation of Fas scheme

AN investigation has been demanded into the operation of a controversial Fas work placement programme amid claims it is being abused as "a job displacement" scheme.

It is claimed that some employers are using a Work Place Programme scheme to get trainees to do the work of full-time paid employees. The aim of the programme is to give people on-the-job skills. However, in some cases, trainees are required to work for up to nine months -- with no pay except what they receive from FAS.

No winner of €2.7m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €2,763,156 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 5, 7, 12, 19, 39, 44 (bonus 26).

There was one Match 5+bonus winner who gets €25k; 61 Match 5 (€1,460); 191 Match 4+bonus (€117); 2,845 Match 4 (€48); and 3,933 Match 3+bonus (€23). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 4, 12, 17, 22, 33, 43 (bonus 24) and the Plus 2 numbers were 7, 8, 10, 17, 26, 27 (bonus 6).

And in the UK draw for £7m (€8.05m) the numbers were 2, 22, 32, 33, 37, 45 (bonus 11).

Stormont faces 'fire sale' of assets

The Stormont Assembly could be forced into a 'fire sale' of assets to plug a £4bn hole in its finances. First Minister Peter Robinson has revealed that British Prime Minister David Cameron has twice refused to meet him to discuss the impact of a UK Treasury review which has cut capital spending in Northern Ireland over the next four years.

On Friday, Mr Robinson told party activists that the financial shortfall would cause "untold misery".

Last Thursday's meeting of the executive's emergency committee discussed selling assets like Belfast Harbour. Government buildings and car parks and the vehicle licensing and testing service have also been mentioned.

PSNI detonate 40kg bomb in Lurgan

THE PSNI last night detonated a bomb planted by suspected nationalist militants in Lurgan, south of Belfast.

The bomb contained 40kg of home-made explosives and was placed in a beer keg under a railway bridge. A passer-by spotted it on Friday and alerted the police.

Writer Pratchett joins staff of Trinity

Writer Terry Pratchett is to join the staff at Trinity College Dublin in the School of English next week.

His relationship with Trinity began in December 2008 when he was conferred with an honorary degree. Since then, the relationship has deepened, with Pratchett's literary agent donating a complete back-catalogue of Pratchett's published translations to the college in 2009.

World premiere for Shay Healy movie

A Tale Of Two Kidneys, Shay Healy's renal road movie, gets its world premiere at the Siamsa Theatre in Tralee tonight, as part of the Kerry Film Festival. The movie tells the story of a kidney donation by painter/ singer/actor/ pianoman Kyron Bourke, to his film-maker/photographer/ lecturer brother Brendan. The brothers are scions of the famous Bourke theatrical dynasty of the 20th century.

Gerry Ryan was a first cousin. Eamonn Andrews married into the family. Kyron and Brendan's parents, Peadar and Vera, ran the famous Bourke's Theatrical Costumier on Dame Street and Peadar was a noted actor. Vera was a first-prize winner at the Welsh Eisteddfod.

Lonely hospital death for paedophile

A convicted paedophile who escaped a lengthy prison term earlier this year because of a terminal illness has died alone in hospital. The man, from Wicklow and who cannot be named to protect the identity of his now teenage victim, passed away at St Vincent's Hospital on September 15. His remains were cremated by a family member following a private and undisclosed funeral.

The 63-year-old was found guilty at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of the sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl on a beach in Greystones, Co Wicklow, in September 2005.

Seven-year-old leaves estate of €3m

A seven-year-old boy who suffered from severe cerebral palsy has left an estate worth more than €3m.

Josh Fogarty, from Finglas, Dublin, died in Temple Street Children's Hospital on April 7. Last week, his mother applied for Letters of Administration for his estate, which is valued at €3,037,869.

In March 2008, the High Court in Dublin approved a settlement worth €3.3m for Josh arising from alleged negligence during his birth in the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin on July 29, 2003. The boy sued the hospital through his mother Amanda, who was granted Letters of Administration for his estate. The Rotunda Hospital settled the case without admission of liability.

Other wills: Patrick Carr, publican, Roselawn Avenue, Castleknock, Dublin, €2,926,633; James A Plant, farmer, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow, €1,516,057; Mark Cooke, Stewart's Hospital, Palmerstown, Dublin, €1,240,935; Robert Ryan, farmer, Ballinlough, Kells, Co Meath, €1,166,780; William Treacy, farmer, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co Tipperary, €1,080,312; Hannah (Daisy) Kennedy, housewife, Thurles, Co Tipperary, €1,048,096; Elizabeth Jenkinson, secondary school teacher, Bellewstown, Co Meath, €1,027,253.

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

Sunday Independent

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