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Sunday 17 December 2017

In Brief: Five rooms at Mauritius hotel where Michaela was murdered are burgled

SEVERAL holidaymakers at the Mauritius hotel where Michaela McAreavey was murdered have been burgled. It is understood that five rooms at the former Legends Hotel were targeted last week. The burglars fled after a German tourist began to scream when she discovered a man stealing items from her room last Tuesday night.

Almost two years ago, 27-year-old Michaela was murdered after she disturbed intruders in her room while on honeymoon with her husband, John. After her murder, security was increased at the resort, which recently changed its name to Lux Hotel. Mobile phones, laptops, cameras, jewellery and cash were stolen from the rooms.

Cannabis users 'keep drug lords going'

Drug lords would be driven out of business if they were not supported by the "weekend users of cannabis", Fine Gael TD Derek Keating told the Dail, where he condemned Luke 'Ming' Flanagan for his endorsement of illegal drugs.

"Casual drug use at weekends is what fuels the drugs trade, keeping it alive. If we want to bring an end to the scourge of drugs, it is the responsibility of everyone to co-operate fully with the gardai and the authorities to stamp out the proliferation of drug use and the dreadful heinous crimes that accompany it," he said.

Man appears in court over shootings

A 20-year-old man appeared in court in Dublin yesterday in relation to shooting incidents in Tallaght earlier this month. The man was arrested and charged in relation to the firing of a gun in Tallaght on October 10 and 15, including an incident where a gun was fired into an empty car. The man was detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

€30,000 award for 'sham redundancy'

THE former head of of the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios in Dublin has been awarded €30,000 in compensation after an Employment Appeals Tribunal found she had been dismissed from her job in a "sham redundancy".

Marian Lovett, of Kilmactranny, Co Sligo, former CEO, claimed at an earlier hearing that she was unfairly dismissed from her €48,000-a-year job in August 2010 and was the victim of a sham redundancy.

The company denied the claim and said that her employment had been ended fairly on grounds of redundancy. Finding in Ms Lovett's favour, the tribunal unanimously agreed that there had been a "sham redundancy" and she was not fully consulted or allowed to be involved in any meaningful way in the company's restructuring plans. The tribunal deemed compensation to be the most appropriate redress and awarded Ms Lovett €30,000 under the Unfair Dismissals Acts.

No winner of €5.1m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €5,136,890 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 2, 12, 15, 29, 34, 35 (bonus 16).

There were 3 Match 5+bonus winners who each receive €25k; 44 Match 5s (€1,681); 120 Match 4+bonus (€155); 2,172 Match 4s (€53); 2,873 Match 3+bonus (€26); and 34,921 Match 3s (€5 scratchcard). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 7, 14, 26, 27, 36, 42 (bonus 38) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 1, 6, 7, 9, 28, 37 (bonus 44).

And in the UK draw for an estimated stg£4m, the numbers were 9, 10, 24, 37, 39, 40 (bonus 36).

O'Dea demands welfare delays answer

Fianna Fail social equality spokesman Willie O'Dea TD has called on Minister Joan Burton to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection to explain the latest statistics on waiting times for welfare payments.

"This week we found out that 4,169 people nationwide are waiting to have their appeals heard for the Disability Allowance, 2,513 of these have been waiting for more than four months, and 321 people are waiting for more than a year," he said. "There are 1,635 people waiting to have their appeals for the Carer's Allowance processed, with more than 900 of these waiting for over four months and 113 people waiting for over a year."

Up to 100,000 still not digital-ready

UP to 100,000 people who have still not switched to digital TV will see their screens go blank on Wednesday.

A free Irish online TV service Aertv said its service allowed viewers to see all the Saorview channels (RTE1, RTE2, TV3, 3e, TG4 among others) through a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. It is one of four recommended providers in the official government booklet Going Digital. It's also online at

Louth firm wins referendum print job

A Co Louth firm has won the contract for printing the children's referendum information booklet that is to be sent to every house in the country.

The contract, worth almost €200,000, has gone to the Boylan Print Group in Drogheda. The booklets will be delivered to homes by An Post. The referendum takes place on November 10.

'Visions for Ireland' to tap into music

This year's 'Visions for Ireland 2012' event will look to music and performance in exploring an Octave (eight) of themes critical to Ireland's future at the National Concert Hall tomorrow. Leading figures from business, healthcare, social entrepreneurship and the arts will lead more than 200 confirmed attendees in examining crucial themes including Leadership; Protest & anti-establishment; Technology and Internationalisation.

This year's event is being hosted in collaboration with the National Concert Hall, utilising music and performance to stimulate debate and insights in creating a vision for a new Ireland that will ultimately emerge from the financial and social trauma of the past five years.

The invited attendance will be assisted by Visionaries who will share their own life experiences of the political, social and business worlds including Alan Markey, CEO of Baxter Ireland; Sam Coulter-Smith, Master of the Rotunda; Sean Coughlan, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland; Liz O'Donnell, former minister and consultant; and Simon Taylor, CEO of the National Concert Hall.

Kinks' Ray Davies to play O2 tonight

Ray Davies, one-time lead singer with The Kinks and one of the greatest British songwriters ever, plays the 02 Arena in Dublin tonight. Tickets are still available to see the author of timeless classics such as Waterloo Sunset and Dedicated Follower Of Fashion.

Disney wife leaves €3.3m Irish estate

Patricia Disney, former wife of Walt Disney's nephew Roy Disney, has left more than €3m in her will, according to documents lodged in the probate office in Dublin.

Divorced from Roy Disney, who was a senior executive with the Disney Corporation, she died at the age of 77 at her home in Los Angeles on February 3, 2012, where she had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

The couple spent many summers at Coolmain Castle, near Bandon, Co Cork, with their four children, Roy Patrick, Susan, Abigail and Timothy.

Patricia A Disney, of Arcola Avenue, Toluca Lake, LA, California, left estate in Ireland valued at €3,302,650.

Other wills: Patrick O'Toole, farmer, Curkeen, Ratoath, Co Meath, €1,605,665; Eileen O'Shea, housewife, Saville Park Road, Dalkey, €1,157,687; John Moloney, accountant, Ashfield Park, Stillorgan Road, Dublin, €1,270,663; Michael O'Neill farmer, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, €1,046,525; Patrick J Harding, farmer, Mantle Hill, Golden, Co Tipperary, €1,020,210; and Helena A Queally, publican, Cahirlistrane, Co Galway, €1,008,870.

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

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