Tuesday 23 January 2018

In brief: Four men charged with possession of weapons, explosives and ammunition

Four men appeared before the Special Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday charged with possession of mortar tubes, explosives, a gun and ammunition.

The weaponry was seized by the Garda Special Detective Unit in raids across the south-east and Co Clare last week. Four other men arrested during the raids were still being questioned last night. One appeared before a special sitting of Waterford District Court yesterday to have his period of detention extended.

Before the Special Court was Desmond Brennan, 62, from Clonroad, Ennis, Co Clare. He was charged with possession of explosives at Clonroad, Ennis on September 22. Mr Brennan made no reply when charged.

Joseph O'Brien, 27, from Cherryorchard, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, was charged with possession of a revolver and 220 rounds of ammunition at Marsh Meadow, New Ross on September 22. He made no reply when charged.

David Rockett, 29, from Grawn Lower, Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford, was charged with possession of three mortar firing tubes at Kildangan and at Grawn Lower, Kilmacthomas, between January 1 and September 22 this year. He also made no reply when charged.

Joseph Mooney, 45, of Cullenagh, Kilmeadan, Co Wateford, was charged with possession of three mortar firing tubes at Cullenagah, Kilmeadan on September 22. The court was told when charged he replied: "No."

All four were remanded in custody to appear again before the Special Court on Thursday.

One winner takes €11m Lotto jackpot

THERE was one winner of last night's €11,033,593 Lotto jackpot. The ticket was bought in the west and the numbers were 2, 7, 19, 23, 33, 43 (bonus 28).

There were 5 Match 5+bonus winners who will each receive €25,000; 89 Match 5s (€1,314); 222 Match 4+bonus (€132); 3,893 Match 4s (€46); 4,970 Match 3+bonus (€24); and 60,543 Match 3s (€5 scratchcard). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 2, 5, 16, 18, 28, 45 (bonus 43) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 4, 7, 26, 28, 35, 43 (bonus 19).

In the UK draw for £4.2m, the numbers were 10, 16, 29, 34, 37, 47 (bonus 31).

NI firm wins Army uniform contract

A NORTHERN Ireland firm is now dressing the Irish Army -- after winning lucrative contracts by coming in with bids well under estimates.

Cooneen Watts & Stone of Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone, is to supply service dress overcoats for Irish soldiers at a cost of €733,190 -- well under the estimated value of the contact, €1.1m. Fourteen other companies competed for the contract. A major supplier of uniform clothing to the police and military around the world, the company also won a contract to supply the Irish Army with DPM, or camouflage uniforms, over a three-year period.

Body confirmed as missing woman's

A body washed up on the west coast of Scotland has been confirmed as that of missing Northern Ireland woman Karen Coyles, police said last night.

The University of Ulster worker and keen sportswoman disappeared from Ballycastle, Co Antrim, a fortnight ago.

A sniffer dog led searchers to a cliff path near the town and the hunt has concentrated on the waters around the seaside resort. Her body was recovered by Scottish police on the Mull of Kintyre on Thursday.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: "Strathclyde police have confirmed that a body found off the coast of Kintyre on September 22 is that of Karen Coyles. Police are not treating her death as suspicious."

Karen Coyles, 47, of Ballycastle, Co Antrim, went missing on the night of September 11 after captaining the winning McQuillan camogie team in an All-Ireland tournament that weekend.

Man released after quiz over death

A YOUNG man arrested in connection with the violent death of a 42-year-old in a Co Cork house last week has been released without charge.

The 30-year-old was released after being questioned for 24 hours at Bandon Garda Station in Cork.

He was arrested for questioning in relation to the death of Don Geasley, 42, whose body was found on September 15 in his home at Masseytown in Macroom, Co Cork.

Bereaved families united at memorial

Two hundred families attended the Unitiarian Church on St Stephen's Green in Dublin yesterday for the AdVIC Remembrance Day, a ceremony held every two years for families and friends bereaved through homicide.

Pat Dillon, AdVIC chairperson, said: "Up to July, there have been 48 murder offences, three manslaughters, six murder attempts and 367 murder threats.

"Basic measures such as the establishment of minimum tariffs which reflect the severity of the crime, the removal of judges' discretion on concurrent sentencing with and for consecutive sentencing to be introduced on a statutory basis need to be introduced," he said.

50 join protest over jailing of woman

About fifty people turned out on Friday night outside Mountjoy Prison in protest at the jailing of Offaly woman Teresa Treacy who was jailed on September 13 for refusing to obey a court order allowing the ESB and Eirgrid access to her land because she was "attached" to her trees.

"When the ESB consulted with her she objected strongly and offered a compromise of putting the powerlines underground, which is standard best practice across Europe. The ESB pressed on regardless and when Teresa blocked them from her land the ESB asked the High Court to jail her," the group said.

Ireland 'should be best place to age'

IRELAND fares well in some areas when it comes to planning for an ageing population but old people suffer high levels of loneliness, a woman who is trying to make this the best place in the world to grow old said yesterday.

Anne Connolly, director of the Ageing Well Network, will share her vision as one of the speakers at a conference this week in Dublin's Mansion House where 12 cities will sign the Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Communities.

Company director leaves €4m in will

Aidan Dunn, director of Nutley Rd, Donnybrook, Dublin, who died on April 25, has left €4,474,150 in his will.

Other wills: Clodagh Tayler, solicitor Oysterhaven, Co Cork, €2,049,840; James Thomas (Seamus) McKenna SC, Dundrum Road, Miltown, Dublin €1,926,148; Eileen D Chillingworth, Bailey, Howth, Co Dublin, €1,991,589; Teresa Bolton, widow, Willbrook Lawn, Rathfarnham, Co Dublin, €1,636,207; and John P Fleming, assistant garda commissioner, Rosehall, Templeogue, Co Dublin, €439,024.

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

Sunday Independent

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