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Monday 18 December 2017

In Brief: Gardai find gun after arresting man wearing balaclava outside post office

ARMED gardai arrested a man wearing a balaclava near a Cork post office after locals reported suspicious activity.

The man, in his 30s and from Cork city, was arrested outside Aghada in east Cork shortly after 9am yesterday by gardai. The man was found to be in possession of a balaclava. A search of the area later resulted in a handgun being recovered. Gardai took the man to Midleton Garda Station for questioning. Ballistics experts will now conduct an examination of the firearm.

WOMAN IN HER 60S KILLED BY CAR

A WOMAN in her 60s was killed after being struck by a car yesterday on the outskirts of Mohill, Co Leitrim, at 5pm. She was taken by ambulance to Sligo General Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the car was uninjured. Gardai appealed for witnesses to call Carrick-on-Shannon station on (071) 9650510.

80 NEW JOBS AT MARINE RESEARCH CENTRE

NEARLY 80 jobs will be created at a new €29m research centre that could put Ireland at the forefront of marine renewable energy research.

The research centre, Marine Renewable Energy Ireland, at University College Cork is being funded by €19m from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Science Foundation Ireland with a further €10.5m coming from 45 industry partners.

SMITHWICK FINDINGS 'KEY TO NORTH TALKS'

The findings of the Smithwick tribunal, which is due to be presented to the Dail in less than a fortnight, must be factored into talks on the North to try to resolve outstanding divisive political issues, the Democratic Unionist Party's senior negotiator, Jeffrey Donaldson, has said.

Dr Richard Haas returns to Belfast tomorrow to resume dialogue with the main political parties to try to resolve issues relating to flags, parading and dealing with the past. Mr Donaldson has said that the American diplomat must study the findings of the Smithwick probe before he writes his report, which is due later this year.

NO WINNER OF €4.5M LOTTO JACKPOT

THERE was no winner of last night's €4,515,088 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 5, 8, 12, 18, 23, 32 (bonus 20).

The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 5, 13, 19, 21, 23, 34 (bonus 42). The Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 15, 16, 17, 29, 36, 38 (bonus 13). In the UK draw for £5.7m the numbers were 3, 19, 21 30, 41, 47 (bonus 38).

COUNTRY BRACED FOR THE BIG FREEZE

Temperatures will plunge tonight as Ireland gets hit by a blast of arctic air.

Rain showers are set to sweep across the country, and tomorrow night is set to bring about the coldest weather yet this winter – with temperatures as low as minus-one in some areas. It will remain chilly on Tuesday, and showers of hail, sleet and wet snow on higher grounds are forecast.

PAIN-RELIEF TABLETS FOUND IN ICE CREAM

Supermarket chain Tesco has recalled its own-brand chocolate and nut ice-cream cones after customers found pain-relief tablets in two individual cornets.

Tesco Ireland issued in-store notices asking customers who have bought the affected batches to return them to a Tesco store. Customers have been warned not to eat the product. Consumers can contact Tesco Ireland on 1800 248123.

VAN MORRISON HONOURED BY NATIVE CITY

Musician Van Morrison has been made a Freeman of his native city Belfast at a ceremony and concert in the Waterfront Hall. A specially invited audience of more than 2,000, including his mother Violet, gave him a standing ovation as the Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir described the singer as the city's greatest son.

TRANSPARENCY GROUPS HIT OUT AT HOWLIN

International transparency groups have said Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin's failure to cancel the €15 for making Freedom of Information (FoI) requests is a "violation of international standards".

In a letter to Mr Howlin, seen by the Sunday Independent, the Access Info Europe and the Centre for Law and Democracy said Ireland was the only country in Europe to have mandatory upfront charges for all FoI requests.

EU STUDY FINDS HIGH USE OF ANTIBIOTICS

Antibiotic use in Ireland is high according to a European survey, which found that 43 per cent of Irish people have taken oral antibiotics in the past 12 months. That's higher than the European average of 35 per cent. Antibiotic Awareness Week will urge people to use less antibiotics.

VOMITING BUG STOPS HOSPITAL VISITS

An outbreak of the winter vomiting virus has led to a ban on visits at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. The measure will also apply to St Joseph's Hospital in Raheny. Visitors will be allowed entry only in the most exceptional circumstances.

PLANS FOR DUBLIN-TO-NEWFOUNDLAND ROUTE

Canadian airline WestJet plans to start flights from Newfoundland to Dublin next Summer. The airline will be offering flights from $199 (Canadian) (€141) one-way from St John's to Dublin. The flights will be available from June 15 to October 3.

PAIR QUIZZED OVER €700K DRUG HAUL

ONE man in his 50s was still being held yesterday after gardai in Wexford seized cannabis worth €700,000 near Enniscorthy on Friday. Cannabis herb was uncovered when gardai searched a van in Ballymurn outside the town.

Gardai yesterday seized more cannabis herb and resin with an estimated street value of €300,000 in a search of land near Enniscorthy.

Sunday Independent

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