In Brief: Getaway car in bank heist found
A black Mitsubishi SUV, used by an armed gang to make off with up to €20,000 from a bank yesterday, has been recovered.
Three men, dressed in boiler suits, burst into the Bank of Ireland branch in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow, shortly after 11am. Armed with a handgun and a lump hammer, they threatened the staff and forced them to hand over the cash.
Two men arrested over armed raid
Two men have been arrested in connection with an armed raid on a house in Dunboyne, Co Meath.
The masked thugs, who were armed with a handgun and a knife, forced their way into the house and threatened the owner into handing over a small amount of cash. During follow-up inquiries, gardai recovered the weapons and arrested two suspects, aged 41 and 24, in Blanchardstown. The two were being questioned yesterday at Navan garda station.
Ferryman is Cork person of the year
tourism boss Conor Buckley -- one of the driving forces behind the restoration of the Swansea Cork Ferry -- has been named Cork Person of the Year.
The ferry service, which was axed three years ago, is set to make a comeback this spring with the new €7.8m Finnish vessel MV Julia.
Farmers may lose €2,000 in EU pay
Irish farmers could lose more than €2,000 each if the EU goes ahead with plans to redistribute Common Agricultural Policy payments.
Irish Farmers' Association president John Bryan said new figures from the EU showed Ireland could lose up to 20pc of its single farm payments if there was a move to an EU-wide flat payment. Farmers here receive an average of around €10,500 each from the EU based on historical levels of farming activity, but incoming Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos said he wanted to change how aid is distributed.
Mother on cruelty charge in court
A MOTHER facing charges of cruelty and neglect of her children appeared in Ennis District Court yesterday.
The 45-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been in custody since her arrest in Co Galway on Christmas Eve. She faces 18 charges, including allegations that she assaulted and ill-treated her children between May 2002 and June of last year. She was further remanded in custody to Athenry District Court on February 9.