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In brief: IRA suspect in McCartney killing arrested after stabbing at weekend

One of the main IRA suspects in the murder of Robert McCartney in March 2005 was arrested yesterday morning following the stabbing of another man in the same area of Belfast.

The victim, said to be in his early 40s, was stabbed after he answered a call at his house in the Markets area at 9.30am. He is described as critically ill in hospital.

According to locals, there was a party in the area on Friday night, which went on late into yesterday morning. There had also been trouble between men from the mainly Catholic Markets area and others from the mainly Protestant Short Strand area. There was, local people say, serious friction between former Provisional IRA members and dissident republicans in both areas.

The PSNI arrested the 38-year-old in the Markets area yesterday morning and were questioning him last night.

The man arrested was believed locally to have delivered the fatal stab wound to Robert McCartney on the evening of January 31, 2005, after Mr McCartney and a friend were attacked by a mob of around 20 IRA men armed with knives and sewer rods.

A total of 155 witnesses were questioned by police and 71, all members of Sinn Fein or the IRA, claimed they were in the pub toilets at the time. After the murder a special IRA unit cleaned forensic evidence

Three men were charged in connection with the murder but were acquitted or had charges dropped.

Killer McArdle loses final legal bid

WIFE killer Dermot McArdle has had his last-ditch bid to avoid jail thrown out by Spain's highest court.

The 41-year-old, from Heynestown, Dundalk, Co Louth, is fighting extradition to Spain, where he is due to serve two years for manslaughter. McArdle has claimed the only reason he has not handed himself over is because he has an appeal pending at the Constitutional Court in Madrid.

But yesterday it emerged the Constitutional Court, the equivalent of the Supreme Court in Ireland, refused him leave to appeal four months ago. A panel of three judges made their ruling in a written judgement rejecting his application for an appeal on February 28 last.

He now has no higher court to appeal to in Spain.

No winner of €2.6m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €2.6m Lotto. the numbers drawn were 5, 6, 11, 20, 29, 39 (bonus 32). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 8, 16, 20, 25, 28, 29, (bonus 18); Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 5, 11, 15, 20, 33, 45 (bonus 41).

There were three Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25,000; 51 Match 5s (€1,518); 127 Match 4+bonus (€153); 2,674 Match 4s (€45); 2,876 Match 3+bonus (€28); and 42,176 Match 3s (€5).

In the UK draw for stg£6.3m the numbers were 10, 18, 34, 35, 39, 48 (bonus 6).

Tuesday's Euromillions draw is heading for €170m.

Duran Duran forced to cancel tour

British rock band Duran Duran have been forced to cancel their European summer tour, due to start in Dublin on July 14, due to singer Simon Le Bon's vocal problems.

The singer's medical team are certain that he will return to full health in the near future, but are uncertain as to when that will happen.

Alliance Party's first leader dies

The first leader of the North's Alliance Party has died. Sir Oliver Napier, 75, led the party from 1973 to 1984 following its formation in 1970 as a political grouping which would attract Catholics and Protestants in a divided society. Sir Oliver, a solicitor, lived in Holywood, Co Down.

Plane diverts after man's heart attack

A transatlantic jet was forced to divert and make an unscheduled landing at Shannon Airport yesterday after a passenger on board suffered a heart attack.

Delta Airlines flight DL248 was en route from San Diego (via Detroit) in the US to Amsterdam in Holland when a 56-year-old man on board suddenly fell ill.

Paramedics and a local doctor boarded the aircraft and the man was removed to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.

RTE Orchestra for President's party

The RTE National Symphony Orchestra is to perform at the final Garden Party hosted by its patron, President Mary McAleese, and Senator Martin McAleese in Aras an Uachtarain on July 12 to mark the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. At her inauguration in 1997, President McAleese chose the theme of 'Building Bridges'.

The 2011 Garden Party will focus on 'Bridges Built' and is the 13th event to be hosted by the President at Aras an Uachtarain to mark such occasions. It will be attended by 400 guests drawn from various traditions and parts of the island with a large number attending from the North.

Remains believed to be IRA victim's

DESPITE strong doubts expressed during the past week by some relatives of the victim, republican sources are confident that the skeletal remains which were exhumed from the churchyard near the village of Scotstown, Co Monaghan, last Tuesday are those of the abducted young Co Tyrone man, Columba McVeigh, from Donaghmore, who was executed by the IRA 35 years ago.

Sources also suggested that an examination of the victim's skull might corroborate a claim that McVeigh was killed by a single bullet to the back of the head. The decision to have remains exhumed from an existing grave in the border cemetery followed a plea made to the authorities by a Northern priest, Reverend Joe McVeigh, no relation of the victim.

'Significant' trouble after parade

Police have described trouble in east Belfast on Friday night following an Orange parade as "significant". Youths from unionist and nationalist traditions clashed in the Mountpottinger area where masked UVF men attacked Catholic homes a fortnight ago.

Six officers were injured as the PSNI came under attack from loyalist youths in the Albertbridge Road area close to the nationalist Mountpottinger interface on Friday evening after the 'mini Twelfth' parade. A number of vehicles were damaged and seven men were arrested. No guns were brought on to the streets.

Lynott exhibition returns to the Green

The Phil Lynott exhibition will return to the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre in Dublin for a second run next Wednesday. The exhibition has become a major hit since it opened in March and now returns for July and August.

The exhibition features additional items which were added just a week before its last run ended, including Lynott's personal diary for 1972, which was recently unearthed by former Lizzy tour manager Frank Murray.

Farmer leaves €3m behind in his will

Bernard Hopkins, a farmer of Ballymeece, Tallaght, Co Dublin, who died on November 8, 2010, left an estate valued at €3,080,701.

Other wills: Brenda Angela Browne, physiotherapist, Park Drive, Ranelagh, €2,414,378; Bartholomew Grimes, farmer, Lusk, Co Dublin (formerly of Lissenhall, Swords), €2,248,569; Fiachra Mac Fhionnlaoich, dentist, Tritonville Road, Sandymount, Dublin, €2,173,406; Patrick J Doherty, farmer, Glencar Irish, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, €1,983,752; James Gibbons, farmer, Longwood, Enfield, Co Meath, €1,990,445; Gerard Dondon company director, Corrig Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, €1,625,401; Edward Sweeney, Ballask, Carne, Co Wexford, €1,532,988.

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

Sunday Independent