In Brief: Man, 41, killed and another injured in accident at waste recycling facility
A MAN was killed and another injured in a tragic accident at a recycling facility yesterday. The fatality occurred at the Greenstar waste recycling facility in the Ballymount Industrial Estate in Dublin at around 3pm.
The man, 41, was crushed by a forklift as he worked with a colleague storing old kitchen appliances. His colleague was also injured in the incident. Both men were rushed to Tallaght Hospital where the 41-year-old was later pronounced dead. Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority have launched separate investigations. Gardai said there is nothing suspicious about the fatality.
According to a statement issued by Greenstar: "Operations were immediately suspended at the facility and a full internal investigation has been launched. Greenstar is co-operating fully with the garda and Health and Safety Authority investigations. The company expresses its sincere condolences to the deceased's family."
MAN ARRESTED OVER €6K CANNABIS HAUL
A MAN has been arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle cannabis he had ingested through Cork Airport. Customs officials said they retrieved 80 sealed pellets that the Romanian national had swallowed.
A Customs spokeswoman said the 36-year-old man had arrived on a flight from Spain last night. "Officers seized approximately 3/4 kilo of cannabis resin with an estimated street value of €6,000, which the man had ingested in the form of sealed pellets to avoid detection," she said.
TOKYO WINS BID TO HOST 2020 OLYMPICS
TOKYO was awarded the 2020 summer Olympic Games yesterday, beating Istanbul in a head-to-head vote after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the International Olympic Committee in person to allay fears over the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
The Japanese capital won the right to stage the sporting extravaganza for the second time, having hosted it in 1964 when the Games first went to Asia, after two years of intense lobbying. The next summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
IRISHMAN CHARGED OVER UK BOMBING
A Donegal man has appeared at the Old Bailey charged with the murder of four British soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in London's Hyde Park in July 1982.
John Downey, 61, was arrested at Gatwick Airport in May. He spoke only to confirm his name at a preliminary hearing at the Old Bailey on Friday. He is accused of being responsible for a car bomb left in South Carriage Drive in London which killed the soldiers as they rode through the park to the changing of the guard. Mr Downey is due to stand trial at the central London court next January.
IRISH TICKET WINS €12M IN EUROMILLIONS
For the second time in recent months a EuroMillions lottery player in Ireland has hit the jackpot. Ireland's lucky streak in the European lottery continued on Friday as the lucky winner or possible syndicate will share in the €25.6m jackpot with a player in Spain. They will take home a cheque worth €12,801,474. The winning numbers were 11, 23, 25, 32, 37 and the lucky stars were 4 and 7.
DRIVER'S BODY FOUND AFTER 10 HOURS
A driver may have crashed his car into a wall 10 hours before his body was discovered, gardai said. The 40-year-old man was killed in the collision at Adrigole Bridge in Co Cork, on the R572 Bantry to Castletownbere Road.
Gardai believe the crash happened between 2am and 3am, but the scene was not discovered until noon.
INCIDENCES OF PROSTATE CANCER UP 16PC
The number of men being treated for prostate cancer has increased by 16 per cent in the past five years, according to figures released by Vhi Healthcare to mark its sponsorship of Blue September, a nationwide awareness and fundraising campaign highlighting male cancers.
In 2012, 2,160 Vhi Healthcare customers were treated for prostate cancer at a total cost of almost €201m.
SHOCK RESIGNATION LEAVES SDLP REELING
The shock resignation of Dublin-born Conall McDevitt has rocked the SDLP. The former national secretary of Labour Youth Ireland quit the Stormont Assembly last Wednesday after details of an undeclared £6,000 (€7,120) fee from a former employer were made public.
Mr McDevitt was co-opted to the Stormont Assembly in 2010 by the SDLP having previously served as a special adviser to Minister Brid Rodgers and as the party's director of communications.
LARGEST EVER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
Seven planes carrying sick pilgrims, medics and volunteers left Dublin yesterday as part of the country's largest ever pilgrimage to Lourdes. Up to 2,000 people are taking part from the Archdiocese of Dublin alone.
BODY OF ANGLER RECOVERED FROM SEA
THE body of an angler who fell into the sea near Howth, north Dublin, on Friday evening was recovered yesterday by a search team. The man, who was in his 40s, fell off rocks while fishing.