In brief: Man, 80, killed after going to assist at scene of double accident near home
AN elderly man was killed when he went to assist at the scene of a series of road crashes near his home.
Jim Corbett, 80, died after he was struck by a car while helping motorists at the scene of a double accident near his home at Ballylanders, Co Limerick.
The tragedy unfolded at 9pm on Friday when two cars collided less than three miles outside the Limerick village on the Mitchelstown road. Nobody was injured but moments later, as those involved in the first collision waited for emergency service, another car came around the bend and ploughed into the accident scene.
Mr Corbett then left his home and walked along the road to assist those involved. However, after arriving at the scene, a fourth car came into the site, struck one of the previously crashed vehicles and also hit Mr Corbett.
"It's an awful tragedy before Christmas. He lived with his wife and would have been known by everyone here. He was a very happy-go-lucky man," a resident said.
Dublin man held on charges in North
A 51-Year-old man who gave his address as Harcourt Street, Dublin, has been remanded in custody in the North following an incident in Portadown, Co Armagh, last Thursday night, when the PSNI fired a shot during an altercation. Jim McDonagh, along with John Murphy, 36, of no fixed abode, were remanded in custody when they appeared at Lisburn Magistrate's Court.
Both appeared on charges of false imprisonment, robbery and possession of an offensive weapon. Murphy also faced a charge of making threats to kill.
Keane saddened by financial turmoil
The manager of Ipswich Town soccer club, former Ireland star Roy Keane, has said that he followed financial events in Ireland with sadness.
"It's not good, it's not nice, I don't like people suffering, it's sad. I might live over here but I'm Irish, don't forget that," said the Cork sportsman.
"People think I'm worried about contracts, but I count my blessings every day because I know people are suffering. People have to cut back but I think it's crazy that people were going buying things they couldn't afford. That's my logic on it. Everyone got carried away," he said.
RTE gets green light for development
RTE has been granted permission by An Bord Pleanala for a €350m revamp of its Montrose headquarters near Donnybrook, Dublin.
But RTE, which gets €120m in a year in licence fees, has been told that the development on the 31-acre site can only be used by RTE staff and can not be sold or leased.
RTE has said the the redevelopment is part of "long-term modernisation" of its production facilities.
One Lotto winner avoids recession
THERE was one winner of last night's €2,701,987 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 3, 4, 5, 12, 20, 31 (bonus 16).
There was one Match 5+bonus winner who gets €25k; 91 Match 5s (€900); 180 Match 4+bonus (€114); 3,484 Match 4s (€36); 4,702 Match 3+bonus (€18); and 50,696 Match 3s (€5).
In the Lotto Plus 1 draw, the numbers were 1, 11, 23, 26, 31, 35 (bonus 5) and in the Lotto Plus 2 draw, the numbers were 3, 6, 9, 25, 32, 40 (bonus 39).
In the UK draw for stg£7.6m, the numbers were 4, 10, 18, 41, 42, 47 (bonus 8).
Three jailed for 'sex slave' crimes
THREE men who brought women from the Czech Republic to Dublin for sham marriages, then made the girls tour Ireland and the UK as sex slaves, have been sentenced to 23 years in prison.
Over a two-week period, the victims were taken from Dublin to Belfast, then to Stranraer in Scotland and to Kent in England and were forced to have sex with men for money until one of them convinced a hotel manager on June 24 that she was being kept as a prisoner.
Police arrested seven men but no further action was taken against four of them. Police said it was "a complex case" with enquiries being carried out in Ireland and the Czech Republic as well as throughout the UK.
Fianna Fail backbencher slams Nama
THE establishment and management of Nama "is the greatest economic blunder in the financial history of the State," said FF backbench TD Ned O'Keeffe last night.
"There is widespread fear and anger because of poor decision-making, conflicting messages and a total lack of vision in the management of the nation's finances," the former minister of state declared.
Mr O'Keeffe, a Fianna Fail TD for East Cork, said that the "economic future of our country is at great risk".
CIF criticises capital spending cuts
The nation's builders have reacted with fury to the Government's slashing of its capital spending programme, which they say will cost 16,000 jobs.
The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) said that the reduction of €2bn in the capital spend for next year meant that the national development was all but dead, and the State had only committed to mere "tinkering and maintenance".
"This is a savage cut to inflict and basically heralds the stopping of the Government's national strategy," said the CIF's Martin Whelan, " and 16,000 jobs will go as a result."
Bracken story to be shown at IFI
The premiere of Brendan Bracken, Churchill's Irishman, which tells the story of Brendan Bracken, the son of an Irish Fenian who who rose to become Winston Churchill's right hand man, will be screened at the Irish Film Institute, Temple Bar, Dublin, on Wednesday.
The production will be shown on RTE in December.
Geary in mental hospital treatment
John Geary, the 31-year-old man accused of the murder of four people in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, is being treated at the Central Mental Hospital.
Mr Geary, of Meadow Court, Newcastle West, is charged with the murder of Sarah Hines; her two young children, Reece and Amy; and Alicia Brough on November 15.
Mr Geary was due to appear in court on Friday. The judge remanded him to appear again on December 10.
Van arson attack linked to dissidents
TOP detectives investigating Friday's early morning arson attack on one of the new road safety speed detection vans on the Carrickmacross-Dundalk Road, now believe that the burning of the van was carried out by a gang that has close links to dissident republicans.
They believe that two men involved in the attack were given the "go-ahead" by individuals close to the leadership of dissidents in the North Louth-South Armagh area.
Parishioners in silent protest at mass
There was a 'silent protest' at a mass in Blackrock, Co Louth last night when up to 40 members of the congregation walked out of the 6.30pm mass concelebrated by Cardinal Sean Brady and six priests.
The Mass was part of three days of reconciliation due to divisions following the removal of popular Parish Priest Fr Oliver Brennan. The protest was said to be "silent and dignified" by one parishioner.