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In brief: Man charged with firearm offences in connection with fatal shooting

A man appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday, charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Edward Flanagan in Santry last Wednesday night.

Mr Flanagan, 51, was shot dead in an apartment in the Green, Larch Hill, on Oscar Traynor Road.

A 49-year-old man has been charged with possession of a firearm. Mr Flanagan, of Primrose Grove, Coolock, was shot in the head and a gun was later found by gardai. The man was remanded to Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

Gardai had appealed to anyone with information to contact them at Ballymun on (01) 666 4400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Irish backpacker killed in Australia

A 28-YEAR-OLD Irishwoman backpacking in Australia has died after being thrown from a mini-van packed with tourists in the southern state of Victoria.

Police said the accident happened at around 5pm local time (8am Saturday, Irish time) when the mini-van, with eight people on board, flipped over after pulling in to the side of the road to allow an oncoming truck to pass.

French national killed in crash named

The Frenchman killed when hit by a car as he changed a flat tyre in Co Limerick last Friday was named yesterday.

Gardai said the man killed in the accident at Adare was Patrick Mahu, 54, who lived in Dooradoyle, Co Limerick.

The tragedy happened around teatime at Mount Earl on the N21 Adare to Limerick road southbound. Mr Mahu had just finished changing the tyre when he was hit by a car travelling in the opposite direction.

Gardai appealed for witnesses to contact Adare gardai on (061) 396216 or the Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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UK firm wins €270k Army contract

A Yorkshire firm has won a €270,000 contract to supply ambulances to the Irish Defence Forces. The company, Baus, beat eight others to win the contract to supply three 4x4 ambulances to the Army. The company specialises in converting ambulances and other vehicles.

Court shuts down 'smelly' factory

A district court judge has ordered a Co Meath firm to shut down a factory near the Border because a smell was getting up people's noses.

Judge Sean MacBride has ordered the closure of a plant which produced poultry pellets at a site near Clones, Co Monaghan, because it contravened the Planning Act.

He imposed a fine of €1,500 on LRNR Limited of Corballis, Garlow Cross, Navan, at Clones District Court last week and also ordered the company to pay expenses of €1,000, with costs of €793.

Violence erupts at Belfast march

Trouble erupted after the first contentious parade in the North's 'marching season' last Friday night.

Bricks, bottles and other missiles, including golf balls, were thrown at PSNI officers in riot gear after an Orange Order march was prevented from walking along part of the Woodvale Road towards a flashpoint area at Ardoyne.

The interface area is one of the North's worst sectarian trouble spots and the Parades Commission had refused permission for the parade to pass it.

Two homemade bombs discovered

TWO viable homemade bombs have been made safe in Bray, Co Wicklow. An Army bomb-disposal team made the two improvised explosive devices safe after being called to the scene late on Friday night.

The team went to an address at Ballywaltrim Heights, Bray, after being called in by gardai. They made safe the two devices, which were later handed over to the gardai.

Signed U2 record pulled from auction

U2 fans will be sad to hear that an item in the Adams sale of the 'Kelly Collection' has been withdrawn from auction.

The autographed record of Under A Blood Red Sky, signed by all four members, had carried a conservative estimate of €100-€200 and was due to be sold along with the contents of publisher Kevin Kelly's Dublin home at 24, Fitzwilliam Square. The sale takes place on Tuesday.

One winner in the West of €2m Lotto

THERE was one winner of last night's €2m Lotto draw, with the ticket bought in the West. The numbers were were 8, 26, 27, 28, 32, 37 (bonus 25).

There was one Match 5+bonus winner who gets €25k; 40 Match 5s (€1,978); 126 Match 4+bonus (€158); 2,080 Match 4s (€59); 2,905 Match 3+bonus (€28); and 36,437 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 3, 17, 22, 31, 41 (bonus 9) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 8, 16, 19, 26, 35, 36 (bonus 34).

In the UK draw for £6.9m, the numbers were 3, 8, 10, 35, 38, 39 (bonus 31).

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