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In brief: Man charged with murder in Youghal blaze flat tells gardai: 'I am sorry'

A YOUNG man told gardai "I am sorry" when charged with the murder of Michael 'Mikey' O'Shea, 31, in Youghal, Co Cork, last week.

William O'Leary, 29, appeared before Youghal District Court last night. Mr O'Leary, of 85 North Main Street, Youghal, was charged with the murder of Mr O'Shea at a time unknown between January 12 and 13 last.

The 31-year old's body was found in his apartment in the east Cork town after gardai and Youghal Fire Brigade were alerted to a fire at 2am last Thursday. When the fire was extinguished, Mr O'Shea's body was discovered in his flat at 85 North Main Street with serious injuries to his throat and neck. Gardai applied for the defendant to be remanded in custody to appear again on Friday next.

Five being quizzed over double murder

FIVE people are still being questioned in connection with the double murder of Des Kelly, 24, and Breda Waters, 28, in O'Malley Park, Southill, Limerick last weekend.

Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan successfully applied to Limerick District Court yesterday to extend the detention period of two men and a woman by a further 48 hours. The trio were arrested last Monday and investigating officers have until tomorrow when they must charge any of the three people in connection with the double murders or release them. Another man and woman are also being questioned by gardai.

Aer Lingus facing industrial action

AER Lingus could face industrial action from tomorrow after warning that it will no longer tolerate circumstances in which cabin crew will not work new rosters.

In a letter to staff, Aer Lingus director of staff relations Sean Murphy warned that a continued refusal to work the rosters "will result in you being put off duty and removed from the payroll". The IMPACT union meanwhile warned there would be disruption if Aer Lingus "insists" on putting its members off their duties.

The 1,300 cabin crew have been engaged in low-key industrial action over the last 14 weeks concerning previous changes made to rosters, although this has not disrupted flights. However, Aer Lingus said the ongoing action had gradually escalated and was now putting "significant pressure on the operation" especially during the severe Christmas weather conditions.

No winner of €5m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €5,255,812 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 3, 10, 19, 26, 31, 36 (bonus 16).

There was one Match 5+bonus winner who receives €25k; 64 Match 5s (€1,449); 216 Match 4+bonus (€107); 3,413 Match 4s (€42); 4,580 Match 3+bonus (€21); and 50,625 Match 3s (€5).

The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 5, 15, 16, 32, 33, 39 (bonus 38) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 5, 16, 17, 26, 36, 44 (bonus 1)

In the UK draw for stg£6.8m, the numbers were 7, 8, 21, 24, 33, 34 (bonus 2).

Elderly woman dies in house fire

An elderly woman died yesterday in a fire at the home she shared with her pensioner brother. Nellie Rodgers was found dead in a porch inside the front entrance to her home at Kerrytown, near Annagry, Co Donegal.

Her brother Dan was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

The alarm was raised by Mr Rodgers after he escaped the blazing building. The pair, in their 80s, were described by neighbours as "quiet-living, decent folk".

Gardai to quiz Navy over missing guns

AROUND 40 members of the Naval Service are expected to be questioned by gardai and military police about the disappearance of arms from a navy patrol ship.

Checks on the armoury of the LE Niamh found that a Heckler and Koch USP 9mm pistol, two magazines and 100 rounds of ammunition were missing. The ship had been docked at Haulbowline Naval Base in Cork.

Man charged over Tyrellstown killing

A 39-year-old man was last night charged at Dublin District Court with the murder of Adil Essalhi, 29, whose body was found at Tyrellstown, Co Dublin, last Thursday.

Wayne Kinsella from Casement Avenue, Finglas, was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court this Thursday. Detective Sgt Daniel Callaghan told Judge Patrick Clyne that Mr Kinsella was charged with murder at 1pm yesterday at Blanchardtown garda station. Mr Kinsella replied: "Nothing to say."

Two toddlers die of swine flu in North

two toddlers, one 10 months old, the other a two-year-old boy, died last night in the North from swine flu. The two-year-old child was from the Republic, but had been receiving treatment north of the Border.

The cases bring to 19 the confirmed number of people with the H1N1 virus who have died in the North this flu season.

Further easing of water restrictions

Dublin City Council has announced a further easing of night-time water restrictions. The council said the supply situation continued to improve as water storage levels recovered. There was only pressure reductions in some areas last night, which will continue tonight.

60 jobs face axe as ferry service ends

Up to 60 jobs could be lost after Dutch company DFDS announced it is to terminate its ferry services from Dublin Port at the end of this month.

SIPTU officials will meet with the union's port and docks members on Monday and will also meet company management to obtain details of a redundancy package.

Right-wing think-tank hosts meeting

The National Forum, Ireland's right-wing 'think-tank', is hosting a public meeting, 'Is this the end of Civil War Politics? A historian's perspective', at 6.30pm on Tuesday, January 18, in the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin 2.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Joe Lee of New York University. The host is Marc Coleman of National Forum. The open meeting is free of charge. The following week a public meeting in the Imperial Hotel in Cork will be addressed by former TD and MEP Pat Cox.

Correction -- Paddy Kelly

IN our edition of November 26, 2010, we incorrectly suggested that property developer Paddy Kelly and his wife Maureen were planning to spend Christmas in Hawaii. We wish to correct this error and apologise to the Kellys.

Housewife leaves estate of €3.5m

Mary Conlan, a housewife of Whitesland, Co Kildare, who died on November 24, 2009, has left €3,618,748 in her will, which went to probate in Dublin last week.

Other wills: Margaret Hamilton Reid, pensioner, Orwell Park, Rathgar, Co Dublin, €2,992,364; Angela Coleman, widow, St Vincent's Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, €2,731,338; Patrick Boylan, Hillcrest Park, Glasnevin, Dublin, €1,318,763; and Turlough Lynch, architect, Woodside Drive, Rathfarnham, Dublin, €1,274,619.

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

Sunday Independent