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In brief: Man dies in van crash

A MAN in his 30s died after the van he was driving collided with a wall on the Borris Road at Portlaoise, Co Laois, at 7.30pm yesterday.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. A second man, who was a passenger in the van, was taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise with injuries described as not serious. Gardai appealed for any witnesses to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on (057) 8674100 or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line, 1800 666 111 or any garda station.


A SEARCH has been launched for an Irishman who has been reported missing in Spain.

Dermot Quinn (45) disappeared in Valencia on January 23. The married father of two, left, has not been seen since he was last spotted at 1pm at a metro station in the city. A native of Tralee, Co Kerry, he had previously set up a property company in the city but is currently unemployed. He is described as being 1.7m tall and weighing 63kg. On the day he went missing he was wearing a navy blue jacket, a dark grey jersey, Levi's jeans and shoes. Spanish police are currently searching for him and consular assistance has been offered to the family by the Department of Foreign Affairs.


AN Italian man accused of the murder of religious writer Tom O'Gorman was unable to face another court hearing yesterday. Judge Victor Blake was told at Cloverhill District Court that Saverio Bellante (34) is in the Central Mental Hospital.

The case was adjourned until February 27. The body of Mr O'Gorman (39), from Beech Park Avenue, in the Dublin suburb of Castleknock, was found after gardai were called to his large detached home at about 1.50am on January 12.


U2 ARE treating their fans to a new song – and it's free.

The track 'Invisible', which will be shown at half-time during tomorrow's Super Bowl in New Jersey, will be available worldwide as a free download for 24 hours, tomorrow only. For every download, the Global Fund, via Bono's charity RED, will receive a $1 (75c) donation from Bank of America.


THE Ray D'Arcy show has 230,000 listeners, according to the latest JNLR figures, and not 130,000 as stated in a graphic in yesterday's Irish Independent. We are happy to clarify this.

Irish Independent