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In brief: Motorcyclists killed and passenger injured in separate road accidents

TWO men have lost their lives in separate road crashes involving motorbikes. A 43-year-old motorcyclist died when his machine hit a wall on the Clane Road, Celbridge, Co Kildare, at 3am yesterday. He was named as Michael Hickey, from Celbridge. A pillion passenger on the motorbike was injured, but not seriously.

Anyone who saw the incident is asked to contact Celbridge Garda Station on 01 601 2370, the garda confidential line on 1800 666111 or any garda station.

An earlier crash claimed the life of another motorcyclist. It happened at 8pm on Friday, when the 39-year-old man's motorbike hit a wall on the Shore Road in Killala, Co Mayo. The man, named as Paul Gillespie, from Killala, was taken to Castlebar General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Gardai have asked anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Ballina Garda Station on 096 20560, the garda confidential line on 1800 666111 or any garda station.

One killed as fire breaks out in house

A 25-year-old man died when a fire broke out in a house in Co Waterford early yesterday morning.

Gardai in Ballymacarberry, Co Waterford, are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fire at a house in Tourneena, Ballinamult. The dead man was named locally as Robert Power, from Ballinamult.

Mr Power's remains were taken to Waterford Regional Hospital, where a post-mortem examination was carried out. A garda technical examination also took place at the house.

Man dies after falling into river Suir

A man has died in Waterford after falling into the river Suir on Friday.

A large-scale search was carried out on Friday night involving gardai and the Coastguard helicopter. It is believed that the man may have fallen from a boat into the water. He has not yet been named.

Transfers for nursing-home residents

ELDERLY residents at a Kilkenny nursing home that was taken over by the HSE on foot of a court order are to be transferred to other nursing homes in co-operation with their families over the next two weeks.

The move to take over the Avondale private nursing home in Callan came after the health watchdog the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) obtained an interim court order last Thursday.

The authority, which is seeking the cancellation of the registration of the nursing home, received several tip-offs from concerned staff at the home. The tip-offs led to inspections in March, April, May and July this year, which highlighted issues of concern.

Prison officer is jailed over sex attack

AN Irish holidaymaker who launched a terrifying sex attack after breaking into a woman's flat in Ibiza has been jailed for 27 months.

Prison officer Kenny Declan Francis, 28, climbed through a window and tried to sexually assault the Brazilian woman, who was sleeping in a bikini on a sofa.

He was found guilty of "unfinished attempted sexual assault" at the Provincial Court in Ibiza last week. He had previously paid the woman €7,500 in compensation.

Francis was drunk when he broke into the apartment in the party resort of San Antonio on September 5, 2009. He had arrived the previous day on a flight from Dublin.

Francis told the court he had no memory of the attack.

He was arrested shortly after fleeing the house, after the victim called police and gave his description.

Container shortage hampers exports

THE growth of the booming Irish export sector is being hampered by a shortage of suitable containers to transport their goods to market. An unexpected effect in the downturn in the construction industry has been a shortage of cargo containers for Irish exporters.

"It's new to the Irish market. If you go back over the decades we always had a surplus of containers from our imports available to exporters. It's a new phenomenon," said John Whelan, CEO of the Irish Exporters' Association.

This has led to a situation where shipping lines are having to import empty containers to Ireland.

Fine Gael TD David Stanton raised the issue with Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Eamon Gilmore, who acknowledged the problem but ruled out intervention.

Beades urges support for new bill

Jerry Beades, chairman of Friends of Banking, a lobby group established in 2006, has called on the Government to support a proposed private members' bill, 'The control of the repossession industry and insolvency practitioners bill 2011', which will be introduced after the summer recess by Mattie McGrath TD.

Mr Beades said the need for regulation of receivers had never been clearer than this week, as was seen in the way that creditors were treated in the Superquinn case.

No winner of €3.8m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €3,856,394 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 1, 7, 14, 23, 31, 34 (bonus 35).

There were no Match 5+ bonus winners, but 40 Match 5 winners get €1,994; 129 Match4+bonus (€155); 2,744 Match 4s (€45); 3,168 Match 3+bonus (€26); and 43,194 Match3s (€5). The Lotto Plus One numbers were 4, 15, 18, 23, 31, 42, (bonus 5) and the Lotto Plus Two numbers were 1, 6, 24, 30, 38, 39 (bonus 43) .

In the UK draw for £4.2m, the numbers were 1, 2, 11, 30, 33, 45 (bonus 39).

Dublin man leaves €2.69m in his will

William 'Billy' Harris, of Royal Canal Bank, Phibsboro, Dublin, has left estate valued at €2,689,503.

Other estates: Peter Cullen, farmer, Rathcoole, Dublin, €2,303,815; John V Halpenny, doctor, Swords, Dublin, €1,585,765; Alphonsus Breslin, bank official, Clontarf, Dublin, €1,257,767; Mary Jane Madden, farmer, Enfield, Co Meath, €1,223,592; Richard Wright, farmer, Killerk, Fethard, Co Tipperary, €1,142,049.

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

Sunday Independent