In brief: Raiders steal €18,000
TWO men got away with €18,000 after they held up a cash-in-transit van outside a shopping centre in west Dublin.
The raiders struck as security guards arrived at the Castleknock shopping centre shortly before midday. Armed with a sawn-off shotgun, they threatened one of the guards and forced him to hand over a cash box before making their escape in a black Ford Mondeo.
MAN DIES ON FARM
A man who died following a farmyard accident in west Cork has been named locally as Conor Whelton.
The 26-year-old, who was from Knockea, Lyre, Clonakilty, Co Cork, was working under a trailer when the incident occurred. His father made the discovery early yesterday after the young man failed to return home.
PEAT STATION CHALLENGE
AN Taisce will mount a High Court challenge aimed at stopping the burning of peat at a midlands power station.
The heritage group has been granted leave to challenge planning permission granted to continue burning turf at Edenderry power station until 2023. The decision to extend the life of the station from the end of 2015 to 2023 was made by An Bord Pleanala in November last year, despite objections from An Taisce.
PARTY DEATH ARREST
Gardai investigating the fatal attack on father-of-one Vincent Maher last Saturday have made a fourth arrest.
Mr Maher was kicked to death at a party in his apartment in Wellmount Road, Finglas, in west Dublin. Two men from Finglas were arrested by officers hours after the incident and a third man was detained and questioned earlier this week. All were later released without charge. A woman in her early 20s arrested yesterday afternoon on suspicion of withholding information about the attack was being questioned at Finglas station.
COILLTE GETS INTO MOVIES
COILLTE has set its sights on the film industry as it aims to take a piece of the lucrative €550m pie.
The semi-state agricultural firm has launched CoillteOnFilm.ie, which showcases 25 properties it considers "ideal filming locations" for productions. The move is part of a plan to become the country's biggest provider of outdoor film locations by 2018. Locations include Townley Hall, where the River Boyne forms the boundary between counties Meath and Louth, and Portumna park, Co Galway.