The 14-year-old boy at the centre of the alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl at a Junior Cert disco in Dublin is understood to have been living in temporary accommodation with his father. The youth was released yesterday morning after being arrested and held for questioning overnight at Terenure garda station. It is understood he claims no rape took place.
The alleged incident is said to have taken place at around 11.00pm on Thursday in a toilet cubicle at the Tramco Brewery in Rathmines at an alcohol-free disco for 300 Junior Cert students. It is understood the teenagers were in the male toilets when the girl began screaming and security staff intervened. They held the boy until gardai were called.
Gardai who came to the scene kept teenagers in the disco for 30 minutes while they took names and details of potential witnesses, including staff. CCTV from inside and outside the venue will be reviewed for evidence.
E coli warning on raw bean sprouts
Irish consumers have been urged not to eat raw bean sprouts after an E coli outbreak in France of a similar strain of the bug that recently killed 37 in Germany.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland confirmed that France is investigating an outbreak of foodborne illness caused by the Verotoxigenic E coli (VTEC) 0104:H4 strain.
"This is the same strain as that identified in the recent large outbreak in Germany associated with bean sprouts," the FSAI said. It added that no cases of human illness associated with Verotoxigenic E coli O104:H4 had yet been found in Ireland.
"However, until further information is available, the FSAI is advising Irish consumers not to eat raw bean sprouts," the agency said.
One winner of €2.6m Lotto jackpot
THERE was one winner of last night's €2,669,367 Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 3, 11, 23, 24, 27, 38 (bonus 16) and the ticket was sold in Dublin.
There were two Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25k; 45 Match 5s (€1,734); 153 Match 4+bonus (€128); 2,827 Match 4s (€43); 3,761 Match 3+bonus (€21 ); 44,142 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 7, 18, 23, 27, 33 (bonus 34) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 4, 5, 12, 23, 27, 28 (bonus 10).
In the UK draw for stg£4.2m the numbers were 5, 9, 15, 30, 32, 39 (bonus 31).
Taoiseach to launch internship scheme
The National Internship Scheme, in which the State and the private sector aim to fund 5,000 internships for the unemployed, is to be launched on Wednesday by the Taoiseach.
The scheme is being supported by amongst others, Hewlett Packard MD Martin Murphy and Sean O'Driscoll of Glenn Dimplex. Social Protection Minister Joan Burton said the scheme was "a call to arms for employers and the Government to ensure young people do not fall into long-term unemployment''.
Under the scheme, firms will provide a route where the unemployed -- who will receive €50 a week extra from the State if they accept a place -- to "bridge the experience gap where those without job experience cannot find work"
Teen charged with having pipebomb
A TEENAGER has been charged with possession of a pipebomb after it was thrown into a family home.
Gary Finnerty, 19, of Grove Street, Crinkle, Birr, Co Offaly, but who had been living in the Murroe area of Co Limerick for the last two years, was brought to a special sitting of Limerick District Court yesterday after he was charged with possession of a pipebomb at Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick on May 15 last.
The court heard that, when charged by Garda Brian Culbert, Mr Finnerty replied "I'm sorry" to the officer.
The teen was refused bail and remanded in custody to appear before the same court again on Thursday.
Two questioned as bomb factory found
TWO men were being questioned by gardai last night after the discovery of a bomb factory at Hackballscross, close to the Border in north Co Louth.
It is believed the factory was at the centre of operations of a dissident republican group based around the Border which has been involved in a number of attacks.
Gardai have been searching for a bomb factory in the area for some time. It was known that a 500lb bomb left at an underpass on the M1 just north of the Border in April had been manufactured in the area.
Gardai still looking for missing man
Gardai in Co Clare are continuing their search for a missing 27-year-old man who hasn't been seen for almost a fortnight and who hasn't collected medication he needs.
Gardai have so far been unable to trace Frank Hassett, of 70 Drumbiggle Road in Ennis, Co Clare, who was last seen in Ennis on the afternoon of June 14. Mr Hassett's family reported him missing last Monday.
Last December, Mr Hassett was left fighting for his life after he was stabbed several times during an incident in Ennis. Since that near-fatal incident, for which one man was questioned, Mr Hassett has been dependent on medication for internal injuries sustained in the attack.
FF move to change adoption laws
Fianna Fail is to move a private members bill on Tuesday to change the adoption laws, making it easier for a child of a married couple to be adopted.
The bill, proposed by FF's spokesman on Children Charlie McConologue has been tabled because of the continuing delay to the proposed children's referendum.
Soul Burgers launches poetry contest
To celebrate the first Pop Up Poetry shop in Blackrock, Co Dublin, Soul Burgers has launched a 'Hope in Verse' competition to be judged by the Sunday Independent.
Entries for the 40-word max competition have to be in by July 6 for literary editor Madeleine Keane to decide on. The winning entry will be published, win €50 cash and five copies of Christina Reihill's recovery story in verse.
Christina -- the poet of Soul Burgers -- says: "We are delighted to have the largest-selling newspaper in the country judge our competition -- their influence for intelligent optimism will help us uncover the resilient spirit of the Irish psyche." See www.soul-burgers.com.
Hotelier's widow leaves €31m in will
Margaret Doyle, widow of the well-known hotelier PV Doyle, has left over €31m in her will. Described as a housewife, Mrs Doyle, of Cherrygarth, Mount Merrion, Dublin, who died on the October 22, 2010, left estate valued at €31,234,617.
She left €3m to her son Michael, €2m to her other son David and her personal effects, paintings, furnishings, jewellery, a site in St Stephen's Green and a property in Marbella, Spain, to be divided among her daughters Eileen, Ann and Bernadette.
In a will dated January 18, 2002, she wished that Thornhill House be sold and the proceeds divided equally among her five children. Mrs Doyle also made bequests to the National Council for the Blind, the Hospice in Harold's Cross, Dublin, and to various religious orders, including €6,500 to her local church in Kilmacud, Co Dublin.
Other wills: The actor Michael Lally, best known for playing 'Miley' in the television series Glenroe, has left estate valued at €46,939. Mr Lally, of Carisle Street, Dublin, died intestate on August 31, 2010, and letters of administration have been granted to his widow, Peggy.
The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts