Tuesday 20 February 2018

In brief: Three men travelling in the same car die after head-on collision with truck

GARDAI were yesterday trying to establish if icy conditions played a factor in a horror road crash that claimed the lives of three men late on Friday night.

The men -- believed to be from Romania -- died after the car they were travelling in went under a truck about two miles from Cashel, Co Tipperary. There was speculation yesterday that the men, aged in their 30s and not living locally, may only have had the car a number of days before the fatal head-on collision.

The three bodies were still at the scene yesterday as work began to disentangle the wreckage. Meanwhile, gardai appealed for help in identifying the victims.

"Our investigations are at an early stage," Superintendent Tom Duggan of Cashel garda station said.

The man driving the truck, believed to be from Templemore, Co Tipperary, was taken to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel on Friday night but his injuries are not thought to be serious.

Search for missing fisherman resumes

THE skipper of a lobster boat that capsized and sank swam ashore, climbed a cliff, and then ran 3km in a desperate bid to get help for his missing friend.

The search resumed at first light today for Ger Hegarty, 39, who was thrown into the freezing waters of Cork harbour after the boat on which he was working capsized and sank at Ringabella on Thursday morning. Skipper Jamie Fitzgerald, 34, from Crosshaven, raised the alarm but there is still no trace of Mr Hegarty despite a third day of intensive search operations.

Two winners of €6.7m Lotto jackpot

two winners will share last night's €6.7m Lotto jackpot with the winning tickets being sold in the south and the west. The numbers were 2, 7 ,12 ,14, 23, 35 (bonus 27).

There were two Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25,000; 97 Match 5s (€1,045); 210 Match 4+bonus (€121); 3,637 Match 4s €43; 5,198 Match 3+bonus (€20); and 55,805 Match 3s (€5).

The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 3, 9, 18, 38, 40, 45 (bonus 8) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 6, 13, 16, 23, 31, 37 (bonus 44).

In the UK draw for £4.5m, the numbers were 4, 14, 18, 24, 41, 44 (bonus 25).

Airline hires crew to avoid disruption

AER Lingus has promised no flight disruptions after it hired in aircraft and crew to operate its services while warning its own cabin crew they had to work new rosters or face dismissal.

Immediate intervention by the Labour Court to solve the bitter dispute looked unlikely yesterday with both sides hurting in the row.

Last week Aer Lingus began taking cabin crew who refused to co-operate with the rosters off the payroll. The company has now sent them a letter, asking them to sign an undertaking to work the rosters or enter a disciplinary process that means they could be dismissed.

SF: Galloway not Adams' successor

Sinn Fein has ruled out the possibility of left-wing Scottish politician George Galloway replacing Gerry Adams as the MP for West Belfast.

Mr Galloway's name was suggested by former Sinn Fein publicity director Danny Morrison as someone who could replace Mr Adams, take on the British "establishment" and raise issues in the UK parliament such as "collusion" and the Pat Finucane murder. He suggested that Mr Galloway would not need to adhere to Sinn Fein's abstentionist policy and could be backed by Sinn Fein as an independent in the republican stronghold.

Mr Adams has written to the Speaker of the House of Commons, asking him to accept his resignation as the MP for West Belfast -- the seat he has held since 1983, except for one parliament when he lost to the SDLP's Joe Hendron.

Father and son killed in house fire

A father and son died in a house fire in Co Clare yesterday. The alarm was raised at around 7.15am yesterday when the emergency services were alerted to a blaze at a farmhouse at Kiltacky More, about a mile from the tiny village of Boston, in the north of the county.

Five units of the fire brigade from Ennis, Co Clare, and Gort, Co Galway, rushed to the scene where they discovered the two-storey house "well alight" with the roof already collapsed.

The victims have been named locally as James "Mossy" Quinn, who was in his mid 60's, and his son James Jnr who is believed to have celebrated his 30th birthday earlier this month. It is understood that Mr Quinn was an uncle of former Clare senior inter-county hurler Gerry Quinn.

Judge refuses to switch assault trial

Judge Alice Doyle has refused an application by Patrick O'Connor, of 17 Ard na Dara, Clonard, Wexford -- one of four men sentenced in connection with the death of Rebecca French from Wexford town -- to have an assault trial transferred to Dublin Circuit Court on the grounds that he would not receive a fair trial in Wexford.

O'Connor is before the court on a charge of assaulting Rajmund Spiaczla, causing him harm at Skeffington St, Wexford, on September 23, 2009.

He has entered a plea of not guilty. Defence counsel said that because her client had admitted impeding an investigation into Ms French's murder, there could be a possible prejudice in the minds of the jury because no one was brought to justice on a murder charge.

Given the nature of the trial and the experience the court has of charging the jury, Judge Doyle said the jury would be adequately warned.

Maybourne Hotel Group not for sale

Property speculators Paddy McKillen and Derek Quinlan have been approached by the media tycoons the Barclay brothers to buy their share in the Maybourne Hotel Group which owns the Claridge's, Connaught and Berkeley hotels in London, it has been reported.

David and Frederick Barclay, who own the Daily Telegraph newspaper, have already bought a quarter of the company behind Maybourne. However, Mr. McKillen -- who owes over €600m arising from a string of high-profile property investments and is challenging a decision by Nama to acquire his property loans -- is adamant that he is not selling to the wealthy investors.

Mr McKillen is hoping to hoping to complete a €600m refinancing by the end of the month.

Writer Christopher Nolan leaves €.5m

WRITER Christopher Nolan, who died almost two years ago intestate, left over €500,000. Best known for his award winning book Under the Eye of the Clock and a volume of poetry Dam-Burst of Dreams, Nolan died at the age of 43 after choking on a piece of salmon.

Other wills include Ita Mulvin, company director, Shrewsbury Lawn, Cabineteely, Co Dublin, €2,422,889; Joseph McEvoy, engineer, Waltersland Road, Stillorgan, Co Dublin, €1,612,957; Stanley Ridgeway, farmer, Sandy Lane, Portarlington, Co Laois, €1,592,991; and Michael J O'Brien, Viking Place, Leyton, England, €1,297,075.

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

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