In brief: Two appear before court charged in connection with death of young man
Two men in their twenties appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday charged in relation to the death of 20-year-old Dale Creighton who was fatally injured in the early hours of New Year's Day.
David Burke, 25, Village Square, and James O'Brien, Avonbeg Square, both in Tallaght, were charged with violent disorder. Five people are now before the courts in regard to the incident, which took place at the footbridge at St Dominic's Road in Tallaght. Two other people, Graham Palmer, 24, of Homelawn Road, and Aisling Burke, 20, of Bolbrook Grove, both in Tallaght, appeared in court earlier last week charged with violent disorder. Another man, Ross Callery, 20, has also been charged with violent disorder in connection with the incident. Mr Creighton died in hospital two days after he sustained injuries without recovering consciousness.
MAN KILLED IN THREE-CAR COLLISION
One man died and three other people were injured in a three-car crash in Co Tyrone on Friday. The dead man, 65, was in a Jaguar which was in collision with two other vehicles on the main road between Newtownstewart and Victoria Bridge, shortly after 4.30pm. A man and woman in a Range Rover and the driver of an Audi A4 were taken to Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry, and although the condition of the woman was described as serious, none of the injuries is believed to be life-threatening.
INSOLVENCY SERVICE TO SPEED UP WORK
The Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) plans to introduce new protocols to speed up the processing of insolvency arrangements. The agency, which has been hampered by court delays and legislative obstacles, is in talks with personal insolvency practitioners (Pips) to draw up guidelines that will make it easier to process debt relief applications. The issues are expected to be thrashed out at a conference hosted by the ISI in Dublin on February 12. The conference is expected to be attended by Pips, lenders and Justice Minister Alan Shatter. New legislation had to be passed last month on debt relief notices after flaws were identified in the previous legislation.
Only 11 debt-relief applications have reached the courts, since the ISI started accepting applications in September.
KENNY ON TRADE MISSION TO THE GULF
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is in the Middle East for a five-day trade mission involving more than 80 Irish companies. He arrived in Saudi Arabia last night ahead of a series of diplomatic engagements in the Gulf region.
Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Minister Richard Bruton is also on the Enterprise Ireland mission.
FIRE UNITS ATTEND KNOCK AIRPORT BLAZE
Firefighters battled a blaze at a commercial premises near Knock Airport, Co Mayo, last night.
The fire broke out at a unit a few hundred metres from the airport. It was described as "extensive" by the three units of Mayo Fire Service which attended the scene.
INDIVIDUAL POSTCODES JUST A YEAR AWAY
Individual postcodes will be in place by the first half of next year, giving each home and business in the State a unique seven-digit number.
The Department of Communications has produced a detailed timeline on when the codes will be introduced, saying that work designing the system will be completed by the end of March, with much of the rest of this year spent building and testing the system.
The move comes after the Government last October approved plans to launch a new postcode system, which would be the first in the world to have an individual code attached to every property in the State.
THIRD ANNIVERSARY MASS FOR MICHAELA
A mass to mark the third anniversary of the death of Michaela McAreavey will take place on Friday. Bishop John McAreavey will celebrate the Mass and deliver a homily to her family, neighbours and friends.
The Mass will take place in Ballymacilroy, Co Tyrone, where John McAreavey will once again return to the church where he married his childhood sweetheart.
Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte, was killed on her honeymoon at the Legends Hotel in Mauritius on January 10, 2011.
WINNING NUMBERS IN €8.2M LOTTO
THE winning numbers in last night's €8,188,679 Lotto draw were 4, 25, 35, 38, 42, 43, (bonus 28). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 5, 15, 16, 17, 32 (bonus 2) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 4, 5, 28, 37, 39, 40 (bonus 2.)
FITZPATRICK SEEKS FF EURO NOMINATION
Dublin Fianna Fail councillor Mary Fitzpatrick has confirmed she is to seek a nomination from the party to contest this year's European election in the Dublin constituency. "I am delighted to have the backing of Fianna Fail members and elected city and county councillors. Consequently, I will allow my name to go forward when nominations open for convention," Ms Fitzpatrick said.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY COST €240,000
The open-air concert in Dublin's College Green on New Year's Eve -- which attracted some 1,500 people -- cost Failte Ireland over €240,000.
"Three years ago there was nothing happening in Dublin on New Years Eve," said John Concannon, director of market development with Failte Ireland, who said it was money well spent. "One of the legacies of the Gathering now is that we have a New Year's Eve event in Dublin. It's been very positive," he added.
'THE VOICE' RETURNS -- WITH A NEW JUDGE
RTE's smash-hit show, The Voice of Ireland, returns to TV tonight with former Cranberries star Dolores O'Riordan joining Jamelia, Kian Egan and Bressie. Contestants will audition, battle against each other, and maybe take to the stage for a chance to win a record contract at Universal.
DEPARTMENT ISSUES 630,000 PASSPORTS
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued more than 630,000 passports in 2013, with the highest demand in May and July.
Outside the island of Ireland, the greatest numbers of passports were issued by department offices in London, Canberra, New York, Sydney, San Francisco and Ottawa.