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Monday 18 December 2017

In brief: Woman (86) killed in road crash

AN elderly woman was killed and her brother left fighting for his life following a road crash yesterday. Mary Byrne (83), of Tullyloyd, Elphin, Co Roscommon, was travelling in with her brother Pat Kenny (86), also of Elphin, when her car struck an articulated lorry at the townland of Lugboy, Co Roscommon, at about 1pm.

Mr Kenny was being treated at University College Hospital Galway last night and his condition was critical.

Man held over cannabis seizure

A MAN was being questioned by gardai last night after cannabis herb with a street value of €200,000 was seized during a garda raid in a flat in Dublin's north inner city.

The 33-year-old suspect was being held at the capital's Bridewell garda station following the search on Thursday night. The man can be detained without charge for up to seven days under the legislation.

Public patients cost €909 a day

A PATIENT cared for in a ward in a public hospital now costs an average of €909 a day, according to new HSE figures.

The average cost refers to patients who are in overnight beds rather day beds or emergency unit trolleys. The taxpayer funds the majority of the cost although people who do not have a medical card must pay €75 a day or a maximum of €750 a year.

Search continues for fisherman

A MASSIVE search operation will resume at first light today for a young fisherman who is missing and presumed drowned.

Two days of intensive searches have so far failed to locate the body of Ger Hegarty (39) who was thrown into the freezing waters of Cork harbour after the lobster boat on which he was working capsized and sank at Ringabella last Thursday morning. Jamie Fitzgerald (34), the skipper of the vessel, Carraig on Eisc, raised the alarm after swimming ashore.

WWII shell found in house garden

The Army bomb disposal team last night carried out a controlled explosion on a shell found in the grounds of a suburban house.

The World War Two-era shell was discovered during excavation work at the house on Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, in south Dublin. Gardai requested the assistance of the bomb disposal team to examine the three-inch calibre shell.

It was taken to waste ground where it was then made safe by a controlled explosion. all clear was given at 7.50pm.

Irish Independent

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