IRA suspects held
THREE men are being questioned by gardai after suspicious Border activities. Officers from Dundalk arrested the men near Carrickarnon in Co Louth.
Two of the men are from Belfast; the third is from Newry.
All are suspected members of the Continuity IRA. They were being held last night at Dundalk station.
EAR BITTEN OFF IN ROW
A YOUNG man had part of his ear bitten off after a clash between Christmas revellers in Cork city centre. The attack occurred shortly after 2.30am yesterday when a row erupted between two men near a fast food outlet.
The 23-year-old man also suffered several punches to the face. He is now recovering in hospital. The attacker, who was not known to the victim, fled the scene on foot.
BLAZE GUTS WAREHOUSE
AN investigation has been launched after a massive fire destroyed a warehouse in Dublin. The blaze took hold in a premises in Santry Hall Industrial Estate and, at its height, was being tackled by 10 units from Dublin Fire Brigade.
The building, a 30,000 sq ft disused warehouse near the Omni Shopping Centre, caught fire shortly before 4.45pm yesterday. Nobody was injured in the blaze.
Biggest roads spend
ROAD projects in Galway have received the largest allocation in the country of government funding. More than €7.3m has been allocated to progress the Gort to Tuam motorway.
A further €42m has been earmarked for the outer Galway city bypass with €2.9m sanctioned for the Moycullen bypass.
In total, the National Roads Authority has allocated €23m to the County Council and almost €650,000 to the City Council for 2014.
GAA star for sentence
DUBLIN football star Diarmuid Connolly will be sentenced in the new year for an unprovoked attack on a man who suffered a fractured eye-socket. Connolly (25) had pleaded guilty earlier to assault causing harm to Anthony Kelly at McGowan's public house in Phibsboro, Dublin, in the early hours of August 6 last year.
An unreserved apology, which was accepted by Mr Kelly, was issued by Connolly's lawyer last May during a hearing at Dublin District Court.
Mr Kelly also shook hands with Connolly following that hearing but had refused to accept compensation from him.
The footballer is to face his sentence hearing on January 29.