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Thursday 22 February 2018

Irish rally driver's navigator dies in high-speed crash during Italian race

THE Welsh co-driver and navigator for Irish rally driver Craig Breen has died after a high-speed crash at a rally in Italy yesterday. Gareth Roberts, 24, died during stage eight of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Mr Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Breen was airlifted to hospital, but is reported not to have been injured.

FF transport spokesman fined €200

THE Fianna Fail transport spokesman has been fined for speeding. Timmy Dooley, of The Old Forge, Tulla, Clare, was stopped by a garda on Cork St, Dublin, on October 17 last year. Mr Dooley was fined €200 in the Dublin District Court and handed two penalty points on his licence.

Australia updates skills shortage list

Irish bricklayers, floor tilers and chemists with thoughts of going to Australia may be disappointed after immigration officials revealed plans to remove these skills from the Australian skills shortage list from July 1. But migration experts said the announcement wasn't all bad news, because several other skills -- production managers, metallurgists, optometrists, and computer network/systems engineers -- have been added.

No winner in €8m Lotto draw

THERE was no winner in last night's main Lotto draw worth €8,083,190, meaning next Wednesday's jackpot will be heading for €10m. The winning numbers were 2, 6, 9, 13, 30, 36 (bonus 33). There was one Match 5 plus bonus winner who gets €25,000; 101 Match 5 winners who get €936; 200 Match 4 plus bonus (€119); 3,610 Match 4 (€40); 4,179 Match 3 plus bonus (€23) and 55,246 Match 3 (€5). The winning numbers in the €350,000 Lotto Plus 1 draw were 9, 15, 16, 31, 40, 42 (bonus 10). The winning numbers in the €250,000 Lotto Plus 2 draw were 8, 12, 17, 34, 35, 42 (bonus 21).

MEP to speak at Bodenstown event

THE annual Sinn Fein Bodenstown Commemoration will take place today at Sallins, Co Kildare, at 2.15pm. The main speaker will be Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson.

Catholic Comment to lead 'fightback'

A NEW group, Catholic Comment, has been formed to lead a fightback against alleged bias against the church in print and broadcast media organisations. Claims about bias, particularly within the national broadcaster RTE, have surfaced with increasing frequency in recent years.

Catholic Comment plans to provide speakers for the media to promote better public understanding of the church's mission and teachings.

'Bike to Work' in Dublin this week

THE 2012 'Bike to Work Day' lunchtime cycle will take place this Wednesday. The Dublin City Council initiative, running as part of National Bike Week, invites everyone working in and around Dublin city centre to take part in the fun, free, leisurely lunchtime cycle. The first 500 people to register at will get a 'goodie bag' and entry into a draw to win an Apple iPad3

There will be competitions on the day, including 'Best Dressed Male/Female cyclist', 'Best Company Team/Group'.

Full details at

National sexual health plan by 2013

A national sexual health strategy will be submitted to Government by the end of the year, according to Minister of State for Health Roisin Shortall. Ms Shorthall was speaking on Irish Aids Day on Friday at an event organised by Dublin Aids Alliance to launch 'Just Carry One' -- a social media campaign to promote condom use among 17 to 25-year-olds.

'Industrial havoc' from Asian clams

A NEW invader to Irish rivers and lakes has the potential to wreak industrial havoc and threaten trout and salmon stocks. Asian clams, regarded as one of the most notorious aquatic invasive species in the world, smother native species and can choke water-intake pipes, disrupting industrial production.

According to Inland Fisheries Ireland, the clams have firmly established themselves in the lower River Barrow with up to 10,000 clams per square metre.

Irish troops in Nato Arctic exercise

IRISH troops have taken part in one of the biggest Nato exercises ever mounted in the Arctic Circle, involving more than 16,000 soldiers from 15 countries. In an area which is becoming increasingly important with new oil and gas finds, and with Russia set to claim rights to natural resources by extending its continental shelf, thousands of troops took part in Exercise Cold Response.

Hosted by Norway, the exercise was designed to test troops and equipment in cold weather conditions while carrying out operations under a UN peacekeeping mandate.

'Algal bloom' caused bay stench

Environmental officers are to monitor seawater quality in Dublin Bay every four days this summer, but said that a strong odour reported by local people and visitors in recent weeks on the south side of the bay was caused by harmless but foul-smelling algae.

The algal bloom was swept along the south coast of Dublin Bay during last month's hot spell and caused public concerns that there had been a sewage spill. In recent weeks, when the wind was not offshore, the smell had returned, but local officials said there is no sign of any sewage spillage.

Fireworks for the 'Fourth of July'

IRELAND'S first official 'Fourth of July' celebration will take place in New Ross, Co Wexford. And According to David Neville, from the Experience New Ross & Hook Peninsula Tourism group, the day of festivities to celebrate US independence will close with a 'bang'.

"We have a fantastic fireworks display planned for the evening of July 4th; at about 10pm they will be released over the River Barrow." For further details, log on to

Retired farmer leaves €2.5m in will

RETIRED farmer Patrick Butterfield, of Ballytore, Athy, Co Kildare, left €2,551,025 in his will which went to probate in Dublin last week.

Other wills include: Eamon Joseph Bodkin, a retired company director, of Park View Castleknock, left €1,700,978; Thomas Dowdall, of Philpotstown, Navan, left €1,642,725; Kathleen Clarke, of Ardilea, Roebuck, Dublin, left €1,610,331; Maura Powell, of Ailesbury Gardens, Sydney Parade, 2011 left €1,545,235.

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

Sunday Independent

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