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Irishman who moved to Australia for work dies in fire after gas-bottle blast

A YOUNG Irishman who moved to Australia a month ago to find work has been killed in a fire caused by a gas-bottle explosion. Kieran Tynan, of Lisacul, Ballaghadereen, Roscommon, was in the Mackie Hay Plant accommodation unit at New Norcia, near Perth, when the fire broke out at about 4.30am yesterday. The fire caused the roof to collapse, killing Mr Tynan. No one else was injured.

Sergeant Ben Tomasini said Mr Tynan had been working as a farmhand. "He was certainly well liked by his work colleagues and his employer," Sgt Tomasini said. "The owners are very distressed and upset and their hearts have gone out to the man's family."

Senator John Kelly, from Ballaghadereen, said he knew the man and his father Martin, a farmer. "My deepest sympathies are with his family. He only went out there about a month ago and had bought a car. What else are you to do when your mates have all left to find work?"

HSE spent €265,000 on idle machine

The HSE spent more than €250,000 on a machine -- that then sat unused for two years as no-one could operate it.

The extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy machine was bought in 2009 for €265,000. It uses concentrated pulses of high-energy sound waves to break up kidney stones.

When the machine was procured, there were no longer enough radiology staff to operate it, due to the the public service recruitment embargo. The machine finally found a use three weeks ago, for interventional radiology, such as helping set up lines for dialysis patients.

ICSA calls for leniency on farm cuts

THE Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association president Gabriel Gilmartin has called on the Government not to impose any further cuts on farmers in the Budget.

He said the ICSA believed cuts would undermine export growth in the agri-food sector, which has provided a note of optimism despite the economic crisis.

Man dies after falling from boat

A man has died after he was thrown overboard from a small boat while fishing off Co Clare yesterday. The man, in his 40s, who is believed to be a non-Irish national but living locally, fell from his dinghy after it got caught in the surf near Donegal Point, 6km north of Kilkee.

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The alarm was raised at around 2pm. The man was seen holding on to the dinghy for a time but was then separated from the craft.

When Kilkee Marine Rescue took him from the sea, he was unconscious and hypothermic. The Irish Coast Guard chopper airlifted him from the boat to Limerick Regional Hospital, where despite continued efforts to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Lotto jackpot winner scoops €3.8m

THERE was one winner of last night's €3,814,651 Lotto jackpot. The ticket was sold in Dublin and the numbers were: 1, 4, 15, 16, 29, 33 (bonus 8).

There were three Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25,000; 56 Match 5s (€1,402); 179 Match 4+bonus (€110); 2,552 Match 4s (€47); 4,566 Match 3+bonus (€18); and 40,360 Match 3s get €5 each. The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 7, 18, 25, 33, 38 (bonus 4) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 3, 6, 10, 20, 34, 43 (bonus 7).

And in the UK draw for £10m, the numbers were 14, 16, 23, 24, 27, 39 (bonus 43).

Strong seas hamper recovery mission

THE recovery operation to reclaim the body of a Finnish tourist who went missing off Achill Island in Co Mayo last Thursday continued yesterday.

The man fell from a cliff at Cloughmore but severe sea conditions hampered the operation to recover his remains.

Burton to launch debt crisis seminar

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton is to launch a seminar on the mortgage debt crisis in Goldsmith House in Dublin tomorrow. Community housing groups and voluntary organisations, many of whom did not have a role in the formation of the Keane Report, will contribute.

Among those invited are David Hall from New Beginning, Noeline Blackwell from Free Legal Aid, and representatives from the Vincent de Paul, Respond, the Citizens' Information Board and Community Law Centres.

Boylesports to take over rival's shops

Boylesports, Ireland's largest independent bookmaker, has announced it is to take over 15 shops from William Hill, saving 65 jobs in the process.

In January, the Irish firm acquired 17 shops from Celtic Bookmakers, helping to avoid 100 redundancies. The latest acquisition will see Boylesports' estate grow to 176 shops, employing almost 1,100 people.

Brooks got €1.95m cash from group

Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World editor who resigned as CEO of News International at the height of the phone-hacking scandal, received €1.95m in cash as part of her severance package from the newspaper group.

Ms Brooks quit in July amid claims over the alleged illegal activities carried out by her executives and reporters. Days after quitting, she was arrested and bailed in connection with allegations of phone hacking and corruption. Along with the generous payoff and continued use of her company limousine and driver for two years, Ms Brooks, 43, has been given an office for the same period of time in an affluent central London area.

USI to march over rise in college fees

The Union of Students in Ireland has called on the Government parties to stand by pre-election promises on not increasing college fees or cutting maintenance grants.

USI president Gary Redmond said: "During election 2011, USI registered over 15,000 students who turned out in massive numbers to vote in the recent general election. Many of these people were influenced by the Labour Party's commitment not to increase fees in any form."

The USI has scheduled a march in Dublin from Parnell Square to Merrion Square at 1.30pm on November 16.

Decision to close embassy 'political'

The decision to close the Irish Embassy to the Holy See in the Vatican was purely a political one and the Government should have had the "guts" to say that is what it was, Fianna Fail's deputy leader said yesterday.

Galway West TD Eamon O Cuiv said it was nonsense to insist it was not a political decision, and it was most definitely not a fiscal decision. His criticism came after the Government decision last week to shut down the Irish Embassy to the Holy See to save up to €700,000 a year, while a similar closure of embassy and missions in Iran and East Timor would bring the total savings to €1.25m.

'Tales of Trinity' book is launched

U2 manager Paul McGuinness (who never got around to graduating from university) was one of those who gathered in the Long Room in Trinity College Library on Wednesday to launch of Tales of Trinity: Life in Trinity College Dublin in the 1970s, published by Lilliput Press.

Former showjumper leaves €1.7m

Former international showjumper Iris Kellet of Daffodil Lodge Stud, Rathmore, Nass, Co Kildare, who died last March, left an estate worth €1,748,481 in her will, which went to probate in Dublin last week.

Other wills: Colin George Wilson, farmer, Castlefinn, Co Donegal,€3,726,664; Margaret O'Reilly, Proudstown House, Tara, Co Meath, €2,080,071; Florence Gerard McCarthy of Camelot, Coscorrig, Loughrea, Co Galway, €1,255,303; and Philomena O'Shea, Carhue, Bandon, Co Cork, €1,188,584.

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

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