Tuesday 23 January 2018

'Love Ulster' to march

LOYALIST Willie Frazer has said that the 'Love Ulster' march will go ahead in Dublin "in the next couple of weeks" after he met with senior members of An Garda Síochána.

The high-level meeting took place at Balbriggan Garda Station yesterday morning, with Chief Superintendent Pat Leahy of Store Street garda station and Detective Chief Superintendent John Gilligan of the force's Liaison and Protection section in attendance.

Mr Frazer said that gardai were "more than happy" to facilitate the march.

Eason's rent dispute

BOOKS and stationary group Eason, which is disputing rent arrears claims for its Liffey Valley store, yesterday asked the Circuit Civil Court to stay legal proceedings pending a decision on whether or not the matter should go to arbitration.

Paul McGarry SC, for Eason & Son, told Judge Jacqueline Linnane that the lease agreement included a clause which meant any dispute should go to arbitration.

The court had heard Eason, which pays a rent in the region of €1m a year, owes its landlord €423,000 in rent arrears. The landlords denied allegations of shortcomings in the running of the Liffey Valley shopping centre.

Pinter work at Gate

HAROLD Pinter's modern masterpiece, The Caretaker, will hit the Gate Theatre's stage for the first time in it's 87th year history.

"The gate has produced more Pinter plays than any other theatre in the world," director Michael Colgan said.

"It is the first time I have produced without him by my side."

It focuses on the manipulative relationship between two brothers and a hapless tramp living in a London flat.

Originally staged in 1960, the play was Pinter's first commercial success.

23-hour lock-up

A MAN serving a life sentence for murdering teenager Melanie McCarthy McNamara has brought a High Court challenge against his 23-hour-a-day lock up regime in prison.

Daniel McDonnell (20), from Brookview Lawns, Tallaght, Dublin, the prison authorities claim, is being kept apart from the rest of the prison population in Wheatfield Prison for his own safety after he fell out with other inmates.

His lawyers have argued it is disproportionate.

A decision is due next week.

Irish Independent

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