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Friday 23 February 2018

McGuinness in dark

Martin McGuinness was kept in the dark about the sale of Nama's Northern Ireland portfolio, the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee will be told today.

The Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister will be in Leinster House to give details of his knowledge of the sale of the Project Eagle portfolio to US firm Cerberus for €1.6bn.

The Irish Independent understands he will tell the committee a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that the sale prepared on behalf of the Executive was "not worth the paper it was written on" because he had not approved it.

Awaited school law

A long-promised law aimed at making it easier for parents to access local schools will move a step closer today.

Education Minister Richard Bruton is introducing the School Admissions Bill in the Dáil and wants it to come into play before the next school year. Some of provisions of the bill include bans on waiting lists and deposits.

Nightclub head-butt

A man has been given a suspended sentence for head-butting a stranger in Copper Face Jacks nightclub because he mistakenly thought he had taken his change.

Kelvin Lynch (24), of Wolfe Tone Street, Dublin wrongly believed Barry Fitzgerald had taken his change for a €50 note from the barman.

He head-butted Mr Fitzgerald, leaving him with a broken nose and tooth.

Lynch pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm on April 19, 2015.

Death of football star

THE FAI have extended their condolences following the death of former international Ray Brady (79).

Ray, the elder brother of fellow international Liam Brady, won six Ireland caps between 1963 and 1964.

He played for a number of domestic clubs, including Millwall and QPR and with Transport FC.

Cyclist killed in crash

A CYCLIST in his 70s was killed after he was involved in a collision with a car.

The victim, named locally as PJ McDonnell, died following an accident on the N52, 6km north of Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. He is the 165th person to die on Irish roads since the start of the year.

Irish Independent

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