Sunday 21 January 2018

Motorbike fatality brings number of holiday weekend deaths to four

A WOMAN in her early 50s was killed yesterday when her motorcycle left the road at Lissvieen, Killarney, Co Kerry. She is the fourth road fatality of the bank holiday weekend.

An elderly woman was killed and her husband was left fighting for his life following a crash on Friday, which also claimed the life of a motorcyclist in Kildare. Meanwhile in Kerry, a man died in a single-vehicle crash.

Jim, 85, and Betty O'Brien, 81, from near Athy, Kildare, had just left their daughter's home when a motorcyclist collided with their car on the road between Athy and the M9 in Co Kildare. The motorcyclist, John Paul Doyle, 28, also from near Athy, was killed, as was Mrs O'Brien.

In Kerry, a man in his 30s has died in hospital after being injured in a single-vehicle road crash about 10km from Killarney on Friday.

WOMEN WHO COLLAPSED OUT OF DANGER

THE two Co Louth women whose lives were in danger after they collapsed last week, are now on the road to recovery. Family sources said gardai had ruled out a suggestion that the women had smoked "contaminated cannabis."

Tests on Samantha Morgan, 24, of Yellowbatter, Drogheda, and Alannah Molloy, 25, of Kilsaran, showed that cannabis was not a major factor in either case.

NO WINNER OF €2M LOTTO JACKPOT

THERE was no winner of last night's €2m Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 2, 8, 11, 14, 17, 36 (bonus 18).

Nor were there any Match 5+bonus winners; but 53 people had Match 5 for €1,285; 141 had Match 4+bonus (€121); 2,556 had Match 4 (€41); 3,233 had Match 3+bonus (€22); and 39,534 had Match 3s, winning €5 each. The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 2, 22, 27, 37, 38, 43 (bonus 24) and the. Lotto Plus 2 were 4, 12, 22, 24, 27, 30 (bonus 7).

In the UK draw for £3.8m (€4.4m) the numbers were 11, 13, 24, 32, 34, 47 (bonus 9).

TWO PEOPLE DROWN IN DISUSED QUARRY

Two people drowned yesterday in a disused quarry near Annalong,, Co Down. It is thought the victims were a teenage boy who got into difficulties when swimming and a visitor who tried to go to the teenager's aid.

BILL TO BAN EX-TERRORISTS AT STORMONT

A Bill that will exclude former terrorists from being employed in top positions at Stormont will become law tomorrow unless a member of the SDLP sides with Sinn Fein. The Private Members' Bill will become law despite Sinn Fein's opposition after the SDLP altered its position.

QUIRKE'S €803,486 REVENUE SETTLEMENT

Millionaire arcade owner Richard Quirke has made an €803,486 settlement with the Revenue Commissioners after an investigation found "the application of incorrect value added tax rates to income earned" in 2012 and previous years. Mr Quirke is the main shareholder in the Dublin Pool & Juke Box Co, which made a loss of €483,792 in 2012, compared with a profit of €2.7m in 2011.

According to company returns filed last week, the company continues to have retained profits of €18.5m.

CHARITY QUESTIONS SUICIDE DATA

THERE are ongoing concerns as to the processes involved in gathering information on suicide in Ireland, according to the charity Console. "It is time to radically review the associated data procedures and move beyond our reliance on provisional data and out-dated systems," it said.

Provisional figures released by the CSO reveal that 81 per cent of those deaths recorded as suicide were male, in line with the previous year's figures.

ONE ARREST AFTER MAJOR DRUGS SEIZURE

Gardai in Kerry made a significant drug seizure and arrested a man as part of a planned operation as it emerged that eight people have died from heroin and opiate abuse in Tralee in just two years.

A 26-year-old woman died last week in the Kerry town and though the post-mortem results are not yet available, it is suspected that she died from a heroin overdose.

MAN ARRESTED OVER PIPE-BOMB ATTACK

Police in England yesterday arrested a 25-year-old man as part of the investigation into the attempted murder of two police officers in Belfast earlier last week.

Two pipe bombs were thrown at police officers as they responded to a 999 call on Tuesday. They were unharmed.

GAA URGED TO TAKE OVER HISTORIC HOTEL

FORMER GAA president and MEP Sean Kelly has called on the sports organisation to buy Hayes Hotel in Thurles, where it was founded. The hotel is now in receivership.

COMEDIAN HALL BRINGS SHOW TO CORK

American comedian Rich Hall has taken grumpiness to a new level, but it has won him a legion of fans on both sides of the Atlantic, and this Tuesday, June 4, he brings his new show to Cork Opera House. Tickets are available at 021-4270022 or online at www.corkoperahouse.ie.

RETIRED DOCTOR LEAVES €1.4M IN WILL

A retired doctor, Annie F McGough, of Willbrook Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin, who died on November 20, 2012, has left €1,459,243 in her will.

Other wills: Michael Butler of Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny, farmer, €1,264,024; James Wilcox, farmer, Adamstown, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, €1,213,966; Ann Fowlston, Larchfield Road, Dundrum, Dublin, €1,144,557; and Daithni O hOgain, university professor, Ardmore Park, Bray, Co Wicklow, left €229,239.

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

Irish Independent

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