Monday 19 February 2018

While you were sleeping – the stories you missed overnight

Maggie Kirkpatrick appeared in a court in Melbourne (AAP Image/)
Maggie Kirkpatrick appeared in a court in Melbourne (AAP Image/)

'Brace for worse: rain to bring more floods' reads the front page of the Irish Independent this morning as the clean-up from the record-breaking storm continues.

Storm Desmond claimed its first victim after the body of an elderly man was found in flood waters in Co Monaghan - but further adverse weather is expected.

'Swept to his death' is the front page piece from the Irish Daily Mirror who name the 70-year-old man who died as showband singer Ivan Vaughan.

Read more: Brace for worse: rain to bring more floods

The Irish Times also leads with the storm damage story with the line '€5m emergency fund allocated to victims of Storm Desmond'. Both papers feature the cover picture of soldiers planting sandbags to hold back flood waters in Ballinasloe in Co Galway.

In The Herald this morning, 'I'll never give up on missing Trevor is the lead story as the father of the missing man speaks out on the 15th anniversary of his son's disappearance after a work night's out in Dublin.

Read more: Gardai renew appeal for missing Donal Greene (22)

Also featuring on the front page of this paper is the story of the carpenter who was run over by a man fleeing an attempted robbery in north Dublin.

'Crim drags hero under car for 30 metres' is the line from the Irish Daily Star' on this incident which left the man with burn injuries.

Read more: Man suffers burns after being trapped under getaway car following botched robbery bid

Meanwhile, the Irish Daily Mail lead with 'Action on sting councillors may take two years' as the politicians alleged to have made cash demands for help in planning applications may not face a disciplinary hearing for two years.

In world news, Eagles Of Death Metal proclaimed "Paris we love you" as they performed in the French capital alongside U2, less than a month after their last concert was cut short by a terrorist attack in which 89 people died.

The California rockers were invited to the stage for an emotional encore by the Irish band during their second night of rescheduled gigs in Paris.

Read more: Eagles of Death Metal joins U2 on stage in Paris

Prisoner: Cell Block H star Maggie Kirkpatrick broke down in tears after a judge overturned her convictions for molesting a 14-year-old fan of the series more than 30 years ago.

The actress was convicted at Melbourne Magistrates' Court in August on two counts of indecently assaulting the troubled girl in Kirkpatrick's Melbourne home in the 1984 and one count of gross indecency.

Her appeal against those convictions was upheld by a Victorian County Court on Tuesday.

Read more: Prisoner: Cell Block H star has indecent assault conviction overturned

The family of a man accused of a violent, sustained and unprovoked knife attack at Leytonstone Tube station contacted police three weeks before the incident asking for help, it has emerged.

Muhaydin Mire, 29, is charged with the attempted murder of a 56-year-old man who was attacked from behind in front of several members of the public on Saturday evening.

Prosecutors allege the attack was an act of terrorism.

Read more: 'He was seeing demons' - family of Tube terror accused called in police three weeks before Leytonstone attack

Mire's family has spoken out, describing him as a "good boy", but saying he had "mental problems" possibly caused by using cannabis.

Donald Trump has called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States".

The comments mark a dramatic escalation of his rhetoric on Islam and is an idea widely condemned by his rival Republican presidential candidates and others in the party.

Read more: Trump calls for total ban on Muslims entering the States

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