Pair quizzed over gangster murder
TWO suspected associates of the dissident Real IRA were being questioned last night by gardai investigating the murder of one of Ireland's biggest gangsters.
The two, who are in their 20s, were detained in swoops by armed detectives on the northside of Dublin yesterday.
They were arrested in connection with the shooting of Michael 'Mica' Kelly, who was gunned down after he left an apartment block last September. He had been visiting his son and the baby's mother at Marrsfield Avenue in Clongriffin, north Dublin.
Kelly had been warned by gardai that his life was in danger and knew there was a "contract" on his head as a result of a row between his gang and the Real IRA over extortion demands.
Insurance firm Axa to cut 25 jobs
THE Irish arm of insurance giant Axa is set to shed up to 25 jobs.
Senior Axa executives confirmed the news last night, but Axa Ireland chief John O'Neill insisted there was "absolutely no question" of the cuts being "anything other than voluntary".
"It's part of a constant exercise to keep costs under control," Mr O'Neill said last night. "It's a generous package and staff are welcome to apply for it."
Ireland's largest motor insurer, Axa employs about 950 staff.
Town councillors do not get the "representative payment" of €16,724 per year paid to city and county councillors, as reported in yesterday's Irish Independent. The vast majority of town councillors get between €2,281 and €4,181 annually, while those on 10 borough and urban district councils get €8,362 per year.