Wednesday 21 March 2018

Pedestrian (81) killed

€20k pharmacy raid

THE heartbroken family of a grandmother of 22 killed yards from her home on her way to Mass have paid special tribute to an "amazing woman."

Kitty Blanchfield (81), a mother of eight, was killed after she was hit by a 4X4 vehicle as she crossed the road on Main Street in Graignamanagh, Co Kilkenny.

Mrs Blanchfield's daughter, Trish, said: "She was crossing the road just outside her door. A jeep reversed and just knocked her down; it was a pure accident."

GARDAI are searching for two thieves after an estimated €20,000 worth of stock was stolen in a smash-and-grab raid at a pharmacy.

The raid, understood to be the second at the same premises in recent years, occurred in the early hours of yesterday morning at Cassidy's Pharmacy in O'Connell St in Ennis, Co Clare. The thieves filled bags with stock, mainly brand name men's fragrances including Lacoste, Armani and Polo.

MORE than a million cigarettes have been seized in a container off a cargo ship from the United Arab Emirates.

The tobacco, branded Benson & Hedges and worth about €516,000 retail, was discovered by customs officers at Dublin Port yesterday. The 1.1 million cigarettes would have led to a loss of €430,000 in taxes and duties if they had got through security and on to the black market.

STUDENTS from UCD will represent Ireland at an international social enterprise competition in China after wowing judges in a national competition.

The six-person team, last night declared the winners of the 2014 Enactus Ireland National Competition, have devised a project which matches students who cannot afford accommod-ation, with elderly people who are afraid to live alone. They will represent Ireland at the 2014 Enactus World Cup in Beijing, from October 22-24.

Thousands of Irish Spotify users will be asked to undergo additional security procedures this week after the company admitted that it had suffered a security breach.

The online music streaming company said that because of the hacking, customers using its service on Android smartphones will be required to re-enter login details and update their app.

Irish Independent

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