Thursday 18 January 2018

Pioneering garda

ONE of the first women to join the Garda force has died.

Retired sergeant Josephine Dwyer was a member of a pioneering group who broke the all-male barrier in the force in 1959. She and 11 other women were among an intake of 400 recruits.

A native of Ross, Riverstown, Co Sligo, she served at Store Street station in central Dublin after five months training at Garda HQ in the Phoenix Park and was allocated the registration number, 00004W.

A lecture on women in policing will be given by Noirin O'Sullivan, the first female Garda commissioner, at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life in Castlebar, Co Mayo, on February 27.

New student leader

AN EARLY school leaver has been elected as Trinity College Dublin Students' Union's first woman president since 2003.

Lynn Ruane (30), from Tallaght, Dublin, left school after she did her Junior Cert and decided to return to full-time education in 2011.

"I was eight months pregnant when I did my Junior Cert and I left school after that," Lynn said.

The mother-of-two is in her third year studying philosophy, political science, economics and sociology.

Hamptons case

A FORMER Goldman Sachs executive accused of raping an Irish student at his luxury holiday home in the Hamptons on the US east coast will go on trial in April.

Investment banker Jason Lee, who lives in Manhattan, is accused of raping a 20-year-old J1 Visa student on August 17 2013. The 38-year-old denies the charges of rape, assault and sexual misconduct.

Ambulance wait

SOME patients were waiting over three hours for an ambulance last night as the emergency services reported a "very busy night".

One person in Dublin made numerous calls and was waiting over three-and-a- half hours, RTE reported.

The Dublin Fire and Ambulance service declined to comment on the case but said waits of over three hours could be experienced due to "high demand" last night.

Injured fisherman

Efforts by the coastguard to assist a fisherman aboard a Russian vessel 200 miles out at sea were unsuccessful last night. A rescue helicopter from Shannon was dispatched after a man injured his arm. But difficult weather conditions meant the rescue effort had to be abandoned. It will resume this morning.

Irish Independent

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