Pipe bombs supplied to criminals are becoming more dangerous, say gardai
Gardai are concerned that pipe bombs used by criminals are becoming more dangerous, following the latest attack on a family home in south Co Dublin early yesterday.
A device exploded after being thrown through the front living-room window of a house at Whitechurch Place, Ballyboden. The family was upstairs in bed at the time of the attack, around 7.15am, and no one was injured.
The pipe bomb used yesterday was a simple but lethal device. It comes after three other pipe bomb attacks, two at head shops in Athlone, in which viable devices were used but failed to explode, and another "crude but viable" device was destroyed by the Army at a vacant apartment complex in Shannon, Co Clare, on Friday.
Elderly woman killed by her own car
A woman in her 60s was killed at Aghalane, Belturbet, Co Cavan, yesterday, when her own car rolled forward and collided with her after she had come to a stop at the side of the road and walked to the front of her car.
She was pronounced dead at the scene. No other cars were involved. A female passenger in the same car was uninjured in the accident which happened at 7.30pm
Gormley criticised over 1,000 job risk
Environment Minister John Gormley's personal intervention to halt a major retail development in south Dublin, and his decision to over-rule two council approval decisions, have been heavily criticised.
Local councillors accused Mr Gormley of jeopardising over 1,000 jobs at a district retail centre at Carrickmines, and of backing the "lame duck" Cherrywood project, which they say will never be built.
Fine Gael councillor Jim O'Leary said Mr Gormley, applauded by Labour councillors, directed Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to removed Carrickmines as a District Centre at the cost of 3,000 jobs.
'Month enough to clear X-ray backlog'
The backlog of X-rays from Tallaght Hospital could have been tackled within a month instead of Health Minister Mary Harney's target of May, if she had given clear orders to the HSE to outsource the work, Fine Gael health spokesman James Reilly TD said yesterday.
"An independent investigation is vital to prevent this happening again. We cannot leave it to Hiqa, the HSE and the Department of Health, which allowed this scandal to go unaddressed for so long," he said. Analysis, Pages 18 & 19
No winner of €4.8m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €4,834,047 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 1, 19, 24, 27,35, 39 (bonus 10).
There were 2 Match 5+bonus winner of €25,000; 69 Match 5s (€1,410); 178 Match 4+bonus (€137); 2,849 Match 4s €53;4,471 Match 3+bonus (€22); and 47,353 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 14, 18, 22, 32, 44, 45 (bonus 29) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 1, 2 ,5, 11, 22, 31 (bonus 30).
In the UK draw for stg£4.5m, the numbers were 23, 25, 28, 33, 44, 49 (bonus 46).
Judge criticises speeding fine errors
A DISTRICT Court judge has hit out at a large number of mistakes made by the Garda National Processing Office in Dublin in relation to notices issued for driving fines.
Judge Sean MacBride, drew attention to the situation at a sitting of Monaghan District Court, expressing concern over the issue of notices for speeding penalties, when fines had already been paid within the statutory 28-day period. He said: "It is time the authorities get their act together."
Easter Rising tricolour up for auction
The only full-sized tricolour of the 1916 Rising, captured from the GPO, will go on sale in New York later this month with an estimated value of up to €510,000.
The maker of the flag of Irish linen in three-stitched sections of green, white and yellow-gold may have been the sister of Sean Heuston, but it was certainly made by a female relative or wife of one of the leaders of the Rising.
It goes into an auction of Irish manuscripts, art and historic memorabilia by Bloomsbury Auctions on March 23. The flag is accompanied by a note from Dr George St George, who had the flag from around 1916 to 1922.
The document which backs up the provenance of the flag reads: "Captured by British troops at GPO Dublin, April 1916, and given to Dr George St George by an old war veteran, Sergeant Davis."
Three Dixieland jazz greats turn 80
Three of the most illustrious musicians of the Dixieland jazz boom will arrive at the august age of 80 over the next few weeks. Pat Halcox, trumpeter with Chris Barber for more than 50 years, hits the mark next Thursday, Chris himself is 80 on April 17, and Kenny Ball becomes an octogenarian on May 22.
"They are all marvellous jazzmen who gave pleasure and joy to many millions all over the world for half a century," says Gay Byrne, whose show Sunday with Gay Byrne, 2-4pm on Lyric FM, is attracting growing audiences.
Women of Concern photography show
Women of Concern, a photography exhibition, will run in the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar until March 21.
Three of Ireland's top female photographers -- Kim Haughton, Marie McCallan and Brenda Fitzsimons -- are in the exhibit of powerful images from countries where Concern Worldwide supports women's development projects including Haiti, Bangladesh and Ethiopia.
Navan Choral Festival open for entries
Entries for piano, solo singing, primary, secondary school and adult choir competitions at the 2010 Navan Choral Festival are now being processed. Closing date for entries is March 31, 2010. Full information on: www.navanchoralfestival.com or contact 087-2443739
Nama not 'dumping ground' for loans
ONE of Ireland's biggest developers has launched a staunch defence of Nama and vehemently rejected claims it was "a dumping ground" for bad property loans.
Michael O'Flynn, founder of O'Flynn Construction, also warned that Nama should not be used now as an excuse for rejecting or restricting planning permission for projects which could help the construction sector recover.
His comments came as he took the unusual step of personally addressing a Bord Pleanala hearing into a €400m mixed-use development at Dunkettle on the outskirts of Cork city. The project involves 1,200 houses on a 235-acre site adjacent to the historic Dunkettle House.
Trade unionist leaves €312,750 in will
Trade unionist Tom Darby, who died last November aged 81 and who led the National Bus and Railworkers' Union through turbulent times in our industrial relations history, left €312,750 in his will, which went to probate last week.
Other wills: Dan Daly, farmer, Monees, Douglas, Co Cork, €4,993,418; Thomas Dunne, haulage contractor, Timolin, Ballitore, Co Kildare, €2,149,145; Maura Halpin, widow, Abbey Road, Navan, €2,104,063; Denis O'Shea, director, Caherdaniel, Co Kerry, €1,326,321; Douglas Cooke (otherwise Norman Cooke), garage owner, Howth Road, Sutton, Co Dublin, €1,622,181.
The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts