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Priest dies in fall

AN IRISH priest was found dead on the floor of his UK church after he fell 35 feet from a ladder while cleaning.

Fr John Cribben (76), who was originally from Kilkelly in Co Mayo, had been parish priest at the church near Preston for the past 18 years.

The popular priest was found dead in Our Lady and St Patrick's Church in Walton-le-Dale, near Preston last Tuesday. His body was discovered by a parishioner.

It is believed he had fallen from the ladder while cleaning.

Police have said they are not treating his death as suspicious.

Accident teen critical

A 13-YEAR-OLD boy is in critical condition in hospital after he was knocked down while walking in Dublin.

The teenager was struck by a black BMW 5 Series on the Carpenterstown Road, near Carpenterstown Shopping Centre, at around 8.35pm last Sunday.

Emergency services were contacted and the boy was taken to Temple Street Children's University Hospital, where his injuries were last night described as critical.

Witnesses have been asked to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 666 7000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Road improvements

ALMOST €300m will be invested this year upgrading 2,000km of local and regional roads.

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Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said restoration and improvement works would help maintain the existing infrastructure.

Among the "key" improvement projects were increasing vehicle headroom under the Louth Atalia railway bridge in Galway, the rehabilitation of Clontarf Bridge into Cork city, and the Coonagh to Knockalisheen scheme which will support the regeneration of Moyross in Limerick. In all, works on 175 bridges will be completed.

Garda appointments

The Government has given the go-ahead for the first raft of senior appointments within the force since the appointment of Noirin O'Sullivan as commissioner.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald secured approval for six new chiefs and 35 superintendents at yesterday's Cabinet meeting.

These account for most of the names on the promotion list, announced last month, for the two ranks after open competitions.

The six chiefs include Dominic Hayes, who has been the highly successful head of the detective branch in the south eastern region in the past few years.

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