Protest planned for Obama visit
ANTI-WAR activists have warned that they will mobilise in protest if Air Force One lands at Shannon Airport when US President Barack Obama comes to Ireland in May.
Anti-war campaigner Dr Edward Horgan warned that demonstrations were already being planned in the event that Mr Obama lands at Shannon to protest about the use of the airport as a stopover by the US military and the CIA.
Three have lucky escape on boat
THREE people, including an elderly man, had a lucky escape at the weekend when two were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes as they slept on their cruise boat in a remote Co Clare harbour.
The boat had been moored at Dromaan Harbour on Lough Derg, about 4km from Whitegate in east Clare, when one of those on board woke on Friday night feeling unwell. The man was unable to wake the two others on board and raised the alarm.
Father dies after being crushed
A father of four has died after suffering severe injuries when he was crushed by a truck over a week ago.
John Kinsella, originally from Arklow, Co Wicklow, died in an English hospital at the weekend. He had been on life support since he was crushed between a truck and a wall in Birmingham last Thursday week.
Cause of blaze still a mystery
THE cause of one of the biggest fires in the west remains a mystery. Tests carried out by garda forensic experts have so far failed to determine if the blaze, which destroyed a number of premises at the Riverside Commercial Park in Galway city, was arson.
Gardai said their tests to date have been inconclusive and a number of samples of material have been sent for laboratory testing in a bid to shed light on the cause. Investigators at Mill Street garda station in Galway (091 538000) are appealing for witnesses.
In relation to a report in Saturday's edition of the Irish Independent on the funeral of political journalist and RTE radio presenter Gerald Barry, we have been asked to point out that the chief mourner at the funeral was Mr Barry's brother Brian and not his mother Stella, who has been deceased for some time. Mr Barry died following a series of brain haemorrhages and not from a brain tumour as was reported. We regret any upset caused.