Thursday 18 January 2018

Revenue seizes €69,000 moments before Hungarian boards flight home

In the second seizure this week, officers from the Revenue's Customs Service seized €69,400 when they stopped and searched a 45-year-old Hungarian male as he was boarding a flight to Budapest on Friday afternoon. The discovery was made as a result of routine profiling.

In Dublin District Court yesterday morning, officers were granted an order by Judge Hugh O'Donnell to hold on to the cash for three months, in order to carry out further investigations.

This is the second cash seizure made by Customs in Dublin Airport this week after €85,000 was seized on Thursday. To date this year, there have been 17 cash seizures totalling €460,400 at Dublin Airport.

Winning numbers in Lotto draw

THE winning numbers in last night's Lotto, for a jackpot of €2,662,128, were 3,9,12,25,40,42 and the bonus number was 33. There was no winner. The numbers drawn in the Lotto Plus 1 draw were 1,13,17,22,26,40 and the bonus number was 38. The winning numbers in the Lotto Plus 2 draw were 1,8,25,30,42,45 and the bonus was 24.

Hanafin 'ashamed' at Vatican decision

The former Fianna Fail senator Des Hanafin has said he is "ashamed" as an Irishman at the government decision to close the Irish embassy to the Vatican. "Following what has already happened and its threat to breach the seal of the confessional by law, all this is nothing less than an attack on the Pope and the Catholic Church," he said in a letter to the Sunday Independent.

Mr Hanafin, father of former Education Minister Mary Hanafin, said that many Irish people were "appalled" at the Government's move. "Justifying it on economic grounds is incredibly hypocritical and an insult to the Irish people's intelligence," he added.

Ex-FF councillor quizzed in fraud probe

GARDAI are to prepare a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions over an investment probe that resulted in the arrest of a former Fianna Fail councillor. The councillor -- who stepped down from his local-authority role several years ago -- was arrested last Thursday and questioned.

Gardai have described the probe as a fraud investigation and officers have conducted a number of related searches. The man, whose family has longstanding links to Fianna Fail, was released without charge.

Martin upset at abuse misconception

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said yesterday he was "saddened and horrified" to see the results of a recent survey which showed how "misled" people have been about the extent of abuse by priests. He said some of those questioned for the survey imagined that over 20pc of priests had abused.

"The horror we all experience at the dreadful reality of abuse in no way justifies such injustice to the entire body of priests in this diocese and in this country," he added.

Gardai appeal for help in tracing girl

Gardai yesterday asked for the public's help in tracing a missing 16-year-old girl. Deimant Daciolaite was last seen at the Whitewater shopping centre in Newbridge, Co Kildare, last Tuesday. She is described as being 5ft 6in, heavy set and with black hair and brown eyes.

It is believed she may have travelled to Dublin city centre, Rathfarnham and Tallaght. Anyone with information is asked to contact Newbridge garda station on 045-431212 or the confidential line on 1-800-666-111.

Cliffs of Moher miss out on nature list

The Geneva-based organisers of the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition have defended a decision to change the format of the contest at the last minute in what has been another glitch in the controversy-riddled event.

Online and text voting in the global competition ceased at 11.11am on Friday with the expectation that there would be one announcement at 7.07pm of the winning wonder.

However, at 3.40pm on Friday, with just 20 minutes notice, the competition format was changed and the 28 organising committees were told that the top 14 would be confirmed in advance of the final announcement. The Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare, which were in contention for the prize, did not feature in the top 14.

Gift Grub returns to Olympia stage

Gift Grub Live 2, starring Mario Rosenstock, opens at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin tomorrow and runs until November 26. Rosenstock, whose sketches feature on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM and Tonight with Vincent Browne on TV3, will be taking to the stage dressed and acting as various well-known characters, including Vincent 'Extraordinary' Browne, Joan 'Haranguing' Burton and Miriam 'Genuinely' O'Callaghan.

Cavan to create list of WWI dead

CAVAN County Council has set itself a special task of creating a unique official record of all its native sons who lost their lives in World War One. Initial research has revealed the oldest native to die in the war was 67-year-old James McKeever from Cavan town, who was a gunner in the Royal Irish Rifles and died in 1919. The youngest to die was 15-year-old James Kelleher, from Bawnboy.

Legendary journalist pens memoir

A memoir by legendary Irish journalist Kevin Farrell has just been published with the title It's All News to Me. Farrell, from Edenderry, Co Offaly, started his professional life in show business, giving a break to Johnny Logan among others, before joining the Sunday World and later The Star. His book chronicles his life and times, including his battle with cancer.

Parish priest leaves over €1m in will

A Laois priest who spent over 30 years working in the English diocese of Shrewsbury has left more than €1m in his will. Rev Joseph Cahill, a retired parish priest from Gurteen, Balacolla, Co Laois, who died on March 29, 2011, left estate valued at €1,048,038.

Other Wills: John Murphy, a farmer of Gillardstown, Castlepollard, Co Westmeath, who died on March 21, 2011, left €5,821,823; Michael Kavanagh, formerly of Orwell Park, Glade, Templeogue, Dublin, who died on July 12, 2010, left €4,654,318; Thomas McGreal a pharmacist of Kilbride Road, Blessington, who died on September 26, 2009, left €3,045,010; Gerard M Farrell, a company director of Tay Lane, Rathcoole, Co Dublin, who died on January 22, 2011, left €2,324,313; and Jean Bennett, a retired farmer of Beechmount, Clonakilty, Co Cork, who died on July 23, 2010, left €1,751,242.

The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.

Sunday Independent

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