Saturday 20 January 2018

RSA urges cyclists and pedestrians to stay visible as evenings get darker

With the clocks going back last night and evenings getting darker, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has reminded road-users to ensure they can be clearly seen when out walking or cycling on the roads.

RSA chief executive Noel Brett said: "It will be getting darker much earlier, so it's vitally important that walkers and cyclists ensure they are visible at all times when using the roads. Other road-users have a much better chance of seeing you if you are wearing bright clothing and carrying a torch, so please don't put your life at risk by making it difficult for drivers to see you."

Anger outside court in stab case

THERE were angry scenes outside Limerick courthouse yesterday when a man accused of stabbing another man in the face was brought to the court. Gary Whelan, 25, of Cecil Street, Limerick, appeared before Limerick District Court yesterday following the assault of Raymond Constable in the city last Thursday.

The victim was stabbed in the face during an incident at Parnell Street, Limerick, in broad daylight. Mr Whelan, who was refused bail, will appear before the same court again, via video link, on November 3.

A small group of people hurled obscenities and abuse at Mr Whelan as he was led from the court by gardai. A woman who was also arrested following the stabbing has since been released without charge.

Record turnout expected for marathon

A RECORD number of people will take part in tomorrow's 32nd Dublin City marathon, with half of them expected to be from abroad. Some 14,000 competitors will run or walk the fifth Dublin Marathon to take place on Halloween.

The race starts from Fitzwilliam Street Upper, with wheelchair athletes setting off at 9.45am, elite athletes from 9.50am and then staggered starts from 10am.

Among the runners will be former Saw Doctors drummer Johnny Donnelly, who will run his last marathon to fulfil a promise to compete in a marathon every month for four years. He has raised €500,000 for the charity Seachange, which works in Rwanda.

There will be traffic diversions across the city, with the most affected areas will be around the Rock Road, Merrion Square, Nassau Street and St Stephen's Green.

No winner of €2.7m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €2,669,014 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 5, 7, 9, 21, 26, 40, (bonus 15).

There was one Match 5+bonus winner who wins €25k; 65 Match 5s (€1,200); 193 Match 4+bonus (€101); 3,065 Match 4s (€39); 4,296 Match 3+bonus (€19); and 46,387 Match 3s (€5 scratchcard). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 3, 10, 12, 23, 25, 31 (bonus 7) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 3, 24, 29, 30, 35, 41 (bonus 18).

And in the UK draw for an estimated £2.6m prize, the numbers were 5, 9, 14, 28, 46, 49 (bonus 45).

Number of children in care up 20%

THE number of children being taken into care by the State has soared by almost 20 per cent in just three years.

The revelation came as the author of a hard-hitting report into child welfare warned that future child protection systems had to be open and regularly reviewed to assess their success or failure.

A major social workers' conference in Cork has heard that there will be 25,000 referrals to child protection teams across Ireland this year alone. By August, Ireland had a total of 6,215 children in care -- a rise of 900 (or 17 per cent) since 2008.

Mr Justice Sean Ryan -- who headed the report into historical abuse in industrial schools -- said individuals could play a crucial role in preventing future abuses.

"It can be forgotten that if everybody does his or her job satisfactorily and responsibly, the chances of abuse happening are greatly reduced," he said.

Child Protection Minister Frances Fitzgerald warned that Ireland's economic plight could not impact on the drive to ensure such levels of child abuse were never allowed to happen again.

Motoring journalist joins Volkswagen

MOTORING journalist Paddy Comyn has been appointed head of PR for Volkswagen Group Ireland. Mr Comyn has been one of Ireland's foremost motoring journalists for over a decade, and he has also been a regular industry commentator on television and radio.

A Drogheda native, Mr Comyn is the son of Pat Comyn, who was for many years the much respected motoring editor of the Sunday Independent.

Judge in plea to afflicted homeowners

A judge has pleaded with people to turn up in court so he can help them save their homes from the banks. Judge John O'Hagan said he wanted to help people to keep their family homes but said he couldn't do so unless they turned up in court.

He vowed not to make any rulings against homeowners as long as they were making "genuine efforts" to pay back some money to the banks. He was speaking as he dealt with a case brought by Irish Nationwide against a man who did not turn up in court.

Judge O'Hagan said he would view any attempt to re-possess a family home very seriously. However, he added: "I know that people in cases like this are inclined to put their head in the sand. If people do that I can do nothing for them. I won't make orders against them if they come in to see me, but if they don't, there is nothing I can do."

Truncated EU map a blot on copybook

Tensions have arisen between Ireland and our European neighbours over the sales of school copybooks which do not include their states in maps of the European Union.

In 2004 and 2007, a number of predominantly Eastern European states joined the EU. These include the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Slovenia. Malta and Cyprus also joined, whilst in 2007 Romania and Bulgaria also joined.

These historic developments escaped the attention of the educational establishment to such an extent that school copybooks, seen by the Sunday Independent, contain a map of the EU which says the union consists of the 15 states that made up the EU at the millennium.

Government sources said there had been a "number of diplomatic representations from some of the more sensitive states about their omission from the copybooks".

Billie Barry kids head for the Gaiety

The Billie Barry Stage School presents The Time of Our Lives at the Gaiety Theatre, from November 1-5, 2011, a spectacular, action-packed variety entertainment show for all the family. This wonderful evening will feature all 800 of the school's current students, aged between four and 24, who will combine their talents for this special production.

Retired farmer leaves €24m in will

A retired Co Dublin farmer has left over €24m in his will, which went to probate last week. Fergus Thompson, of Dixon's Lane, Ballycorus Road, Kilternan, Dublin, who died on April 30, 2011, left an estate valued at €24,759,721.

The well-known architectural historian and writer Maurice James Weldon Craig, of Seapoint Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin, who died on May 11, left €292,116.

Other Wills: Christopher Furling, company director, The Palms, Roebuck, Dublin, €2,165,798; Eithne Clarke, Old Farm, Lower Kilmacud Road, Dublin, €2,139,889; Eileen Doyle, teacher, Landscape Road, Churchtown, Dublin, €2,073,881; William Cooke, farmer, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co Tipperary, €1,713,402.

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

Sunday Independent

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