Wednesday 17 January 2018

Search goes on for young woman who went missing 14 years ago near home

YESTERDAY was the 14th anniversary of the disappearance of a young Kildare woman, Deirdre Jacob, one of several women gardai fear may have been the victim of a serial killer.

She was last seen just yards from her home in Roseberry, Newbridge, on July 28, 1998. Gardai said the young student was slim, 5ft 2in in height, and her hair was short and coloured black/brown. She paid a visit to the post office on Main Street that day and walked back towards the family home in Roseberry she shared with mum Bernie, dad Michael and younger sister Ciara. Then, after the last confirmed sighting of her at a few minutes after 3pm, Deirdre vanished.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the gardai at Newbridge on 045-431212 or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1-800-666111.

HSE ignores bus pledge to halve bill

The HSE has ignored a bus owner's pledge that he can halve his charge by €50,000 to save a coach service running patients from remote areas to Dublin hospitals.

The €100,000-a-year bus bringing sick patients from Donegal offered the HSE a 50 per cent cut in a bid to save the service before the last run was made on Friday.

The offer was emailed on Wednesday but coach operator Francis Marley didn't even receive an acknowledgement when the 35-year-service was axed.

Up to 50 patients a week, including sick babies, were ferried from Donegal to Dublin hospitals by Marley Coaches based in Cloghan, near Ballybofey.

The HSE said the funded service was axed because there has been an increase in the number of public service buses on the Donegal to Dublin route, with shorter journey times.

But angry patients said the public services don't drop them at hospital front-doors and they would incur up to €100 extra daily costs using taxis from Busaras and staying overnight in B&Bs. Kidney-lung double transplant patient Brendan McLaughlin, 45, from Stranorlar, who has used the service for 30 years, said: "It seems that they're going after the poorest of the poor. It's the poor and the sick that this Government seem to be hitting."

Chopper rescues injured boy on island

The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter travelled well out of its area of operation on Friday night to undertake an emergency evacuation in Co Donegal.

The recently commissioned €35m Sikorsky made the 600km round-trip after the Sligo chopper was grounded due to a technical issue.

The Shannon crew were called in to a six-year-old boy who was seriously injured in a farm accident. The chopper first travelled to Sligo General Hospital to collect an advanced paramedic before proceeding to Tory Island to evacuate the boy to Letterkenny General Hospital.

Gardai join hunt for brutal UK killers

Gardai have joined the hunt for a suspect in a three-year police investigation into what has been described as one of the most disturbing crimes in recent UK history.

In October 2009, thugs mugged 50-year-old Alan Wood for a few hundred pounds, then tied him up, tortured and mutilated him before killing the 50-year-old.

One of the killers left some of his blood at the scene and this resulted in forensic analysts compiling a DNA profile. The profile was run through the UK DNA database but produced negative results. Similar database searches have been carried out around the world, including here, with no matches surfacing so far.

Garlic fraudster's firm makes profit

Begley Brothers, the firm where former director Paul Begley was jailed for six years over a garlic VAT fraud, has reported a profit for 2011 of €239,631, compared with a loss the previous year.

Paul Begley, who resigned as a director on January 3, is the second biggest shareholder in the firm. Begley Brothers had a turnover of more than €26m and increased its 'retained profits' at the end of the year to over €3m.

Railway bridge accidents down

The number of incidents involving vehicles hitting railway bridges has dropped this year. In the first six months of the year, there were 26 such incidents, 10 less than in the same period in 2011.

"We are seeing a falling trend, this is due to a number of factors, including less traffic on the road, particularly construction traffic, an increase in motorways and improved signage," an Irish Rail spokeswoman said.

Two PSNI officers suspended

TWO PSNI officers have been suspended after being arrested during a corruption investigation in Co Tyrone.

The officers were released on police bail and suspended from duty following a probe by an internal PSNI anti-corruption unit. Five colleagues, who serve in the same police team in Cookstown, have been assigned to other duties until the probe is completed.

No winner of €3m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €3m Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 6, 11, 25, 33, 40 43 (bonus 12).

There were two Match 5+bonus winners who each receive €25k; 40 Match 5s (€1,896); 86 Match 4+bonus (€221); 1,981 Match 4s (€59); 2,759 Match 3+bonus (€28) and 34,224 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 10, 14, 15, 16, 26, 31 (bonus 34) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 24, 29, 33, 34, 35, 42 (bonus 13).

And in the UK draw for stg£4m, the numbers drawn were 7, 10, 22, 29, 43, 44 (bonus 26).

Heart Foundation urges vigilance

This September the Irish Heart Foundation's National Heart Month will focus on blood pressure, urging the nation to know their number and get it checked.

As part of Heart Month, the national charity fighting heart disease and stroke will launch a national blood pressure roadshow, offering free checks throughout September. It will close the month with Big Heart Walks around the country on September 29 and 30, which overlaps with World Heart Day.

Farmer leaves €1.6m in his will

Kevin Foley, a farmer of Tullogher, New Ross, Kilkenny, who died on January 26, 2011, has left €1,633,676 in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week.

Other wills: Thomas Kilcline, a farmer of Lecarrow, Co Roscommon, who died on February 9, 2011, left €924,574; and Michael Buckley, a retired farmer of Millstreet, Co Cork, who died on March 28, 2012, left €609,940.

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

Sunday Independent

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