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Saturday 14 December 2019

Sinn Fein's deputy leader McGuinness accepts invitation to dine with Queen

SINN FEIN deputy leader Martin McGuinness has accepted an invitation to dine with the Queen at a state dinner in honour of President Higgins.

The North's Deputy First Minister and former IRA leader will attend the event at Windsor Castle alongside Northern Ireland's First Minister, Peter Robinson.

"There will be those who will rail against this, there will be those who will be opposed to it, but we didn't get peace by not taking chances," said Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. "We won't build the peace by not taking chances. It's easy to sit back, it's easy not to do things – but sometimes good things are well worth doing."

BODY OF MISSING MAN FOUND IN LAKE

THE body of a man who went missing on a fishing trip last month has been found in Lough Ree.

The Boyne Fishermen's Rescue and Recovery Service recovered the body of Daryl Burke yesterday.

Mr Burke, a father of three from Co Armagh, was on a small boat with two friends when it sank in rough weather last month. He had set off from Hodson Bay in Co Roscommon with John Trimble, 60, and David Warnock, 27, who were rescued, but Mr Warnock later died.

BOY, 8, DIES IN QUAD BIKE ACCIDENT

A VILLAGE was in mourning yesterday after an eight-year-old boy died after a quad bike accident.

Ultan Hayes from Whitegate, Co Clare, was seriously injured when the new quad bike he was travelling on with his father hit a stone wall on Thursday. The youngster was brought to the Regional Hospital and later transferred to Temple Street Children's Hospital – but he later died.

Ultan's dad Brian, 41, was injured, but not seriously.

It is understood the boy had made his First Confession earlier that day.

LABOUR MEP GETS MEDICAL ATTENTION

LABOUR Party MEP Phil Prendergast has had to receive medical attention and have tests carried out following an incident, when she was attacked and spat on in Cork.

The 54-year-old was walking through the city last Wednesday on the way to the funeral of the father of Labour TD Ciaran Lynch. She was approached by a person who called her "Labour scum" before spitting in her eye.

Ms Prendergast reported the assault to gardai and got medical attention over fears of contracting a disease.

She said she had "never felt so violated in all my life".

WINNING NUMBERS IN €6M LOTTO

THERE was no winner of last night's €6,023,939 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 1, 7, 8, 14, 41, 45 (bonus 21). The Plus 1 numbers were 4, 5, 31, 37, 41, 44 (bonus 11) and the Plus 2 numbers were 7, 12, 16, 35, 37, 42 (bonus 29).

TOURISTS FALL FROM CLIFFS IN HOWTH

TWO tourists were injured yesterday after falling from cliffs near Howth Head in North Dublin.

One tourist fell 150 feet down the sea cliffs onto a stony beach. The Coast Guard helicopter was called to bring him to Tallaght Hospital, where his condition is not yet known. His companion was rescued from the face of the cliff.

DUP CRITICISES SF OVER WELFARE CUTS

A STORMONT minister has called on Martin McGuinness to stop "being led by the nose by Sinn Fein in the Republic" over proposed welfare cuts in the North.

Finance Minister Simon Hamilton called on the North's Deputy First Minister to show leadership and agree to implement cuts demanded by the British Treasury and not be used as a pawn by the Sinn Fein electoral machine.

FEMALE CYCLIST SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES

A YOUNG woman suffered serious injuries in a collision while out cycling in north Cork. The 32-year-old was brought to Cork University Hospital with multiple injuries after being discovered lying on the roadside at Glen South, Naad, outside Kanturk, at 5.30pm on Friday.

The woman is from the area and remains in a serious condition in hospital. Anybody with information is asked to contact Kanturk Garda Station at (029) 20680 or the Garda Confidential Line at (1800) 666111.

CHARITY CALLS FOR NATIONAL HOUSING PLAN

IRELAND needs a dedicated plan for housing to deal with the current problems in the market, said a leading charity.

Rising rents, high property prices, homelessness, and the large number of people on social housing waiting lists have combined to cause problems for many people looking for a place to live, according to the Peter McVerry Trust, which works with homeless young people.

GARDAI ARREST THREE AFTER DRUGS HAUL

GARDAI in Drogheda arrested three men after seizures of more than €1m worth of cannabis, cocaine and heroin.

The arrests were made as part of an intelligence-led operation by gardai from the national drugs unit.

PROBE INTO DEPARTMENT STORE FIRE

GARDAI are investigating a fire in a department store in Edenderry, Co Offaly. The blaze occurred in the early hours of Friday morning at McGreal's on JKL Street.

The McGreal family said that the store was "totally gutted". It is not yet known what sparked the blaze.

CLONTARF BATTLE PAINTING GOES ON SHOW

THE most famous painting of the Battle of Clontarf has gone on show at the Casino at Marino in Dublin to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the battle.

The painting by landscape artist Hugh Frazer was completed in 1826 and depicts Brian Boru in his tent during the battle.

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