Stab quizzed released
TWO men who were being questioned by gardai about the fatal stabbing of a companion have been released without charge.
Gardai were alerted shortly after 5pm on Thursday by residents of the Ballybough House flats complex in Dublin's north inner-city when Mr Sinnan stumbled onto a shared balcony with serious stab wounds to his stomach. He was rushed by paramedics to the Mater Hospital but died less than four hours later.
FLIGHT WITHOUT RIGHT
A RYANAIR flight took off from an airport in the Netherlands without permission after air traffic control instructions were misinterpreted by the crew.
The crew had contacted ground control and was instructed to backtrack and turn right at taxiway Foxtrot (F). However, when the plane reached the intersection with taxiway F, a ground controller said to the crew: "This one to the right, and for departure contact tower, good flight". The crew performed a 180 degree turn and departed without contacting tower and without take-off clearance.
GLEESON BACKS BOYS
SCREEN icon Brendan Gleeson has revealed he doesn't believe his film-star sons will be seduced by the seedy side of Hollywood.
His son Domhnall is expected to be catapulted to A-list status as the leading man in a new Richard Curtis film while his son Brian recently had a starring role in 'Snow White and the Huntsman'. But the down-to-earth Dubliner said yesterday on the 'Ray D'Arcy Show' that he and his sons aren't taken in by the glamourous side of their profession.
JUDGE ACCUSED OF BIAS
A MAN wanted in Northern Ireland in connection with a murder has accused a High Court judge here of being biased against him. Francis Lanigan made the accusation against Mr Justice John Edwards after the judge turned down his application for legal aid.
Mr Lanigan (47) was arrested in January on foot of an extradition warrant in connection with the murder of John Knocker, who was shot dead in a hotel car park in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, on May 31, 1998.
WHAT is believed to be Ireland's only snail-eating competition will take place on Bastille Day this Sunday. The snail-eating contest is one of the many weekend activities to celebrate Portarlington's historic links with France.
Located on the Laois/Offaly border, Portarlington was settled by French Huguenots in the 17th century.