Monday 11 December 2017

Stolen boats

Gardaí are trying to find the owners of 10 boats, 74 boat engines, eight trailers and one caravan following the seizure of stolen goods worth at least €150,000.

More than 100 items were recovered in a series of searches in Portlaoise last month and an owner has already been located for one of the boat engines.

Gardaí said the property may have been stolen from any part of the country and urged boat owners to review photos of the stolen items on the Garda Siochana Facebook page.

Royal visit bill

Cash-strapped Sligo County Council has been told it has to pick up its own bill for the cost of the royal visit.

The council, which has debts of €100m, wrote to the Government seeking help with the costs of the visit of Prince Charles and Camilla in May.

It paid €389,500 to re-surface roads leading to Mullaghmore, where Charles' great-uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed by the IRA in 1979, and to fill potholes leading to Lissadell. It also spent €50,000 up-grading the Model Gallery where Charles gave a speech.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Charlie Flanagan, told the council the issue of its costs was not a matter for his department.

Violent death arrests

Two men have been arrested by gardai investigating the violent death of a young man in an isolated Cork cottage.

The two were arrested for questioning in connection with the death of Peter Murphy (37) on February 7 last.

Both were arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be questioned for an initial period of 24 hours.

Mr Murphy (37) was found dead with multiple injuries in a house he was renting at Shanavoher outside Bweeng in north Cork.

A post mortem examination found he had injuries consistent with an assault.

Referendum costs

A woman who brought an unsuccessful challenge to the 2012 Children's Referendum is to have half of the costs of a Supreme Court appeal paid by the State.

The State has agreed to pay the legal costs to Joanna Jordan, of Glenageary Road Upper, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, who had challenged the result on the grounds there was an unconstitutional Government information campaign which materially affected the Yes outcome.

Irish Independent

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