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Suspect held after serious assault

GARDAI are investigating a serious assault on a man which has left him in hospital in a critical condition.

The 37-year-old national suffered serious head injuries following an attack at an apartment in Finglas, Dublin, early yesterday morning. A 27-year-old man was later arrested in Ballymun and can be held for up to 24 hours.

Water group steps up its campaign

A GROUP opposed to controversial plans by Dublin City Council to extract massive volumes of water from the River Shannon to boost dwindling supplies in the capital has stepped up its campaign.

The River Shannon Protection Alliance is due to establish another branch of its group at a public meeting in Dromineer, Co Tipperary, later this week.

Gardai investigate sexual assault

GARDAI are investigating a sexual assault on a woman in Tralee, Co Kerry. The alleged assault happened on the street in front of an apartment complex at Brandon Place at around 10pm on Good Friday.

The alleged victim was taken to the sexual assault unit of Kerry General Hospital, where she was examined. The scene was later sealed off and examined by members of the garda technical bureau on Saturday. Gardai say they are following a line of inquiry.

Farmer on bail for alleged kill threat

A 58-year-old Co Monaghan farmer has been remanded on bail to a further court hearing on June 22 on a charge of allegedly threatening to kill, or cause serious harm, to an official attached to the Investigations' Branch of the Department of Agriculture Food and Fisheries.

Austin McArdle, with an address at Cappog, Ballinode, Co Monaghan, was remanded in custody from a sitting of the District Court at Carrickmacross, but was released on bail on an application to the High Court.

International Day of the Family

FAMILIES can enjoy a free day of fun on May 15 to celebrate International Day of the Family.

A Family Day picnic will be held at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin, where arts and crafts workshops, storytelling, sports and family entertainment will be laid on to celebrate all families, regardless of their make-up. Families across the country are being encouraged to host their own events, and register at www.familyday.ie.

Irish Independent