Friday 19 January 2018

Three family members are taken to hospital after gas blast rocks house

GAS experts from the UK were brought in yesterday to try to determine what caused a gas explosion in a Kildare housing estate, which left three people in hospital.

One theory being investigated is that a gas leak occurred in a pipe leading into a house. Three separate investigations -- by Bord Gais, by the Commission for Energy Regulation assisted by Bord Gais and by the gardai -- are under way after the explosion ripped through 48 Riverdale Court, Leixlip, in the early hours of Saturday.

A couple and their daughter were brought to hospital while houses were evacuated in case of further leaks. The wife, in her late 50s, was seriously hurt, although her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Her husband and their daughter were not badly hurt.

The blast, which damaged the upper floor of the house, happened after Bord Gais teams had been called out to deal with a suspected gas leak next door at number 49.

A 76-year-old man died yesterday after a road crash in Rosslare, Co Wexford. The incident happened at 11.15am at Rosslare Harbour when the man's car left the road and crashed into two parked cars.

He was taken to Wexford General Hospital but died in the afternoon. No one else was injured in the incident.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses to the crash to contact them at (053) 9165200.

A NEW inquiry into how a 14-year-old Leitrim girl missed the chance to travel to London last July for a liver transplant is expected to be held. Meadhbh McGivern had been on the transplant list for 11 months before an organ became available at 7.20pm on July 2 -- but transport could not be arranged to bring her to London before 2am, the time within which the organ was viable.

The inquiry is expected to take several weeks and it is unclear if or when the findings will be published.

LAST year was a busy one for Irish nationals who sought consular assistance overseas. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Australia recorded the second-highest number of consular emergencies involving Irish citizens last year -- second only to Spain.

Increasing numbers of Irish citizens were also deported from Australia last year for visa offences. In October, a group of 10 Irish nationals were arrested for residing in Sydney unlawfully and committing criminal offences.

Customers of the Newbridge Credit Union were assured yesterday that there is no need to worry about their savings, following the appointment by the Central Bank of a special manager to the branch.

PROPERTY developer and former IRA Maze hunger striker Thomas McFeely has been declared bankrupt by a British court. Mr McFeely, of Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4, who developed the controversial Priory Hall, is still facing proceedings in the High Court in Dublin tomorrow by a creditor who wants him declared bankrupt in Ireland.

THE Government was warned yesterday that a mass campaign is being organised nationwide against the €100 household charge which will make it "uncollectable."

The activists from the Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes were told that there will be a powerful mass campaign. Dublin North TD Clare Daly of the Socialist Party described the €100 charge as a "gateway tax" which would see householders having to pay €1,000 by 2014.

ONE of Russia's richest women, Yelena Baturina, is said to be close to finalising the purchase of the Morrison Hotel in central Dublin for €20m.

The hotel was developed by publican and businessman Hugh O'Regan and went into receivership in 2010, along with his other major venture, the Kilternan Country Club.

Ms Baturina, said to be worth over €950m, made her fortune in construction and manufacturing in Russia.

THERE was no winner of last night's €3,784,401 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 6, 9, 16, 23, 26, 27 (bonus 11)

There were four Match 5+bonus winners who will each receive €25,000, 53 Match 5s (€1,458); 232 Match 4+bonus (€84); 3,259 Match 4s (€37); 4,999 Match 3+bonus (€16); and 45,431 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 2, 5, 15, 16, 39, 42 (bonus 10). The Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 9, 12, 13, 18, 21, 22 (bonus 3).

And in the UK draw for an estimated £4.1m prize, the numbers were 7, 10, 12, 15, 25, 42 (bonus 33).

REAL Estate Opportunities, the public company controlled by developers Johnny Ronan and Richard Barrett, has confirmed that it has received a demand from Nama for the repayment of loans of hundreds of millions of euro.

The company, which owns Battersea Power Station and the Stillorgan Shopping Centre in south Dublin, is now using what it calls a "relatively short standstill period" to seek to bring new investors into the business, failing which Nama may move to put it into receivership.

THE poet and broadcaster Pearse Hutchinson died yesterday afternoon in his 85th year.

Born in Glasgow in 1927, he wrote in both Irish and English, and was first published in The Bell in the 1940s. From 1977 to 1978 he compiled and presented Oro Domhnaigh, a weekly radio programme of Irish poetry, music and folklore on RTE. He lived in Rathgar, Dublin.

THREE men and a woman are being questioned by detectives about an attempt to kill soldiers in north Belfast 10 days ago. The arrests followed a search operation on properties in the area on Friday.

Three men aged 43, 40 and 30 and a 41-year-old woman were taken to Antrim serious crime suite and are being questioned about the attempt to kill soldiers in the Ligoniel area. A PSNI spokesman said nine properties were searched and a number of items were removed.

ONE of the leading auctioneers in the north-east, Philip Gunne, has died suddenly while on holiday in Florida.

A brother of the late Fintan Gunne, who built up Gunne Auctioneers in Dublin, he was 68. Funeral arrangements will be announced tomorrow.

Sunday Independent

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