Turfcutter 'will be prosecuted'
THE Government has vowed to prosecute the owner of a bog who defied the law to cut turf on his plot of land yesterday. The Co Roscommon turf cutter Josie Fallon is among a number of turfcutters who openly flouted an EU ban on cutting turf at protected bogs.
Gardai and officials from the National Parks Service swooped on the bog in Kilteevan, Co Roscommon, yesterday afternoon after a tip-off that turf cutting was under way. Ninety farmers were present at the bog, with local TD Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, who warned that cutting would continue on the bogs unless the introduction of protected status was done on a phased basis.
Armagh to get new Archbishop
THE Church of Ireland is to appoint a new Archbishop of Armagh in the coming months after the Most Revd Alan Harper said he was retiring from the position yesterday.
Tributes were paid last night to the 68-year-old, who has been a bishop for 10 years, having served as Bishop of Connor from 2002 to 2007.
Information on murder sought
GARDAI yesterday appealed for help in their investigation into the murder of mother of five Siobhan Stapleton in her Co Kilkenny home late last month.
Mrs Stapleton (51) sustained injuries to her head and body in the attack at her house outside Thomastown, on May 25. Information should be given to the incident room at Thomastown on 056-7754150, the Garda Confidential Line on 1-800-666-111 or any garda station.
Appeal to identify man found at sea
GARDAI have launched a public appeal in an attempt to identify a man's body that was found in the sea off the Cliffs of Moher last May.
He was a white male, in his 30s and around 5' 10" in height, with black hair on the side and back of his head and balding on top. Gardai can be contacted at (01) 666 2615.
Melbourne bridge to honour Stynes
LATE Aussie Rules star Jim Stynes will be honoured in Melbourne when a bridge is named after him.
The former Dublin minor footballer and tireless charity worker, who died in March after a long battle with cancer, received overwhelming public support in his adopted Australian city for a permanent memorial in his name. The 'floating bridge' will link Melbourne's Docklands to the city centre.