US Catholic conservatives to boycott Kenny's Boston visit over abortion bill
Taoiseach Enda Kenny's visit to Boston, where he is due to receive an honorary degree on May 20, has sparked protests from US Catholic conservatives, writes Jerome Reilly. Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston will snub the graduation ceremony at the prestigious Jesuit-run Boston College over Mr Kenny's support for the proposed Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill.
In a statement, Cardinal Sean O'Malley said abortion was "a crime against humanity" and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked Catholic institutions not to honour those who promote it.
Lorry driver killed after collision
A lorry driver was killed after his vehicle was in collision with another lorry on the N5 between Ballinagrae and Tulsk, Co Roscommon, at about 5am yesterday. Gardai are investigating the incident in which the male driver in his 50s was killed. The other lorry driver was taken to Castlebar General Hospital with minor injuries. Gardai are appealing for information at 094-9621630.
No winner of €4.6m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €4,639,458 Lotto draw. The numbers were 10, 21, 25, 28, 34, 45 (bonus 30).
There was one Match 5+bonus winner who will get €25,000; 40 Match 5s (€1,886); 99 Match 4+bonus (€191); 1,960 Match 4s (€59); 2,856 Match 3+bonus (€27); and 33,975 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 9, 12, 23, 25, 29, 39 (bonus 31) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 1, 7, 24, 31, 35, 40 (bonus 20).
And in the UK draw for an estimated £6.1m prize, the numbers were 9, 12, 24, 25, 26, 43 (bonus 3).
Body found in River Foyle identified
A body recovered from the River Foyle near Derry has been identified as missing Dublin teenager Kieran McKeon, who disappeared in March with a friend Alexandra O'Brien, whose body was recovered from the river on the evening she disappeared. Described as "vulnerable", Ms O'Brien had travelled to Derry the day after she checked out of a Dublin hospital.
Off-duty garda foils alleged thieves
A female garda leaving duty at Balbriggan Garda Station in north Co Dublin followed five men later arrested in connection with the robbery of a jewellers in the town. The garda was driving from Balbriggan on Friday afternoon when she saw five men flagging down a taxi on the outskirts of the town near a crashed car.
She alerted colleagues who joined the pursuit and stopped the taxi on the M1, arresting the five passengers. Four men had earlier entered Goldsmith's jewellers on Drogheda Street at around 5pm and threatened staff with hammers before escaping in a black saloon car.
SF's Ellis slams coalition's bank policy
Government policy for the last two years has been to back banks and other lenders against those who are at risk of losing their homes, Sinn Fein's Dessie Ellis told the party's James Connolly Summer School in Dublin yesterday.
"There are 198,000 households with distressed mortgages and over 30,000 rental properties in serious trouble. This is a major catastrophe just waiting to happen," he said.
Senators to unveil Seanad reforms
A draft Bill outlining reform of Seanad Eireann will be launched in Dublin today by Independent senators Feargal Quinn and Katherine Zappone.
The Seanad Reform Bill 2013 will be debated next week in private members' time in Seanad Eireann. It details comprehensive legislative proposals to bring about the most radical and comprehensive reform of Seanad Eireann since the enactment of the Irish Constitution in 1937.
Panel to hear from abortion experts
Masters of the maternity hospitals, psychiatrists and lawyers will give evidence on Friday to the Oireachtas Health Committee on proposed abortion legislation.
The committee will only hear medical/legal witnesses, declining requests from advocacy groups and women who have had abortions and wanted to give evidence.
Choir and brass celebration at NCH
Lyric's Liz Nolan will host Dublin County Choir's Spring Concert, Gloria, a celebration of choir and brass, at the National Concert Hall next Saturday at 8pm.
The music will range from the 16th century Giovanni Gabrieli to a modern jazz Mass by ex-King Singer, Bob Chilcott. Tickets from €20 Phone NCH 417 0000.
Dublin Bike Scheme to be extended
The Dublin Bike Scheme is to be extended. Now 950 new bicycles and an additional 58 new hire points will be introduced. The new locations include key points in the south west inner city, including Heuston Station, Inchicore Road, Rothe Abbey, South Circular Road, Francis Street and James Street.
Well-known cancer specialist dies
The well-known cancer specialist Prof Donal Hollywood has died of cancer in Dublin. Originally from Warrenpoint, Co Down, his funeral mass will take place in the Church of The Three Patrons, Rathgar, Dublin, tomorrow. Professor Hollywood is survived by his wife Brid and three children.
PSNI to hold marching season talks
Officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs have been invited by the PSNI to talks in Cardiff next weekend to try to iron out community tensions ahead of the 'marching season' in the North.
Young teachers 'struggle to get work'
The difficulties faced by young second-level teachers in securing employment is impacting on the quality of Ireland's education service, ASTI general secretary Pat King told a seminar for new and recently qualified teachers yesterday.
"The vast majority of second-level teachers can expect to be employed on a temporary basis – including on a contracted-hourly basis – for at least five years," said Mr King.
Retired bank official leaves €1.6m
bank official Helena Angela Mary Murnaghan, of South Hill, Dartry, Dublin, left €1,637,699 in her will. Other wills: Gertrude Cregan, farmer, Larchfield, Dunboyne, Co Meath, €1,293,061; Johanna O'Connell, teacher, Maywood Ave, Raheny, €1,234,112; Cathlyna H Gilliland, secretary, Lower Churchtown Road, Dublin, €1,232,33; and Anna Doran, marketing director, Rathfarnham Park, Dublin, €902,246.
The value of wills include property, including the family home and should not be regarded as cash amounts