Thursday 14 December 2017

While you were sleeping: Stories you may have missed overnight

Today's front page of the Irish Independent
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Six stories you need to know:

Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager vilified across the US for buying a pharmaceutical company and increasing the price of a life-saving drug has denied securities fraud charges and "expects to be fully vindicated". Shkreli was arrested in a grey hoodie and taken into federal court in Brooklyn, where he pleaded not guilty. He was released on $5m bail.

Read More: Vilified drug firm boss Martin Shkreli denies fraud charges

The man who bought the assault rifles used by his friend in the San Bernardino massacre has been charged with terrorism-related offences for plotting an earlier attack that was aborted. Enrique Marquez (24) was charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. The charges say he plotted with gunman Syed Farook to launch attacks in 2011 and 2012 at a community college and a congested freeway during the rush hour, but they never carried out their plans. Marquez also was charged with illegally purchasing two assault rifles that Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 29, used to kill 14 people at an office lunch of Farook's health department colleagues on December 2.


Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has refused to say whether he still considers Thomas 'Slab' Murphy "a good republican" after he was found guilty of tax evasion. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has refused to say whether he still considers Thomas 'Slab' Murphy "a good republican" after he was found guilty of tax evasion. He also described Murphy as "a keen supporter of the Sinn Fein peace strategy".

Read More: Gerry Adams crony 'Slab' Murphy guilty of tax dodging  

A 'Good Samaritan' priest gave a burglar a lift into town only minutes after finding the burglar hiding in his wardrobe. Fr Paddy Conway entered the Christmas spirit early by giving drug addict Michael Clune (30) a lift into Ennis, Co Clare after Mr Clune had given back the €20 he had stolen in the burglary. At Ennis District Court, Mr Clune - who has 69 previous convictions - pleaded guilty to the burglary on December 7 at Cloughleigh, Ennis, and received an eight-month suspended jail term consecutive to the eight months in jail he is currently serving.

Read More: Priest gives burglar a lift after finding him hiding in wardrobe 

A 'Star Wars' fundraiser was held last night to help the orphaned children and family of slain Limerick man Jason Corbett. Jedi knights battled Stormtroopers at the Odeon, Limerick, at a special VIP screening of new 'Star Wars' movie, 'The Force Awakens'. Sarah (10) and Jack (11) were photographed showing with their cousins.

The Herald reports that independent TDs Clare Daly, Maureen O'Sullivan and Mick Wallace offered to stand bail at a cost of €5,000 each for a man accused of IRA membership and being in possession of a component part of a controlled explosive device. Donal O Coisdealbha (24), of Abbeyfield, Killester, Dublin 15, was one of several men arrested last May on foot of an investigation by the Special Detective Unit (SDU) into the activities of the IRA. Senior gardai have told the Special Criminal Court their inquiries uncovered "advanced plans" by the IRA to mount bomb attacks during the visit to Ireland of Britain's Prince Charles.

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