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Woman and man arrested after body of man discovered in Dublin flat

The body of a man was found in a city centre apartment on Prussia Street in Stoneybatter, Dublin 1, yesterday at around 3pm. Gardai later arrrested a man in his 30s and a woman in her 40s in connection with the incident.

Last night Gardai said they were treating the death as murder. The State Pathologist has attended the scene but no news of the preliminary examination has yet emerged.

19-year-old drowns in local river

THE body of a 19-year-old man was last night recovered from the River Blackwater near Mallow, Co Cork.

He had been swimming with friends around 5pm when he got into difficulties. Gardai, the local River Rescue Unit, and the Coastguard all assisted in the operation.

Man hospitalised after Bantry death

A MAN arrested after the discovery of a dead body on waste ground was moved to hospital after he became ill while in custody yesterday. The man, in his 70s, was arrested near the scene of the incident at Seskin, Bantry, in west Cork, on Friday evening.

Gardai are trying to contact UK relatives of the English- born man who died in suspicious circumstances on Friday. They have been trying to establish the identity of the 53-year-old man who has lived in Cork for over a decade.

Homeowners' advice service criticised

THE Government's new free advice service for struggling homeowners came under attack yesterday. The scheme allows struggling borrowers in advanced negotiations with lenders to get "independent" advice from an accountant of their choice. The banks will pay the €250 fee.

Vincent P Martin, spokesman for New Beginnings, a group which helps homeowners in arrears, said the "misleading" scheme offered no grant aid to obtain independent advice during crucial negotiations with the bank and forbids financial experts from giving borrowers alternative options to proposals presented by the banks.

Meeting to devise 'save Senate' plan

MORE than 280 public figures have been invited to a meeting in Leinster House to devise a campaign to save the Senate. They include Ken Whittaker, seen by many as the architect of the modern State; former President Mary Robinson; Maurice Hayes, the former Northern Ireland Ombudsman; and Sunday Independent columnist Eoghan Harris. The meeting is the latest step in a strategy being devised by a group of former and serving politicians for the defence of the Seanad when Taoiseach Enda Kenny calls the promised referendum to abolish the upper house.

No winners of €3m Lotto jackpot

TheRE was no winner of last night's €3,081,733 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 8, 12, 23, 24, 28, 41 (bonus 29).

There were three Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25k; 51 Match 5s (€1,420); 116 Match 4+bonus (€157); 2,430 Match 4s (€46); 3,042 Match 3+bonus (€24) and 37,633 Match 3s (€5 scratchcard). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 10, 23, 33, 36, 37, 43 (bonus 6) and the Lotto plus 2 numbers were 3, 14, 21, 26, 30, 38 (bonus 23).

And in the UK draw for £6.3m the numbers were 8, 15, 21, 26, 28, 32 (bonus 29).

Gardai discharged from hospital

TWO gardai who were rushed to hospital after their patrol car was rammed have been discharged. The gardai drove to a housing estate in Limerick in response to an emergency call about a domestic dispute, and as they drove in, another car allegedly drove straight into them.

Cabinet to discuss hospital location

THE Government is expected to consider where to locate the new national children's hospital at its next Cabinet meeting, sources claim. Minister James Reilly promised a decision after the summer but the issue was not on the agenda in the first Cabinet meeting since the holidays.

Dr Reilly received a report of short-listed sites last June but a decision was deferred until after the summer break.

FG TD calls for committee on Budget

FINE Gael TD Eoghan Murphy has called for a select Oireachtas committee be formed to examine all possible budgetary measures being considered for the Budget.

"It's time to end all the speculation and to have an open and honest debate about the choices facing government departments ... the people should be allowed to see what the alternatives are," he said.

Gardai probe theft of cash-laden safe

GARDAI in Ennistymon/Lisdoonvarna are investigating the theft of a safe containing a "a five-figure sum" of cash from Gus O'Connor's pub in Doolin, one of the most famous venues for Irish traditional music in the country.

The thieves forced their way in the main door during the night and made their way to the storeroom where the safe containing the cash was hidden.

Burton chided on disability allowance

THE Government has been slammed for overseeing an 80 per cent refusal rate for the disability allowance.

Fianna Fail spokesperson on Social Protection, Willie O'Dea, attacked Minister Joan Burton's department on the issue. He said: "I just wonder what ministerial directive the people processing these applications have been given."

Tiger economics puzzle O'Dowd

COMEDIAN Chris O'Dowd has said in an interview he wasn't surprised at the collapse of the Celtic Tiger.

"People would go round saying things like 'yeah, I've two houses and I'm 24' or 'my parents haven't paid off their houses yet, but I have two'. Why did nobody ask: 'Why do we all need two houses?'" the Roscommon-born star of Bridesmaids told the Observer.

Meeting to discuss future of barracks

A PUBLIC meeting is to be held in Mullingar tomorrow to discuss the future of the town's closed Army barracks. Columb Barracks has been closed since March as part of cutbacks but uncertainty has remained over its future use.

A meeting to discuss the future of the site will take place in the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar, at 8pm.

Former secretary leaves €1.5m in will

MARY E O'Loughlin, a company secretary of Barton Road East, Churchtown, Dublin who died on February 13, 2012 has left €1,549,797 in her will.

Other wills: Paul O'Riordan, aircraft engineer, Blackberry Rise, Portmarnock, Dublin, €1,330,615; Mary E Treacy, retiree, Eglington Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, €1,226,338; Hilda McLoughlin, secretary, Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, €1,094,114; and Rita O Siochru, doctor, Saval Park, Dalkey, Dublin, €1,037,279.

The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts

Sunday Independent