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Sunday 19 November 2017

Woman and two men appear in court charged with petrol station hold-up

A 40-year-old woman and two men appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday, charged with holding up a Topaz filling station in Clonsilla Road, Dublin 15, on Thursday night.

Suzanne O'Connell, of Whitestown, Blanchardstown, was released on bail of €100 and nightly curfew conditions from 8pm to 7am. Daniel McMahon, 21, was released with similar conditions attached. Jason Flaherty, 19, of Blanchardstown, is facing other charges and was remanded in custody.

DAD AND SON IN €1.3M DRUGS ARREST

father and son, Michael Devlin, 58, and Michael Jnr, 30, from Finnian's Street in Drogheda, Co Louth, were yesterday charged at Dublin District Court with the possession of cannabis with an estimated street value of €1.3m.

The drugs were seized at Termonfeckin, Co Louth, on Friday. The pair were remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

AMBULANCE BREAKDOWN 'INEXCUSABLE'

THE National Ambulance Service has come under fire after a vehicle transporting a transplant patient broke down on its way to hospital. Politicians called for an independent investigation into the service, which is overseen by the HSE, following what's described as an "inexcusable" incident.

MAN, 28, DIES AFTER COLLAPSE DURING RACE

A 28-year-old man running in yesterday's half-marathon in the Phoenix Park collapsed and later died.

The runner, who lived in Dublin, collapsed 11 miles into the 13.1 mile race. He was aided by fellow runners and the St John's Ambulance medical crew on site and transferred by ambulance to hospital, but was later pronounced dead.

MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN COLLISION

A Man in his 60s was killed in a collision involving his motorbike and a car on the N81, at Tinode, Blessington, Co Wicklow yesterday morning. The collision at 10.15am involved just the motorcycle and a car. The driver of the car was uninjured.

WINNING NUMBERS IN €2.5M LOTTO

There was no winner in last night's €2,565,871 Lotto draw. The numbers were 4, 27, 37, 39, 40 and 45 (bonus 42).

There was one Match 5+bonus winner who gets €25k; 33 Match 5s (€1,999); 91 Match 4+ (€182); 1,621 Match 4s (€63); 2,364 Match 3+ (€29) and 26,813 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 (bonus 38) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 7, 8, 11, 16, 33 and 42 (bonus 18).

In the UK draw for £3.6m (€4.3m) the numbers were 11, 15, 36, 37, 38 and 45 (bonus 9).

UK POLICE SAY GUN SUSPECT MAY BE HERE

A FUGITIVE from the UK, who may be armed, could be hiding out in Ireland, British police have warned. Francis O'Donoghue, 27, is the subject of an Essex Police manhunt after he allegedly tried to kill two of his neighbours on a Travellers' site in Navestock on August 27.

Police say the two men, aged in their 20s, sustained gunshot wounds to the legs and chest as part of a feud.

ESB UNIONS TO BALLOT FOR STRIKE ACTION

ESB unions are to conduct a ballot for industrial action, including a strike, in a dispute over pension arrangements. The ballot will be conducted in the coming weeks.

The unions say the ESB has moved their pension scheme from a defined benefit to defined contribution. The pension fund currently has a minimum funding standard deficit of €1.6bn and an accounting standard deficit of €2.07bn.

MINISTERS DISCUSS ASTI DECISION

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin yesterday discussed the impact of the ASTI's decision to reject the Haddington Road Agreement.

However, it won't be until a meeting of the ASTI's council tomorrow before the Government decides on what to do and finalises its plans for the Budget given the union's decision to reject the pay deal.

PROTEST ON ROAD PLAN FOR HISTORICAL SITE

More than 1,500 people marched through Kilkenny City yesterday afternoon to protest the construction of a new road and bridge through the medieval St Canice's precinct.

It was the largest public demonstration in the county in recent years. The protest was the latest show of opposition to the €10.7m 'Central Access Scheme', which received An Bord Pleanala approval in December 2011.

GAY COMMUNITY WELCOMES POPE'S WORDS

THE Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) gave a cautious welcome to last week's comments by Pope Francis on gay marriage. "This is to be welcomed if it gives a chance for the Catholic Church to change the way it treats lesbian and gay people," said GLEN chairperson Kieran Rose.

BELFAST'S SF MAYOR MAKES POPPY DEAL

THE Sinn Fein mayor of Belfast has agreed to illuminate the City Hall in red to mark the launch of the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. Mairtin O Muilleoir said he had had talks with the British Legion for six months prior to becoming mayor. "Their aim is the same as mine, to remember the dead of the Great War, and the carnage that destroyed the cream of our manhood across this nation," he said.

DEVELOPER'S FATHER PASSES AWAY

Cork-based developer Michael O'Flynn's father has passed away. Sean O'Flynn had been ill for some time and died on Friday night. The O'Flynns had already been in mourning following the death of their mother and Mr O'Flynn's wife, Sheila just nine weeks ago.

BIKE GARDAI NEAR CHARITY GOAL OF €1M

FIFTY garda cyclists began a tour of Croatia yesterday in the hope of passing the €1m mark in cash raised for charities in eight years of foreign fundraising events.

This year's Tour de Force, organised by Dublin gardai since the early 1990s, sees gardai travelling across Croatia. The money raised will go to Autism Ireland and St James Camino Network, which provides rehab for drug addicts.

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