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Saturday 24 March 2018

Young woman dies following night out with friends as car crashes into tree

A YOUNG female passenger was killed in Co Cavan when a car crashed shortly after 4am yesterday. Joanne McCabe, from Mountnugent, Co Cavan, was fatally injured when the car in which she was travelling hit a tree as she was on the way home from a night out with friends.

The 20-year-old driver was taken to Cavan General Hospital but his condition is not life-threatening.

Gardai closed off the road between Mountnugent and Finea to facilitate an examination of the scene and local diversions were put in place. They are appealing for witnesses who might have witnessed the accident.

€2.6m of cannabis is seized in raid

GARDAI and Revenue's Custom Services seized €2.6m worth of cannabis in a raid on an industrial park unit in west Dublin yesterday. The officers found 106kg of herbal cannabis and 112kg of cannabis resin in a lock-up in the Ballymount area of Dublin.

The operation was targeting a Dublin-based organised crime gang and the consignment had been brought into the country through Dublin Port from the Netherlands.

Man's body is recovered from the sea

THE body of a man in his 40s was taken from the sea by lifeboat services near Arklow in Co Wicklow yesterday afternoon. The Dublin Coast Guard was called to assist gardai in removing the body from the sea near Ennereilly beach just before midday.

The body was taken to Loughlinstown Hospital and gardai are treating the incident as a tragedy.

Child-counselling service closes office

A VITAL child-counselling service is being forced to close one of its main offices -- despite a Government commitment to focus on children's welfare.

Children at Risk in Ireland Foundation (CARI), the only agency providing specialist therapy and counselling for sexually abused children, will close its Cork office in the coming weeks due to a lack of funding.

CARI chief executive Mary Flaherty said she was "heartbroken" by the closure, which means the charity is now reduced to just two offices -- in Dublin and Limerick.

The news comes a month after Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald claimed that child protection was a "high priority" for the Government.

Funerals of UK crash victims delayed

THE funerals of two Irish children, one unborn, who died in a horrific UK car crash will not take place until late next month.

Devon police have been granted permission by a coroner to retain the body of Oisin Twomey (16 months) and his unborn sibling -- as his parents, Con, 39, and Elber, 36, continue their desperate battle for life.

The couple have been in a critical condition in hospital in Plymouth since the tragedy earlier this month.

Polish taxi driver Marek Wojciechowski, 20, who apparently veered directly into the path of the Twomeys, also died after being rushed to hospital by air ambulance.

No winner of €2.6m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €2,608,974 Lotto jackpot. The numbers: 10, 34, 35, 37, 43, 44 (bonus 42).

There were no Match 5+bonus winners; but 31 Match 5s get €2,290 each; 70 Match 4+bonus get €254; 1,582 Match 4s get €69; 2,124 Match 3+bonus get €34; and 26,947 Match 3s get €5.

The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 14, 15, 17, 23, 29, 44 (bonus 18) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 3, 6, 15, 19, 33, 35 (bonus10 ). And in the UK Lotto main draw worth stg£4m, the numbers were 5, 14, 20, 40, 41, 42 (bonus 8).

Healy Eames to meet CIE over fine

FINE Gael senator Fidelma Healy Eames is to meet with CIE top brass this week to discuss the €100 fine she received for boarding a train without a ticket.

The Galway politician boarded a train to Dublin last week without buying a ticket, believing that she could buy one on board, which she had done on previous occasions.

Ms Healy Eames arranged the meeting with the chief executive and chairman of the public transport company to voice her concern that this was not an isolated incident. She said she had been ''inundated with correspondence from people who had suffered similar experiences".

Toddler recovers after operation in US

AN Irish toddler who is undergoing pioneering treatment in the US to grow a new oesophagus, is recovering in hospital following an emergency operation to repair a hole in his stomach.

Sergio O'Connor, a 16-month-old Dublin twin who was born with a rare condition that stops him from eating, drinking or swallowing, has already had three operations in the past two months at Boston Children's Hospital.

His father Donal, from Donnycarney, said: "It's true that Sergio has gone through a lot of long operations, but hopefully now he will regain his strength and get back on track in a week or two."

Four still held after gardai hit gangs

FOUR men were still in custody yesterday after a major garda operation targeting criminal gangs. Seven people were arrested after raids on properties in Carlow and Laois last Wednesday. One man was charged in Carlow District Court last Thursday following the operation, while two people were released without charge.

Police attacked by petrol bombers

PSNI officers were attacked with petrol bombs and other missiles during trouble in Derry on Friday night.

A 21-year-old man was arrested following the disturbance in Moss Park in the Galliagh area at around 9pm. Police were also attacked during trouble in Northland Road yesterday afternoon and a 17-year-old youth was arrested for disorderly behaviour and later released. A number of shots were fired on Friday night at a GAA club in Co Derry.

Theatre group to stage street parade

COLOURFUL theatre group Macnas is to take to the streets of Galway tonight in a parade entitled 'This Thunderous Heart'. The event will take place at Spanish Arch as part of the Galway Arts Festival. Starting at 8.45pm, and devised and directed by Noeline Kavanagh, it is the story of a journeyman walking the road of discovery.

Spectacular air show to draw crowds

AROUND 80,000 people are expected to flood into Bray, Co Wicklow, today for the annual Air Spectacular air show starting at 3.15pm. The Defence Forces' Black Knights parachute team will open the show, jumping from an Air Corps AW-139 helicopter from over 4,000 feet.

For more information, see or tune into East Coast FM.

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