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IN BRIEF: New award for tragic Stynes

FORMER GAA and Australian rules football star Jim Stynes is to be honoured with a new award from President Michael D Higgins.

The first recipients of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad will be announced later today.

Mr Stynes, who died earlier this year following a long battle with cancer, will be one of the first ten to be honoured.

Also included in the list will be philanthropists Loretta Glucksman and Chuck Feeney.

Air search for missing diver

A MAJOR air and sea search resumed today for a diver who disappeared during a 279ft dive.

Three lifeboats, a coast guard search and rescue helicopter and the Naval vessel LE Ciara last night scoured an area 12 miles south of Baltimore harbour in west Cork.

It is understood three men, operating from a dive boat, went down to a wreck lying in deep waters of about 279ft but one failed to resurface.

15 red squirrels released to wild

Fifteen red squirrels were released into Killiney Hill yesterday in a bid to boost the dwindling native population.

The rodent has been undergoing a steady decline across Ireland primarily because of stiff competition from the larger American species, the grey squirrel.

Red squirrels are now confined to just a few locations, with their survival under threat.

€1.3m offer for Drumm house

AN American judge has been asked to approve the €1.36m sale of a luxury home owned by former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm and his wife.

The house in the exclusive Abington development in Malahide, Dublin, was originally put on the market for €3m but was withdrawn.

The mansion was back on the market earlier this year for €1.65m, on the instruction of the lawyer appointed to liquidate the assets of Mr Drumm in his bankruptcy case. Papers filed in a Massachussetts bankruptcy court revealed the biggest bid of €1.36m came from Andrew Fleming, a businessman from Meath.