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Two killed in road accidents

TWO men died in separate road accidents overnight.

In Limerick a man in his 60s was killed in a crash at Dooradoyle, near the Mid-Western Regional Hospital at about 8pm.

He had been rushed to hospital in a critical condition by ambulance but died later.

In Mullingar a man was knocked down by a car on the N4 westbound near Mullingar town.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident happened at 4.45am.

The two latest deaths bring to four the numbers killed on Irish roads this Christmas.

Three held for serious attack

TWO men and a woman were arrested after an attack left a young man seriously injured in hospital.

Gardai have made an appeal for witnesses to the assault, which happened on Pearse Street, in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, last Friday at 2.40am. A 20-year-old man was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar after an altercation broke out on the street.

Two men, aged 21 and 20, and a 19-year-old woman were arrested and taken to Mullingar Garda Station following the incident.

Fire fears for

new houses

JUST one in five new properties were inspected for fire and other safety hazards while being built last year, it has been learned.

Despite the Priory Hall scandal, councils still rely on the word of builders that everything is up to standard.

A new audit by the State's Management Services Board has found that only 20pc of new developments -- houses, apartments, and commercial properties -- were inspected last year.


pips Downton

EastEnders triumphed in the head-to-head battle with Downton Abbey as BBC1 kept with tradition by coming out on top in the Christmas Day ratings.

Overnight viewing figures show Walford proved a bigger draw than the Crawley family's estate, with an average audience of 9.9 million compared with the ITV1 show's 8.1 million (8.6 million including ITV1+1 viewers).