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Teen arrested after being caught with €50k worth of cocaine

Thursday August 16th, 2018 05:24:09 PM
Gardaí from Ronanstown have seized drugs with an estimated value of €140,000 and arrested a man during an operation in west Dublin. Gardaí from Ronanstown have seized drugs with an estimated value of €140,000 and arrested a man during an operation in west Dublin.A teenager has been caught with more than €50,000 worth of cocaine.The 18-year-old was arrested after he was stopped and searched by officers in the Collinstown Park area this morning.He is currently detained at Ronanstown Garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.In a follow up search of a house in the Ronanstown area, MDMA worth more than €90,000 was seized.Gardaí say investigations are on-going. - Digital Desk

Ulster Unionist councillor set to face motion of no confidence

Thursday August 16th, 2018 05:04:00 PM
The motion against Jim Rodgers has been proposed by Alliance councillor Michael Long. Veteran Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Rodgers is set to face a vote of no confidence over his chairing of a key Belfast City Council committee.The motion has been proposed by Alliance Party councillor Michael Long over events surrounding bonfires in east Belfast in July.There were rows over the height of a bonfire on the Bloomfield Walkway site in the run-up to July 11, when pyres across the North are traditionally lit.Belfast City Council took a high court action against the Department for Infrastructure, which owns the land, to compel it to remove the pyre.However amid tense scenes, bonfire builders set it alight before police and contractors could move in to remove it.Later, another bonfire at nearby Cluan Place was removed by contractors with police protection.Mr Long has claimed that during that period, Mr Rodgers made “negative comments” in media interviews about council staff.He has called on Mr Rodgers to apologise to them.Mr Rodgers is the chairman of the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee on the council.Mr Long said his party was also concerned about the number of special meetings of the committee that were called during the same period.He has claimed that the number of meetings caused delays which made it “increasingly difficult to get decisions around controversial issues taken”.“The feedback I have received from both staff and councillors has been one of great disappointment in Councillor Rodgers, especially given the huge efforts staff members made during the period,” he said.“I therefore have decided to seek a vote of no confidence in the chair. If it passes, he should consider his position.”The motion of no confidence is set to be proposed at the next meeting of the committee, scheduled to take place on Friday morning.Mr Rodgers has been elected to Belfast City Council since 1993 and has served as Lord Mayor twice.He responded to the Press Association’s request for a response by saying he does not feel it would be appropriate for him to comment.- Press Association

Fianna Fáil hit out over defence forces pay during Papal visit

Thursday August 16th, 2018 04:34:00 PM
Fianna Fáil has hit out at plans to pay defence force members an extra €68, for 72 hours duty during the Papal visit. Fianna Fáil has hit out at plans to pay defence force members an extra €68, for 72 hours duty during the Papal visit.The party says the time has come to address the issue of core pay for troops.They are expected to be drafted into the capital from the around the country for the visit of Pope Francis. Fianna Fáil's Defence Spokesperson, Jack Chambers believes the extra work breaches a European directive."As if the weakened morale regarding poor pay and conditions within the Defence Forces could take any further blow; it now emerges that members of the forces are expected to call for duty for 72 hours which is a clear breach of the working time directive."The level of disregard and the unacceptable attitude towards these members is only compounded by this latest kick by Government to ignore the working time directive ahead of the Pope’s visit."Just this week we heard of members of the forces are struggling to keep food on the table. Is it any wonder that families living in the Curragh finding it hard to make ends meet when their duty is not recognised in terms of pay.“I can tell you that if members of An Garda Síochana or emergency services staff including nurses and doctors were being asked to present to work long hours in exchange for poor pay over the weekend of the Pope’s visit, there would be public outcry."It’s as though this Government would rather ignore the key capabilities of those that are employed by the Irish Defence Forces, than recognise the level of support they provide to the public during major events such as the Pope’s visit."We should all be sticking up for the Defence Forces in this regard and urge to Government to deliver appropriate pay and conditions for their military operations."- Digital Desk

With 130 days until December 25, Brown Thomas opens Christmas Shop

Thursday August 16th, 2018 04:16:00 PM
It's earlier it's getting... Christmas has come early to Brown Thomas.The department store launched its Christmas Shop today just 130 days before December 25.The range of festive decorations is now available from Dublin, Cork and Limerick stores as well as online.It’s beginning to feel a lot like #Christmas 🎄 The Christmas shop has now opened in Dublin, Cork and Limerick stores. pic.twitter.com/CRWf1ezlqg— Brown Thomas (@brownthomas) August 16, 2018 Some customers were pleased to see it open. "With internet shopping, they have to get ahead I'm sure of the internet sites. So why not?" said one shopper today.Another said: "I think I'd be killed if came home now with something from the selection, but sometimes it's tempting."One added: "There's a lot off doom and gloom around at the moment. So I'm happy. I came in especially to see it."With 130 days until Christmas, Brown Thomas launches The Christmas Shop. Pictured at the launch were model Isabelle Traber with Charlie Rafter (6) and Hannah O Brien (4). Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.- Digital Desk

Gardaí issue warning about iTunes gift cards scam

Thursday August 16th, 2018 03:55:00 PM
The alert was raised after gardaí in Cork recently received a report of an attempt to defraud a business via email. Gardaí have issued a warning to the public over a scam tricking people into purchasing iTunes gift cards.The alert was raised after gardaí in Cork recently received a report of an attempt to defraud a business via email.The email was sent by a person claiming to be the manager of the company and requested that a staff member purchase €2,000 of iTunes gift cards and send on the voucher numbers. Thankfully the employee contacted their manager by phone to verify the request which turned out to be a scam.Gardaí say this is a new variation in the scam which previously operated via phone.That scam involved a victim receiving a phone call, voicemail or email from the scammer, claiming to be a representative of an organisation, in which they would claim the victim owes money. Upon contact with the victim, the scammers would insist immediate payment is required, suggesting the payment needs to be made by purchasing iTunes gift cards from a retailer. In some of these cases, victims are told they are facing criminal charges. Once the victim has purchased these cards, the scammers will ask the victim to share the 16-digit code on the back of the card over the phone. The scammers would then use this code to purchase goods online.Gardaí are advising people to be vigilant and suspicious of any calls, voicemails or emails from people claiming to represent a company, or organisation that you may be a customer or employee of. They may ask you to purchase gift cards or vouchers. The scammer may have some information about you, so do not trust them just because they use your name or have other personal information, gardaí have warned.Gardaí say no company will request payment via iTunes or any other online vouchers. If you receive a call like this, end the call and contact Gardaí.The advice from gardaí is to always say "NO” to unsolicited callers or texters seeking personal information about you. Personal information can include your name, address, date of birth, family details, bank account numbers, PIN or passwords. Speaking at Anglesea Street Garda Station in Cork today, Detective Superintendent Healy said: "We fear that this is an emerging scam and would urge people to be vigilant. "The retailers of such cards should also be vigilant and commended for previous actions preventing the scam by highlighting concerns when elderly persons attempted to purchase high-value amounts of gift cards. [quote]Please remember, If you are NOT purchasing an item from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or an Apple Music membership, do not make a payment with iTunes Gift Cards.[/quote]"There's no other instance in which you'll be asked to make a payment with an iTunes Gift Card. If you fear you have been a victim of this scam or any other scam for that matter, please pick up the phone and call Gardaí."- Digital Desk

43 Leaving Cert results withheld amid cheating suspicions

Thursday August 16th, 2018 03:28:00 PM
Instances of suspected cheating by students sitting the Leaving Certificate have increased by 11% this year. By Gordon DeeganInstances of suspected cheating by students sitting the Leaving Certificate have increased by 11% this year.This follows the State Examinations Commission (SEC) confirming on Thursday that a total of 43 Leaving Certificate results have been permanently withheld from students amid suspicions of cheating.An SEC spokeswoman said: “This includes full results withheld, or marks withheld, from candidates found to be in breach of the SEC's examinations regulations.” Such rulings are open to appeal and the spokeswoman said that in addition the SEC has provisionally withheld 37 other Leaving Cert results, on a without prejudice basis, pending further communication with the schools and candidates concerned.The combined 80 total for the 2018 Leaving Cert compares to the combined 72 total last year - an increase of 11% on 2017.The 2017 total was made up of 38 permanently withheld results and an initial 34 results provisionally held back.After issues over the 34 provisionally held back results were addressed last year, the SEC spokeswoman said that the final ‘with-held result’ figure for 2017 was 57.This compared to 100 for 2016 and 101 in 2015. Those suspected of cheating in the Leaving Cert this year represent a tiny proportion of the some 57,000 students to sit the exam this year.Figures previously released by the SEC show that teenage boys were twice as likely to cheat in the 2017 Leaving Cert as teenage girls.At each exam centre for the Leaving Cert across the country, notices are placed in prominent locations warning students of the penalties for cheating.Students are warned that they are liable to have their whole examination cancelled if they bring in the likes of iPods, MP3/4 Players or mobile phones into the exam hall.Students are also warned that they risk having their exam cancelled if they aid or attempt to aid another candidate or obtain or attempt to obtain aid from another candidate. Candidates also face having their exam cancelled if they attempt to communicate with other students in the exam centre during the exam or by electronic means with people outside the centre.The spokeswoman said: “In the interest of being fair to all candidates, the SEC must be satisfied that marks awarded have been gained fairly and will investigate any suggestion, suspicion or allegation of cheating or other impropriety in relation to the examinations.”[quote]She said: “This is essential in order to uphold the integrity of the Irish State examinations system and to underpin equity and fairness within the system in order to enable all candidates to display their achievements on an equal footing. [/quote]She added: “The SEC would strongly caution any student that might be tempted to cheat that serious consequences can result. They could lose marks or the full result in a subject; they could lose the results of the entire examination; or they could be debarred from entering for any of the State examinations for a specified period.”The most common penalty applied is the withholding of the result in the subject in question. Where a more serious breach of the regulations occurs such as copying in more than one subject, withholding of all results and/or debarring from repeating the examination may be applied.According to the SEC, cases of suspected cheating can come to light in a number of ways including: an examiner may detect similar work from more than one candidate when correcting work from the same centre or an examiner may discover memorandum, notes or paper brought in by a candidate in an attempt to gain an advantage in the examination.Cheating can also be detected when an examination superintendent sees a candidate using prohibited items such as books, mobile phones or attempting to contact another candidate in the centre.

Gardaí appeal for witnesses after man robbed in Dublin

Thursday August 16th, 2018 02:17:00 PM
Gardaí investigating a robbery in Dublin are appealing for information from anyone who may have witnessed the incident. Gardaí investigating a robbery in Dublin are appealing for information from anyone who may have witnessed the incident. A man in his 50s was robbed on August 13 when he got out of his car carrying a package on Moore St. A large quantity of cash and cigarettes were taken.The man had been walking towards the junction of Mount St and Fitzwilliam St Lower junction when he was approached by another male who made an attempt to grab the package. A struggle ensued and the man was threatened by the suspect. The male managed to wrangle the package from the injured party and ran off in the direction of Stephen's Lane and Verschoyle Place, Dublin 2.The suspect is described as being 5'9" or 5'10" in height, in his late 20s or early 30s, stocky build, dark brown hair and having a Dublin accent. He was wearing grey sweatpants, a grey sweatshirt (possibly has blue wording on the front of it), a baseball cap with blue on the front of it.The injured party suffered minor injuries during the incident.Gardaí in Pearse St are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, who may have been in the area with dash cams around that time or may have any information to contact them in Pearse St on 01 6669000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.- Digital Desk

Respected surgeon died of asbestos related cancer, inquest hears

Thursday August 16th, 2018 01:26:00 PM
Mystery surrounds how a pioneering surgeon who carried out the first hip replacement in Ireland was exposed to asbestos during his lifetime. By Louise RoseingraveMystery surrounds how a pioneering surgeon who carried out the first hip replacement in Ireland was exposed to asbestos during his lifetime.Mr Joseph Gallagher, originally from Westport in Co Mayo, was the orthopaedic surgeon who started the A&E department at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin. He died at St Vincent’s on March 19 last aged 93.An inquest into his death at Dublin Coroner's Court heard the cause of death was peritoneal mesothelioma, a cancer of the stomach related to asbestos exposure.However, family members said Mr Gallagher had ‘no idea’ where he may have been exposed to the substance.An avid golfer and rugby fan, the much respected surgeon had undergone hip replacement surgery shortly before his death in order to return to his beloved golf, the inquest heard.Mr Gallagher, a father of four, began to feel unwell towards the end of 2017 and was diagnosed with inoperable mesothelioma in January 2018. There was widespread evidence of a tumour within the abdominal cavity and a biopsy revealed it was a form of cancer linked to asbestos known as mesothelioma.He later suffered a fall due to problems with his new hip and was re-admitted to hospital on March 13.Despite antibiotics and morphine his condition deteriorated and he died peacefully on March 19.Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane asked the surgeon’s son, who was present in court for the inquest, how he might have been exposed to asbestos during his lifetime.“Mesothelioma is almost exclusively related to previous asbestos exposure,” Dr Cullinane said.Family members told the coroner that Mr Gallagher had spoken about this but had no idea where he might have been exposed. He worked in the UK, in Coventry, Leicester and London during the 1950’s when he was aged in his thirties, the court heard. The bulk of his work throughout his lengthy career was hospital based.Most mesothelioma cases involve breathing asbestos fibres into the lung but in Mr Gallagher’s case the fibres had entered the stomach. Only 20% of mesothelioma cases take place in the abdominal cavity, the court heard.“The interval between exposure and the development of cancer is anything between twenty and fifty years,” Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane said.The cause of death was aspiration pneumonia as a consequence of advanced peritoneal mesothelioma.Returning a narrative verdict, the coroner said it was not known if Mr Gallagher was exposed to the substance through his work and as such a verdict of death due to an occupationally acquired disease was not suitable. The coroner returned a narrative verdict setting out the circumstances of the surgeon's death and extended her condolences to the Gallagher family.

Sinn Féin calls for more opportunities to increase apprenticeships

Thursday August 16th, 2018 01:01:56 PM
Apprenticeships need to become a popular choice for young people again, according to Sinn Féin. Apprenticeships need to become a popular choice for young people again, according to Sinn Féin. The party wants to see 60,000 more apprentices over the next five years and three times the number of programmes on offer. It also says student fees for apprentices should be abolished. Party spokesperson on business Maurice Quinlivan said it would address serious needs in the economy.He said: "A load of stakeholders the last couple of months, retail will tell you and construction will tell you, Construction Federation themselves reckon then need 112,000 people to be employed for the jobs and houses we intend to build in the next couple of years."They're simply not there, the skills aren't there. We've lost a huge skillset due to the economic collapse and people emigrating."Digital Desk

Luas ticket inspector called 'Paki b*****d' sacked after 'wild swipe' at youth

Thursday August 16th, 2018 12:57:00 PM
A Luas ticket inspector who attempted to punch a youth with a 'wild swipe' after being called a ‘Paki bastard’ has lost out in his unfair dismissal claim. by Gordon DeeganA Luas ticket inspector who threw a 'wild swipe' in the direction of youth after being called a ‘Paki bastard’ has lost out in his unfair dismissal claim.This follows the Labour Court finding that Adil Shafiq’s claim for unfair dismissal from Luas operator, Transdev is not well founded.Labour CourtThe ruling by the Labour Court upholds an earlier ruling by an Adjudication Officer at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), Ms Penelope McGrath dismissing Mr Shafiq’s unfair dismissal claim in January.Ms Shafiq was appealing the WRC ruling to the Labour Court where all parties can be named - unlike in WRC cases.Disciplinary proceedings were brought against Mr Shafiq after a youth complained to Transdev that he had been punched on the back of the head by a Luas staff member on August 24th 2015.The youth said that he had paid for his Luas ticket and had no prior interaction with the staff member on the night.Employed on the Luas since 2008, Mr Shafiq was subsequently dismissed by Transdev for gross misconduct.In his evidence before the Labour Court, Mr Shafiq said that he had been operating as a Revenue Protection Officer (RPO) on the Green Luas line on August 24th at around 10pm.Mr Shafiq said that he boarded the St Stephen’s Green-bound Luas at Cowper and there was a group of youths on board who did not have tickets.Mr Shafiq said that he was required to issue them with a Standard Fare Notice and in response, some of the youths made rude finger gestures to him while others pretended to be asleep or were drinking alcohol from cans. Mr Shafiq then asked this group of youths to disembark at the next stop and in response, he was verbally abused and called a ‘Paki bastard’. Mr Shafiq admitted he had raised his hand behind one of the youths but denied that he hit, threatened or verbally threatened him. Mr Shafiq told the court that he had felt threatened by the gang of youths and was stressed.On viewing the CCTV footage, the union shop steward with Mr Shafiq said: “You can see the punch being thrown but it never landed, it was a wild swipe.”On behalf of Mr Shafiq, James Doran BL told the Labour Court that the decision to dismiss his client “was disproportionate” as Transdev “had failed to take account of his client’s prior years of service and the stress he had been experiencing that day”.In its findings, the Labour Court found that the CCTV footage of the incident undoubtedly shows Mr Shafiq “acting in a manner that is totally at odds with the conflict management training that he fully accepts he received periodically throughout the course of his employment”. The Labour Court stated: “Instead of stepping away from a situation of potential conflict in order to de-escalate the situation, as he had been trained to do, the Complainant became aggressive and at the very least attempted to assault a member of the travelling public.”The Labour Court stated that it is not clear from CCTV footage whether or not Mr Shafiq’s fist or the object he held in his clenched fist, connected with the member of the public.As a result, the court found that it was reasonable for Transdev to conclude that Mr Shafiq– by engaging in actual or threatened physical violence against a Luas passenger -seriously misconducted himself such as to warrant the initiation of a disciplinary process. The Labour Court stated that it accepts that Mr Shafiq had been taunted by a number of LUAS passengers and may have been the victim of racial abuse. The court stated: “Nevertheless, he was employed in a responsible, customer-facing role. He had accrued considerable experience of working in an undoubtedly, at times, difficult and challenging job. "However, he had been provided with regular and comprehensive conflict management training in order to equip him to deal with difficult situations and customers.”The Labour Court also found that the disciplinary process was conducted substantially in accordance with procedures agreed with SIPTU and that Mr Shafiq’s complaint of unfair dismissal is not well founded.

Standards watchdog gave warnings to 270 diesel and petrol pumps in 2017

Thursday August 16th, 2018 12:51:00 PM
The standards watchdog has handed out warnings to the operators of 30 taxi meters and 270 diesel and petrol pumps. The standards watchdog has handed out warnings to the operators of 30 taxi meters and 270 diesel and petrol pumps.It is after they failed inspections, according to the National Standards Authority's annual report.A total of 14,000 items were inspected in 2017.Geraldine Larkin, Chief Executive of the NSAI, says there was one incident where someone was prosecuted."If we suspect an instrument may have been tampered with purposely, we can prosecute the trader in question," said Ms Larkin."This year, we took a significant prosecution in Donegal against a fish processing plant where a weighing scales had been deliberately tampered with."Following from that, a court prosecution awarded fines and costs of the tune of €45,000."Digital Desk

Man arrested following drug and weapon seizure in Dublin

Thursday August 16th, 2018 12:09:00 PM
A man has been arrested following a drug and weapons seizure in west Dublin. A man has been arrested following a drug and weapons seizure in west Dublin.€85,000 worth of crack cocaine was discovered during the raid of a house in Ballyfermot.A Glock handgun, revolver and ammunition were also recovered.The 22-year-old is being detained at Clondalkin Garda station.[timgap=Pic: An Garda Síochána]GardaWeaponDrugSeizureDublin16Aug2018_large.jpg[/timgcap]

Man due in court in connection with Limerick drug and cash seizure

Thursday August 16th, 2018 11:54:30 AM
A man is due in court this afternoon charged in connection with a drug and cash seizure in Limerick city. A man is due in court this afternoon charged in connection with a drug and cash seizure in Limerick city.On Tuesday, cannabis, controlled drugs, tobacco and cash worth around €252,000 was found during the search of a building off Davis Street.It was part of an operation targetting organised crime.A man was arrested at the scene and brought to Henry Street Garda for questioning.Today, Gardai confirmed a man in his 50s will appear before a special sitting of Tralee District Court this afternoon in connection with the seizure.

No criminal charges in mistaken-identity case of father-of-three shot dead

Thursday August 16th, 2018 11:58:00 AM
No criminal charges will be brought in relation to the death of a 24-year-old man shot dead in a case of mistaken identity. By Louise RoseingraveNo criminal charges will be brought in relation to the death of a 24-year-old man shot dead in a case of mistaken identity. The Director of Public Prosecutions decision in relation to the death of Martin O’Rourke, who was shot dead in a lunchtime attack on Dublin’s Sheriff Street, was delivered at Dublin Coroner’s Court.Mr O’Rourke (pictured) was shot in the head in broad daylight on April 14 2016.His family were not present in court but they had been made aware of the DPP’s decision, the court heard. Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane was informed that the period for an appeal of the DPP’s decision had passed and she was now in a position to set a date for a full hearing into Mr O’Rourke’s death.Mr O’Rourke, a father of three with an address at Focus Ireland on George’s Quay, Dublin 7 was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity as part of the bloody Kinahan Hutch feud.The cause of death was determined by a post mortem conducted by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy on the day of death. Dr Cassidy gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head.The gunman fled the scene on a bicycle following the botched shooting. Mr O’Rourke had returned to education and had begun to develop a relationship with his children shortly before his death, according to reports.He was laid to rest following requiem mass at St Michan’s church on Church St in Dublin’s south inner City. Homeless campaigner Fr Peter McVerry was among those to pay their respects at the funeral. Fr Derek Farrell told mourners Mr O’Rourke was "in the wrong place at the wrong time".Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane adjourned the inquest for a full hearing to take place on December 12, 2018.

Pete the Vet: Ireland needs to enforce existing animal cruelty laws

Thursday August 16th, 2018 11:34:58 AM
Ireland does not need new animal cruelty laws according to one of the country's leading vets. Ireland does not need new animal cruelty laws according to one of the country's leading vets.Pete Wedderburn, known as 'Pete the Vet', said we just need to enforce the laws we already have.His comments coincide with a viral video showing a man putting a kitten in a frying pan.The footage, recorded in Co Clare, also shows the man kicking and throwing the kitten across a room.Gardaí are investigating the incident.But Pete Wedderburn said it is difficult for them to prioritise the case.He said: "People don't need to start shouting for new laws against animal cruelty in Ireland, we have the law."The next bit is enforcement and that's where the challenge is because the Gardaí are plenty busy doing all sorts of other stuff and if someone comes to them complaining about cruelty to a kitten it's like not going to be the top of their list."

'My dad's last gift to me was to save my life': DPP directs no criminal charges in death of man who died saving daughter

Thursday August 16th, 2018 11:24:00 AM
No criminal charges will be brought in relation to the death of a man who lost his life saving his daughter. By Louise RoseingraveNo criminal charges will be brought in relation to the death of a man who lost his life saving his daughter.Martin Finn (60) from Gurteen, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 died on January 17 2017.Mr Finn was out feeding horses with his daughter when he was struck by a car on the Newcastle Road in Clondalkin.Inspector Oliver Woods told Dublin Coroner’s Court that the Director of Public Prosecution’s decision was not to bring criminal charges in the case.“The family and solicitor are aware of this decision,” Insp Woods told Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane.The coroner said she was now ready to set a date for a full inquest hearing into Mr Finn’s death and this date would be set following the provision of additional statements to the court.It is understood Mr Finn pushed his daughter Abbie out of harms way before he was struck by an oncoming car.The pair had been out tending horses together and were making their way back to a parked car, driven by the man’s wife Carol Hall-Finn when the incident happened. Mrs Hall-Finn was sitting in a car parked nearby waiting for their return. Garda Paul Burke of the Garda Traffic Division at Dublin Castle formally identified the man's remains before a postmortem performed by Dr Stephen Crowther at Tallaght Hospital. In his autopsy report, the pathologist gave the cause of death as head and neck injuries due to a road traffic accident.Previous inquests into the man’s death heard that a forensic collision report was completed by Gardai and submitted with the garda investigation file sent to the DPP. Gardai then answered a number of queries from the DPP’s office before a decision not to prosecute was returned.The man’s daughter Abbie was brought to his funeral by ambulance. She paid tribute to her father and ‘hero’ at his funeral mass."I'm only here because of them, and because of my dad, my hero, whose last gift to me was to save my life," she said at his funeral."My dad was my best friend. We had a special bond like no other. I would also like to thank my mother, who has always been my rock throughout my whole life."Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane adjourned the inquest for a full hearing on a date to be decided.

Street pastors assist Leaving Cert revellers with 'dozens' of pairs of flip flops

Thursday August 16th, 2018 10:56:00 AM
A voluntary organisation comprised of seven different religious denominations took to the streets of Cork last night for the Leaving Certificate celebrations in order to assist young people who were in difficulty after the festivities. By Olivia KelleherA voluntary organisation comprised of seven different religious denominations took to the streets of Cork last night for the Leaving Certificate celebrations in order to assist young people who were in difficulty after the festivities. Members of the Cork Street Pastors team gave out dozens of pairs of flip flops to inebriated or tired young girls who were unable to walk in their heels. Street pastors in Cork. Pic: FacbookHowever, co ordinator of the night patrol, David Hoey, told the Neil Prendeville show on Cork's Red FM that the situation was better than when they first started their work in 2012. "What we noticed was that the vast majority of the young girls had flat shoes with them. That wasn't something we saw before. They came out prepared with flat shoes. That is a big thing getting home safely. "I think things have improved a wee bit. The drink culture is there. It is something the country has taken to and I would like to see that change. It is a societal thing. I am not sure how to address that best."The Street Pastors organisation was established in Brixton in London fifteen years ago. It has over 9,000 volunteers in the UK and other countries including Ireland. David Hoey and his team of volunteers go out every Saturday night and during Rag and Fresher's week to help young people who are experiencing problems on the streets after a night out.Mr Hoey says they focus on teenagers who are in vulnerable situations. "That could be anything from somebody losing a mobile phone or getting disconnected from their friends having had a few drinks. Get a bit concerned up to an assault or anything else. Mostly what we were doing last night when a couple of them were getting sick you just look after them, you get their friends to stay with them. LEAVING CERT RESULTS NIGHT! The city is buzzing with Leaving Cert students queuing for bars on Oliver Plunkett St. Are you celebrating tonight? 1850 104 106/Neil@Redfm.ie pic.twitter.com/Pw6VvJR7u6— Neil Prendeville (@NeilRedFM) August 15, 2018 "You wipe them up and clean them up. Give them flop flops. Last night we gave out dozens of flip flops so they could walk home safely and not over the broken glass."Mr Hoey says volunteers have a good relationship with doormen on pubs and nightclubs. They often connect people back up with their friends with the assistance of nightclub staff. "We would never leave people alone because we are aware that there are predatory people around."Mr Hoey says the city would benefit from a triage unit on the Grand Parade at weekends so that young people could be assisted on site rather than going to the A and E unit in the Mercy Hospital. Three to six volunteers go out on Saturday nights in Cork. They are Garda vetted for their work. Further information can be obtained at https://www.facebook.com/CorkStreetPastors/

Boy, 8, seriously hurt in collision between scooter and car

Thursday August 16th, 2018 10:35:00 AM
Gardaí have appealed for witnesses after a boy was seriously injured after a car collided with the child’s scooter in Limerick City yesterday evening. By David RaleighGardaí have appealed for witnesses after a boy was seriously injured after a car collided with the child’s scooter in Limerick City yesterday evening.The eight-year-old boy was travelling on a child’s scooter when the collision occurred.He was taken to University Hospital Limerick where he is being treated for serious injuries, according to gardaí.Appealing for witnesses, a Garda spokesman said: “Gardaí at Roxboro Rd are investigating a road traffic collision that occurred on Hyde Road, Co Limerick on the 15th August 2018.“The collision, involving a car and young boy on a children's scooter occurred at approximately 6pm.“The boy was brought to University Hospital Limerick with what is believed to be serious injuries.The driver, a man in his 20s, was not injured during the incident.The road was closed to facilitate Garda Forensic Collision Investigators but has since reopened.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Roxboro Road Garda Station on 061-214340.Witnesses can also contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any garda station.

'My kids haven't missed a day of school': Homeless mum whose family spent night in Dublin Garda station

Thursday August 16th, 2018 10:39:00 AM
The young mother who slept in a Dublin Garda station with six of her children has been given a three bedroom apartment, A homeless woman and her seven young children who slept at a Garda station has been offered accommodation by the local council.Margaret Cash has been told a three-bedroom apartment in Dublin city will be made available to her family from Friday.The single mother and her children have been at a the centre of national debate after photos emerged on social media of the family sleeping in Tallaght Garda Station last week.Ms Cash, 28, had turned down emergency accommodation that had been offered to the family in Co Meath because she said it was too far away.She said the situation had become so bad she felt compelled to highlight the family's plight."It has come to actually publicising your children," she said.She told RTE Radio One's Today With Miriam programme that she felt guilty about not having a home for her children."I felt horrible as a mother... you feel like, why is this me?," she said. "Why it this happening to me?"Margaret went on to say her kids have not missed a day in school yet, "homeless or not".Being homeless for the last year with seven young children, Margaret spoke of staying in the Garda station on a few occasions. ‘They’re gonna know I’m homeless coz of you’, Margaret’s son Tommy has said to her about having to face school since her photograph, to which she said that they all know already. On facing criticism since going public said that just because she’s homeless, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have any money. She has money, just not enough. She saved hard for her daughter's Communion dress, she says, after criticism of it online. She added: "I never told anybody I was poor.""Being poor and being homeless are two entirely different things."Ms Cash said she has been told she will be given a week's trial in the apartment from Friday and after that they will take it month by month."It's better news than what it was last week, when they were expecting me to go night by night again," Ms Cash said. "I'm really happy".She added that her children will be over the moon.Inner City Helping Homeless has been working as an advocate for Ms Cash.To listen to the full interview click here.Digital Desk & PA

Immune system issue as 13-year-old Robyn Smyth returns home after vaccine disappointment

Thursday August 16th, 2018 09:51:00 AM
A young Dublin girl has returned home from the US after having to postpone starting a groundbreaking vaccine, due to not being strong enough. By Sarah SlaterA young Dublin girl has returned home from the US after having to postpone starting a groundbreaking vaccine, due to not being strong enough.Robyn Smyth, 13, from Whitehall in Dublin, has been fighting aggressive cancer, neuroblastoma, for 10 years and had started the new treatment last Friday at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York.The teenager flew out to the US with her Mum Bernadette two weeks ago hoping to take part in the trial. She will become the first Irish person taking part in the treatment.But unfortunately, the vaccine trial was stopped, as the teenager’s, “immune system is lower than it needs to be,” explained Bernadette.“Things don’t always go to plan for Robyn and we’ve been through some really bad times due to her illness. Yes, we are all so disappointed with this latest setback after but it will go ahead in September no matter what.”Robyn and Mum returned to Dublin this morning after an overnight from New York.The second-year secondary student will be infused with platelets, which are tiny blood cells that help your body form clots to stop bleeding, as they are currently too low. She will have the procedure at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in a bid to make to bolster her immune system.[quote]We are just trying to forget about this set-back. After speaking with the doctors our new plan now is to celebrate Robyn’s 14th birthday next week.[/quote]“Then we will go back out, to the States, in a couple of weeks. Hopefully, this extra time will help Robyn's immune system recover a little more but regardless the vaccine will go ahead when we return.“The vaccine helps Robyn make antibodies that help fight back neuroblastoma. The treatment involves seven vaccines spread out over a year.”Last June Bernadette made an emotional outpouring for the public’s financial help as her attempts to raise €326,000 for Robyn’s medical treatment were failing.But not having enough money to pay for the treatment, following two good scans at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Michigan, where Robyn had been receiving treatment since 2015, meant that her health had begun to deteriorate.Bernadette’s fundraising had stalled at €70,000 but following her appeal, Erin McGregor, sister of UFC king Conor, helped to start a floss dance challenge in a desperate bid to help save Robyn’s life. Thousands of euros was donated by the public as a result.Donations can be made on robynslife@live.com, idonate.ie/robynslife and gofundme.com/robynslife.

'Kylie Jenner effect' sees surge in Irish women buying lip fillers

Thursday August 16th, 2018 09:22:00 AM
A surge in demand for lip fillers by Irish women has been dubbed the 'Kylie Jenner effect'. A surge in demand for lip fillers by Irish women has been dubbed the 'Kylie Jenner effect'.Cosmetic surgeons say they have seen a huge spike in interest since the youngest Kardashian sister increased the size of her lips.Reality TV shows like Love Island have also added to the popularity of the procedure.Inquiries for the enhancement have gone up 75% since it aired on our TV screens this summer.Niamh Murdoch, from the Avoca clinic, sid we are becoming very focused on our lips.She said: "I think the social media effect makes people want to look like people that they see, and certainly the 'Kylie Jenner effect', but there is definitely more people considering it.

Latest: High Court orders housing activists to vacate Dublin properly

Thursday August 16th, 2018 11:42:00 AM
The High Court will decide today whether housing activists are illegally trespassing on a property in Dublin's north inner city. Update 12.30ns_ The High Court has ordered the housing activists occupying a vacant Dublin property to leave by tomorrow morning.The groups took over the home in Summerhill Parade in the north inner city last week, saying they wanted to highlight the housing crisis.They were accused of trespassing by the building's owners who sought injunctions to have them removed.Today the High Court ruled that the activists must leave by 8am tomorrow.[h2]High Court to decide if housing activists illegally trespassing on Dublin property[/h2]Earlier: The High Court will decide today whether housing activists are illegally trespassing on a property in Dublin's north inner city.A number of groups have been occupying the home on Summerhill Parade for the past week.But lawyers for the building's owners have now applied to the court to have the protesters removed.The group were also involved in a sit-in at the Department of Housing yesterday demanding a meeting with the Minister.Aisling Bruin is a volunteer with the Dublin Central Housing Association explained by they are taking the action.She said: "We strategically took a private house as a means to push forward the rental narrative and how people are living in really terrible conditions."We had a very clear set of demands and one of those demands is that the council would CPO these properties to highlight that this can be done."

Man has part of his ear cut off in Dublin attack

Thursday August 16th, 2018 08:49:53 AM
A man has had part of his ear cut off in an attack in Dublin's south inner city. A man has had part of his ear cut off in an attack in Dublin's south inner city.It follows a similar assault on a man in the area just over two weeks ago.Gardai in Kilmainham are investigating after the man was attacked at the Basin Street flats in Dublin 8.The 39-year-old was set up upon with a machete-type blade which was used to cut off a part of his ear.He has also been treated in hospital for hand injuries from the attack on Monday.It is the second such case being investigated by detectives in the south inner city.A man had part of his ear cut off in a knife attack less than 2 km away at Whitefriar Gardens on the first of August.However, gardai do not believe the two violent assaults are linked.Digital Desk

Hospitals actively discharging patients to free up beds for Pope's visit

Thursday August 16th, 2018 08:19:00 AM
Hospitals are actively discharging patients to free up beds ahead of the Pope's visit. Hospitals are actively discharging patients to free up beds ahead of the Pope's visit.It is feared there could be a spike in casualties given the huge crowds coming to see the Pontiff next week.As part of the Pope's two-day visit - a major emergency plan has been put in place involving around 1500 Gardaí and more than 1000 medical staff.500,000 people are expected to attend mass in the Phoenix Park along with a further 70,000 in Croke Park for a special concert - including many elderly people.As a result, the main Dublin hospitals are actively discharging patients to make sure they can deal with extra admissions if needed.However, the HSE insists this will be carried out on a planned basis and patients will only be discharged if it is medically appropriate.Digital Desk

Murdered prison officer’s son condemns bonfire including father’s name

Thursday August 16th, 2018 08:05:00 AM
The bonfire included the names of Ronan Kerr, David Black, Stephen Carroll and Adrian Ismay, who were all killed because of their profession. A bonfire lit in Londonderry that was emblazoned with the names of murdered police and prison officers has been met with widespread condemnation.The bonfire, in the Bogside area of the city, included the names of Ronan Kerr, David Black, Stephen Carroll and Adrian Ismay, who have all been killed because of their profession.Sinn Fein has condemned the “display of hate”, saying it had “absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with republicanism”, while DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson decried the “inhumane and pure evil” placing of the men’s names on the bonfire.Kyle Black, whose prison officer father David was killed in a drive-by shooting by dissident republicans in 2012, took to social media and criticised those involved.My dad, along with the other brave men named, served their community with dignity and respect. This in complete contrast to those responsible for this. Absolutely sickened. pic.twitter.com/zzos0D0IpA— Kyle Black (@Kyleblack91) August 15, 2018 He wrote: “Absolutely disgusting! The people responsible for these vile actions have absolutely nothing to offer our society. #somuchforrespectandequality“My dad, along with the other brave men named, served their community with dignity and respect.“This in complete contrast to those responsible for this. Absolutely sickened.”The bonfire was also draped in Union flags, British Army flags, poppy wreaths and a Donald Trump election sign.Sinn Fein councillor Patricia Logue said “nothing” justified the burning of the bonfire.“Those responsible for putting poppy wreaths, flags and other hate messages on the bonfire are intent only on causing extreme offence and damaging community relations,” she said in a statement.“This is nothing but a display of hate and has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with republicanism.“The people of the Bogside do not want this bonfire and they certainly do not want displays of hate designed to cause distress and antagonism to their neighbours in this city.” Sir Jeffrey, the DUP’s chief whip in Westminster, asked why the “pyre to hatred” had not been bulldozed. “Of all the low, sickening, disgraceful actions, this one really does take some beating,” he tweeted.“To insult the memory of these men and cause further hurt and pain to their families is both inhumane and pure evil.”Alliance Party leader Naomi Long said the Bogside bonfire was “utterly disgusting and shameful”.“There is no place for this kind of sectarianism, intimidation and disrespect for flags and symbols,” she said.“A small number of people on both sides of our community seem determined to drag us back. They must not prevail.”Of all the low, sickening, disgraceful actions, this one really does take some beating. To insult the memory of these men and cause further hurt and pain to their families is both inhumane and pure evil. Will we see the bulldozers sent in to remove this pyre to hatred? https://t.co/05yRLbETMn— Jeffrey Donaldson MP (@J_Donaldson_MP) August 15, 2018 SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said the bonfire did not represent the people of Derry.He said: “Totally appalled to see flags, poppy wreaths and the names of murdered policemen on a bonfire in Derry.“Reps from all parties and youth workers tried to stop it.“This nonsense doesn’t represent the views of the people of Derry.“It’s sectarian and anti social. Nothing more.”Hundreds of people gathered in the Meenan Square area of Derry on Wednesday night as the towering bonfire was set ablaze.Located perilously close to a building, fire crews were deployed to contain the flames, spraying water on to the property’s roof.Ms Long said the burning of the bonfire was “insanity”, adding: “Someone will end up losing their lives to one of these fires”.- Press Association

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