News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



County Antrim man Ryan Leslie was told he must serve 17 years in prison for the murder of his baby son Cameron.

In February, Leslie, 26, of Ballyvesey Green, Newtownabbey, was found guilty of murdering his 14-week old son and causing him grievous bodily harm.

Cameron Jay Leslie died in hospital in September 2008 after suffering severe injuries to several parts of his body.
(Source: BBC)


A Co Armagh man was found not guilty of murdering a British soldier in the Republic of Ireland 33 years ago.

Kevin Crilly, 60, from Jonesborough, had denied murdering Captain Robert Nairac.

Capt Nairac was working undercover when he was abducted after visiting the Three Steps Inn, a bar in a Republican area near Forkhill, South Armagh in May 1977.

He was taken to Ravensdale Forest in Louth, where he was shot dead by the IRA. His body was never recovered.

It was the prosecution's case that Mr Crilly had helped kidnap the 29-year-old.
(Source: RTE)


A man in his 30s was arrested following the discovery of nearly 20kgs worth of cannabis herb in Co Carlow last week.

The man was arrested after gardaí (police) stopped a car on the M9 at Johnstown, near Bennekerry at lunchtime on Friday.

The drugs, with an estimated street value of €240,000, were found during a search of the car.

The operation was carried out as part of an on going investigation into the sale and supply of illegal drugs in the South-East.
(Source: Irish Times)


A syndicate from Co Cavan last Wednesday quietly picked up their €7m check from the €14m weekend Lotto jackpot they split with Cork postman Pat Broderick.

Pat (45), from Kinsale, Co Cork, hasn't decided when to pick up his winnings.

But the Cavan winners traveled to National Lottery HQ in Dublin on the quiet and without fanfare to get their check.
(Source: Irish Independent)


Gardaí (police) are investigating the violent death of County Clare woman Deirdre McCarthy.

The body of the 43-year-old single woman was found on Fanore beach in County Clare last Thursday morning, three days after she was reported missing from her Ballyvaughan home.

Ms McCarthy was last seen alive last Sunday night and the alarm was raised last Monday afternoon.
Garda press officer Supt John Gilligan said: “Because of the investigation so far, we are satisfied that she died as a result of violence and while we are not specifically naming the type of investigation, we are treating the investigation, at this point in time, with the same seriousness as a murder investigation”.
(Source: Irish Times)


The country's latest Lotto millionaire, a 47-year old postman from Kinsale in Co Cork, was back delivering the mail last Friday after revealing details of his €7m weekend jackpot win to family and friends.

Father-of-four Pat Broderick used his family's ages to select his winning numbers.

Pat holds one of two winning tickets in last Saturday night's jackpot - the holder of the second ticket sold in Co Cavan to a syndicate who collected their winnings last week.

Mr Broderick has been delivering the mail in the Kinsale area for the past 18 years.
(Source: Cork Independent)


A single mother has won her appeal against being jailed for stealing a £10 pair of jeans. Alison Hewitt (27) was instead ordered to serve 100 hours’ community service after senior judges ruled the original three-month jail term manifestly excessive.

After her successful challenge, she said: “I'm just glad it’s over.”

Her lawyers argued in the Court of Appeal on Friday that it went beyond a reasonable response to the offence of shoplifting.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


An inquest in Co Donegal last week returned a verdict of death in accordance with injuries sustained as a result of a road traffic accident in the case of a mother and daughter, Martina and Louise McLernon, who were killed in Mín A Cuing, Gweedore, in May 2008.

Martina, 45, and her daughter Louise, 15, from Toome in Co Antrim were walking on the hard shoulder, near their Gweedore holiday home on the N56, at 8.30pm on 24 May 2008 when they were killed instantly.

Evidence was heard that a Toyota Carina, driven by Shaun Goddrick of Dunlewey, Gweedore, was travelling in the direction of Dunlewey when a woman travelling in the opposite direction observed it bouncing on the road, swaying over and back at a high speed. Road conditions were dry at the time.
The Carina clipped the side of her car, and swerved sideways into the pedestrians before going off the road.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie has met with Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson over his report into the Loughinisland massacre.

She told him the delays surrounding the report had undermined confidence in his office.

Mr Hutchinson's report into the police investigation of the 1994 UVF atrocity is due in May.

Six men were shot dead in the gun attack on the Heights Bar in the County Down village.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)