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The government have “put out a lot of suggestions into the media that they can take this money out of people’s benefits, out of wages -- particularly wages of public sector workers. But there’s no legal basis for that,” said Francis McCafferty, a member of the campaign’s steering committee.

“The legislation that they rushed through the Dáil in December didn’t make any kind of provision for that, and unless they bring in further legislation they won’t be able to do that.”

In the same way, he said, the government does not have the authority to attach the charges to ESB bills.

Any legislation that would give the government the authority to dock pay or entitlements “would obviously face huge opposition, so a lot of this is scare tactics,” Mr. McCafferty said.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


Co Down man Adrian Gregory Cunningham has been told he will spend a minimum of 11 years of his life sentence behind bars for kicking a Polish national to death in 2009.

On Friday a Judge at Newry Crown Court said the brutal murder of Marek Mateusz Musynski would attract "widespread public abhorrence".

Mr Musynski, 40, was left to die alone after being kicked in an alleyway in the border town of Newry following an attack sometime between 6 and 7 July 2009.

Judge David McFarland, sitting in Enniskillen courthouse, told 20-year-old Cunningham, of Lisgullion Park, Newry, that having served the minimum jail term it would be up to the Life Sentence Review Commissioners to decide when, "if at all", he should be released.

The judge also told Cunningham that it "would be impossible to convey" the deep impact the murder has had on Mr Musynski's parents, without treading further on their grief and continuing sense of loss by reporting what each had said.

However, Judge McFarland revealed that in an effort to cope with "the enormity of their loss and the manner of their son's death", they had cut themselves off from family, friends and society in general.

"This personal grief will no doubt be shared by all right-minded members of the public in this country," said Judge McFarland.

"There will be widespread public abhorrence when one considers the nature of Mr Musynski's death - a visitor to this country, trying to better himself in a new country, dying alone, by being kicked to death in an alley in Newry in the early hours of the morning".

The judge said although the only sentence for murder was life, taking into account Cunningham's plea of guilty, co-operation and other mitigating factors, he had determined the minimum period he should serve in jail was 11 years.
(Source: UTV News)


A Christmas Eve pub brawl is being blamed for the emergence of a new feud in Dublin. Since the bar fight, shots have been fired at a house and a pipebomb thrown at another home.

The discovery of a deadly pipebomb outside a west Dublin home on New Year's Eve marked a new escalation in the row.

It was discovered in the ESB box of a house at Kilcronan Avenue, Clondalkin, at around 2pm on the Saturday.

It is understood that the occupants of the house were entirely innocent and the pipe bomb was intended for someone else.

A Defence Forces team was called to the property by gardai and the scene was made safe at 3.15pm. It was the 55th viable explosive made safe last year - the highest number of call-outs the army has dealt with in over 30 years.

Sources say that the discovery of the pipebomb is "directly linked" to a vicious Traveler feud that erupted during the festive season.

"The origin of this is a huge brawl that broke started outside a pub in Rathfarnham on Christmas Eve between two rival Traveler factions," explained a source. Gardai also believe an incident in which shots were fired at a house in Kilcronan Avenue just two days before the pipebomb was discovered -- is also linked to the new feud.

In that incident the shots were also discharged at the home of people who have no involvement in the feud. The new feud is the second Traveler dispute that detectives in Clondlakin are dealing with.

In the nearby Old Castle estate, gardai are desperately trying to keep a lid on a separate row that led to officers seizing two firearms just days before Christmas.

Sources say that this feud centers around a bitter dispute over €30,000 prize money from an illegal bare-knuckle fight.

"One side says that they are entitled to the money while the other say they are not. This is a very entrenched situation between factions that were formerly very close to each other and apart from what has been happening in Clondalkin, there have been other violent incidents linked to it in Tallaght and Navan, Co Meath," explained a source.
(Source: The Evening Herald)


Anglo Irish Bank has "discontinued" its legal action against the Quinn family's Swedish property group - after the group's bankruptcy made an action against it pointless.