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Friday, June 30, 2006

More searches today - more arrests

A third man has been arrested this evening after more Garda raids in the city today.

It comes after last nights intelligence led operation which saw two men in their 30's being arrested.

Today's searches took place at a house in St. Mary's Park. Reports say three rifles and a box of ammunition were found at the back of the house on the island.

A second man was arrested at the house but it was only for obstructing Garda activity.

Operation Anvil was set up to tackle organized Crime.

County Council Cathaoirleach to be chosen

A new Cathaoirleach is to be elected at Limerick County Council today.

The election is to be carried out during the Annual General meeting of the council which takes place in Dooradoyle this evening.

Progressive Democrat Eddie Creighton who is based in Hospital, Co. Limerick is expected to be chosen as the new chairperson.

Councilor Bridget Teefy who is stepping down from the role today was elected last year by having her name chosen out of a plastic bag.

Bus and car collide in Co. Limerick

A man has been taken to hospital after a bus and a car collided on the road near Pallas Green this morning.

The 49 year old man was taken from the scene with upper body injuries. More details on his condition or the condition of the other driver are not known. There are some traffic delays in the area.

Fire services from Cappamore and Tipperary attended and are still at the scene.

AA Roadwatch :(updated)

Gardai are still dealing with a crash involving a car and a bus on the N24 between Tipperary and Limerick at Pallas Grean. It should be cleared within the next 15 to 20 mins. Motorists should approach the area with caution

The accident happened around 7.45am this morning.

Gardai recover substantial amounts of weapons in Limerick Raids


Two people have been detained after a major intelligence led Garda operation in Limerick City.

The two men were arrested during the Thursday evening raids which involved 50 uniformed Gardai.

Radio reports say a quantity of Drugs worth nearly €1m, two silencers; seven pistols including Glock semi-automatic pistols and two Machine pistol were seized in the raids which were carried out in 10 different locations in the city.

Six Stun Guns were also recovered along with €15,000 cash, cocaine, heroin and a compressor for packing cocaine.The locations did included city centre apartments and at least one area in Raheen.

Gardai have confirmed the raids took place and have said that they are part of an ongoing operation into Organized crime in the city. They also said that Forensic testing will take place today to determine if any of the guns were used in gangland murders around the area.

According to the Irish Times, two unidentified firearms were also seized in the operation which Gardai say has been building for at least two months. Members of the National Surveillance Unit took part in the operation.

The men in there 30’s, who are members of a gang once led by crime boss Kieran Keane are being held at Roxboro Garda Station and Henry Street station in the city.

The haul was displayed for the media today at Henry Street Garda station.Speaking at the briefing Superintendent Gerry mahon said ,

“We consider this find very significant in the recent history of Gang warfare in Limerick City”

Garda Statement >

Gardaí at Limerick have seized firearms, ammunition, cash and other items in an intelligence led operation against organised crime in the Limerick area this evening (29.6.06).
A number of locations were searched and two men were arrested during the operation. Both are being held in Garda stations in Limerick, one under the provisions of Section 30 Offences Against the State Act, 1939, the other under the provisions of Section 2, Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

Among items seized are 7 handguns, including Glock and Beretta Semi Automatic Pistols and a Luger Machine Pistol, 2 silencers, 6 stun guns, a quantity of magazines and ammunition, drug paraphenalia and a substance believed to be a controlled drug. €15,000 in cash was also found.

Other Coverage > RTE News , Live95FM , IOL , Irish Times .

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Woman threatened with a meat cleaver

A man appeared in a Limerick court yesterday charged in relation to an assault which happened at Pennywell late Tuesday night, according to local radio.

The 23 year old from the area was arrested after it was alleged he threatened a woman with a meat clever around 1.00am at a house in the area.

Gardai were called and in a violent struggle he resisted arrest. He was eventually detained and taken to Henry Street Garda station.

The man was charged yesterday with possession of a knife, assault causing harm and criminal damage. The judge remanded the man on bail and said that further direction from the DPP was needed to proceed with the case.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Limerick Quick Hits

This and that from here and there..

:: IndyMedia have posted an article about an arson attack which allegedly took place on a woman’s house in Tournafulla Co. Limerick. Read that story here.Take it for what it's worth.

:: Two companies have announced plans to create a total of 285 jobs over the next five years at their facilities in Shannon, Co Clare.

:: A Jesuit refugee centre is to open in Dooradoyle according to tonight’s limerick leader. Eugene Quinn has been appointed director of the new centre. JRS visit asylum seekers in detention, provide legal advice as well as food and shelter to destitute refugees.

:: The river Deel saga was unsuccessfully raised by Cllr Noreen Ryan during a meeting at Limerick City Council this week, The Limerick Independent is reporting tonight. An Cathaoirleach Brigid Teefy said that on legal advice she would not allow the issue to be raised.

:: The final mass at the sacred heart church on the crescent in the city will take place this Friday night June 30th at 8pm.The church which was built in 1864 was sold to a property developer back in March.

:: A Twenty year old man was sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges relating to forcing a women out of her car at knife point on Lower Gearld Griffin street and stealing the car.The incident happened in November 2005.

Accident victim named

The 23 year old man who died last night after a Road traffic accident has been named as Joseph Hanley from Kilteely in Co. Limerick.

He died at 2.00am this morning in Limerick Regional Hospital after the injuries he sustained in the high speed crash last night.

The crash involved a Honda civic and a Toyota Coupee.It is not clear which car Mr. Hanley was driving however the occupant of the other car , another male ,has now been released from hospital.

The young mans death brings the total number of people killed on Limerick roads this year to seven.

Bruff Gardai are asking anyone with information on the accident to come forward.

Youth charged over graveyard desecration

A 15 year old boy will plead guilty to criminal damage and driving a stolen car next week when he appears in court.

The boy from Southill was arrested on Monday after a bench warrant was issued.

On December 15th 2005 it is suspected that the youth stole a Nissan Sunny car in Limerick city centre and used it to ram the gates of Mount Saint Lawrence cemetery. He then drove over headstones and graves leaving considerable damage in his wake.

The youth was in court today and will appear again next week.

Man dead after road traffic accident

A 23 year old Limerick man has died following the road crash which happened last night.

The side impact collision which occurred around 9.30 last night, happened on the bog road between Herbertstown and Old Pallas.

Two people had to be cut from the scene and were taken to Limerick Regional Hospital, however the young man died shortly after.

His identity will not be released untill later today.

Read last nights ongoing coverage below, when it happened.

People injured after traffic accident in Co. Limerick

First reported at 10.36pm

Two people were reported injured tonight after a road traffic accident in Co. Limerick.

The high speed side impact crash which happened on the bog road between Herbertstown and Old Pallas caused one car to flip and roll landing in an embankment at the side of the road.

Reports say that one car may have been doing speeds of over 100 kmph when the accident occurred around 10pm tonight.

A total of two people were freed from the carnage and one of the individuals, a 23 year old male, was said to be suffering from chest pain along with other minor injuries. It’s thought that his seatbelt caused some of his injuries.

Fire rescue units from Cappamore and Kilmallock attended the scene. Two ambulances also attended the scene.

No further details are available.
(click map to enlarge)

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Limerick man gets 11 years for rape

A Limerick man is behind bars today after he pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault and assault causing harm to a woman in Galway back in 2004.

43-year-old Edward Casey from O’Malley Park was sentenced yesterday to 11 years jail. Giving evidence during the case, Det Sgt Michael Coppinger told how DNA matches from blood on the suspects discarded clothes and sperm recovered from the victim led to the conviction of Mr Casey.

Also speaking during the case, the victim a 23-year-old woman said;

“Not only was I denied my human rights but I was violated both mentally and physically and left with permanent scars that will affect my life forever."

She also added that her life has been a living hell for her and her family – a life of fear, hurt, humiliation, anger and distrust.

Mr Justice Carney certified Mr. Casey for registration as a sex offender.

Man arrested over grenade scare

Limerick Gardai have confirmed that they have arrested and subsequently released a 19 -year- old man in relation an incident last week in which an inert training grenade was thrown through the window of a woman’s apartment in the city.

Local Limerick radio is reporting that a file has been sent to the D.P.P in relation to the incident.

The man was arrested over the weekend. Gardai have also confirmed that the incident was related to the seizure of a high powered pistol on Edward Street two weeks ago.

New mayor of Limerick elected

36-year-old father of two Joe Leddin has been elected Mayor of Limerick city after a meeting tonight in City hall.

The Labour Councillor was the only name to be put forward for election. His election was unopposed.

He will now earn a nice salary of €65,000 including allowances and gets the use of the mayors car for a year.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Castletroy hit by more burglaries

Gardai are investigating more burglaries in the Castletroy area of the city. It is reported that a total of five premises were broken into last night.

The places included a hairdresser, two factories and two Chinese restaurants. Gardai say they have yet to establish what exactly has been taken however they do believe the incidents are all related.

Earlier this month three University of Limerick students appeared in court where they admitted their role in a number of burglaries in the area. Their sentencing is due in July.

Meeting held in River Deel dispute

A meeting took place over the weekend between Palaskenry/Kildimo residents and Limerick county council officials to try and resolve the standoff over the town’s water supply.

It is being reported that the two contingents met in a Limerick hotel but couldn’t even sit in the same room. Two independent facilitators were needed to carry the negotiations back and forth between the two rooms.

In the end the meeting was described by County Council official Paul Crowe as “constructive”.

Speaking to Live95Fm he confirmed,

“Well there was a constructive meeting facilitated by two independent facilitators. We didn’t actually meet in the same room so the facilitators shuttled between both parties. The meeting was constructive and has been adjourned until Thursday."

Another meeting is scheduled to take place later this week.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Happy Dog Sunday!

Rejoice...It's happy dog Sunday in People's Park
This add appeared in the Limerick Leader this week. It's a change from all the jailings and other things happening around.

Waggiest tail?

Friday, June 23, 2006

Two Limerick brothers jailed

Two Limerick brothers have been jailed today after they were involved in a shooting incident last year.

35-year-old Thomas Leamy was shot twice in the back on bonfire night in May 2005.The injuries he sustained were not life-threatening.

The first of the two brothers, 24 year old Damien Quinn was sentenced to ten years in jail after he was convicted of having a shotgun ,intent to endanger life,of having the weapon in suspicious circumstances and to assault. He egged on his younger brother to shoot the man who, at the time was attending his niece's christening.

The second brother Matthew Quinn, the man who fired the gun , was jailed for six years for similar charges relating to the incident. The judge heard today how the older brother Damien had urged him to fire the gun by shouting: 'Shoot him' and 'Shoot him you missed'

Det Garda David Bolger decribed Damien Quinn today as a “violent criminal”.

Judge Carroll Moran said that it was "hard to imagine anything more appalling" than somebody using guns to endanger a life.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Major city centre refurbishment proposed

A very interesting story on the front of the Limerick Post this evening in which a proposal for a major refurbishment of a drab area of the city centre is unveiled.

Michael Tiernan, a developer has been talking to the paper in which he outlines his vision for the regeneration of an area of eight acres in the city centre.

His vision involves the demolition of Roches Stores, Penneys and Burger King, the demolition of Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre, an unoccupied premise on Liddy Street and Dunnes Stores on Sarsfield Street. Even the tourist office isn’t safe.

His plans also involve the acquisition of the park at Arthur’s Quay. Roches Stores, Penneys, Dunnes, Tesco and Burger King have all given there full support to the project which would see the development of an underground road from Lower Henry Street to Rutland Street to facilitate the pedestrianisation of Upper Patrick Street and Lower O’Connell Street, would include a major civic square as well as a number of civic spaces, a quayside boardwalk, new theatre/concert hall and the relocation of the city library from the Granary.

Speaking to the Limerick Post, Developer Mr. Tiernan said,

"It would be hoped that our development would be the catalyst for an imaginative regeneration of Nicholas Street and present a historically unique opportunity to transform the centre of Limerick city and will enable it to become once again the civic and retail heartland of the entire region, particularly given the enthusiasm of the stakeholders”.

He went on to say,

"This is a one in a 200-year opportunity to completely transform, enhance and extend the city centre for the people of Limerick and the challenge is to empower the vision we have to make this possible. Our aim is to focus on what the people want and our ambition is to go to planning next year and with a phased development process, achieve completion by 2010.”

However Cllr Michael Hourigan has raised concerns that there may be problems with the rezoning of Arthur’s Quay Park.

A very interesting proposal in the whole and well worth a read.

The old Dunnes Stores on Sarsfield Street

River Deel protestor escapes jail sentence

Pallaskenry protestor Orla Kaiser has escaped a jail sentence again today despite refusing to undertake not to interfere with the river deel project where work has been stopped on and off for weeks.

Limerick County Council Laywers applied for an adjournment at the high court today, saying they didn't want to push the issue of her imprisonment.

From RTE News:

Ms Kaiser laid out conditions under which she would agree to the
adjournment but was told by the judge that the proceedings were not a negotiation.But he did not jail Ms Kaiser. He told her that if
Limerick County Council was not pressing to jail her today, he was not going to put her in jail.

Ms Kaiser claims she is in this position because of the council's decision to take away the spring water source, which comes from Bleach Lough, from the people of her community.

Ms Kaiser was unable to attend the hearing last week due to one of her children being sick.

The order forbidding any further interference with the pipeline would continue the judge said today.

Man jailed for arson attack

A Limerick man has been jailed for three years for his role in an arson attack on a house five years ago.

Keith O’Dywer from Moyross was one of three people who took part in the attack on a house in Clonlara which occurred at the height of a Limerick feud. The attack on the house Philip Treacy father of Owen Treacy , left €14,000 worth of damage.

A number of petrol bombs were thrown into the house back in May 2001.

Judge Carroll Moran said it was a dreadful offence.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Limerick Quick Hits

This and that from here and there

:: Stokes Bio, a biotech firm spun out of the University of Limerick, has appointed former chair of the National Technological Park, Dr Ed Walsh as its new chairman. The company is currently developing the prototype for a new cancer diagnostic system based on analysing human genes.

:: The new mayor of Limerick City will be decided next Monday. The mayoral election will take place in the council chambers at City Hall Monday evening.

:: Republican Sinn Fein activist Mick Ryan has stood by the claims he made last week that the Limerick Docklands were turning into “Little Amsterdam”. He now claims that since his comments last week, a number of residents in the area have contacted him in relation to things they had witnessed going on down there.

:: Three people were injured yesterday after a four vehicle crash at Daly’s cross. Four ambulances and 3 units of Limerick City Fire Brigade attended the scene which involved three trucks and one car.

Missing Limerick man - Reward offered

A €10,000 reward has been raised in the hope of gathering new information on the disappearance of a Limerick man who has been missing for 8 years.

Matthew Carroll who was 30 at the time was last seen outside the Steering Wheel pub at the Roxboro Shopping Centre on June 8th 1998.

The mans last known whereabouts were recreated last night on the monthly Crimecall show on RTE One.

Detective Sergeant Tom O` Connor spoke today on a local radio station saying the Gardai had received a significant response after the show aired.

He said,

“I would be very confident based on the phone calls we got last night saying that People would contact myself or another member of An Garda Shiochana, I would have great confidence that this information will come forward at this stage especially for the sake of Mrs. Theresa Carroll and her family”

Matthew was last seen in the Steering Wheel pub car park in the Roxboro Shopping Centre with three others between 7pm and 8pm walking past Xtravision and then headed in the direction of the Roxboro Roundabout.

Crimestoppers can be contacted at 1800 25 00 25.

Limerick Fire Officer speaks on attacks

The Assistant Chief Fire officer at Limerick City Fire station has said today that Limerick Firemen have born the brunt of many attacks and has praised new measures being introduced to protect the emergency services from attacks.

By the end of the summer FIRE and ambulance crews are to be issued with stab vests and given defensive training after a spate of vicious attacks against them.

ACFO David Spillett told the Limerick Independent newspaper today that there has been numerous problems in latter years and there have been attacks on men and equipment .He also estimated that Limerick firemen get attacked in some shape or form about once a month.

Speaking on the new measures being taken to protect emergency crews Mr Spillett said it will certainly be of assistance because laws aren’t strict enough. It’s not good enough that people going out to serve the public are attacked.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Bench warrant issued for "Clint Eastwood"

A bench warrant has been issued for a Moyross man after he failed to appear in court today according to Live 95fm.

John Bowden from Sarsfield Gardens allegedly gave his name as Clint Eastwood when questioned by Gardai outside his home last December.

The man can now be arrested on sight by a member of the Gardai.

Go ahead , make his day!

Gun salesman gets 11 years in Jail

A Limerick man has been jailed for 11 years in London after he was convicted of being the “middle-man” who brought customers to a couple who were running a “Gun Supermarket”.

Laurence McCarthy who is known locally as Larry and originally from the Old Cork Road area of the city, is starting his sentence tonight after he was found guilty of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon.

Police kept a 48 hour watch over the armoury in Hackney last July and in that time they saw McCarthy bring a prospective buyer, Mark van Dinh into the flat where he wanted to but a machine gun for the Chinese Triads.

At this point police moved in nabbing McCarthy, Van Dinh and the two occupants of the apartment, Mark Downs and Patricia Cremin. The buyer, Van Dinh was found in the flat with £3,000 on his person. When McCarthy was arrested he said he only visited the apartment to buy counterfeit money.

The judge replied to this statement by proclaiming,

“Your role was far greater than mere chance. You were there to observe and supervise the delivery of the machine gun. You were entirely responsible for introducing Van Dinh to Downs.”

The barrister explained,

"Downs and Cremin were selling ammunition from the flat. McCarthy was the middle man on this occasion, the man who introduced his customer who had come to buy the submachine pistol"

Mark Downs was jailed for 11 years and Patricia Cremin was jailed for 3 years. Mark Van Dinh was jailed for 9 years.

Former Limerick Fianna Fáil TD dies

A well known Limerick East Politician who served for three terms as a TD has died.

Tributes have been coming in thick and fast for Michael Herbert who made history when he was elected to the first ever European Parliament in March 1973 and he continued to serve as a MEP for the Munster constituency for a further six years.

The former inter-county hurler and publican was 81 years old.

He is survived by his wife Bríd and his eight children.

Richard Harris statue will bring "rowdy crowd"

The residents of Kilkee in Co. Clare are objecting to the creation of a statue of Richard Harris in the town because they fear it will draw a rowdy crowd to the area.

The project director behind the Richard Harris Memorial Committee Manuel di Lucia has said he is determined to go ahead with the project despite the local’s objections.

Speaking to RTE radio Mr. di Lucia said,

"I can’t comprehend this piece of objection, I can’t understand that. Phil Lynott was probably one of the biggest rock guys in Ireland. They have a statue of him in Dublin. How many people are standing around his statue at night causing problems?"

The statue of the Limerick man which is costing €40,000 will depict Harris playing racquet ball - a game at which he excelled, winning a competition four years in a row at the town.

The committee are determined that the statue will go up somewhere in the town on September 30th even if it’s not the preferred 1st choice of Wellington Square.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Inert grenade causes scare

A replica grenade was thrown through a window of an elderly woman’s house on Cornmarket row early this morning.

The incident, possibly carried out to intimidate the occupant happened around 4.14am when the training grenade was thrown into the woman’s front room of her apartment.

Gardai first on scene immediately called for the Cork bomb squad as they feared the grenade was live.

Commenting after the incident a bomb squad spokesman said that the device was an "inert training grenade" that bore all the hallmarks of the real thing.

Has it got anything to do with the arms seizure last week?Well The limerick leader is reporting tonight that the elderly woman is the granny of members of a certain Weston gang.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Steamboat Quay is "Little Amsterdam" says Activist


Another individual has raised his concerns as to the condition and goings-on down at the Limerick Docks.

Weeks after this rant by Senator Pat Kennedy, a RSF activist is now dubbing the newly refurbished Docklands, “Little Amsterdam”.

Republican Sinn Fein activist Mick Ryan has said that Steamboat Quay deserves this name due to the alleged levels of Prostitution and drugs abuse that is going on in the area.

He spoke to a Limerick Newspaper this week saying,

“There are luxury apartments and up market restaurants in the area but people are now afraid to walk by the Quay because of this awful activity. People are being approached by drug pushers and young girls engaged in sexual activity in the vicinity"
He has urged Limerick City Council to take action and to close down “Little Amsterdam”

In late May Senator Pat Kennedy told a city council meeting that a female resident of a new complex in the area had two drunk men call to her door asking her if her flat was a brothel.

The Gardai have refused to comment on the claims that the docklands is turning into a hotbed of vice.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Conmen back selling "laptops" again

Conmen pretending to sell laptop computers have struck twice again on Limerick streets.

On June 7th two men approached a man on Cruises street asking him did he want to buy a laptop. He was brought into a car where he was driven to Arthur’s Quay. It was here that he incredibly handed over €650 to these complete strangers for his new laptop. When he exited the car and the scum drove off, he was shocked to find when he opened the case, that it contained two Argos catalogues.

Last Monday the duo struck again. The two men managed to convince a man to hand over €550 and his mobile phone in exchange for this “new laptop”. Unfortunately when the scumbags had fled the man opened his laptop case to also find two Argos catalogues. This incident happened on William Street.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader this week, Sgt Liam Sheehan said

People should realise they are not going to get a bargain from a complete stranger-especially one who offers you a laptop on the side of the street.

This isn’t the first time these scum have struck. Last year victims discovered all sorts of things in their new “laptop case” including milk cartons, newspapers, cardboard and magazines.

Friday, June 16, 2006

International gang has allligned itself with Limerick faction : Gardai

Two men charged after Gardai foiled an apparent assassination Wednesday have appeared in Court.

Ibrihme Hassan ,36 years old living in cellbridge, Co. Kildare was charged today with the possession of a Sphinx semi-automatic pistol (like this one) on Wednesday and also having possession of the bullets associated with that gun.

The bail hearing got underway today with Detective Sergeant Eamonn O` Neill claiming that the Egyptian national would not stand trial if let out on bail. He also revealed that Gardai now believe the man is allegedly part of an international gang which had aligned itself to one of the factions in the ongoing Limerick feud. The Irish examiner reports that this faction is the McCarthy Dundons.

A second man ,26 year old Matta Chahwan who is a Lebanese was granted bail by Judge Tom O Donnell. He is charged with the possession of a stolen car that same day.

The two men were arrested on Edward Street along with a Dublin man on Wednesday last when they were on their way to collect a murder weapon for a hit they were allegedly going to carry out.

Both men are due to appear again next Thursday.

Two 'Deelgate' cases adjourned

Two cases relating to the Palaskenry water issue were adjourned yesterday in the High Court.

Orla Kaiser who was due to go before the court had her case adjourned for another week after one of her two children became unwell.

A separate judicial review being taken by the Bleach Lough retention committee which was also scheduled to take place yesterday was adjourned for three weeks. The committee are challenging the legality of the decision of Limerick County Council to extend the river Deel water supply.

According to local radio, sources on both sides are hopeful the stalemate can be broken over the weekend.

Limerick based IT solutions provider nets big partnership

The Limerick City based Fitzpatrick Computer Group has become an Irish Retail partner of International computer manufacturer Lenovo it was revealed this week.

The Limerick Company will now sell the Think range branded by the Chinese based company.

Fitzpatrick Computer Group began life in 1983 as Fitzpatrick Business Systems, the original company of the group. It was founded to meet the newly emerging hardware and software needs of firms in the Mid West region.

The Computer Group says on their website,

“Over the years FCG have developed excellent relationships with a number of hardware and software vendors covering a wide range of platforms and products. We continue to maintain these partnerships through ongoing relationships with our vendors, which in many cases includes attaining certification for their products”

Book of Condolences opened at City Hall

A book of Condolences has just opened at Limerick City Hall, Merchants Quay for former Taoiseach Charles Haughey.

Speaking at the opening of the book Mayor of Limerick, Diarmuid Scully said

I think it’s quite an opportunity for Limerick people who couldn’t otherwise travel to the funeral to express their condolences to the family of Charles Haughey on their bereavement.

The book can be singed up until 5pm this evening.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Three arrested were ‘suspected assassins’

The three men arrested yesterday in an armed garda swoop were suspected assassins on there way to carry out a gangland hit.

Gardai now believe that the three men were at the house on Edward Street yesterday lunchtime to pick up the potential murder weapon and may have been hired by a city gang to carry a hit.

A short time before the raid the three men were seen leaving the McCarthy Dundons house in Weston.

Shortly after the Edward street raid, Gardai searched a house in Weston and recovered a press for packaging cocaine.

These latest developments of hiring foreign hit men would be seen as worrying for Limerick Gardai who are constantly monitoring city gangs.

The three are still being held at Henry Street Garda Station.

Neighbours dispute leads to stabbing

A few more details are emerging about the stabbing which took place last Saturday in St. Mary’s Park.

As reported first by The NewsWire a woman was stabbed on Saturday afternoon after a row with a neighbour in St Bridgets Ave.

The Limerick Independent reports today that the woman who was stabbed was 65 year old and the attacker was a 23 year old man. It’s now believed that the two, who live next to each other, were in a dispute after the young man repeatedly knocked on the wall joining their two houses.

Gardai who arrived on scene arrested the man and immediately brought him to the psychiatric unit of the Mid Western Regional Hospital where he is still being held to date.

It has also been revealed that the elderly women was stabbed a total of five times but all of her wounds were superficial. She was brought to hospital but was released later that day.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Limerick Quick Hits

This and that from here and there..

::A woman was still in a critical condition in hospital Wednesday after she was rescued from a canal in Clonlara by an off duty Garda on Monday night.

::Major traffic delays were seen after a truck overturned on the N21/N20 near Carew Park Wednesday morning. No one was injured but the track remained at the scene while a crane was found to move it.

::The Heineken Cup and the Ryder cup were both in Limerick City Wednesday. They made a brief appearance at the O2 shop on O’Connell Street. The Ryder cup is currently on a nationwide tour.

::Flags at Limerick City Hall were lowered to half mast Tuesday and will remain so until Satarday in a tribute to Charles Haughey who has died.

Three arrested after Garda raid

Three men have been arrested after a Garda raid on a house in the city earlier today.

Around 12pm today, five Garda cars pulled up outside the house on Edward street and armed Gardai emerged and entered the location.

The search is said to have lasted up to 30 minutes and concluded with the arrest two non-nationals and one Irish man.

It is understood that an amount of drugs and weaponry including a loaded automatic was found at the house.Gardai say a stolen car was also recovered.

The men arrested - an Egyptian, a Lebanese national and an Irish man - are all aged in their 20s and are being held at Henry Street Garda station under section 30 of the Offences Against The State Act.

Gardai confirmed that today's operation was part of their ongoing investigations into organized crime in the city.

The men can be held for a maximum of 72 hours.

English man gets 9 years for Limerick woman’s rape

An English man who raped a Limerick woman has been jailed today.

44-year-old Peter Dolan, from Wolverhampton was jailed for nine years after the rape of the Limerick woman in south Dublin back in 1999.

He was found guilty of the rape back in March of this year and received his sentence today. The man was also found guilty of assault.

During the trial the victim said she did not give consent but Mr. Dolan had insisted it was consensual sex.

His jail term was backdated to July of last year.

Limerick shopkeeper stabbed early this morning

A Limerick Shop keeper is recovering in hospital this evening after he was stabbed in a bungled robbery attempt this morning.

The incident happened around 7.30am when shop owner Gary Long arrived to open his store. He was then confronted by a man with a knife. In a struggle which followed Mr. Long received a stab wound to the arm.The attacker then escaped on foot.An ambulance was called and Mr. Long was rushed to Limerick Mid Western Regional Hospital.

The Shopkeeper was described by Gardai as having serious but not life threatening injuries.

A Garda scenes of crime unit spent most of the morning at the premises on the Old Cratloe road and Gardai say the incident is being actively followed up.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Limerick Garda saves woman from canal

A woman was rescued from the canal between Clonlara and O Briens Bridge last night after she was spotted in the water by an off duty Garda.

The Garda who is stationed in Limerick was jogging along the embankment of the canal at 9pm yesterday evening when he saw the womans body in the water. He pulled her out and administered C.P.R

The woman who is in her 50’s was taken to Limerick Regional Hospital.It is understood that she was jogging along the canal when she tripped and fell in earlier on in the evening.

She is said to be in a critical condition this afternoon.

Richard Kelly may have had a violent death: report

According to the Irish examiner this morning Limerick Gardai are fearing the worst for Richard Kelly who has been missing since April 23rd.

Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West Correspondent is writing today that Garda sources in Limerick now believe missing youth Richard Kelly may have met a violent death at the hands of a south city crime gang.

The writer also claims that the young man was last seen driving a stolen car which was found later that night abandoned in Anacotty. Gardai said he was not involved in drugs but was into joyriding

His mother Mary Kelly makes a plea,

“Somebody out there must know what happened my son. He cannot have disappeared off the face of the earth. All his stuff is still at home. When he went out that night, all he had were the clothes on his back and his mobile phone. Whoever knows what happened my son, could they contact the gardaí or me immediately and just say where he is”

Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Roxboro Gardai on 061-214340.

River deel project stopped again today

Work has been stopped again this morning on the river Deel project at the white line in Palaskenry.

As the County Council contractors started up their machinery this morning a handful of protesters once again prevented them from passing the white line. They blocked the road and refused to move.

The Gardai were then called and names were taken of four individuals who were obstructing the work.

It is now possible that these four people will be summonsed to the high court for breaching the injunction obtained by Limerick County Council last week.

One protester , Breada Clarke spoke to Live 95 FM this morning saying,

Well I feel at this stage we are worn out from the whole campaingn and I think
it is a disgrace that we have to stand at the white line to hold onto our spring
water which we have had for 50 years

When asked wether she would go to jail Breada said,

I will go to jail, ill stand beside Orla
Orla Kieser who was in court yesterday will appear again on Thursday.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Riddler's Pub fined for after hours drinking

The owner of the city centre pub Riddler’s has been fined a total of €1,500 during a court case today.

Dave Dineen, the licence holder heard evidence against him today of how he twice allowed alcohol to be served after hours on his premises.

Firstly on July 18th 2005, Gardai inspected the pub at 2.30am to find 15 people still in the building.

Then on November 7, 2005 the Gardai again inspected the premises at 4.25am to find 12 people in the public house.

The publicans silicitor said that there was no explanation for the first incident but the second incident involved mostly staff drinking.Judge Tom O Donnell fined Mr Dineen €750 for each incident.

Glenthworth St. TSB to move to new Dooradoyle location

The prominent TSB bank on Glenthworth Street is to close its doors for the last time this September the bank has announced.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader tonight Des Moore, Manager of the Western region of TSB said

“While we are sad to be leaving Glenthworth Street after our long associationwith the premises, we are delighted to be investing in the vibrant suburb of Dooradoyle”

He added that there is better business potential in the new Dooradoyle development than at Glenthworth Street.

The famous Neo-classical building referred to by locals as the “Stone Jug” or “The bank with no windows” was commissioned in 1939 from WH Owen.

The new development in Dooradoyle is located at crescent court on St. Nessan’s road. Grainne Walsh will manage the new premises. The bank has yet to decide on whether it will sell the current building or not.

Palaskenry Protesters appear in court

Most of the Palaskenry Protesters including a Limerick County Councilor have escaped jail after they appeared in court today to explain why they breached an order handed down to them to cease their protest at the white line in Palaskenry.

The protesters were named as Patrick Culhane, a local farmer, Orla Kieser mother of two young children, Pensioner Tommy Clarke and Noreen Ryan who is a Limerick County Councilor all appeared this morning. A fifth man, Donal O Brien could not attend as he his currently in hospital.

Three of the four in court today gave an undertaking that they would not in future interfere with the construction process however mother Orla kieser stood up in court and said she could not give an undertaking that she would not protest at the “white line” again.

A small contingent of Palaskenry residents sitting in the public gallery then burst into applause.

The judge had no choice but to adjourn the case against her until this Thursday June 15th.

Limerick state solicitor says he might withdraw his service

The state solicitor for Limerick has said last night that he was on the brink of withdrawing his service unless a more acceptable offer on pay and conditions was forthcoming.

Michael Murray, president of the State Solicitors Association (SSA) and Limerick City state solicitor added that the system was "in danger of collapse".

The limerick solicitor accused the Government of spending more money on the defence of criminals than on their prosecution in the court system.

He was quoted as saying,

"They are prepared to pay funny money in legal aid to defend criminals but when it comes to prosecuting they want to do it on the cheap,"

State solicitor salaries range from €52,000 to €77,000.

Negotiations between the SSA and representatives of the Chief State Solicitor's Office are now deadlocked.

River Deel protesters due before high court

“Deelgate” will reach a new stage today when five of the protesters will appear before the High court after they breached an order handed down to them to cease their protest at the white line in Palaskenry.

The five are to explain why they breached a previous court order and prevented work from proceeding on the water scheme. If they don’t give an undertaking to end their protest then could be locked up.

The project which has been stopped several times before and is designed to re-source the town’s water supply which is currently coming from the local bleach lough.

The council wants the towns supply coming from the river Deel. The residents of Palaskenry are having none of it. They insist the river Deel is one of the most polluted rivers in Ireland. However the County Council say that the treatment of the water supply from the River Deel is "on a par" with any other supply in the country.

Protesters stopped workers from continuing with the project again last Wednesday and the County Council responded with Summonses which were served last Friday evening on the five people.


Saturday, June 10, 2006

Women stabbed in St Marys Park

A women was found stabbed this afternoon at St. Bridgets Avenue in St Marys park.

The women was described as having several wounds when she was found around 1pm.Gardai have sealed off two areas in the avenue.

The NewsWire understands that a foreign national is being held by gardai in relation to the incident.

The victims present condition is not known.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Blaze at Kincora apartment block in Shannon

The Clare fire service has extinguished a large fire at the Kincora apartments in Shannon town.

The blaze broke out around 7.00pm this evening and thick black smoke could be seen for miles around.

Gardai were quickly on the scene and evacuated the building while the fire which was in the center of the building was dealt with.

One unconfirmed report suggested an oil tank on the roof of the building was the source of the blaze.

Nobody was seriously injured in the blaze.

The Kincora Apartment block consists of 40 apartments and commercial offices.

Photo credit: moderator

Stabbing victim rushed to Limerick Hospital

The NewsWire has learned that a 19 year old male has been admitted to Limerick Regional Hospital after receiving a single stab wound to his upper left chest. He is said to be in a stable condition.

No more details were available.

16 year old Co Limerick girl dies on holiday

A 16 year old girl from Templeglantine in Co Limerick has died while on Holiday in Spain it has emerged today.

Mairead Leahy of Glenshesk of Templeglantine is understood to have suffered a heart condition after taking a turn on Monday.

She died Tuesday in a Spanish hospital.

McCabe family overjoyed at new addition

The McCabe family have welcomed a new addition to their family exactly 10 years after Family member Jerry McCabe was gunned down in Adare.

John McCabe son of the fallen Garda has become a father after his wife Sheila gave birth to their first child on Wednesday it has been announced.

The sister in law of Jerry McCabe said yesterday,

It’s absolutely amazing that she was born on the on the anniversary of her grandfathers death. God works in mysterious ways. He takes away one life so brutally and brings another gently into the world.

Mum, dad and baby girl are all doing well according to the Limerick Leader.

Special Branch colleagues of Jerry McCabe laid flowers at his grave in Mount St Oliver cemetery on Wednesday and there was also a commemorative ceremony at the bust of Det Garda McCabe which was erected in Henry Street garda headquarters

Three UL students appear in court

Three students of The University of Limerick have all pleaded guilty to the burglary of a house in Castletroy.

Brian Sheehan (20) , Desmond o Donovan(20) and Kevin Cott(20) all made their plea before Limerick District court yesterday as their lawyer defended their honour saying that they were good students from good backgrounds and that these actions were out of character and that they were aware of the shame this had put on their families and college.The three men also admitted their role in a number of other burglaries in the same Castletroy area during the case.

Judge Tom O Donnell remanded the three on bail until sentencing on July 27.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Fire service deal with docklands fire

The fire service spent four hours battling a blaze which broke out at the Limerick docklands today.

The fire started at the Irish Wire products building around 3.00pm and thick black smoke could be seen all round the Shannon.

The fire service used foam and water to bring the fire under control. Traffic was delayed immensely on the dock road as vehicles were reduced to one lane during the rush hour.

Nobody was injured in the blaze and No details were available on the extent of the damage to the building.

An assistant Chief Fire Officer oversaw the operation today.

Adare Manor to host Golf European Tour

The European Tour has signed off a deal to stage the prestige event at the Adare Manor Course in County Limerick for at least three years, commencing in 2007.The course has previously played host to the Irish Seniors Open and the JP McManus Pro-Am.

The Tour is currently in discussion with a number of potential sponsors to replace Nissan, who have discontinued their backing of the popular event after four years.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Wednesday Quick Hits

This and that from around the area..

:: Gardai at Roxboro Road say they have made no arrests as of yet in relation to the attempted raid on a security van last week. One shot was fired in the incident at the AIB bank in Raheen.

:: The man killed in a single vehicle crash in Bridgetown Co. Clare has been named as 20-year-old Seamus Kennedy from Ballina.

:: A student who attends the University of Limerick has died after he fell from a third story Balcony in Belfort France while on Holiday. Darren Mc Hugh who was 19 studied woodwork at UL.

:: Over 5,000 Limerick Leaving Cert and Junior Cert students kicked off their exams today. English was first to be tested today.

:: The great weather is continuing in Limerick with temperatures reaching 26 Degrees yesterday and higher is expected tomorrow.

River Deel project on hold again

Deel or No Deel

Contractors involved in the re-sourcing of the water supply to Palaskenry have been forced to down tools yet again today after protesters defied a court order to cease their protest at the so-called white line.

The Limerick County Council had only recently been granted a High court injunction against seven specific Palaskenry protestors and anyone else who interferers with the process. But that didn’t stop them massing at the work site once again today.

As the workmen once again tried to continue with the digging , protestors shouted “ No Deel water, No Deel water” at the workers.

One resident confronted the contractors and asked them to leave saying,

Gather up your machines and go back to Cork because as far as were concerned, your coming down here, you see those women and children. If we all end up in jail, you’ll be part to blame for this.

An official form the council then arrived at the scene to read the high court injunction against the protesters but they didn’t listen and shouted him down.

Yesterday one of the Rossport five, Michael O’ Shine who spent 94 days in jail for blocking the construction of a gas pipeline in Mayo said he supported the Palaskenry residents saying that all they want is to retain their water supply from bleach lough.

He claimed that it was totally wrong that the Limerick County Council would use the entire weight of the court system against the protestors.So once again the work has stopped and the protestors say they will stay day and night. The next move is now up to the county council.

Workers previously had to stop work in May due to the protests.

Coincidently this picture appeared on the front of the Limerick Independent today. Three lads having a swim in the Bleach Lough during the blistering weather.

Shannon named "stopover point" for rendition flights

Shannon Airport has been named as a Stopover point for rendition flights it has been anounced today.

Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly rapporteur Dick Marty today revealed what he called a global ''spider’s web'' of CIA detentions and transfers and listed seven Council of Europe member states which could be held responsible, in varying degrees, for violations of the rights of named individuals by colluding in these operations and Ireland is on the list. More specificly , Shannon airport.

The Irish Government and Shannon Airport officials have always accepted US assurances that no prisoners have been on board the planes.

The Council of EuropeExplanatory memorandum can be found here

Below is the "Spiders Web" of secret detentions and unlawful inter-state transfers.

Click to Enlarge

Anniversary of Jerry McCabe killing today

Today is the anniversary of the killing of Detective Jerry McCabe who was shot multiple times in an IRA post office raid back 1996.

Detective McCabe and his colleague Garda Ben O Sullivan were escorting a postal van on a round of deliveries throughout Co. Limerick on June 7 of that year. At 6.50am the convoy pulled up outside a small post office in Adare.

It was at this point that a Pajero jeep rammed the Garda car from behind. Two men emerged with balaclavas and Kalashnikovs and began firing shots into the Garda car killing Mr McCabe instantly and wounding Ben O Sullivan.

A special memorial service is being held in Limerick to mark the anniversary. Some of Mr McCabe’s former colleagues will attend.

The Limerick Blogger has uploaded a documentary shown last night on RTE One about the killing.

Speaking today about that programme, Senator John Minihan said “I have always argued that the killing of Jerry McCabe was intentional, calculated and cold-blooded.“Last night’s programme re-enforced my belief.”

Going on to say, “If Mr Adams believes the killing was wrong he has an obligation to name that ’authorised officer".

The NewsWire - One Month old

Well , it's not a major milestone but today TheNewsWire is one month old.All of us here are over the moon at the hits we received during our first month.We received 3,370 page hits in these first 30 days so far.

Most from Ireland and Limerick but a nice proportion from America and the U.K. More than we ever dreamed of.Cheers to everyone who visits the blog. And a big thanks to The Limerick Blogger for the exposure he has given us aswell.

To celebrate we launched a new logo and banner. I think the picture is pretty fitting of what we do here.Cover Limerick.We just hope were doing someone some service.And we shall for a long time more to come.

Were still a baby, but growing fast..

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Limerick jail sells cigarettes to 16-year-old

Limerick Prison has admitted today that cigarettes were sold to a 16 year old while he was being detained in the jail.

The prison has also confirmed that a “major investigation” is now underway to determine just how a person under 18 was able to buy cigs from the jail shop.

Prison officials said that they have a very strict policy of not selling cigarettes to people under the legal age. So how did it happen...

Well,It is believed that prison officials were given the wrong date of birth and believed he was over the legal age to be remanded in jail.

John Devane, solicitor for the minor (who else) said he is now threatening legal action against minister for Justice Michael McDowell and Limerick prison. He says he has asked the prison for an apology together with an undertaking that the prison will not sell tobacco to any person under the legal age.

He also said that his client was a minor and was detained in the prison"for a number of days in an adult prisoner environment and this is also against the law"

In a letter written to the Justice Minister Devane said, “It is an appalling thing to see that every shopkeeper, pub owner and hotelier in this country have to apply with the laws of the state but yet the State totally disregard them.

This isn’t the first time that John Devane has had issues with McDowell.
Last month Devane said he was bringing a case against the Dept of Justice after a client of his died in Limerick jail.

Man in his 20's dies after car hits tree in Clare


In a follow up to a story published last night.

A man has died after the car he was in left the road and struck a tree in Co. Clare.

The single vehicle incident happened around 10.30pm last night in the town of Bridgetown near O Briensbridge.

The man who was thought to be in his 20's was pronounced dead at the scene .

First reports last night indicated that he was trapped.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Person trapped after car hits tree in Clare

One person was injured tonight after the car in which they were in crashed into a tree in Bridgetown near O Briensbridge in Co. Clare.

The incident happened around 10.30pm.

Fire service from Limerick City and Killaloe attended the scene along with two ambulances.

No further details were available.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Body of missing Limerick man found

The NewsWire has learned that the body of missing student 24 year-old Phillip Henebry was found Saturday in a canal not far from where he was last seen.

It's believed the mas body was pulled from the canal after a garda search in the area.

Phillip was last seen on Tuesday night on Lelia Street when he was out celebrating his college graduation with friends. Gardai say he left the party he was at around 2am to meet with his girlfriend at a nearby apartment but never arrived.

His funeral mass takes place tomorrow night in Castleconnell.

Missing Limerick mans photo distributed

This poster was just one of the hundreds plastered all over Limerick city today as the family and friends of 24 year-old Phillip Henebry continued their search for the young man who has now been missing since Tuesday night.

As yet to be confirmed reports suggest, there was Garda activity around merchant’s quay on Saturday where one witness told a NewsWire blogger that Gardai were focusing on something "specific" in the water.

The search goes on.

Henry Street Dunnes stores incident


PhotoCredit: The NewsWire

This was the scene outside Dunnes Stores Saturday after the Fire Brigade had to remove a pane of glass from the 4th floor after it cracked due to the heat. Just after 1pm the pane cracked and it was quickly spotted by people who informed Dunnes managment.They immediately called the Fire service who responded to the scene.The Fire service decided to seal off the surrounding area and remove the weak pane of glass by smashing it.

Henry Street was closed for up to 30 minutes while the incident was dealt with.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Youths have sex in broad daylight say witnesses


The Limerick Post has a fairly scandalous story on its front page today.

They are reporting that two women witnessed three young people having sex in broad daylight on Monday at “poor mans Kilkee” in the city.

The two women say they had just ordered food at the pier one bar when they stepped out onto the designated smoking balcony which looks over the grassy area in question. They said they were shocked when they saw a girl that looked about 14 years old, having sex with one youth before performing oral sex on another.

Gardai say they are investigating reports of gross indecency and are confident of the identity of all three involved.

One eye witness told the Post newspaper,

It was broad daylight and with hundreds of cars passing by on the bridge out of town

Another said,

I was horrified and disgusted .I can’t even bring myself to describe it. It was sick! I am still in disbelief over the whole thing. It was six o’ clock on a sunny evening while hundreds of people were around.

The women said they rang the Gardai in fear for the young girls well being.

Car crash leaves children trapped

Three people were left slightly injuried tonight when the car they were in left the road around 8pm this evening.

The accident happened on the road between Hospital and Knocklong. Fire brigade, Gardai and three ambulances attended the scene.

First reports said that at least two children were trapped after the car left the road.

Man knocked down on William street

A man was seriously injured after he was struck by a car in Limerick City today. The accident occurred around 2:15pm today on the junction of William St/Wickham St.

It is understood that the man may have collapsed causing him to fall out onto the road where he was then struck by an oncoming car. The man then became lodged under the car.

It took the Limerick City Fire Brigade up to 15 minutes to free the man who was unconscious at the time.

The man was finally freed and removed to Limerick Regional Hospital where his injuries were described as major. Two units of the fire brigade attended the scene along with one ambulance.

Traffic was at a standstill for most of the evening on William Street while the incident was dealt with.

International conference centre for Limerick/Shannon area

A 2,000 seater international conference centre could be coming to the Limerick area. The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation has announced that the Limerick/Shannon area has been identified by the ITIC as the best regional location for this project.

They say it is a good location because of the amount of tourist passenger numbers passing through Shannon airport and they think the project would help develop the Mid-West as a hub for wider economic growth.

The ITIC say that a regional Conference Centre in Shannon/Limerick would have a major impact on re-balancing regional growth in terms of overall economic activity.

Attempted raid on securicor van in Raheen

Gardai are currently investigating an attempted raid on a securicor van at the AIB bank in Raheen early this morning.

The incident happened shortly after 9am when an two armed and masked men confronted the drivers of the van demanding the cash.

One shot was believed to be fired by the raiders who ended up retreating with no money and headed in the direction of mungret on a high powered motorcycle.

The motorcycle was found a short time after at the Old Mungret graveyard. The Garda helicopter was called to carry out a search of the mungret area.

One report says that a driver of the securicor van sustained slight injuries.

The armed raider is understood to be 6' in height and was wearing dark brown pants, a cream beige jacket and a green knitted hat.

Roxboro Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to this incident to contact them at Roxboro Garda Station at 061-214340.

Watch the RTE News Report on the incident
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This is the second incident within a month at this bank. On Monday May 8th the bank was robbed by a man with a screwdriver,all the money from that incident was recovered.

The AIB bank in raheen this morning

Tv News crew setting up at the scene

Reports: Security van raided in raheen,shots fired

A security van with an unknown amount of cash on board has been raided near raheen.Two men targeted the vehicle within the past hour.Reports say shots were fired and that a high speed chase in ongoing between gardai and the suspects.


Thursday, June 01, 2006

Rally being held outside city hall

A rally is being held at Limerick city Hall Friday over the release of Mr. A. by the High court. Justice Mary Laffoy said his detention had been rendered unlawful by last week's Supreme Court decision striking down the law on statutory rape.

The rally is being held at 3pm tomorrow on Merchants Quay and is expected to have a massive turnout.Those who can't attend the rally due to work are asked to stop working for one minute at that time as a show of solidarity.

One of the organizers of the rally , Majella Ryan of CARI in Limerick said,

We would be really anxious that as many people as possible would turn up to show their support for the children of Ireland. I think it’s really important that we send out a clear message that protecting the children of Ireland is a priority.

Mr A was serving a three-year sentence for the unlawful carnal knowledge of a 12-year-old girl when he was released.

Man gets his jail sentence reduced

A Limerick man who was convicted in 2001 of the manslaughter of another man after he stabbed him during a row has had his jail sentence reduced by three years.

Anthony McMahon who is 29 was sentenced to 10 years in jail after he admitted stabbing 40 year old Anthony O'Shea on September 29, 2001. on Denmark st.

Mr. Justice Brian McCracken at The court of Criminal appeal today reduced his 10 year sentence to 7 years and said it was quite clear that McMahon was suffering from mental illness at the time of the killing

Brian McCracken said that he was satisfied that the trial judge had erred in not taking into account what was in effect a guilty plea to manslaughter.

Another young Limerick man missing

Gardai in Limerick are appealing today for any information in connection with another missing man in the city.

24 year-old Phillip Henebry, from Castleconnell was last seen on Tuesday night on Lelia Street when he was out celebrating his college graduation with friends. Gardai say he left the party he was at around 2am to meet with his girlfriend at a nearby apartment but never arrived.

(Lelia street,where the man was last seen)

Gardai gave the following description

Phillip is 6 foot tall, slim with brown hair and wears a goatee. When he was last seen, he was wearing black chords, a brown t-shirt over a white t-shirt and a navy zip-up top.

RTE News has also picked up on the story

Anyone with information should contact Henry Street Garda Station on 212 400.