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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault that occurred yesterday evening, Thursday June 13, 2019. The incident took place at approximately 7.40 pm on the Táin walk which connects the Newry Road and the Inner Relief Road, Dundalk.

A woman in her early 20s was seriously assaulted when she was going for a walk and a man approached her from behind and assaulted her. 

The man left the area on foot and made his was out of Táin walk and headed north on to the Inner Relief Road (N52)

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Gardaí are appealing for any person who witnessed the incident or with any information to contact them at Dundalk  Garda station on  042 – 9388400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. 

Gardaí are further seeking any drivers of vehicles or cyclists with dash cam footage who were in the Newry Road or the Inner Relief road at the Táin Bridge area at this time to check their dash cams footage and contact Dundalk Garda station.

 

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Broadcaster Louise McSharry has given birth to her second child. The writer confirmed her joyous news in an Instagram post earlier this morning.

Louise shared a selfie of her and her baby boy cuddling in their hospital bed. Louise’s son wore a grey and black star-print onesie and a white hat in the snap.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The mum-of-two revealed his name is Ted.

This is Louise and husband Gordon’s second child together. They are also parents to three-year-old son Sam.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The DJ announced she was expecting another baby last November. Sharing a snap of Gordon and Sam, she wrote: “Delighted to say that these two and I are going to be welcoming a new family member in 2019. (A baby. I’m having another baby. Just in case you thought I meant a dog or something.)”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We are thrilled to hear baby Ted has arrived safe and sound. Congratulations to Louise and her growing family.

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Today, Deep RiverRock, together with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton, announced that every bottle within its PET portfolio will be made from 100 percent recycled PET plastic from June 2019. The move sees Deep RiverRock become the first major water brand distributing across the island of Ireland to produce a 100 percent recycled bottle.

As all Deep RiverRock bottles are already 100 percent recyclable, this new development truly supports the brand’s commitment to protecting the environment and to play a value-adding role in communities.

Deep RiverRock’s investment in recycled PET supports a circular economy, keeping resources in use for as long as possible. The move is estimated to eliminate more than 500 tonnes of virgin plastic from the supply chain over the next three years. Recycled PET bottles are also one of the lowest carbon-dense packaging types to produce within the beverage sector.

When recycled correctly, PET bottles can, and should, have a longer life span and Deep RiverRock is committed to encouraging consumers to recycle all PET bottles. In a bold statement, Deep RiverRock will ‘recycle’ its logo on all bottles with an impactful ‘100% Recycled Bottle’ message front-of-pack. The move aims to inspire more responsible disposal of waste and greater recycling among consumers. It is supported by recycling messages which have already been integrated on the bottle cap and across its TV advertising.

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Gardaí in Store Street wish to renew their appeal to the public in seeking assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 13-year-old Chantelle Doyle who is missing from Mullingar.

Chantelle was last seen on the afternoon of Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 3.30p.m. on O'Connell Street Upper, Dublin 1.

Chantelle is described as being 5’ 5’’ in height, slim build, long sandy brown hair and blue eyes. When last seen she was wearing a cream leather jacket bomber style, black knee length dress, black strap block heel sandals and had a nude handbag.

She is believed to frequent Dublin City centre, Summerhill, Tallaght and Balbriggan areas.

Gardaí are concerned for Chantelle and are appealling to anyone who has seen or who can assist in locating Chantelle to contact Store Street Garda Station on 01 – 6668000, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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MyTaxi has revealed they are introducing a €5 passenger cancellation fee. The fee will come into effect on May 23.

The terms and conditions have now been updated.

It reads: “We’re introducing a €5 passenger cancellation fee. You can cancel your trip at any time but you may be charged a fee in certain cases where a driver already accepted your request, for example where you cancel 2 minutes or more after a driver accepts your request and is on route to pick you up.”

Customers will also be charged €5 if they are not at a collection address within five minutes of the taxi driver's arrival.

Cash-only customers will be blocked from using the app if they make two cancellations until full payment is made.

MyTaxi revealed they will re-brand as ‘Free Now’ in the coming years.

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The PSNI have arrested four people in connection with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee. 

The men aged 15, 18, 38, 51 were arrested this morning. They are currently in custody and are being questioned by detectives.

28-year-old Lyra was shot dead on April 18 during riots in Derry City.

Superintendent Jason Murphy stated: "As part of this morning’s operation detectives carried out searches at four houses in the city and arrested four people in connection with the violence which was orchestrated on the streets of Creggan on the evening of Lyra McKee’s murder."

He also appealed for witnesses to come forward. "I still want to hear from anyone who can tell us anything they know. I would urge anyone who has any information to contact my team of detectives on 101.

"Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111," he added.

 

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Gardaí are seeking the public's help in tracing the whereabouts of 15-year-old Colin Daly. Colin has been missing from the Cork Street area of Dublin 8 since April 29, 2019.

He is described as being approximately 5'6", with light brown/blonde hair, of broad build with blue eyes.

When last seen Colin was wearing a blue Nike jumper and grey tracksuit bottoms. 

Anyone with information on his whereabouts are asked to contact Gardai in Kevin Street on 01 666 9400.

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Gardaí in Crumlin wish to seek the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 17-year-old Alyssa O'Hanlon missing since Sunday 28 April, 2019 from the Crumlin area.

Alyssa was last seen in the early hours of Sunday morning 28 April, 2019 on Stanaway Avenue, Crumlin. 

She was wearing a black bubble jacket with a fur hood, black leggings and pink Nike Air Max trainers. 

She is 5ft in height, slim build, with long brown hair and blue eyes.

Gardaí are concerned for Alyssa and asking anyone who has seen her or who can assist in locating her is to contact Crumlin Garda Station on 01 – 6666200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee will be laid to rest today. The writer’s funeral will take place at the Belfast Cathedral of St Anne. Thousands are expected to gather to say their goodbyes to the talented and compassionate journalist, including her loving family.

The family of Lyra issued a statement ahead of her funeral today. It reads: “On Thursday 18th April our beautiful Lyra was taken from us. A daughter, a sister, an aunt, a great-aunt, a partner, a niece, a cousin, and above all, a best friend and confidante to so many of us.”

“A friend to all, a gentle innocent soul who wouldn’t wish ill on anyone. Such a warm and innocent heart, she was the greatest listener, someone who had time for everyone. She was a smart, strong-minded woman who believed in passionately in inclusivity, justice and truth.

“Lyra spoke to and made friends with anybody and everybody, no matter what their background, those of all political views and those with none. This openness, and her desire to bring people together, made her totally apolitical.

“We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love we have witnessed this past few days. It has been of immense solace that Lyra meant so much to so many. We ask everyone who knew Lyra to continue her message of positivity and hope, by respecting her memory with dignity and respect.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“We as a family know that the whole community has been touched by the events of Thursday night and that many are rightly angry. However, we would ask that Lyra’s life and her personal philosophy are used as an example to us all as we face this tragedy together.

“Lyra’s answer would have been simple, the only way to overcome hatred and intolerance is with love, understanding and kindness.

“We are a private family and would ask as a family that our privacy is respected at this impossibly difficult time. We will, in time, speak to you all, but need space and time in the coming days and weeks to deal with the trauma of Lyra’s sudden tragic death. Until that time, we would request that all media contact could be made via our legal representatives.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Lyra on this devastating day.

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A GoFundMe campaign has been set up this morning in memory of Lyra McKee, the investigative journalist that was shot dead in a terrorist incident on the streets of Derry last night.

The campaign has been set up by a friend of Lyra's and all of the money raised will go to the family of Lyra McKee for funeral expenses and to decide on her legacy.

Over £15,000 has been raised so far.

You can donate by clicking here.

It has been reported that a gunman shot Lyra in the head as she attempted to cover riots on the Creggan area of the city.

Close friend of Lyra McKee, Matthew Hughes expressed his devastation at the loss of his dear friend.

“She was one of my closest friends. She was my mentor. She was a groomswoman at my wedding. I can't imagine life without her, and yet now I must. I'm devastated.”

Sinéad Gleeson added: “It’s utterly senseless and such a waste. Lyra, at 29, was a blazing comet; fearless and full of integrity (and mischief, it has to be said). Heartbroken for her family and friends, and for all the challenging and brilliant work we will never get to see. Thank you @LyraMcKee.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Lyra McKee. She will forever be remembered for her powerful words and determined heart.

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Tributes have been paid to 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee who was killed in Derry last night. Lyra was reporting on riots in the Creggan area of Derry when a gunman shot her.

It is understood that a dissident republican shot the young journalist. The PSNI are appealing for witnesses.

Lyra has been remembered as an inspiring and gifted writer whose future was cruelly stolen from her in what has been described as a ‘senseless’ act.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lyra was set to release her first book The Lost Boys in 2020.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney paid tribute to the writer: “Sick to my stomach at death of Lyra McKee in Derry. She was an inspiring thinker and journalist. Last night she was killed by a thug terrorizing people in Derry.”

“Heartbreaking news. A senseless act. A family has been torn apart. Those who brought guns onto our streets in the 70s, 80s & 90s were wrong. It is equally wrong in 2019. No one wants to go back. My thoughts are also with the brave officers who stood in defence of their community,” said Arlene Foster.

Close friend of Lyra McKee, Matthew Hughes expressed his devastation at the loss of his dear friend.

“She was one of my closest friends. She was my mentor. She was a groomswoman at my wedding. I can't imagine life without her, and yet now I must. I'm devastated.”

Sinéad Gleeson added: “It’s utterly senseless and such a waste. Lyra, at 29, was a blazing comet; fearless and full of integrity (and mischief, it has to be said). Heartbroken for her family and friends, and for all the challenging and brilliant work we will never get to see. Thank you @LyraMcKee.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Lyra McKee. She will forever be remembered for her powerful words and determined heart.

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Tributes have been pouring in for Marie Downey and her newborn son Darragh who both tragically passed away at Cork University Hospital this week.

The harrowing deaths of the new mum and her baby boy have stunned the public. The family of Marie are now experiencing the heaviest heartache at what was meant to be a joyous time for them.

Marie leaves behind her beloved husband Kieran and her darling boys and baby Darragh’s big brothers James and Sean, as well as her parents, extended family and friends.

Parish Priest Fr. Eamon Kelleher has led the tributes since the untimely passing of both Marie and Darragh.

Zara King reported that he said that this tragedy is felt by the whole parish of Kildorrery. “I want to acknowledge that the whole community is gathered in prayer. Kieran and the boys are surrounded in Knockanevin with great affection and spiritual empathy.”

Douglas Camogie Club also paid tribute to Marie who played for the club for many years.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the tragic passing of our former player Marie Downey and her baby Darragh. Our thoughts and sympathies are with their family and friends at this deeply distressing time.”

One friend told the Irish Independent: “It's unbelievable, she was a gorgeous girl. She had a heart of gold, she was very caring."

Marie and her baby boy will be laid to rest on Saturday, March 30. Our thoughts are with their family and friends during this tragic time.

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