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A 23-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the shooting in Parslickstown, Mulhuddart, Dublin, the Irish Mirror reports. 

The incident left a baby boy, his mother, and his 17-year-old uncle injured. 

The young woman was detained in the Wicklow area and is being held under the provisions of section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 as amended at a Dublin Garda Station. 

Gardaí have also found a gun.

They said in a statement, "Gardaí can also confirm that they have recovered a firearm as a result of searches in the Parslickstown area earlier today. The male arrested yesterday in connection with the incident remains in custody."

17-year-old Matthew 'Matsie' Collins and his infant nephew John Collins underwent surgery last night after the close-range attack. The baby boy was taken to Temple Street Children's Hospital and the teenager was rushed to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

The baby's mum, 29-year-old Lynn Doyle, was holding her child when a person started shooting them with shotgun pellets. Matsie was shot in the stomach.

Thankfully, their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

It is thought that the attack was the result of a feud within the Traveller community, the Irish Times reports. 

Arthur Collins, father of Matsie and grandfather to John, told the Irish Times that the incident was 'all over a dispute that happened two or three years ago, but we thought it was all over'.

Superintendent Liam Carolan from the Blanchardstown Garda Station said that 'there is a quite volatile situation' surrounding the shooting. He also commented that it was too early for any speculation on 'who or what has been involved'.

He urged anyone with information to come forward, saying, "Anyone who was in the vicinity of Parlickstown Gardens from 12 noon — if they saw a car driving at high speed, if they saw people hanging around or thought something seemed strange, anything like that.

“We’ve set up an incident room at Blanchardstown Garda station if they could contact us there on 016667000 or the confidential line 1800666111."

We hope that the victims make a speedy recovery. 

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If you live in the west of the country, Met Éireann are encouraging you to exercise caution ahead of an Atlantic storm dubbed Storm Caroline by the UK Met Office.

The forecasters have issued a Status Yellow weather warning for Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare and Kerry which comes into effect at 3am on Thursday morning.

"Severe winds will affect parts of Scotland, but it will generate strong and blustery winds over Ireland also," reads the official website.

"Northwest winds of 55 to 65 are expected to gust 100 to 110 km/h – strongest winds in coastal areas and over high ground."

The warning, which was announced this afternoon, will remain in place until 8pm on Thursday evening.

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Gardaí in Co Wexford are appealing to the public for witnesses following a fatal road traffic accident in New Ross yesterday evening.

The collision, which occurred between a car and lorry at approximately 6.30, claimed the life of the four individuals – three men and one woman – all of whom were travelling in the car.

The driver of the lorry and its passenger were uninjured.

The road is closed to facilitate a Forensic Collision examination and will remain closed until at least lunchtime today.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact New Ross Garda station on 051 426030, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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The families of five Irish students and one Irish-American student, who died following the collapse of a balcony in the Blackrock Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley California, have reached a settlement.

The tragedy, which sent shockwaves throughout Ireland in June 2015, resulted in the deaths of Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Lorcán Miller, Eimear Walsh, and Olivia Burke, and Olivia's Irish-American cousin Ashley Donohoe.

This week, the families of the deceased have reached a settlement, and while the amount itself will remain confidential, the fact that a settlement has been reached will not.

Indeed, law firm, Rains Lucia Stern, have confirmed that the parties are free to discuss the circumstances surrounding their childrens' untimely deaths.

Releasing a statement, Ashley's family have reiterated their mission in the wake of their daughter's death.

"Nothing will stop us from continuing our fight to have changes made to the California building codes and regulations to require regular inspections by qualified people, proper design and use of proper construction materials, and a ban on ‘Secret Settlements’ that allow

This settlement has been reached with the property managers and owners of the apartment complex.

In May of this year, another settlement was reached with the companies that designed and built the building.

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Gardai in Galway have asked the public for their assistance following the hospitalisation of a young man in the early hours of Saturday morning.

According to reports, authorities are seeking witnesses after a man was discovered unconscious and injured at St. Bridget’s Place on Prospect Place at approximately 3am.

The man, who is believed to be in his 20s, was transferred to University Hospital Galway where he remains with serious injuries.

It is understood that the scene is being preserved for technical examination.

Gardai have appealed to anyone who may have been in the vicinity to come forward while taxi drivers with dash cameras are also asked to contact Gardaí.

If you have any information pertaining to the incident, you can contact Gardaiy on 091-538000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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In a bid to combat anti-social behaviour on the capital's Luas lines, Transdev have launched a text service which allows passengers to report incidents of that nature.

Commuters on Dublin's light rail tram system are encouraged to text their location and message along with the keyword 'LUAS' to 51444 if they witness antisocial behaviour.

The message, which can be 155 characters in length, will be responded to within 90 seconds in order to reassure the sender that the message has been met by Luas staff.

Commenting on the launch, Dervla Brophy, communications manager at Transdev, says that the new service will be welcomed by Luas users.

"Luas is a safe, punctual and reliable tram service which Dublin has come to love, but we are always aiming to improve passenger satisfaction with the service."

"Passengers have mentioned that a simple, discreet way to inform Luas of people misbehaving would be a good idea," she added. "This pilot we hope will inform us about customer feelings and assist us with our response".

Echoing this, Anne Graham CEO of National Transport Authority, highlighted the benefits of the launch.

 "This new service means that Luas staff can be made aware of these incidents and can respond to them quicker than ever, so that journeys can be even safer and more pleasant for everybody."

 

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We’ve all been there; you wake up hungover and bleary-eyed, and before even registering what day it is or what planet you’re on, you frantically launch the phone-purse-passport search.

And while most of us will find our phone nestled inside a snack box and locate our passport on the bathroom floor, the men in our lives don’t fare so well.

According to information obtained from the Passport Office, at least 40 passports a week find their way to the Passport Office after falling loose of men’s back pockets.

In fact, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the projected number of Passport books due to be issued this year is between 900,000 and one million – many of them replacements for ones lost in pubs and clubs

Considering this, Photo-Me, the DFA approved passport photograph service, are urging young Irish men to apply for a passport card as opposed to carrying the booklet around with them.

“It seems that Irish men in particular, have a habit of keeping their passport in their back pocket on a night out or while travelling and for this reason the passport card makes so much more sense,” said Patrick Brennan, Managing Director Photo-Me Ireland and UK.

“It’s much more convenient and safer to store the credit card sized passport in a wallet and means you can leave your passport book at home for safe keeping in the unfortunate event that you do lose the card.”

The passport card is available to all Irish citizens who are 18-years or older and hold a valid Irish Passport.

Sounds like a fairly handy solution to us…

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A writer from Hackney in London recently took to Twitter to reveal that he had been forbidden from adopting a cat due to his sexual orientation.

On Tuesday, Alex Andreou explained that he had travelled two hours through the city in an effort to re-home a cat only to be told that the person he was adopting the cat from 'strongly disagreed' with his lifestyle.

In a text exchange he uploaded to Twitter, Alex was grilled on his orientation, and was ultimately forced to ask whether being gay would be an issue.

"I am religious so I strongly disagree with the lifestyle. I am sorry if I hurt your feelings," replied the other person.

Appearing to take it on the chin, Alex responded: "Darling, I've been beaten and called a 'faggot' since I was 8. My feelings are quite robust. And, yes, sorry is precisely what you are."

Despite his succinct retort, Alex understandably felt deeply hurt by the person's attitude, telling Twitter, "So now I'm on the bus and I'm sobbing and people are staring at me because the truth is it hurts as much as when I was 8 years old."

Thankfully, the good people of London refused to let this incident pass without a happy ending, and set about contacting Alex in order to provide him with leads for other cats desperately in need of re-homing.

And as of yesterday morning, Alex is now the proud owner of two cats named George Meowchael-Andreou and Freddie Purrcury-Andreou.

"Hello Twitter. Here is your happy ending," Alex wrote in a post alongside two photos of his beautiful new pets.

"George and Freddie are part of a rescue litter. They're being neutered next Friday and will be in their new home with me shortly thereafter," Alex told his followers.

"Screw bigotry. Kindness wins. Over and out, Freddie, George, and Alex," he signed off.

We could not love this ending more.

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A man in his 20s remains in a critical condition this morning following a stabbing incident in Kilkenny yesterday evening.

The man was taken to St Luke's Hospital after Gardaí and emergency services were called to a house on Love Lane at around 7pm.

Three men, two in their 30s and one in his 40s, have been arrested in connection with attack and are currently being held at Kilkenny Garda Station.

The scene has been preserved for technical examination and Gardaí are urging witnesses who may have been in the area between 5pm and 7pm yesterday evening to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact  Kilkenny Garda Station on 056-7775000, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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Philip Leahy, a J1 student from Ballyhooly, North Cork, has died following a swimming accident in the US last week.

The 22-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest after getting into difficulty while swimming on Wednesday and had since been on life support at a local hospital.

However, he tragically passed away at around 10pm last night, with his family by his side.

Philip had been taking an early morning dip with friends in Ocean City, Maryland, when the group began to struggle in the strong currents.

Those close to Philip had set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his medical treatment.

Over €90,000 has been raised by the time news of Philip's passing had emerged.

Philip was an active member of the local community and even captained the GAA football team to a county junior B championship, just last year.

200 people attended a vigil at the GAA club on Thursday night.

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Two men have died in separate motorcycle accidents in Limerick.

The first incident, which took place at 7.40pm yesterday evening, led to the death of a man in his 20s who was seriously injured after his motorcycle left the road at O'Malley Park.

He was treated at the scene and taken to University Hospital Limerick but was unfortunately pronounced dead a short time later.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is still ongoing.

Gardaí are also seeking witnesses to a second fatal crash involving a motorcyclist in Limerick City.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, sustained serious injuries when his motorcycle struck a roundabout at Quinn's Cross, Mungret at 7.30pm.

He was also taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced dead.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact Roxboro Road Garda Station 061 214340 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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Ulster and Irish rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding are among four men to have been charged by the PSNI in relation to an alleged rape. 

Four men questioned about the incident, which is alleged to have taken place in Belfast in June of last year, are to be prosecuted, according to the Public Prosecution Service.

Both men have denied the charges and a solicitor acting on Jackson's behalf said he was “very disappointed” with the verdict.

Jackson, 25, and Olding, 24, face a rape charge while a third man faces a sexual offence charge and a fourth is to be charged with intent to pervert the course of justice.

"We are very disappointed at the decision of the PPS to prosecute given the particular circumstances and facts known in this case.

"Our client rejects completely the allegations made against him and we are confident he will be exonerated in due course."

A joint statement from Ulster Rugby and the IRFU read:

"The IRFU and Ulster Rugby are aware that Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been charged by the PSNI in relation to serious allegations made against them.

"The players have cooperated fully and strenuously deny the charges."

"The IRFU and Ulster Rugby take these allegations extremely seriously."

"To allow the players time to address this matter fully Ulster Rugby and the IRFU have agreed that they be relieved of their duties and obligations until the conclusion of this process.  Appropriate support structures will be put in place with them during this time."

"As this is a matter for the Public Prosecution Service it would be inappropriate to comment further."

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