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Murder investigation underway after body found in Castlebar
Gardaí are investigating the murder of a man whose body was found in his burned-out home in Castlebar last night. The emergency services were called to a house on Pheasanthill just outside Castlebar at around 6.30pm yesterday evening. The house had been set on fire, and when the fire brigade extinguished the blaze the body of a man was discovered in the house. The man, who was in his 80s, had also been shot a number of times, and gardaí subsequently commenced a murder investigation. The scene has been preserved pending the arrival of a state pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau. A forensic examination is to be carried out later today. The victim’s body remains at the scene.
One man dead and another injured after house fire in Louth
One man has died and another is seriously injured after a house fire in Co Louth this morning. Gardaí and the emergency services attended the scene in Termonfeckin. Gardaí assisted the fire service in the removal of the male from the property. Aged in his late 80s, the male was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, where he was pronounced deceased a short time later. A second male, aged in his late 50s, was taken also to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital to be treated for serious injuries. No other injuries have been reported at this time. The Gardaí said that a technical examination of the scene will be conducted once it is made safe by fire services.
The Irish Examiner
Plan to cut car use: Congestion charges and 400% parking charge hike options divide Coalition
Coalition tensions are growing over plans to reduce private car usage, with Ministers set to discuss a new strategy at Cabinet on Tuesday. Green Party Minister Eamon Ryan is expected to bring a memo to Cabinet that will include an annex to the Government’s climate plan, setting out how and when climate measures can be achieved. One aspect of this will include a commitment to develop a demand-management strategy in transport, detailing the ways in which the country can move to end congestion and change the way road space is used. The plan would see priority given to public transport, cycling and walking, as part of Government aims to give people viable alternatives to using the car for every journey.
The Irish Times
Three people found dead in car crash after group went missing during night out in Cardiff
Welsh police searching for five people who disappeared after a night out in Cardiff have located three of them deceased. The two other people who were missing have been transported to hospital with serious injuries, Gwent Police told the PA news agency. All five, three women and two men, had last been seen in Cardiff in the early hours of Saturday. The women – Sophie Russon, 20, Eve Smith, 21, and Darcy Ross, 21 – were last seen in Cardiff in the early hours of Saturday having travelled there from Porthcawl. They had made the trip in a Volkswagen Tiguan with two men – Rafel Jeanne, 24, and Shane Loughlin, 32 – both from Cardiff, who were also reported as missing. A police spokesperson said today that the VW Tiguan had been recovered just after midnight in the St Mellons area of Cardiff. Police believe the car was involved in a road traffic collision and came off the A48. Specialist officers are supporting the families of those involved and inquiries are ongoing.
Britain’s King Charles invites Harry and Meghan to coronation — but it’s unclear if they will go
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly received their invitation to the coronation of Britain’s King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla’s coronation this May via “email correspondence”. Speculation over whether the couple would be invited to the ceremony after King Charles III requested they vacate their UK home, Frogmore Cottage, has increased over the past week.
Boris Johnson nominates his father Stanley for a knighthood, report says
Boris Johnson has put his father forward for a knighthood in his resignation honours list, it has been reported. The former prime minister, who left office last September, has nominated Stanley Johnson for the honour, The Times newspaper said. Stanley Johnson, a former MEP, was among as many as 100 names put forward by Mr Johnson for Cabinet Office vetting, the paper added. A spokesperson for the former Conservative leader said: “We don’t comment on honours.” Any honour for Stanley Johnson would raise questions about Mr Johnson’s use of the honours system to reward family members with titles.
Bangladesh investigates huge fire at world’s largest refugee camp
Bangladesh authorities are investigating the cause of a massive fire in a Rohingya refugee camp which has left 12,000 people without shelter. No casualties have been reported, but the fire on Sunday razed 2,000 shelters after spreading quickly through gas cylinders in kitchens, officials said. Police are investigating if the fire was an act of sabotage. One man has been detained, local media reported. The camp in the south-east is believed to be the world’s largest refugee camp. Most of its residents, Rohingya refugees, had fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar. On Monday, hundreds had returned to the Cox’s Bazar area to see what they could salvage from the ruins. The blaze had started at about 14:45 local time Sunday (08:45 GMT) and quickly tore through the bamboo-and-tarpaulin shelters, an official said.
Today will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain gradually moving southwards. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees for much of the country. Colder, brighter weather will follow into Ulster from the north this afternoon with temperatures here of just 4 or 5 degrees and light northerly breezes. Tonight, rain and drizzle over the southern half of the country will gradually clear southwards. Long clear spells will develop and it will become very cold with lowest temperatures of 0 and -4 degrees with a widespread sharp frost and some icy stretches. A few wintry showers will develop on north-facing coasts. Hazardous conditions due to freezing temperatures including icy stretches on roads and paths. A Status Yellow ice warning has also been issued for Ireland and Northern Ireland (in place from Monday evening to 10am Tuesday morning) with snow showers and icy patches likely to cause some travel disruption.