May 17: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Body of missing Irishman (26) found in Switzerland following extensive search operation
The body of missing Sligo man Justin Flannery (26) has been found following a search operation in Switzerland. Mr Flannery was touring the country last weekend when it is believed he fell into a river in Lauterbrunnen, a village in the Swiss Alps, and was swept away. An extensive search operation was conducted by Swiss search and rescue teams in recent days and members of his family flew to Switzerland in the hope of locating Justin. In a statement issued by the Bern Canton’s police force on Tuesday, it confirmed they had located the body of a “26-year-old Irish tourist”. The police said Justin’s body was recovered from the Lutschine river on Monday evening.
Talks due over asylum seeker protest at Clare hotel
TDs and senators from Co Clare are due to have a video conference call with Minister for Equality and Integration Roderic O’Gorman, to discuss the opposition by local people to the housing of male asylum seekers at a hotel in Inch. Members of the local community want written assurances that their concerns about the suitability of the property and the location will be addressed.
Air policing deal between Ireland and UK signed off without ministerial signature
Two senior civil servants were involved in the last update to a deal that allows RAF aircraft access to Irish airspace but there was no ministerial input, The Journal has learned. Sources with a knowledge of the memorandum of understanding said that the last renewal of the deal was in 2016 when a senior official from the Department of Defence and another from the Irish Aviation Authority signed the document. The understanding has been in place since the 1950s.
Brennan brothers Francis and John selling Kenmare sister hotels for €20.5m
Hotel owning brothers John and Francis Brennan have placed their two Kerry ‘sister’hotels, the five-star Park Hotel and The Lansdowne ‘At Buyers’ Service,’ offering them for sale for €20.5 million.
The Irish Examiner
Court rules Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes must go to prison while she appeals against sentence
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes must begin serving her prison sentence while she appeals against her conviction on charges of defrauding investors in her failed blood-testing startup and must jointly pay $452m in restitution to the victims of her crimes, a court in San Francisco has ruled. Holmes, who rose to fame after claiming Theranos’ small machines could run an array of diagnostic tests with just a few drops of blood, was convicted at trial in San Jose, California, in 2022 and sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison. She had asked the ninth US circuit court of appeals to pause her sentence on 25 April, two days before she was to report to prison. The court on Tuesday denied her bail application.
Titanic: First ever full-sized scans reveal wreck as never seen before
The world’s most famous shipwreck has been revealed as never seen before. The first full-sized digital scan of the Titanic, which lies 3,800m (12,500ft) down in the Atlantic, has been created using deep-sea mapping. It provides a unique 3D view of the entire ship, enabling it to be seen as if the water has been drained away. The hope is that this will shed new light on exactly what happened to the liner, which sank in 1912.
Missing girl Kayla Unbehaun who appeared on Netflix’s ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ found six years after disappearance A girl whose disappearance was featured on Netflix’s “Unsolved Mysteries” was found alive in North Carolina last week, six years after she was allegedly abducted by her mother. Kayla Unbehaun, who was born in Illinois, was nine years old when she went missing in 2017 while in the care of her mother, Heather Unbehaun.
Dry today with some cloud and spells of hazy sunshine. Turning rather cloudy in the north later. Highest temperatures generally of 15 to 19 degrees, perhaps a little cooler along Atlantic coasts. Light to moderate southwest winds will develop, becoming westerly later. Staying dry tonight with variable cloud cover and some clear spells. Lows of 4 to 8 degrees. Southwesterly winds will be mostly light or near calm, remaining moderate in strength along western coasts.