Monday 20 November 2017

Gilmore denies referendum bid

The Government is not negotiating to avoid a referendum, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore told an Oireachtas committee.

Such an approach would be "seriously wrongheaded", Mr Gilmore said yesterday.

"This is a distraction from the real and important issues at play," he said.

"Such an approach would be a grave disservice to Ireland's interests and to our partners in the common currency."

Bail refused for IRA accused

The Special Criminal Court refused bail to a Dublin man facing firearms and IRA membership charges.

The court refused to grant bail to Dermot Gannon (45), of Wellview Crescent, Mulhuddart, yesterday after hearing evidence from Chief Superintendent David Sheehan that he believed Gannon would commit further serious offences if given bail.

Gannon and Robert Nolan (44), of Elmdale Park, Ballyfermot were both charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State, namely the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on January 11, 2012.

Council snubs stadium name

Politicians have urged the media not to call Newcastle United's stadium the Sports Direct Arena.

Club owner Mike Ashley was told he would receive no support from Newcastle City Council for his decision to rename St James's Park.

Today the council wrote to news organisations asking for their support.

Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors united to pass a motion opposing the decision after the name change was announced in November.

Ship damaged after collision

A cargo ship brushed against two anchored vessels during severe weather off the coast of Istanbul and tilted to one side, taking on water for hours.

Authorities were forced to pull it ashore using a tug boat yesterday.

The disabled ship was not in danger of sinking, but most of its crew members were evacuated before it was towed.

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