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IN BRIEF: RIRA's Butterly is laid to rest

THE funeral has taken place of Peter Butterly who was gunned down in a car park last week.

Hundreds of mourners turned out at a Mass in Togher for the 35-year-old which was watched closely by gardai.

Butterly was a member of the Real IRA and officers feared that there may be an attempt to hold some sort of paramilitary display.

Fr Thomas Daly said that the community has been traumatised by the murder.

"In the schools, in the shops, in the GAA, in farming circles – every single day since it happened. It has been very traumatic for this community – but most of all for his family, for Eithne and the children."


Petrol prices are on the rise

PETROL and diesel prices are on the rise again.

A litre of petrol now costs an average of 162.1c, up 2.7c in the past month. Diesel also rose, up 1.4c per litre to an average of 155.1c.

"This is certainly disappointing," said AA Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan.

"Fuel prices have nudged down and then up again in recent months but this is at an enormously high level as sky-high Irish taxes are piled on top of rising international prices."


Man held over woman's death

An official says Turkish police have detained a man wanted in connection with the killing of a New York City woman in Istanbul.

Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two boys, was murdered while on holiday in Turkey. Her body was found on February 12 days after she was reported missing. Governor Celalettin Lekesiz said yesterday that police caught the suspect – identified as Ziya T – in Hatay province, near Turkey's border with Syria.


Thieves killed by vigilantes

Egyptian security officials say vigilantes beat two alleged thieves, stripped them half-naked and then hanged them in public in a small Nile Delta town. Both the men died.

The officials say the two men had stolen a rickshaw from a town in the province of Gharbiya. Angry residents in the town of Samanod beat the two suspects and hung them from a tree in a bus station yesterday.