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Monday, 12 December 2011

The man who was murdered in Dundalk in the early hours of Sunday has been named as James Hughes (35), from Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh, a former player with the Crossmaglen Rangers gaelic football team. He was shot dead by a man who approached the taxi in which he was travelling in Lis na Dara housing estate.

Some newspapers suggest that he was killed by a love rival. It is suggested that the 21-year-old woman who was in the taxi when it was hit by two shotgun blasts was the dead man's girlfriend. The 32-year-old man who gave himself up to gardaí in Carrickmacross shortly after the incident is reportedly an ex-boyfriend of the young woman. Gardaí are in possession of what was a legally held shotgun.

Drunk steals garda car

When gardaí arrested a man on suspicion of drunk driving in the Lusk area of Co. Dublin last night he was placed in the rear seat of a garda patrol car. The gardaí who arrested him then turned their attention to something else, giving the arrested man time to climb into the driver's seat and head off. The man drove to the M1 motorway and then travelled north until he had crossed the border. The garda car was later found abandoned in south Armagh.

Gardaí are satisfied that they know the identity of the car thief and are satisfied that he will soon be detained.

Confusion over future of Croke Park agreement

When Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte appeared on the Week in Politics last night he acknowledged that it may become necessary to renegotiate the Croke Park Agreement. That would depend on the state of the economy and the level of progress in reforming the public service.

Mr Rabbitte sounded as if he was delivering a warning to the public service unions and perhaps that is why Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Éamon Gilmore felt it necessary to discuss the situation on radio today. He made it very clear that there were no plans to renegotiate the deal or to withhold 2012 pay increments from public sector workers.

Unemployment reaches 14.4%

The latest Quarterly National Household Survey from the Central Statistics Office shows that unemployment is on the increase, the number of people at work continues to decreeas and ther has been a further fall in the siz e of the Labour force. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 14.2% to 14.4% over the course of the third quarter

By the end of the quarter the number of people in employment had fallen to 1,805,500, some 46,000 fewer than at the same time last year. The increase in the mber unemployed was not commensurate, increasing by 15,700 to 314,700. The actual labour force shrank by 25,300 and now stands at 2,120,30, representing a decrease of 30,200 (-1.4%) over the year

Woman dies in Ballina house fire

A house fire in Ballina yesterday morning claimed the life of Ann Hallinan, a 62-year-old widow who lived at Convent Hill Crescent in the Co. Mayo town.

Today's Papers

The Irish Independent leads today with the shooting of James Hughes in Dundalk on Sunday under the headline "GAA star begged for life before love rival shot him".

The Irish Times focuses on David Cameron's decision to vote against a new EU treaty, with "Government to work to ensure UK is not isolated from EU", while the Irish Examiner reports on the use by the HSE of unapproved foster parents, with "HSE fails to meet its childcare standard".

The Irish News headline reads "Child-abuse probe's Nurse X in Thailand".

The Weather in Galway

We have escaped the frost here and while it started is a fairly bright, dry morning it is now wet and windy. Temperature 6C.

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