Ray MacSharry enjoyed a breakthrough in his CAP reform campaign; the behaviour of Britain's Parachute Regiment in the North was again an issue; the abortion debate took yet another turn; Ben Dunne was relieved with the outcome of his Florida court appearance; and former priest John McCarthy (52) was jailed for five years for importing cannabis.
May 25, 1992 THE IRISH EMIGRANT Issue No.277
Editor: Liam Ferrie Circulation: 1,290
It was a week with a mixture of major news items and, thankfully, none of the high drama of previous weeks. Probably the biggest story took place in Brussels. There, after eighteen months of negotiations, Ray MacSharry finally convinced the community's agricultural ministers of the worth of his Common Agricultural Policy reforms. The proposals have been changed considerably since they were first published but, nevertheless, the agreement is considered a major achievement. Our Minister, Joe Walsh, returned home jubilant but his enthusiasm was not shared by farm leaders.
The behaviour of the Parachute Regiment in the North was discussed on numerous occasions and the matter arose in the Dail and in the British Parliament. Cardinal Daly also joined in the controversy.
Abortion still gets more attention than the referendum on European Union. Copies of the Guardian newspaper were withdrawn by the distributor when it was found to contain a full-page advertisement about abortion clinics in Britain. This led to a major row and accusations by the Taoiseach that there was something suspicious about the way the whole affair appeared to be stage managed.
Ben Dunne was briefly back in the headlines. A Florida court dealt with his drug-related case and he must be relieved at the outcome.
There is still no end in sight to the postal dispute but the sun continues to shine on us each day.
CAP REFORMS AGREED
EC agricultural ministers, meeting in Brussels, finally agreed to radical reform of the EC Common Agriculture Policy. It is eighteen months since Agricultural Commissioner Ray MacSharry first published his proposed CAP reforms. At the time he was met with a torrent of abuse from farming organisations and politicians who relied on farmers' votes. In the intervening period all twelve agricultural ministers argued for special treatment for their farmers. Many concessions have since been made but much of what Mr MacSharry advocated has been accepted, albeit in a watered-down manner.
Joe Walsh, our Minister for Agriculture, was jubilant at the outcome. He believes that he has won an excellent deal for Irish farmers, particularly the beef sector. He would also argue that he has minimised the potential damage to milk producers. I was quite surprised to see an opposition politician accepting the outcome without branding Mr Walsh as a traitor. It is in the nature of politicians to disagree with their opponents at every opportunity, but when Austin Deasy, Fine Gael spokesman on Agriculture, appeared on RTE television, he accepted that reform was inevitable and that Ireland is fairly well insulated from the biggest cutbacks. He did warn, almost as an afterthought, that some of the compensatory elements in the agreement were not cast in concrete. He was quoted in the media the following day as being very critical of this aspect of the deal. Nobody expected the farm leaders to express satisfaction with any deal but they were quite muted in the immediate aftermath of the announcement. However, when their knees were given time to jerk properly all sorts of doom and gloom was predicted. It was suggested that Irish agriculture would lose £100m per year but the Government was claiming a net benefit of £50m.
It seems to me that many Irish farmers will actually benefit from the new situation which should take effect before January 1 next. Direct headage payments will increase from £340m per year to £620m. Included in this is a payment which will be made in the spring to encourage farmers to keep beef cattle through the winter and reduce the seasonality of the beef trade. Intervention prices for beef will be lowered. This is seen as a way of reducing the food mountains and encouraging higher quality and better marketing. Milk quota prices will drop by 2% in two years time. This is less than expected. The biggest hit is against cereal farmers. The price of cereals will fall by 29% but permanent compensation will be paid. Consumers have been told to expect a reduction in food prices but there are plenty of sceptics who believe that someone else will reap the benefit.
Ray MacSharry was all smiles after the deal was signed. Champagne was seen to be flowing in profusion but a glass of Coke (or was it Pepsi?) was all that was seen in Mr MacSharry's hand. He believes that he has gone some way towards ending a situation where the bigger the farmer the greater the payments from the EC, and where "we were paying vast amounts of money to factory farmers who were polluting our environment".
ABORTION ROW WON'T GO AWAY
A major row broke out when the Guardian newspaper from England carried a full-page advertisement for a group of abortion clinics, and Easons, the distributors, decided not to make it available here. It became known on Wednesday evening that the advertisement was due to appear. Gardai at the nearest station to Dublin Airport say that they immediately received many calls of complaint. When the papers arrived at the Airport there were a number of gardai present, but they later said they were only there to prevent trouble. Easons took the 2,000 copies of the Guardian away to a warehouse and they were not seen again. This action was taken at the behest of their legal advisors.
The incident was used by pro-abortionists and pro-choice groups to highlight the anomaly between the law of the land and the comments of the judges who ruled on the case involving the 14-year-old alleged rape victim. Opposition politicians raised the matter in the Dail and Proinsias de Rossa went to the trouble of reading out the list of telephone numbers which appeared in the advertisement. This action allowed other newspapers to print the numbers under the guise of reporting the Dail debate. The Taoiseach insisted that the Government did not play any part in restricting the availability of the Guardian, and had no prior knowledge of the decision of the gardai to go to the airport. He went on to suggest that there might well be some sort of conspiracy. He questioned the decision to place the ad in the copies of the paper which came to Ireland while it did not appear in the European edition. He also spoke of a public relations campaign in this country on the evening before the paper was published.
Members of the Repeal the Eighth Amendment Group organised that 20 copies of the Guardian be sent by rail from Belfast. When the newspapers arrived they were confiscated by customs officers. This caused another furore. The reason given was that the necessary customs documentation was missing. The newspapers were later handed over when it was established that they were not for resale and documentation was not necessary. At least that was the official explanation.
On Saturday, Minister for Foreign Affairs David Andrews said that he was a regular reader of the Guardian and that he was personally very embarrassed over the whole affair.
John Bruton appears to have been the first politician to notice that the people of Denmark might vote "No" to European Union, two weeks before we are asked to make our decision. He asked the Taoiseach what would happen if this came to pass. Mr Reynolds replied that such an outcome was of no significance to our referendum and that a "Yes" vote was important for Ireland. It is his opinion that European Union will take place without Denmark, if that country fails to endorse the Treaty.
Labour TDs Michael D. Higgins and Emmet Stagg plan to vote "No" in the referendum and they believe that another three or four of their colleagues are prepared to do likewise. Their decision is being accepted by the Labour Party and Michael D's offer to stand down as the party spokesman on European affairs was rejected.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has recommended a "Yes" vote. In contrast, the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed called on its members to vote "No". The Minister of Finance probably believes that the INOU is more interested in increasing membership than getting people back to work. Over the weekend Bertie Ahern said that a "Yes" vote was essential as the Treaty is geared towards increasing the level of employment in the EC.
PARATROOPERS REMAIN IN NORTH
Following the incidents in Coalisland there was a great deal of criticism over the continued presence of the Parachute Regiment in nationalist areas. Minister for Foreign Affairs David Andrews told us on Monday that he had previously asked that the regiment be withdrawn and repeated this demand. In the Dail the following day, Mr Andrews gave more details of his request to the British. The North's security minister, Michael Mates was staunch in his defence of the soldiers in a manner described by Austin Currie as "macho posturing". Mr Andrews attributed Mr Mates' remarks to inexperience. When the matter was discussed in the Dail, spokespersons for all parties were adamant that the the regiment had no useful role to play in the North. A protest rally in Coalisland against the troops' presence attracted 500 people.
There was some indication from the army that members of the Parachute Regiment would be "more sensitively deployed". It turned out that this meant they would not be used in town centres and they were again on checkpoint duty on the outskirts of Coalisland on Tuesday.
An RTE reporter made the point that the army authorities are under pressure because of defence cutbacks and the resultant fall in the number of available troops, and that specialist units like the paratroops insist on experience in the North.
The matter was discussed throughout the week. Cardinal Daly said that he could understand the anger of the soldiers at the injury caused to their colleague but that their behaviour towards the general public was indefensible. Yesterday's Sunday Tribune devoted a page to the story and claimed that nationalist politicians had been privately assured that the regiment would be kept under control until their tour of duty finishes next month.
The latest news, this Monday morning, is that the most senior military officer in the area has been removed from his post. He is a Brigadier with responsibility for many units, including the Parachute Regiment. The Ministry of Defence says the move is not connected with recent incidents. Observers on the radio implied that this might be partially true as they thought that the Brigadier's manner and mode of operation was already a problem prior to the arrival of the paratroopers.
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Today is a bank holiday in the North. Next Monday it is our turn but I will try to get this out to you as usual although I will be in Moville.
Four or five weeks ago the Sunday Tribune made much noise about a new-look paper. It did change its appearance a little in that the colour supplement, which never contained a great deal anyway, was dropped and a business section added. More use is now made of colour throughout the paper. The biggest change, and the editor "forgot" to mention it until a week later, was in the price. It now costs 90p, up 5p.
Last week's claims that it cost the State £250,000 to police the Guns 'n' Roses concert at Slane Castle were made by a Garda Chief Superintendent. He said he was speaking as a "fully paid up member of the PAYE club". The Minister for State at the Department of Justice, Willie O'Dea, responded by saying that the Government was planning to bring in new legislation. This will be designed to ensure crowd safety at such concerts and to oblige the promoters to contribute towards the cost of providing security.
Frank Sherry of Glasgow owns a Co.Monaghan farm on which there is a "holy well". A judge has ruled that he can prevent local people from trespassing on his land to pray at St Dympna's Well. The judge also ordered that a shrine and statue be removed.
The Ombudsman, Michael Mills, issued his eighth annual report. The main feature was a continued reduction in complaints against Telecom Eireann. This appears to be related to the extension of itemised billing for subscribers. The total number of complaints was similar to other years but the number being carried forward is greatly reduced. One of the things which surprises Mr Mills was the failure of some public servants to recognise obvious injustice.
Ben Dunne's charge of drug trafficking came up in a Florida Court on Tuesday. The trafficking charge was dismissed after the defence argued that the police acted illegally in searching his room. Mr Dunne did not enter a plea on the charge of possessing cocaine and was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and to attend a drug treatment clinic for 28 days. He has chosen to enter an American-owned clinic in London which charges Stg£1,000 per week and is expected to go there this week. This paragraph does not reflect the coverage which the story received but I don't think you would be a great deal wiser if you read all that was written about it.
On Monday, a life-sized statue depicting a hurler and a rugby player was unveiled by the President in Limerick's O'Connell Street. The statue was donated by AIB in recognition of the city's sporting tradition. A local reader asked me to be sure to point out that President Robinson was in Limerick for the occasion. I am not sure if he believed that setting foot in Limerick was above and beyond the call of duty or was accusing me of not giving the city sufficient coverage!
The Church of Ireland synod, which was held during the week, heard expressions of concern over the future of the Adelaide Hospital, a call for the Dail (and not the Constitution) to handle the abortion question, and fears on the future management of Protestant schools if Government proposals are implemented. The synod voted in principle to allow divorced persons to be remarried in church.
Gardai wish to question a 19-year-old Co.Louth youth who is recovering from serious facial wounds at the Mater Hospital in Dublin. The youth, from Hackballscross, was admitted to Lough General Hospital in Dundalk on May 9 and has since lost his sight. It is being said that his injuries arise from an explosion in a house in South Armagh.
President Mary Robinson paid an official visit to Derry on Friday. She was given a warm welcome in various parts of the city. Northern Secretary Sir Peter Mayhew was at Eglinton Airport to meet her. At a civic reception in the Guildhall she met Martin McGuinness and other Sinn Fein councillors, two independent unionist councillors and other members of the city council. Members of the DUP and UUP boycotted the reception.
A number of articles on the risks of skin cancer appeared in the papers, but this was coincidental to the week's good weather.
An American woman left her car at the Sally Gap in Co.Wicklow to go for a short walk. Moments later she saw that car being driven off at speed, with her six-month old baby inside. The car and baby were recovered a short time later but money and some other items were stolen.
NATIONAL LOTTERY Winning Numbers:
Wed: 2, 8, 25, 29,32, 34 - two winners shared £416k.
Sat: 12, 17, 27, 29, 30, 32 - there was no winner of he jackpot of £492K.
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The Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association has asked for the use of Belfast City Hall for some sort of international gathering. DUP Councillor Sammy Wilson was quite incensed at the idea and described them as "perverts" and other less complementary names.
Three British soldiers serving in the North are due to appear in court on criminal charges relating to the drug ecstasy. Three other members of the same regiment were dismissed for using cannabis.
The talks on the future of the North continued without receiving a great deal of media attention. I suppose it is hard to give them attention if the participants are abiding by their commitment to maintain confidentiality.
The latest figures from the Fair Employment Commission show that Catholics are still under-represented in senior public service jobs. The situation has improved since the previous survey of five years earlier and the overall numbers in all grades more closely equates with the proportions in the community.
Four people were found dead in two separate incidents thought to involve fumes from solid fuel burners. An elderly woman and her daughter were found dead in their home in Ballycastle and an elderly couple died in East Belfast.
The UVF attempted to kill a Catholic man at his home in West Belfast. When they could not break the door down they fired through it and hit their victim in the leg and groin.
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Two men accused of murdering a German student in the Phoenix Park last summer had the charges dismissed at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin on Monday. At an earlier stage in the hearing another man was also acquitted, on the direction of the judge. One of those who had the murder charge withdrawn on Monday pleaded guilty to stealing money from the student. He, and a fourth man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter when the case came to trial, were remanded in custody for sentencing. The garda handling of this case is the cause of considerable disquiet. The two primary reasons for its collapse were the failure to follow procedures at an identity parade and the fact that at least one of the accused was questioned for ten hours without a break. Four hours questioning is apparently the maximum at a single session. The garda authorities are conducting a review of the handling of the case.
John McCarthy (52), the former priest who was recently convicted of importing a large quantity of cannabis, was jailed for five years.
The appeal of the Armagh Four continues and is expected to run on until July. Some time was spent listening to allegations that police interview notes were rewritten.
The inquest into the RUC killing of three unarmed members of the IRA, in Lurgan in 1982, is also still hearing evidence.
Patrick McCabe, our Ambassador to Moscow, appeared before the Beef Tribunal to answer questions about how he dealt with various beef exporters while he was Ambassador to Iraq. He denied emphatically that he showed favouritism towards any particular exporter but explained that Larry Goodman was always anxious to enlist the help of the Embassy while other exporters tended to act independently. Time was also taken by counsel for Larry Goodman to claim that earlier allegations that his client was a "liar" were being used by competitors to damage his reputation.
Six-year-old Paul McLaughlin, of Claudy, Co.Derry, is to receive £700,000 compensation for injuries he received prior to his birth. On his behalf, Paul's aunt sued his mother and father. Mrs Anne Marie McLaughlin, driving a car owned by her husband, crashed into a tree when she was 35 weeks pregnant. The accident resulted in the temporary loss of oxygen to the boy's brain and he now suffers from severe cerebral palsy.
Charges of attempted murder against three Lisburn men were dropped after they pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm. Their victim was a Protestant student who made the mistake of thinking that his abductors were members of the IRA or the IPLA. When asked his religion he claimed to be a Catholic. He was then beaten up and left for dead. This incident occurred in December 1990.
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There were few developments in the An Post dispute. Management decided to appeal the ruling by a High Court that it pay seven members of the Communications Workers Union. Managers and supervisors are not being paid either, following the suspension of the payroll staff. Some of them showed their displeasure by starting a sit-in at the GPO on Saturday. Minister for Labour Bernard Cowen has agreed to discuss the dispute with the ICTU, but whether that will lead to more substantive talks remains to be seen.
I forgot to say that the UMP plant in Ballaghaderreen is back in operation. Its new owners started to rehire the workforce two or three weeks ago. This means that some settlement must have been reached with the hauliers who were blockading the plant until they received money due from UMP. I have not seen any report on just how many people have been re-employed but I did note that they were threatening industrial action because the new owners, Avonmore, is operating a different payment method.
Three new projects creating 100 jobs in the Dublin area were announced by the Minister for Industry and Commerce, Des O'Malley. Eicon Technology Corporation of Canada will employ 37 people in software development and duplication. Bartizan Corporation of the US, a producer of credit cards, will provide 25 jobs, and 35 people will be hired by a Toshiba subsidiary, in what is described as a semiconductor fabrication facility at Tallaght.
Solicitors in Cork, in a dispute over fees, have been refusing to defend people who are entitled to free legal aid. Since last September numerous defendants in criminal cases have had their cases adjourned. This week a man had a murder charge dismissed because he has been in custody, with numerous adjournments, since last year. Talks with the Department of Justice have since led to the solicitors accepting work under the free legal aid scheme. There will be further talks on the level of fees. The Dail was told that further charges may be brought against the man who had his case dismissed.
After last week's announcement from the Heinz Corporation there was further good news for Dundalk on the jobs front. MKE of Japan (also know as Panasonic) and the Quantum Corporation of California are opening factories for the manufacture of disc drives. The two factories will complement each other and will lead to the creation of 430 new jobs in the next three years.
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As expected, Senator Des Hanafin was expelled from the Fianna Fail parliamentary party for voting against the legislation on the Maastricht referendum. He had about ten supporters when the party met on Wednesday. They felt that he should have been allowed to vote according to his conscience but the Government Chief Whip insisted that there was nothing in the treaty to bother anyone's conscience. The matter did not go to a vote.
The above decision raised a few other issues. Some Fianna Fail TDs and senators want to vote according to their consciences when matters like contraception, homosexuality, divorce and abortion reach the Dail. The Taoiseach insists that the party whip system will continue to operate.
Noel Davern, one of Des Hanafin's supporters, said that he could not vote for legislation which would decriminalise homosexual acts. This raised the question of when such legislation would be introduced. The Government has already committed to the European Court of Human Rights to change the law in this regard. The Taoiseach said that it will not be dealt with this year. This drew some adverse comment, particularly from Senator David Norris, although the existing legislation has not been enforced for decades.
Following last weekend's annual conference there is talk of John Bruton bringing Alan Dukes back as a frontbench spokesman.
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Stephen Connolly (17) of Blackrock College and Mark Andrews (18) of Douglas Community School, Cork, each won major awards at the Westinghouse International Science Fair in Nashville. Both were previously award winners in the Aer Lingus Young Scientist competition.
The decision by the British Director of Public Prosecutions not to prosecute any members of West Midlands Serious Crime Squad made the news in this country. It was this team's investigations which led to the original convictions of the Birmingham Six. Following a number of successful appeals, where police irregularities were highlighted, the squad was disbanded in 1989. The report on which the DPP made her decision did not consider the Birmingham Six case.
When the Seanad debated the Electoral (No.2) Bill, 1992, Fine Gael and Labour attempted to introduce an amendment which would give emigrants a vote in general elections. Senator John A. Murphy (Ind) was very much against the idea. He believes that most emigrants would not be sufficiently informed on matters at home and that "sinister forces" (the IRA?) could take advantage of the situation. He also suggested that such a move could implant "a state of schizophrenia" in emigrants who should participate fully in the life of the country which provides them with a living. He mentioned the obvious logistical problems, the principle of "no representation without taxation", and pointed out that no other country had such a huge imbalance between residents and emigrants.
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The Irish Times claims that the Government is ready to allow some concessions on the Shannon stop-over issue. It reported that an official of the Department of Transport recently visited Delta Airlines in Atlanta and advised that an extra plane should be available in 1993 for direct flights to Dublin. Delta is reported as being disappointed at having to wait another year. This story did not appear to draw any response from the Shannon lobby.
The first Aeroflot flight to pick up passengers at Shannon for Chicago took off on Tuesday.
CeltWorld in Tramore is scheduled to open on May 29. This is the centre where "legends and myths of Ireland are being brought to life through astonishing technology that captures their magic and mystery". The work of artist Jim Fitzpatrick is widely used in the exhibit.
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The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland has appealed to householders in Salthill, Galway, to have their homes tested for radon gas. Houses already tested were found to have gas levels up to ten times the national average.
The controversy over the second marina at Dingle Harbour has taken a new twist. The promoters of the project, the Skellig Hotel, have decided not to proceed with a related development of 40 holiday apartments adjacent to the marina. Having made that decision they are again looking at the viability of the marina.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature is the latest body to express concern at the siting of the interpretive centre in the Burren. The IUCN is the regulatory body for national parks. The Office of Public Works agreed with some of the comments made by the IUCN and pointed out that the centre was not being built in the "heart of the Burren" but on the periphery.
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The University of Limerick is having difficulty in organising festivities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the college on May 29. The postal dispute is making it difficult to contact graduates of the 1976-79 period, whom it wishes to have in attendance.
St Patrick's College, Maynooth, won this year's Challenging Times quiz competition on RTE television. The winning team of Joe Kavanagh, Ciaran Counihan and Martin Morris defeated TCD in the final. St Patrick's also won the competition last year with a different team.
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Ingenuity has provided yet another new excuse for a Summer festival. The first Harp International Cartoon Festival will take place in Rathdrum, Co.Wicklow, on May 28 to June 1.
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"The Playboys" is a new movie which was filmed where it was set, in the County Cavan village of Redhills. The plot concerns a group of travelling actors in the 1940s, and stars Aidan Quinn, Robin Wright, Milo O'Shea and Albert Finney. It is being forecast that it will be a big box office success in the US.
Another film which was made in Ireland last summer is "Far and Away" starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. It was seen at the recent Cannes Film Festival and has also received good reviews. It opens in Ireland on July 31 but I have no information on when it opens elsewhere.
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Jimmy Tully (76), who was Minister for Local Government and Minister for Defence in coalition governments in the seventies and eighties died suddenly. Mr Tully was first elected to the Dail as a Labour Party candidate in 1954. Except for one four-year spell he continued to represent Meath until 1982.
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..................IRISH POUND........ May 22.. May 15
..................US Dollar.......... 1.6534.. 1.6609
..................Deutschmark........ 2.6740.. 2.6717
..................French franc........8.9871.. 8.9704
..................Dutch guilder...... 3.0107.. 3.0077
..................Italian lira...... 2014.09..2010.34
..................Spanish Peseta......166.83.. 166.89
..................Japanese Yen........213.87.. 215.49
..................Swiss franc........ 2.4603.. 2.4498
..................Canadian dollar.... 1.9755.. 1.9969
..................Australian dollar.. 2.1830.. 2.1909
An Bord Bainne increased profits by 34% to £11.7m. Turnover was down 6.4% to £1,092m.
Des Fay, the sole partner of the accountancy firm of Fay McMahon, has been expelled from the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Investigations were instituted two months ago when a client complained that a tax payment had not been forwarded to the Revenue Commissioners. It is alleged that there is a shortfall of £1.1m at the company and that £800k is unlikely to be recovered.
The National Irish Bank more than lived up to its promise to reduce interest rates by .25%. On Thursday it announced a .5% decrease, presumably in the belief that the Central Bank will soon reduce its rates by another .25%. The other banks have failed to respond.
The Fitzwilton Group saw profits fall from £10.4m to £200k in 1990.
Aidan Barry, one of the Greencore inspectors who collected £240k for his investigations into that case, is being sued for £300k by Anglo-Irish Bank. Four of Mr Barry's partners are unhappy about this turn of events and have set up their own accountancy practice.
Michael Houlihan, the Clare County Solicitor, has been appointed chairman of Shannon Free Airport Development Company. He has been a director of SFADCo since 1990. Dr Ed Walsh, president of the University of Limerick, has been appointed to the board.
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Ulster Senior Football Championship:
........Cavan 1-15..........Donegal 1-15
Munster Senior Football Championship:
........Cork 0-10.......... Kerry 2-14
Leinster Senior Football Championship:
........Meath 1-11..........Laois 2-11
........Longford 2-8........Wicklow 2-18
Munster Senior Hurling Championship:
........Cork 0-22.......... Kerry 0-8
........Clare 3-10..........Waterford 2-13
Yesterday was a big day on the road to finding this year's All-Ireland champions. Favourites Cork never managed to come to terms with Kerry. An early penalty gave Kerry a good start and when Cork twice were awarded penalties they failed to capitalise. Larry Tompkins was missing from the starting line-up as he was suffering from sunburn.
The biggest surprise of the day was the defeat of Meath. This was described as a bad-tempered game. Laois played with 14 men for a long time after having a man sent off. Liam Hayes of Meath was then sent off two minutes from the end shortly after his side conceded a foolish penalty to go four points behind.
Cavan and Donegal fought out an exciting game in which neither side could pull away. The scores were level on six occasions in the second half. The replay will take place in Ballybofey next Sunday.
In hurling Clare followers would have been confident at half-time but Waterford fought back to take the lead early in the second half. Clare did recover briefly but slipped behind again until near the end. Two minutes from time a sideline puck was sent straight into the net to give them a one point lead. Waterford struck back immediately to leave the sides level. The replay is next Sunday.
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Irish rugby followers received some encouragement when the team defeated Bay of Plenty by 39 points to 23. Any optimism was short-lived as Auckland took the Irish side apart 62-7 on Saturday. Auckland is not a team which normally gets beaten by touring sides so the defeat was not unexpected, but this broke all the wrong records for an Irish side. Auckland scored eleven tries.
Injury forced Denis McBride to return home and his place has been taken by Paddy Kenny.
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An All-Star selection from League of Ireland clubs will take part in a triangular tournament in Dublin over the summer with Celtic and Manchester City.
Liam Brady was delighted to hear that Celtic have been given a place in the UEFA Cup competition next season. It was assumed that the defeat by Hibs in the final game of the season ruled this out. At a meeting in London on Wednesday UEFA decided to increase the number of clubs in the competition and Scotland was given an extra place.
After three rounds of the PGA tournament in England Eoghan O'Connell is the best placed Irishman. He is lying in joint fifth place on nine-under, three behind the leader. Eamonn Darcy is a further three strokes back. Paul McGinley had an eagle and a hole-in-one at successive holes in the first round but has slipped back to be two-under. David Feherty also made news by being bitten by a snake during a practice round. The swelling reduced sufficiently to allow him compete.
The 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday was won by Marling riden by Walter Swinbourn at a price of 4/5. Second was Market Booster (20/1) and third, Tarwiya (20/1). The winning horse is Irish bred and owned an is trained in England.
Trainer Jim Bolger and jockey Christy Roche provided the winner of the Italian Oaks yesterday. Ivyanna became the first Irish-trained winner of the race which was worth £106k. A Tote price of 7.7 to 1 was quoted for the horse.
Sean Kelly is way down the field, 55 seconds behind the leader, after the first stage of the Giro D'Italia.
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