News in Brief

By Frank Shouldice, Contributor
October / November 2004

ROAD deaths in Ireland are on the increase despite the introduction of penalty points and a raft of new laws to curb speeding. By August, a total of 239 people were killed on Irish roads, 18 more than at the same time last year. Significantly, almost 50 percent of fatal accident victims were aged under 30 years…

FILM director Neil Jordan was granted permission to use the parish church in Callan, County Kilkenny as a location for his next work, Breakfast on Pluto. The movie is based on a novel by Patrick McCabe and deals with the illicit affair between a parish priest and his housekeeper. The parish priest in Callan, Fr. William Dalton, first read the script and was satisfied the filming should go ahead…

BILL Clinton met with Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Bertie Ahern at a private meeting in Dublin. The former U.S. president was on a promotional tour for his autobiography My Life and drew large crowds to book signings in Dublin and Belfast. Accompanying her husband, Senator Hillary Clinton completed the visit with an address on peace and reconciliation at the University of Ulster in Derry…

AFTER two years, work has been completed in the 4.5 km Port Tunnel, which links Dublin Port with the main Belfast road. The tunnel is aimed to divert articulated trucks and reduce severe traffic congestion in Dublin’s city center…

MARY Guiney, former owner of Clery’s department store in Dublin, has died at age 103. She remained chairwoman of the store and active in business through her 90s. Her husband Denis Guiney died in 1967, by which stage Clery’s was already the largest retail outlet in Ireland…

A GALWAY district court sentenced New York restaurant manager Panagotis Genovezos to three months in prison following an air rage incident on a flight from New York to Athens. The flight was diverted to Shannon when Genovezos, 36, became abusive. The New Yorker intends to appeal his sentence and complimented Judge Conal Gibbons on the beauty of the Irish countryside, adding that he would like to see more of the country another time. ♦

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