Video: Jonathan Dowdall jailed for four years; boy allegedly assaulted at under-9 GAA blitz

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Jonathan Dowdall jailed for four years for role in Regency Hotel murder

Former Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall has been sentenced to four years in prison for facilitating the murder of David Byrne in Dublin.

Jonathan Dowdall (44) and his father, Patrick Dowdall, admitted assisting a criminal gang to commit the murder of Mr Byrne in February 2016.


Patrick Dowdall was jailed for two years for his role in the killing.

The two men sat side by side before the non-jury Special Criminal Court in Dublin on Monday.

Boy allegedly assaulted at GAA blitz in Co Tipperary

Gardaí in Tipperary are investigating an alleged assault on a child, that took place at an under-nine hurling blitz in Thurles.

It's understood a man grabbed the child by the throat during the competition, shortly after 1pm on Saturday.


In a statement, gardaí confirmed that they were making enquiries following the incident.

"Gardaí at Thurles were alerted shortly after 1pm on Saturday, 15th October 2022, following an incident of alleged assault at a children's sports event in Thurles.

"Enquires in to the matter are ongoing.

"As the incident involves young persons An Garda Síochána will not be commenting further at this time," the statement read.


On Newstalk Breakfast, former GAA president Sean Kelly MEP said that the GAA "needs to get a grip" on the problem of abuse through stiffer penalties, to show that it was not acceptable for adults to behave this way.

Woman (70s) dies after house fire in Co Roscommon

A woman in her 70s has died in a house fore in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon.

Gardaí, paramedics and the local fire service attended the scene, and found her remains inside the property.

Her body has been removed to Roscommon Mortuary, the coroner has been notified and a post-mortem will be scheduled.


The scene has been cordoned off for a technical examination to take place.

Average annual shop set to rise by €868 a year

The average annual shop is set to rise by €868 a year according to new figures from Kantar a data analytics and brand consulting company.

Grocery inflation in Ireland is also set to hit a record high of 12.4 per cent with 32 per cent of shoppers in the country admitting they are ‘struggling’ to make ends meet.

The latest figures from Kantar show that take-home grocery sales in Ireland increased by 3.6 per cent in the 12 weeks to October 3rd, 2022.


The sales of retailer own-label lines jumped 7.2 per cent in the last 12 weeks with Dunnes Stores having the highest share with 22.7 per cent and growth of 8.2 per cent year-on-year

In the latest 12 weeks, an 8.6 per cent increase in price per pack saw shoppers spend an additional €99.1 million compared to the same period last year, while the number of shopping trips increased by 3.8 per cent.

Donaldson asks Taoiseach to use influence to stop pro-IRA chants

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has asked the Government to use its influence to attempt to prevent further scenes of people singing pro-IRA songs.

Speaking following a meeting with Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Mr Donaldson said those responsible for singing the songs were poking unionists and victims of terrorism in the eye.

A video which was posted on social media at the weekend and appeared to show a group of passengers at Dublin Airport singing a song in support of the IRA was widely condemned.

The video features lyrics from Celtic Symphony by The Wolfe Tones.

Last week, a video showing members of the Ireland national women’s football team singing the same pro-IRA chant was condemned by victims of terrorism.

The Football Association of Ireland apologised for the video, which circulated online after Ireland qualified for the Women’s World Cup for the first time.

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