Video: Omicron surge concerns, Tallaght shooting, former RTÉ producer jailed

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Francis Dunne murder

Gardaí arrested a man at Dublin Airport on Friday in relation to the murder of a man in Cork two years ago.

Francis Dunne was murdered on the Boreenmanna Road in Co Cork on December 28th, 2019.

Gardaí arrested a man of Romanian nationality, aged in his late 20s, on foot of a European Arrest Warrant shortly before 4pm this afternoon.

He is expected to appear before a special court sitting this evening.

Fake arm vaccination

An Italian man turned up at a vaccination centre wearing a fake silicone arm, hoping to fool a nurse into giving him a jab in order to obtain a Covid-19 health certificate, local authorities said on Friday.

The man, who is in his 50s, has been reported to police in the northern city of Biella, regional governor Alberto Cirio said.

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He added that the silicone on the prosthetic arm looked "very similar" to real skin.

Nphet Omicron concern

Even moderate reductions in vaccine effectiveness or increases in transmissibility associated with the Omicron variant would result in a “high to very high” risk of a surge in disease, the Government has been warned.

In scenarios outlined in a letter from the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, pessimistic scenarios show up to 1,300 people in hospital and up to 400 in intensive care in January.

These scenarios assume Omicron becomes dominant in the coming weeks, by early January next year, vaccines are less effective, and it is more transmissible.

Tallaght shooting

A man is in serious condition with gunshot wounds following a shooting in Tallaght on Friday.

The shooting occurred at a domestic residence on the Cookstown Road of the Dublin suburb this afternoon at approximately 12.10pm.

The injured man, aged in his 50s, was taken to Tallaght University Hospital.

A firearm has been recovered by investigating gardaí and the scene is currently preserved for a technical examination by the Garda Technical Bureau.

Child sex abuse sentence

A former RTÉ producer who sexually abused and exploited young children, including flying to the Philippines for the purpose of child sexual abuse, has been jailed for 10 years.

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Kieran Creaven engaged in behaviour that was “degrading in the extreme” for his vulnerable child victims, who were in some cases being abused for commercial gain, Judge Melanie Greally said as she handed down sentence on Friday.

One child in particular, who was sexually abused by Creaven in the Philippines, has never been found, and her fate remains unknown, the judge said.

“As she has not been rescued, it is difficult to conceive she has any hope of a normal childhood, much less a bright future,” she said.

Two years suspended

A man who abused his 12-year-old stepdaughter has had the final two years of a 15-year sentence suspended after undertaking to actively engage in therapeutic supports including anger management.

The 32-year-old man was convicted earlier this year by a Central Criminal Court jury of continually beating and twice raping his stepdaughter.

The court heard the man had told the child he would find her and kill her if he went to jail.

Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy had said at a previous sentencing hearing in October that the accused was a “dangerous young man” who was physically powerful, and it was in his and society's interest that he address his anger issues. She imposed a 15-year sentence on the accused on that date.

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