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Man sought by gardaí is in hospital with serious injuries

A man who gardaí wished to interview as part of their investigation into the violent death of Co Clare guesthouse worker Deirdre McCarthy is recovering in hospital after sustaining serious injuries in an apparent incident of self-harm.

The man, who according to sources has been the main “person of interest” to investigators in the case, was rushed to hospital by ambulance from his home in Ballyvaughan on Friday night. The incident occurred just hours after senior gardaí confirmed that 43-year-old Ms McCarthy had died a violent death and that they expected results in their investigation in a matter of days.

The injured man is reported to be stable in hospital and is not expected to be discharged for several days.

Gardaí have not yet mounted a full murder inquiry as they are still awaiting the final results of the postmortem.

Ms McCarthy’s body was found washed up at Fanore beach in Co Clare on Thursday morning last, three days after she was reported missing from her Ballyvaughan home.

She was last seen alive on Sunday night at around 11.30pm, and the alarm was raised on Monday.

Six rescued after cruiser hits bridge

Six people and a dog were rescued from a sinking cruise boat yesterday after it collided with a bridge in Killaloe, Co Clare.

The alarm was raised shortly after 4pm and two members of the Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard were quickly on scene and evacuated the six occupants and the dog to safety.

The rest of the unit were alerted by the Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Valentia Island in Co Kerry and also responded to the incident. Those on board were taken to safety at a mooring on the Ballina side of the river.

On inspection it was quickly established the cruiser had been damaged in the collision and had started to take on water.

Dublin map details speed camera sites

The locations of 35 Garda speed detection cameras in the Greater Dublin Area are detailed on a new Dublin commuter map published by Ordnance Survey Ireland.

The map, the first of its kind produced by OSI, is designed to make entering and exiting the city easier for commuters and visitors.

As well as identifying the location of speed cameras, it highlights motorways that can be used to access the capital and gives details of how to use each exit along with junction numbers and the suburb names.

The map includes information on the rail links, as well as information on airport and port routes.

The map is available at and in bookshops.

Think tank on green issues to be set up

A “green-leaning think tank’’ is to be established in Ireland, Green Party Senator Dan Boyle said at the weekend.

Its primary objectives would be to publish research and raise awareness and acceptance of green issues.

“There is a wide, surface level acceptance of the green agenda,” he said. “Many people believe in being green, and many make small changes, by sorting waste for recycling, for example, or walking or cycling more.’’

However, it was clear, said Mr Boyle, that when it came to more substantial lifestyle changes, or when certain policies involved a price tag, there was a much lower level of expectation.

He was speaking after leading a party delegation to a meeting of the European Greens in Budapest at the weekend, the first of its kind since the general election.

Meetings were held with representatives from other Green parties that suffered electoral reverses, including Germany, Belgium, France and the Czech Republic.