In Short


A round-up of today’s other Irish stories in brief

PSNI appeal over woman's death

The PSNI has appealed for information to assist it in its investigation into the murder of Patricia Bardon, who was killed on her 51st birthday and the day she was due to be married.

Ms Bardon was found dead at her home in Elm Court in south Belfast on Monday. A man was arrested and remains in police custody.

Det Chief Insp John McVea said: “If you saw her or spoke to her any time between Friday, August 21st, and Monday, August 23rd, my investigation team would like to speak to you.”

Anti-war group urges Eason to cancel Blair book-signing date

An anti-war group has urged bookseller Eason to rescind its decision to host a book-signing event for former British prime minister Tony Blair on September 4th in Dublin.

Mr Blair begins a worldwide promotional tour in Ireland late next week for his autobiography, A Journey: My Political Life, due to be published by Random House on September 1st.

The former British PM is set to appear on RTÉ’s The Late Late Showon September 3rd, and will attend the signing on the 4th.

The Galway Alliance Against War staged the first in a series of lunchtime demonstrations outside the bookshop in Galway yesterday and has called on peace groups across the State to support its action over the invitation by the bookseller.

The peace group says Mr Blair is a “war criminal”, and argues that he “deliberately lied” to initiate the Iraq war.

A spokesman for Eason said it respected the fact that “people have the right to express their views and opinions”, but hoped that any protest would not disrupt customers’ right to access the bookstores.

Coca-Cola top of brand league

Coca-Cola has retained it position as the top brand in Ireland for the sixth year in a row, according to the latest Checkout magazine survey of the top 100 brands.

Coke, Avonmore, Lucozade, Brennans and Tayto are the five top-selling grocery brands here with Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, 7Up, Danone, Jacobs and Denny completing the top 10.

The survey also saw Irish yoghurt producer Glenisk enter the top 100 for the first time.

Teenager dies after fall at party

A teenager arrested for questioning about the murder of another teen in Co Kerry last year has died.

The 18-year-old suffered serious head injuries when he fell down a stairs at a house party in Tralee on Tuesday. He died at Kerry General Hospital yesterday.

The teenager was one of two people arrested last year for questioning about the murder of Stefan Lyne last year. Mr Lyne (17) died after he was stabbed in Killarney on June 18th, 2009.

Audio guide to Dún Laoghaire pier

A new heritage audio guide of Dún Laoghaire’s East Pier was launched by the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company yesterday, writes Joanne Hunt.

The free guide, which is narrated by resident Aileen O’Meara and science journalist Mary Mulvihill was launched by the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Mary Hanafin.

It can be downloaded from eastpier