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Man killed 'after argument over chess game'

A man was knifed to death in a frenzied attack over a late night chess game, detectives believe.

Irish police were called to the scene of the bloody killing in a suburb of north Dublin at around 1:50am.

A man was knifed to death in a frenzied attack over a late night chess game, detectives believe.
A man was knifed to death in a frenzied attack over a late night chess game, detectives believe. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA

A 39-year-old researcher, who owned the house at Beech Park Avenue, Castleknock, was found with multiple stab injuries inside.

They believe a violent row erupted over a chess move and spiralled out of control.

Another man - aged 34 years and understood to be from Palermo in Italy - was arrested at the scene.

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Dublin Roma family await decision on blonde girl

A Roma family in Ireland who had a blonde, blue-eyed girl removed from them over concerns she was not theirs expects to hear later if she will be returned.

The seven-year-old was put into care on Monday when a member of the public reported the youngster was living with the family in a house in a south Dublin suburb.

No arrests have been made and family members are not facing an allegation of abduction.

It is understood gardai sought to have DNA tests carried out on the child to confirm she was the daughter of a Roma couple.

Rights group: Stop reproducing 'prejudices' on Roma

A Roma rights organisation has urged the media to use restraint in the way it reports on children being removed from Roma families.

A spokesperson for the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), a Budapest-based organisation working to combat anti-Romani racism, told ITV News:

The mainstream media are constantly reproducing centuries-old prejudices about Roma people. When it comes to reporting the problems Roma communities across Europe face, such as being forcibly evicted from their homes, the stories rarely make it to the front page.

– Spokesperson, European Roma Rights Centre

"The ERRC is aware of at least one report from Serbia where skinheads tried to take away a two-year old boy from his parents because he was "not as dark as his parents". Irresponsible reporting could have severe, negative consequences for Roma families across Europe, " the ERCC spokesperson said.

Dublin police trying to establish blonde girl's identity

Police are trying to establish the identity of a young blonde girl they took from a Roma couple in Dublin.

The girl, who is believed to be seven years old, was taken into care yesterday afternoon.

The young blonde girl was taken into care from a Roma family's home in Tallaght, south Dublin.
The young blonde girl was taken into care from a Roma family's home in Tallaght, south Dublin. Credit: Google Maps

Authorities in Ireland have contacted Europol and Interpol about missing children while their investigations continue.

It is understood that police may seek to take DNA samples from the Roma couple and the child to fully determine whether they are her biological parents.

No arrests have been made and there no allegations of abduction have been made against the couple.

Blonde girl taken into care from Roma family in Dublin

A blonde girl thought to be seven years old has been taken into care after police raided the home of a Roma family in Dublin, the Sunday World reports.

Concerns were raised by a member of the public who said the girl, who also has blue eyes, did not look like her supposed siblings.

The girl is currently being cared for by Ireland's Health Services Executive as the family were unable to conclusively prove her identity.

It follows the case in Greece where a mystery girl, known as Maria, was discovered by police during a raid on a Roma camp.

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Illegal oil laundering plant discovered in Dublin

The Customs Service has uncovered an illegal oil laundering plant capable of processing more than 2.5 million litres of fuel per year in Dublin.

It was found on an industrial site in the Ballycoolin area of Blanchardstown last night.

Inside the oil laundering plant
Inside the oil laundering plant Credit: Customs Service /PA Wire

A spokeswoman for the service said the plant used a "relatively unsophisticated method of fuel laundering which involves filtering the fuel through cat litter."

Equipment and a van were seized from the site but no arrests were made.

A customs official looks inside a tank at the plant
A customs official looks inside a tank at the plant Credit: Customs Service /PA Wire

Customs officials say the plant could have caused a potential loss of £1.75 million to the Exchequer, and warned motorists that laundered fuel can harm vehicles.

The oil was processed using 'unsophisticated' techniques officials said
The oil was processed using 'unsophisticated' techniques officials said Credit: Customs Service /PA Wire

Parade marks start of Dublin's New Year celebrations

Performers dance through the streets of Dublin
Performers dance through the streets of Dublin Credit: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Members of the public have lined the streets of Dublin for the start of The Gathering Ireland 2013, a year-long celebration of all things Irish.

Angels welcome the New Year in Dublin
Angels welcome the New Year in Dublin Credit: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The People's Procession of Light is one of the first celebrations as a part of the city's New Year's Festival.

Children join in the parade
Children join in the parade Credit: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Andy Carroll 'quizzed by police over alleged Dublin assault'

West Ham striker Andy Carroll was quizzed by Police in Dublin after a photographer was allegedly assaulted as the player left a fast food restaurant in Dublin, the Daily Mirror reported.

West Ham released a statement to the newspaper which said: "Andy Carroll was in Dublin as part of a social trip with full permission of the management team.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll was in Dublin as part of a social trip. Credit: PA Wire

“Andy agreed to have a number of pictures taken at the request of a photographer who was waiting on the street.

“Despite this, the photographer then carried on taking photos in the close proximity of Andy and was politely asked to stop by the private security team working on the trip.

“When he then continued taking more photos he was restrained by the security team for Andy’s safety.

“Eyewitnesses state at no point was there any physical contact between Andy and the photographer.

“The Garda took statements from the group back at the hotel and no further action was taken.”

A Garda spokeswoman said no arrests had been made but the incident is under investigation, the Daily Mirror reported.

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