The Week: News Highlights 17th Aug 2017

We look at the latest news highlights from Ireland

Week News Highlights 17th Aug 2017

Wife and father-in-law convicted over Limerick man’s murder

The wife of an Irish businessman and her father have been convicted for 20-25 years in prison after being found guilty of his murder. Jason Corbett, 39, was found beaten to death in 2015 at his home in Tennessee.

His wife Molly Martens, a former model, claimed that she and her former FBI agent father Thomas Martens had to act in self-defence. Thomas told authorities he stumbled upon Corbett choking Molly, but a concrete brick, and 28-inch baseball bat, were present in the bedroom where Corbett’s naked body was found afterwards.

The case heard they delayed making a 911 call and pretended to carry out CPR. The prosecution argued the pair beat Mr Corbett while his two children, from a previous marriage, slept. His skull was hit 12 times and the prosecution said possible motives included wanting to adopt the children and collect a $600,000 life insurance policy.

The jurors, who deliberated for three hours and 20 minutes, found the pair guilty of second degree murder.

“It was a brutal merciless killing,” Jason Corbett’s sister Tracey Lynch, who travelled to America for the trial, told reporters. “My parents lost their child, and we lost the most wonderful brother and friend.”

Week News Highlights 17th Aug 2017

Tallest and shortest players pose at Women’s RWC

The women’s Rugby World Cup kicked off in Dublin last week and at the launch of the event two of the tournaments players, whose height differ by 16 inches, posed next to each other.

Hong Kong’s scrum-half Chloe Mak Ho Yee measures 4’9, and the 22-year-old stood alongside Ireland’s second-row Marie Louise “Maz” Reilly who stands at 6’4. The 37-yearold, born in Leeds before moving to Meath, is thought to be the tallest player at the tournament.

The first round of games kicked off last week, with Ireland achieving a close fought two-point victory over Australia in a game that finished 19-17 at the UCD bowl. Hong Kong Rugby uploaded the photo to Instagram, writing: “Record breakers already! Our teammate Chloe Mak Ho Yee is the tournament’s shortest player.

Next to the tallest,” along with the hashtags “#easytotackle” and “#cutebutdeadly”.

Week News Highlights 17th Aug 2017
File Photo: The three men arrested as part of an investigation into an international illegal immigrant smuggling network through Dublin Airport, are appearing in court this morning. Two of those arrested are Aer Lingus employees at the airport. End. 16/9/2014 Civilianise Immigration Functions Launch. Pictured is the Immigration Control Terminal 1 Dublin Airport. Today Minister for Justice announced a major programme to civilianise immigration functions currently undertaken by members of An Garda Siochana while visiting the immigration control facilities at Dublin Airport. Photo: Mark Stedman/

American visits to Ireland up, as numbers from Britain decline

The weakening value of sterling has seen the amount of people from Britain visiting Ireland decline, but tourism numbers have been boosted by an increase in visitors from North America.

Ireland’s Central Statistics Office (CSO) have released new figures which show an overall growth of 4.2 per cent in overseas visitors to Ireland compared to the first half of last year. This growth has come from an increase of 21.6 per cent in tourists from North America as well as larger numbers from mainland Europe and developing markets.

This is in contrast to the number of British visitors to Ireland, which was down 6.4 per cent in the first half of the year.

“It is a concern, but not a surprise, that the number of visits from Britain has fallen in the early part of the year as a result of the sterling depreciation following the Brexit referendum. There is no doubt that competitiveness in our tourism industry is vital at this time,” said Ireland’s Minister for Transport and Tourism Shane Ross.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said that the board would have to compete harder to show Ireland as a destination that was value for money, but also pointed out that the country now welcomes 10 per cent of all American visitors to Europe.

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