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Appeal For Information About Man Missing Since January

Gardaí are appealing for help tracing a man who has been missing for six weeks.

57-year-old William Delaney was last seen in the Portlaoise area on 31 January.

He is described as 5'6", of medium build, with black/grey hair and blue eyes. It is not known what he was wearing when he was last seen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí at Portlaoise on 057-8674100 or on the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Irish Actor Pat Laffan Dies

Irish actor Pat Laffan, best known for his roles as Georgie Burgess in 'The Snapper' and the milkman Pat Mustard in 'Father Ted', has died.

His agent Lisa Richards announced his death in a statement which reads: "It is with tremendous sadness that we here at the Lisa Richards Agency can confirm Pat Laffan's passing today."

The actor grew up in County Meath and launched his career after studying Engineering at University College Dublin.

A prolific theatre actor, Laffan was a member of the Abbey Theatre Company in the 1960s and 1970s, and was the Director of the Peacock Theatre for most of the 1970s. He directed in the Gate Theatre from 1979 to 1982.

Taoiseach Condemns Mass Shooting In New Zealand

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has condemned the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand which killed 49 people and wounded at least a further 20.

The attack at two Mosques came as many were attending for their Friday prayers, and is the deadliest in the nation's history.

Mr Varadkar said: "On behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland I want to express our condolences and our solidarity with the people of New Zealand following the horrific attacks in Christchurch. 

"Irish people share a deep affinity with the people of New Zealand, whether it's through rugby, travel or pride in our culture as small island nations. New Zealand and its people are open, tolerant and welcoming. We join them today, united in our condemnation of this appalling attack and determined in our resolve that hate will not triumph.  

"I will be writing to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to express sincere sympathies and support. I would also like to pay tribute to the valiant work of Christchurch's emergency services."


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