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Gardaí seek witnesses to fatal accident

INVESTIGATIONS were continuing today into the death of a pedestrian on the South Link Road yesterday evening. The man, who was in his 70s, had not been named this morning as not all members of his family had been notified. He had been living in Togher and was originally from the north east Cork area. He died after being hit by a car as he was walking west against eastbound traffic, at 6.30pm, 250 metres from the Sarsfield Road Roundabout. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the accident to contact the gardaí at Bishopstown on (021) 4624500 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.

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16 years on, Sophie’s parents in despair Franks: A renewed interest in happy days!

Fitzpatrick in court today SEÁN FITZPATRICK the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank was brought before the courts today. It is understood he is facing up to 12 charges for allegedly failing to notify Directors Loans as required under company law. He was arrested at the Bridewell Garda Station in Dublin at 9am by gardaí attached to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement. It was the third time he had been arrested.

Paul Linehan, Rory Murphy and Ashley Keating from the Frank and Walters surrounded by students as they paid a visit to their old school, Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown. See pages two and three. Picture: Darragh Kane

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Security Correspondent

THE parents of Sophie Toscan du Plantier say they “despair of obtaining justice” for their daughter. They were speaking to the Evening Echo ahead of the 16th anniversary of Sophie’s death this Sunday, December 23. The 39-year-old Frenchwoman, right, was found battered to death near her holiday home at Toormore, near Schull, just two days before Christmas in 1996. No-one has ever been charged with her murder. Her elderly parents Marguerite and Georges Bouniol will mark her anniversary in France this weekend, but will travel to her holiday home in west Cork early next year. They told the Evening Echo: “Sixteen years after the murder of our beloved daughter Sophie, we are always in search of justice in Ireland. We despair of obtaining justice one day for her and her family.” Referring to the Supreme Court decision, in March of this year, not to grant the extradition of Ian Bailey to be questioned about the murder, they said: “We denounce the injustice of the decision of the Supreme Court of Ireland.” Ian Bailey was arrested by gardaí twice and questioned about the murder, but was not charged. ● Continued on page three.

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