first_imgINQUEST: The inquest into the murder of former IRA member turned British spy Denis Donaldson has incredibly been adjourned for the 16th time.The late Denis Donaldson was brutally murdered in April 2006. His inquest was adjourned this afternoon for the 16th time.Donaldson was murdered on the 4th of April 2006 in a isolated cottage in the rural village of Doochary in West Donegal.It is believed dissident republicans carried out the murder of Donaldson who was a close friend of Republican Bobby Sands. Garda Superintendent Michael Finan requested a further six-month adjournment at today’s inquest.Superintendent Finan said he was requesting another adjournment as he remained very confident a criminal investigation could take place but stressed he required more time – as he needs to present all evidence to the DPP correctly.Donegal Coroner Denis McCauley asked Superintendent Finan did he remain as confident as he did about criminal proceedings being launched as he did six-months ago.Superintendent Finan replied that his confidence had not been diminished and he remains as confident now as he did six-months ago. Coroner McCauley said he shared the frustrations of the family of Denis Donaldson who only found out about the adjournment request by the An Garda Siochana yesterday.McCauley said that in the future if the An Garda Siochana were seeking another adjournment then they should inform the family immediately as oppose to them having to sought an answer.McCauley said he feels the information he has been provided makes him confident that there is an active investigation taking place and there is a possibility that there could be a criminal investigation into his murder.McCauley agreed to the adjournment, but proposed that the adjournment should only be three months as oppose to the six month adjournment requested by Superintendent Finan.McCauley said he was very conscious of the time frame since Mr Donaldson’s death and said it’s important to meet in three months and review where the investigation is at and that is was the appropriate time frame. McCauley adjourned the inquest to the 9th of December but did reiterate that if they do seek another adjournment then they should inform the family as early as they possibly can.DENIS DONALDSON MURDER INQUEST ADJOURNED FOR THE 16TH TIME was last modified: September 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:adjournedDenis Donaldsoninquestmurdernewslast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterWritten by Barry Matheson Royal Caribbean boasts its Symphony of the Seas as the world’s biggest cruise ship carrying some 6,680 passengers, but if you think that’s big, wait until you see what the Chinese have in store.They’re about to hit the high seas with an even bigger one that’ll carry a staggering 10,000 people and it’s due to launch as soon as 2022.It’s on the drawing boards and it’ll be built at a giant shipyard just outside Shanghai where China is in a race to join the Europeans in building passenger cruise ships.China is a late comer to cruising, they’ve never built a cruise ship before and right now they’re cutting their teeth by constructing their first one – the Greg Mortimer, an Australian, purpose-built expedition vessel operated by Sydney-based Aurora Expeditions.At just 104 metres long, and eight decks high, the ship is named after the Aussie mountaineer and Aurora Expeditions co-founder. It’ll carry only 120 passengers to the polar regions in luxury and style.Aurora Expeditions invited me to join them at the shipyard where the Chinese staged a colourful keel-laying ceremony, complete with fireworks and I was impressed by its futuristic shape, especially its revolutionary bow, or X-Bow as it’s called.Shaped somewhat like a submarine’s bow, the X-Bow is said to accept anything the sea can throw at it.Instead of the ship rising on the waves and then dropping with tremendous force, the X-Bow slices through the waves and remains more stable in rough seas.“Less slamming forces means more comfort for our passengers and crew and it’ll also help to reduce seasickness,” Aurora Expeditions General Manager, Robert Halfpenny told me at the ceremony.“Another plus is that it uses less fuel to get through the waves, helping to save energy, and there’s very little spray so the deck remains relatively dry behind it. It takes very little water on deck to start being a hazard,” he said.Although it won’t begin its inaugural passenger voyage until October next year, Aurora Expeditions says there’s so much interest in the new ship, its first sailing is already 60% full.The company is seeing a surge in bookings and it believes expeditions to remote places is the next phase in cruising and it will continue to grow, much like river cruising has done in Europe.“Up until now, expeditioners have had to sail in old Russian research ships that were very Spartan, but the new Greg Mortimer is state-of-the-art with ensuite bathrooms, big balconies, tv, twin and double beds and daily cabin service,” says Halfpenny.It has just the one dining room serving delicious courses at each meal including house wines, beer and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks.There’s an observation lounge offering 180-degree unobstructed views so you don’t miss out on the wildlife and wilderness passing by, and viewing platforms perfect for watching polar bears, whales, or the ship pushing through pack ice.Its 15 Zodiacs will take passengers on more frequent and longer landings, and how’s this? There’s no climbing up and down gangways, boarding the Zodiacs will be at sea-level making it much easier to transfer to and from the ship.There’ll also be a team of expedition specialists, each hand-picked for their expertise – naturalists, historians, scientists and complimentary access to a doctor and medical clinic.“We will take small groups to the heart nature and with its modern ice-strengthened hull, the ship has the ability to explore places that larger ships can’t reach,” says Robert Halfpenny.The 11-day Svalbard Odyssey is priced from $8,200ppts departing 12 June 2020. Svalbard is a Norweigan Archipleago situated midway between continental Norway and the North Pole and is considered the best entry point for an Artic safari and polar bear sightings, or a 14-day Jewels of the Arctic cruise from $10,500ppts departing 26 July 2020.More at auroraexpeditions.com.auThe writer travelled to Shanghai as a guest of Aurora Expeditions.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more