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Society
The deadline has passed for those occupying a house in Dublin's north inner city to leave the building. The property was occupied earlier this month in what organisers said was a "political protest" in response to the housing crisis in Ireland. Yesterday, the High Court ordered those occupying the houseto vacate it by 8am this morning. Ms Justice Miriam O’Regan granted the property's owner, PJ O'Donnell (as trustee of the Pat O'Donnell & Co Ltd Retirement...
Society
A new all-time high for private residential rents has been reached for the ninth quarter in a row, according to the latest report from the property websiteDaft.ie. Its quarterly rental report shows rents across Ireland rose by an average of 12.4%in the year to June. This report shows the average monthly rent across the country during the second quarter of this year was €1,304, whichis€274 per month higher than the previous peak in 2008. In Dublin, the incr...
Society
GSK is to close its Sligo manufacturing plant with the loss of 165 jobs by 2021. In a statement, the company said it hadinformed employees at theskincare manufacturing siteof a proposal to close the site. Production at Stiefel Laboratories in Sligo will be phased downover three yearsbefore decommissioning the site by the end of 2021. The company said demand for the products made at the site had not grown in line with previous expectations, which has made t...
Crime
A man in his 20s has been charged in connection with the seizure of drugs in Cork worth around €45,000. He was arrested yesterday afternoon following a search on MacCurtain Street in Cork city, when he was found to be in possession of the drugs. The drugs, pending an analysis, are suspected to be cocaine. The man was brought to Mayfield Garda Station following his arrest, where he was later charged.
Incidents
The cyclist was taken to Mater Hospital following the collision. The collision involving a truck and cyclist on North Wall Quay A cyclist had a lucky escape this morning after they collided with a truck in a scary incident in the city centre - writes dublinlive.ie The incident happened just after 9am this morning on on Guild Street at North Wall Quay just beside the Samuel Beckett Bridge. Cyclists have now raised their concerns about the incident in an are...
Society
A US police chief has defended the use of a Taser on an 87-year-old grandmother cutting dandelions near her home in the southern state of Georgia. The incident occurred last Friday when a youth club worker called the police emergency number 911 after spotting Martha Al-Bishara, who does not speak English, using a knife to cut dandelions in the club's grounds near her home - writes rte.ie Responding to the scene, police in Chatsworth, around 135km north of...
Society
The leader of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has said he hopes to meet the pope when he travels to Dublin next week. Moderator Dr Charles McMullen is attending a State reception for the pontiff at Dublin Castle on 25 August. Dr McMullen will also be present, at the invitation of Catholic Archbishop Eamon Martin, at the Festival of Families in Croke Park that evening, which Pope Francis will attend. Dr McMullen said: "The visit of Pope Francis to Irelan...
Society
Eighty students who sat the Leaving Certificate exam this year have not been given their results over fears they may have cheated. The State Examinations Commission has confirmed results are being "permanently withheld" from 43 of these students and it is still investigating the cases of a further 37 students whose results have not yet been handed out. The commission said their results are being provisionally withheld on a without prejudice basis, pending...
Society
The union representing pilots at Ryanair has described as "significant" the fact that talks with the airline are entering a fourth day. Both sides are attempting to resolve differences over base transfers, promotions, annual leave and other issues - writes rte.ie Bernard Harbour of Fórsa said the fact that mediator Kieran Mulvey is continuing with negotiations suggests, he thinks, that there is the possibility of reaching agreement today. Mr Harbour said a...
Society
It was a double act in the Pepper household as twins Aidan and Kate collected their Leaving Cert results. Aidan notched up an impressive 602 points which included five H1s at Pobalscoil Neasáin, Baldoyle, Dublin. He is hoping to go on to study medicine, while his twin sister is hoping to go on to social work in Blanchardstown IT. "I'm hoping Monday will go my way, I already have my HPAT results from earlier in the year," said Aidan. Meanwhile, Kate scored...
Society
The former 'Dragons' Den' entrepreneur Sean O'Sullivan made more than €30m from an initial €1m bet on a bike-sharing company that has been sold to Uber for close to €200m. O'Sullivan, whose SOSV venture fund is one of the most active in the world in financing early-stage startups, took an early punt on Jump Bikes in 2014, supplying most of the company's €1m startup capital. It took part in a second €8m funding round in January this year with eight other in...
Society
The number of Leaving Certificate candidates scoring high points for college entry has jumped since the changes to the exam grading system and CAO points scale. Figures from the CAO show that 11.9pc of students achieved between 500 to 599 points this year, compared with 9.6pc in 2016. There are also other candidates with 600 points, and even more if they have the 'honours' maths bonus. The total proportion of students with 500 or more is 13.2pc this year,...
Society
A MAN in his 20s has died and a teenage girl is seriously injured in hospital after a car left the road and ended up in a field last night. The crash happened sometime between 10pm and 11.20pm on a rural road in Westmeath - writes independent.ie Gardai in Mullingar are investigating the single vehicle road traffic collision on the Castlepollard to Collinstown Rd R395 on Wednesday. "The collision occurred at Deerpark, Bratty - approximately 1.5 miles from C...
Society
More than 57,000 students have receivedthe results of their Leaving Certificate exams at their schools. This is the second year that sees candidates measured according to a new marking structure, with a smaller number of numerical grades replacing the old alphabetical system - writes rte.ie According to the State Examinations Commission, seven students achieved Higher Level Grade 1's in eight subjects this year. It said that last year, eight students achie...
Incidents
A 27-year-man has died following a road crash near Mullingar in Co Westmeath last night. The man was injured after the car he was travelling in hit a ditch and ended up in a field at Deerpark, around 2.5km from Castlepollard, some time between 10pm and 11.20pm. He was taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital inMullingar, where he was later pronounced dead. An 18-year-old woman, who was also in the car, was taken to the same hospital. Her condition is descri...
Society
A Medical Council inspection of nine hospitals has found that some interns were asked to perform duties above their grade. It says some trainees at Galway University Hospital alleged they were also left unsupervisedwhen a consultant was absent for a week. However, the report says that the hospital was complying with required criteria and the trainees knew who their clinical supervisors were. At other hospitals, the council found thatmedical registrars refu...
Society
A study by the Simon Communities has found a severe shortage of properties for people who rent using Rent Supplement and Housing Assistant Payment (HAP) payments. The charity saidincreases in rent payment limits introduced in 2016 were no longer effective - writes rte.ie The study, carried out in May, found that just 8% of properties available to rent were within the Rent Supplement and HAP limits. It also showedthat in eight out of the 11 areas examined,...
Society
An Post is to seek up to 300 voluntary redundancies in a cost-cutting plan that may also see it move its headquarters from Dublin's historic GPO. The organisation said its voluntary severance programme will be open to 1,200 of its corporate and support office workers, around 950 of whom are currently based in the GPO. An Post said that a recent change in work practices identified more than 250 roles that could be eliminated. As part of the change, the orga...
Society
The latest round of Brexit negotiations is due to get under way in Brussels today. The two days of talks will be led by officials, rather than by the UK and EU chief negotiators Dominic Raab and Michel Barnier. Today, the two sides will discuss issues surrounding the Irish border, includinghow to achieve an agreed ' backstop ' to prevent a hard border. Tomorrow, the talks will focus on the UK's future customs and trade relationships with the EU. Last month...
Society
The family of a man missing from Dublin are "seriously concerned" for his welfare. Gardai have issued an appeal for the whereabouts of 53-year-old Paul McDermott - writes dublinlive.ie Paul is from the Castleknock area of Dublin 15 and was last seen yesterday, Tuesday 14 August, around the College Green area of Dublin. He is described as being 5’11’’ with brown/grey hair and of medium build. When last seen he was wearing jeans and a t-shirt and brown walki...
Society
Today's the big day, and thousands of students and their families are awaiting results. Thousands of students across Dublin are waking up this morning to find out how they did in their Leaving Cert - writes dublinlive.ie It's already been revealed that seven students scored top marks in eight honours subjects. Another 53 got 100% in seven subjects and 189 received six “A” grades. A total of 54,440 candidates will pick up their results today with a further...
Society
Park and Ride are expected to be full from very early on. As we gear up for Pope Francis's visit to Dublin, a lot of changes are expected around the capital - writes dublinlive.ie. It has already been announced that over 50 roads will be closed to facilitate him, and that public transport will be free for anyone with a ticket to mass. The move comes as organisers try their best to limit the amount of cars coming to the city. A massive car-free zone has bee...
Society
This could be the perfect role for someone looking for part time work. It may seem like months until the festive season, but one Dublin high street location is already looking for staff. Penneys is well prepared and is already looking for retail assistants for its main location in the capital. The budget retail giant is on the hunt for temporary retail assistants for its Mary Street store. These new vacancies are becoming available to help manage the influ...
Society
This summer the council put up signs around the area informing people they might see some bare-skinned bathers. There's been worries that a nude-friendly beach in south Dublin is drawing in "creepy" attention - writes dublinlive.ie This summer Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown council put up signs around a beach in Dalkey informing people that it was nude-friendly. The quiet spot at Hawk Cliff has been used by people who like to swim nude for years, and now some of t...
Crime
Gardai came and arrested the man who was tied to a pole with a camping rope. A would-be thief got more than he bargained for while allegedly trying to steal a bag from an American tourist after finding himself bruised and tied up by the end of his ordeal -writes dublinlive.ie The tourist, from Florida, took no slack giving a few digs to his new friend before strapping him to a pole with a camping rope and hailing gardai. Revellers on Moore street were left...
Society
Council workers changed the locks of her home and threw out everything she owned. Dublin City Council have apologised after binning a woman's possessions after she died - writes dublinlive.ie When Janet Mahon passed away last May after a battle with cancer, council workers changed the locks of her home in Dunard Estate on Blackhorse Avenue and threw out everything she owned. Her daughter Caroline Melwani said that nobody in the council made contact with he...
Incidents
Five people have been rescued after a yacht ran aground in north Dublin in the early hours of this morning. The incident unfolded when the Skerries lifeboat received a call after a yacht had broken its moorings and ran aground in the harbour. The Skerries lifeboat responded to the yacht under distress after a mayday was called this morning at 4.55am. It is understood that the yacht was carrying a family that are believed to be French nationals. A man and w...
Society
Talks between Ryanair and pilots to try to resolve a long-running disputehave concluded for the day at Dublin Airport. Both sides will return tomorrow at 10.30am under the mediation of Kieran Mulvey. Ryanair and the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association, which is part of trade union Fórsa, areengagingin a fresh attempt to broker a resolution to the Irish dispute. Three days have been set aside by MrMulvey and both sides have been asked to refrain from public...
Society
Ulster Bank is to sell 5,200 non-performing mortgages to so-called vulture fund Cerberus. The portfolio of loans, valued at €1.4bn, includes around 2,300 mortgages relating to private homes and around 2,900 mortgages covering buy-to-let properties. However Ulster Bank said that no performing loans were included in the portfolio, while none of the home loans involved were in a restructuring arrangement with the bank. Some of the portfolio's buy-to-let loans...
Society
A teacher, who ordered five primary schoolgirls to Sellotape their own mouths for chatting and giggling in class, was properly removed for professional misconduct from the Teaching Council of Ireland’s Register of Teachers, the High Court has ruled. Ms Justice Mary Faherty directed in a reserved judgment that the teacher and the school where she had been employed could not be named in order to protect the identity of the girls concerned who were now in the...
Incidents
The motorway bridge that collapsed in Genoa, Italy, on Tuesday killed at least 22 people and the death toll will rise, Italian Deputy Transport Minister Edoardo Rixi said in a television interview. "It's not acceptable that such an important bridge... was not built to avoid this kind of collapse," Rixi said on SkyNews24, speaking from Genoa. "The central section came down." The head of the local ambulance service said there were "dozens of dead", Italian n...
Society
Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said there are legal difficulties in introducing a minimum passing distance law and he is looking at other ways of protecting cyclists. The minister had pledgedin February to introduce a law that would require motorists to keep a minimum distance away from the cyclists when passing them - writes rte.ie The distance on roads with a speed limit above 50km/h would be 1.5 metres and on those where the limit is lower it wou...
Society
A Government spokesperson has told RTÉ News that the cost to the State of Pope Francis' visit to Ireland will not be available until after the two-day visit. Meanwhile, Iarnród Éireann is urging people who are attending the papal mass in Phoenix Park on 26 August to book Intercity trains as soon as possible. In a statement, it said that advance booking of Intercity train travel is mandatory for the mass, as tickets will not be available for sale on the day...
Society
The homeless mum-of-seven who was forced to sleep in a garda station with her children will be accommodated by a homeless charity until she's provided with a home. Margaret Cash (28) made headlines last week after she posted photos of six of her kids sleeping overnight on chairs in Tallaght Garda Station - writes herald.ie The family has since been given temporary accommodation by Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) until today. However, it had been unclear...
Society
A student who took a "cocktail" of drugs before being found naked outside a shopping centre in the early afternoon was embarrassed and upset that videos of the incident appeared on social media, a court has heard - writes herald.ie Sean O'Brien (21) was in a state of shock at the time after a friend had suffered "a bad turn" and he was forced to give him cpr. He had also taken LSD for the first time, and this, combined with alcohol and cocaine, caused him...
Incidents
The early morning attack near Connolly Station led to rush-hour chaos for commuters heading into work. A man was stabbed after the car he was in was rammed by a gang of thugs near Connolly Station in Dublin city centre this morning. The early morning incident led to major delays for rush-hour commuters heading to work. It’s believed the injured man was a passenger in the car that was rammed. He and the driver of the car ran from the vehicle after it was st...
Society
Several hundred people have attended a remembrance service in Omagh, Co Tyrone, to mark the 20th anniversary of the bombing in which 29 people died. Relatives of those killed in the explosion and survivors of the attack attended an inter-denominational service at The Memorial Garden in Omagh today. A car bomb ripped through Omagh on 15 August 1998 killing 29 people, including a woman who was pregnant with twins, and leaving more than 200 others injured. Th...
Incidents
A brazen Dublin motorist was caught out trying to use a disabled parking space - using the expired permit of someone who had DIED. Traffic cops spotted the driver's motor parked in a disabled parking bay - and when asked where the permit holder was, they were told he were waiting for them to return from a nearby shop. However, when gardai from the Dublin Metropolitan Region's Roads Policing Unit ran a check on the permit details, they discovered that it ha...
Society
President Michael D Higgins is to officially open the 2018Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda this afternoon. The annual cultural event is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people to the town on the Louth/Meath border over the coming week - writes rte.ie Organisers say 30% of the expected 400,000 visitors are to travel from overseas, with €40m expected to flow into the local economy. The week-long event celebrates Irish tradition through music...
Society
A new public pontoon costing almost €600,000 has been officially opened at Schull in west Cork. Designed for short-term berthing of small boats and yachts, it is a significant addition to local facilities and a welcome boost to the economy on one of the most isolated peninsulas in the country. Speaking at today's opening ceremony, Cork County Council's Chief Executive Tim Lucey said the investment in Schull reflects how importantly the local authority view...
Society
Farmers groups have urged the Government to act quickly to prevent a second fodder crisis this year following a pledge from the Minister for Agriculture today to help farmers hit by the summer drought. Visiting the Tullamore Show in Co Offaly, Michael Creed said measures to support a fodder import scheme would be unveiled in due course - writes rte.ie The minister has come underpressure from farmers to domore to address the fodder crisis and income fears a...
Society
Talks have begun to try to resolve the long-running Ryanair dispute. Ryanair and the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association, which is part of trade union Fórsa, areengagingin a fresh attempt to broker a resolution to the Irish dispute under mediator Kieran Mulvey. Three days have been set aside by MrMulvey and both sides have been asked to refrain from public comment while the process is under way. Around 100 of Ryanair's 350 Irish-based pilots held their fift...
Society
Ticketmaster has announced that it is closing down secondary resale websites Seatwave and Get Me In. The company has been criticised in the past when ticket sales it was handling for large concerts, such as U2 in Croke Park, were sold out in minutes . Tickets for the concert appeared soon afterwards on secondary websites for much higher prices - writes rte.ie Ticketmaster said in a blog post that consumers have become "tired of seeing others snap up ticket...
Society
The first litter survey of Ireland's coasts and waterways has found that 40% of rivers, beaches and harbours were littered or heavily littered. The survey, which was carried out by AnTaisce for Irish Business Against Litter, found that only four out of 50 sites examined were clean to European standards. It found only one beach, Salthill in Galway, and only one harbour, Kinsale in CoCork, to be clean to European norms. Lanesboro on the Shannon in CoLongford...
Society
Former Celtic football youth coach Jim McCafferty, 72, has been sentenced tothree years and nine months in prison at Belfast Crown Court after pleadingguilty in May to eight counts of sexual assault. McCafferty, formerly of Raby Street in Belfast, will serve half the sentence in custody and the remaining half on licence - writes rte.ie He initially pleaded not guilty to a series of sexual offences against the same boy over a three-year period before Decemb...
Society
Tanzania has been named as Ireland’s fastest-growing holiday destination, it has been revealed. Bookings for the east African country have been up 399% since November, claim trip firm Travel Counsellors. It reckons safaris with lions and elephants are luring more and more Irish holidaymakers for an “authentic unspoilt experience”. Spokeswoman Cathy Burke said: “There are memorable accommodation options available like The Bush Rover Suites, which are full w...
Society
Ten Dublin organisations including a wheelchair rugby club, Little Museum of Dublin, and Five Laps Arts Festival were among the ten Dublin winners of the first ever National Lottery Good Causes Award. The awards aim to recognise the inspiring work of thousands of projects, clubs, and people from all over the country. Almost 30 cent of cash spent on lottery games goes to the Good Causes programme, which then invests it in communities around the Island. The...
Society
Forget the sports car - we're now marking the middle-age milestone by running a marathon. Tanya Sweeney counts down the warning signs Time once was that a man on the verge of a midlife crisis was easy to spot. There was the flashy sports car, the interesting new haircut, the ill-fitting leather jacket, not to mention the office junior flirtation (or worse, the full-blown affair). But being in one's 40s or 50s now is an entirely different beast than it once...
Crime
A Meath DJ has been jailed for almost seven years following a huge drugs bust in Australia. Stephen Donnelly, 37, was given six years and nine months after pleading guilty to supplying drugs for commercial use. The DJ, who moved to Oz in 2011, admitted to being "an absolute idiot" in court having been arrested as part of a four-month long operation. Northern Territory Police said that he was part of a drugs syndicate that contributed “significantly to the...
Society
It also showed that the majority of car fires take place at night time. Dublin Fire Brigade have revealed the most likely time and day for a house fire to take place. The invaluable service, which tackles house fires in the capital on a regular basis, carried out analysis on all their call-outs - writes dublinlive.ie And the analysis by the business intelligence unit showed the most likely time for a house blaze is on a Tuesday at 11pm at night. It also sh...
Society
Office of President is exempt from Freedom of Information legislation. President Michael D Higgins is refusing to comment on claims he stayed in a luxurious five-star hotel where the top suites can cost €3,000 a night. Former presidential hopeful Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell claims he received information suggesting Mr Higgins stayed in "one of the most expensive suites" in the Beau-Rivage Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland. Suites in the hotel are curr...
Society
Conor McGregor had paid tribute to his other half Dee Devlin as she rings in her 30th birthday. He is one of the world’s most successful MMA fighters and his girlfriend Dee has been by his side since the very beginning when he was struggling to make it on the fighting scene. Conor shared a snap of himself and Dee on the beach with their arms wrapped around each other as they pair sunbathed in the ocean while their son, Conor Jnr, sat on his dad’s shoulders...
Society
A south Dublin takeaway was closed after a live rat was found in the storage area. Roberto's takeaway in Ranelagh was one of 13 food joints - six of which were in Dublin - issued with closure orders by the Food Safety Authority in July. The Food Hygeine Inspection report stated: "A live rat was seen in the rear storage area where equipment and foodstuffs were located. "A grave and immediate danger exists to food safety in this area because rats can transmi...
Society
Prospective presidential candidates will appear before a specially convened meeting of Carlow County Council next week to seek support to contest the expected November election. Independent Senator Joan Freeman, businessman Gavin Duffy, artist Kevin Sharkey and Athlone woman Marie Goretti Moylan will go before the council at 2.30pm next Wednesday to make their pitch for a nomination - writes rte.ie Presidential hopefuls must secure the support of at least...
Society
The number of confirmed deaths from anearthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday has risen to 259 and would rise as more victims are found in the rubble, the disaster mitigation agency said. A strong aftershock struck the island this morning, causing panic. The 5.9-magnitude quake struck at a shallow depth in the northwest of the island, the US Geological Survey said. Authorities on the island have urgently appealed for medicine, food an...
Society
The Policing Authority has identified fundamental flaws in the reform process of An Garda Síochána, which it says are now barriers to effective progress. In its fifth report on the Implementation of Changing Policing in Ireland programme, the authority said its concern at the pace of progress is now secondary to these "significant" flaws - writes rte.ie In a strongly-worded report it said that if An Garda Síochána does not pause to reconsider the way its e...
Society
Ryanair is set to be hit by a 24-hour pilots’ strike in five countries this Friday. Pilots based in Ireland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium will join the action which comes at the height of the holiday season - writes  The Dutch pilots' union VNV became the latest union to confirm its participation in the strike this evening, however, it is understood Ryanair is to go to a Dutch court on Thursday to try to prevent them from taking part in the...
Society
Sinn Féin has said it was "particularly concerning" that the Policing Authority believedthat the entire reform process being undertaken by An Garda Síochána was fundamentally flawed. In its fifth report on the Implementation of Changing Policing in Ireland programme, the authority identified fundamental flaws in the reform process and said its concern at the pace of progress was now secondary to those flaws - writes rte.ie The authority said barriers to pr...
Society
Ireland's largest private landlord, I-RES REIT, has almost trebled the number of State-funded, social tenancies on its books. The company, which last week announced profits of €19 million for the first half of this year, confirmed to RTÉ's Morning Ireland that it has 303 tenants receiving a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP). It equates to 11% of I-RES's total portfolio of rental properties of 2,678. In 2017, just 4% of the company's properties were rented t...
Society
Six children, aged from one to 11, and their mother had to sleep in a Dublin garda station last night after they could not find emergency accommodation. Gardaí at Tallaght say the familypresented themselves at the station as they had nowhere else to go. Gardaí contacted the various emergency shelter phone lines, as well as a number of local hotels, but no accommodation could be found for the family - writes rte.ie The family was cared for at the station an...
Society
The 145th Dublin Horse Show gets under way at the RDS in Dublin today. Up to 100,000people are expected to attend the event throughout the week, with large crowds expected for Ladies Day on Thursday and the traditional family days on Saturday and Sunday. Around 1,600 horses and ponies will take part in the show's various equestrian events, over the next five days. The show comprises of 134 competitions, including 14 international show jumping competitions...
Society
Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Neil Jordan has donated his archive to the National Library of Ireland. The Sligo-born directorachieved international critical acclaim for hisfilms, including 'Michael Collins', 'The Butcher Boy', and 'Breakfast on Pluto'. Hewonan Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for 'The Crying Game'. Over 123 archival boxes of material have been donated to the National Library, including film and TV scripts, production fi...
Society
A man in his mid-60s, who has suffered from life-long epilepsy, has been made a ward of court by the President of the High Court. The man had been appealing to the court to be allowed to return to his own home. Last week, Mr Justice Peter Kelly travelled to a nursing home in a rural area to hear the man’s case. Today, the judge said in a reserved judgment that during a two-hour hearing in the nursing home, and in a number of hearings prior to that, the cou...
Society
Water restrictions are likely to remain in place for the foreseeable future, with 70 days of supply left in the main reservoir serving the greater Dublin area, Irish Water has said. Levels at the Poulaphoca Reservoir in Co Wicklow have fallen from 150 days storage in early May down to 70 days at present, according to the utility's Managing Director, Jerry Grant- writes rte.ie Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Grant said that in the south, midlands and...
Society
Ryanair said at the weekend that it is also cancelling 104 flights in and out of Belgium on Friday due to similar stoppages by Ryanair pilots in Belgium and Sweden. Ryanair elected pilot representatives in Ireland have accepted the airline's proposal for third party mediation, overseen by former director general of the Workplace Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey. Ryanair pilots in Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Sweden are to stage 24-hour strike action on...
Society
A radical new radiotherapy trial could significantly cut the number of visits for men with prostate cancer, researchers have said. Treatment may be delivered in just five bouts compared to the usual 37, according to the researchers at Queen's University Belfast. The trial was the first of its kind in the UK and delivered large doses per treatment concentrated on the tumour - writes rte.ie Gordon Robinson, 70, took part in the trial. He said: "If it wasn't...
Society
A man has been arrested after being stopped by gardaí when driving a lorry while 11 times over the drink-driving limit. The man was stopped driving on the wrong side of the road at Cloontuskert, Co Roscommon at 3.10pm yesterday. Gardaí say when the lorry stopped they discovered the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and had an open bottle of wine beside him. The man in his late 50swas taken to Roscommon Garda Station. He was found to have 106 microgrammes o...
Society
A long-term plan is needed to address the crises in the health service, the Minister for Health has said as an implementation strategy for the Sláintecare Plan is launched. The strategy sets out key actions over the first three years of the plan. The all-party ten-year Sláintecare Report was published in May last year. At the time it was costed at around €2.6 billion, plus a once off capital spend of €3bn. Simon Harris has said it is a significant day for...
Crime
Three women and two men arrested face charges of child abuse. Three women believed to be the mothers of 11 children found living in filth in a makeshift compound in New Mexico have been arrested. Taos County, New Mexico, Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said the women and two men who were arrested over the weekend face charges of child abuse. He said 35-year-old Jany Leveille, 38-year-old Hujrah Wahhaj and 35-year-old Subhannah Wahha were arrested without incident in...
Incidents
A father who spent months scouring the River Foyle for his missing son has died after being pulled from the same stretch of the river. Co Donegal man Joe 'Ruby' Colhoun died on Saturday just hours after he was recovered from the Foyle. Mr Colhoun spent 10 months searching for his son, David, who disappeared more than seven years ago. The 22-year-old had been arrested by gardai in Strabane, but escaped custody and attempted to swim across the Foyle at Liffo...
Society
Measles outbreak a concern at gathering of 500,000 - HSE Health experts say visit poses a unique health risk 500,000 expected in attend Phoenix Park Attendees urged to ensure vaccines are up to date Measures in place for temporary morgues due to age profile of attendees Worshippers attending the Phoenix Park for the Pope's visit run the risk of contracting infectious diseases, health experts have warned. Temporary morgues are already planned for the event...
Society
Nearly one in six people doubt they will ever own their own home. A survey of 5,000 people found nine percent agreed that owning a home was something they were unlikely to achieve - writes herald.ie A further seven per cent of respondents "somewhat agreed" they may struggle to buy a place of their own. Recent data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed house prices have been increasing by 12.4pc a year. In December, research from estate agents Sav...
Society
A giant scarecrow version of the Pope has won joint-first prize in a competition in an Irish town. The massive model of the pontiff in his popemobile was created by a group of men in Durrow, Co Laois, for the popular annual Durrow Scarecrow Festival, ahead of the real man's visit this month - writes herald.ie Evelyn Clancy, chairwoman of the Durrow Development Forum, said there had been huge of interest across Ireland. Engineers The festival is known for i...
Society
Families whose children were affected by serious failings in audiology services in the west of Ireland are to meet today to launch a campaign calling for increased vital supports for their children. The Parents Audiology Support Group Roscommon/Mayowas set up in recent weeks by affected families who say their children cannot wait any longer for access to services they need as a result of their misdiagnosis - writes rte.ie "It is not good enough that the HS...
Society
Around 50,000 people have taken part in this year’s Belfast Pride parade, the biggest LGBT march in the city since the event began 27years ago. Groups taking part included voluntary and community organisations, business and corporate institutions, trade unions and local councils. Most of the main political parties, apart from the DUP, also participated. An Garda Siochána was officially represented by several officers marching in uniform, accompanied by col...