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  • US family died on way to funeral as driver attempted a U-turn, Wexford inquest hears

    10 January 2019 15:47 2

    An Irish-American family who were killed in a collision in New Ross, Co Wexford were attempting to undertake a U-turn, the inquest heard. Douglas Alexander Sr, his wife, Lily, and their sons Douglas Alexander Jr and Stephen had just arrived from Illinois and were on their way to the funeral of Lily's sister when they believed they had missed a turn. Douglas

  • Charity spent almost €3,500 on gift vouchers for staff

    10 January 2019 15:40 3

    A Tusla-funded charity which was criticised for poor financial controls says it spent almost €3,500 on gift vouchers for staff because it couldn’t afford to restore their pay. Epic, an advocacy group which works with people in care, also confirmed that alcohol purchased on its credit cards was bought as leaving gifts for two staff members. “This practise

  • Two planes involved in near miss while taxiing at Dublin Airport last year

    10 January 2019 12:44 3

    Two planes waiting to take off at Dublin Airport last May almost clipped each other, a new report shows. Two Aer Lingus flights were involved in near-misses while taxiing on May 19 last. While taxing, one plane passed "in close proximity" to the front of another aircraft. Two of the planes were operating on a different frequency, so they could not hear instructions

  • 500 patients waiting on trolleys in hospitals nationwide

    10 January 2019 11:54 4

    500 patients are waiting on trolleys in hospitals across the country today. The figures are down from the 565 people without a bed yesterday, but the total amount waiting is up from 364 this day last week. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation say University Hospital Limerick is the most overcrowded with 41 patients on trolleys. Cork University

  • AXA to move staff to Ireland as result of Brexit

    10 January 2019 11:27 5

    Insurance company AXA are planning on moving staff to Ireland from France and Britain following Brexit. Chief Executive, Thomas Buberl, didn't specify how many members of staff would be moving. Burbel told reporters: "Since the former hub is in France, we will have to take some staff from France as Irish regulators will ask functions to be handled there

  • Roadworks on N7 in Kildare due for completion in April

    10 January 2019 11:18 2

    Roadworks to widen the N7 in Kildare are set to be completed by April. The works between the M9 Interchange and Junction 8 Johnstown have been ongoing for over a year, affecting around 70,000 people every day. The speed limit along the 14km stretch was reduced to 60 kilometres an hour, leading to delays of up to two hours during busy commuter periods

  • Further 80 homes could lose part of gardens under BusConnects plan

    10 January 2019 07:13 4

    A further 80 Dublin households could lose part of their front gardens as part of the BusConnects plan. The National Transport Authority told The Irish Times it will write to between 70 and 80 households on the Swords Road in relation to alternative plans now being considered. Residents and businesses on the proposed Swords to city centre bus corridor

  • Court hears Cork woman required three weeks of hospital care following alleged stabbing by husband in flat

    09 January 2019 18:39 2

    A court has heard how a Cork woman sustained stab injuries which required hospitalisation for three weeks. The court heard details of the alleged attack as her husband was remanded in custody on an assault charge. Brian O’Regan, 43, of flat 1, 2 St Joseph’s Villas, Blackrock Road, Cork, was arrested by Detective Garda Seán Stack and charged with assault

  • Man who headbutted Cork bar manager brought €2,000 to court to compensate victim

    09 January 2019 18:35 1

    A bar manager at Cork bar, Rearden’s, had his nose broken by a man who head-butted him in the course of his efforts to get back into the premises. Thomas Stewart of 49 Glenview Park, Dillon’s Cross, Cork, brought €2,000 to Cork District Court to compensate the victim. The 43-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing harm to Graham

  • Gardaí establish new units to tackle sexual abuse and domestic violence

    09 January 2019 13:27 2

    Six new divisional units specialising in the investigation of sexual and domestic crimes have been set up, Garda HQ has announced. The Protective Services Units have been established in Dublin Metropolitan Region South Central, Kerry, Kilkenny, Galway, Waterford and Limerick. In a statement, Garda HQ said the units had gone “live” but added that training