Five stories you might have missed from the weekend

'Smokers of Ireland unite!' says junior health minister; tragedy on the Liffey; and O'Leary hits out at transport

After a busy few days of news and sport, here's everything you need to know from the weekend, with a couple of stories that may have slipped under your radar.


The new junior health minister called for people to be allowed to smoke in pubs again.

To general dropped jaws, Independent TD Finian McGrath said he wanted to see a relaxation of the smoking ban.

A 13-year-old tragically died after going for a swim in the River Liffey

Gardai say the boy entered the river at 2.30pm between Islandbridge and Chapelizod in Dublin before getting into difficulty.

The garda sub-aqua team attended the scene and the teenager's body was taken from the water at around 4 o' clock.

Investigation after Old Trafford 'bomb' is identified as training device

The mayor of Greater Manchester has led calls for a full inquiry after it emerged a fake bomb that sparked an evacuation of Old Trafford was a training device left by a private company.

Police said an "incredibly lifelike" device - which caused the club's final Premier League game of the season to be abandoned - had been used in a training exercise involving explosive search dogs.

WATCH: Turkish soccer fans set fire to their stadium after being relegated

Nobody likes being relegated, but fans of Turkish club Eskisehirspor really hate it.

So much so that they set fire to their own stadium after dropping to the country's second division on Sunday.

Michael O'Leary, as is his wont, called for the transport system to be privatised

The garrulous Ryanair chief was speaking on Newstalk's Down To Business this morning about the strike by staff at the Luas, which is owned by private company Transdev.

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