Evening top 5: 74 countries affected by cyber attacks; Blair warns of Good Friday Agreement amendment

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Up to 74 countries targeted by 'large-scale' cyber-attack

Up to 74 countries have been affected by the ransomware cyberattack that has struck the NHS, according to experts.

Among the other nations hit by the attack, dubbed 'Wannacry', are Spain, Russia, Ukraine and India, reported the securelist website.

IT systems of around 40 organisations across the NHS were affected by a ransomware attack, in which malicious software encrypts the data on a victim's computer and demands a ransom, usually to be paid in Bitcoin, in order to make the data accessible again.


Gardai appeal for witnesses after a robbery in Meath

Gardaí in Meath are appealing for witnesses following a robbery this morning.

A man was assaulted during the incident and Gardai are looking for information.

Shortly after 9.00am this morning, a courier van driver was accosted, at a fuel service station between Gormanstown and Julianstown.


Bus Éireann workers accept proposals to end dispute

The membership of two of the unions representing Bus Éireann workers have voted to accept Labour Court proposals aimed at resolving the dispute.

The proposals put forward in April brought 21 days of strike action at the company to an end.

However, unions warned they needed time to consider the proposals and put them to their members before voting on how to proceed.

This afternoon, both SIPTU and the Unite trade unions have announced that their member have voted to accept the proposals.


Head of HSE defends 'chocolates' comments about nurses

The Head of the HSE says a senior medic was citing evidence when he suggested incentivising nurses with chocolates.

Dr Kevin Kelleher told the Oireachtas Health Committee yesterday that there's an issue with a low uptake of vaccines amongst nurses in particular.

Kelleher suggested offering a box of chocolates to nurses to get them to take the flu vaccination. Nurses said the comments were demeaning to their profession.


Blair warns Good Friday Agreement may need to be amended

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned that the Good Friday Agreement may need to be changed in order to accommodate Brexit.

Mr Blair has been addressing a meeting of the European People’s Party in Druid’s Glen this morning.

He warned that a hard border in Ireland would be a “disaster” warning that all sides in the upcoming Brexit negotiations “must do all they can to avoid it.”