Evening top 5: John Halligan 'would have resigned' if he didn’t secure Waterford cath lab; Family of Brian Stack concerned Gerry Adams hasn’t been questioned

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Junior Minister John Halligan says he would have resigned if a new mobile cardiac unit was not delivered for Waterford

The new mobile catheterisation lab is being set up to deal with the backlog of cardiac patients at University Hospital Waterford.

The Independent Alliance TD says the Health Minister Simon Harris has agreed to the new unit - despite reports that the hospital management had favoured outsourcing the treatment to Cork.

The Independent Alliance TD had previously indicated he would have to resign if the Government did not come up with a proposal he was happy with.


The family of prison officer Brian Stack, who died after being shot by the IRA, has expressed concern that Gerry Adams has not been questioned by gardaí

The Sinn Féin president e-mailed four names to the Garda Commissioner almost a year ago, suggesting they may have information about the murder.

Mr Stack's widow Sheila and sons Austin and Oliver are meeting Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin.

The Stack family believes Mr Adams has information that could lead to the identification of those responsible for the killing. They have repeatedly called on Deputy Adams to pass on any names or information he has to An Garda Síochána.


T.K. Whitaker has been remembered as a joyful man and a patriot

The funeral mass of the 100-year-old former civil servant took place at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook in Dublin on Friday morning.

Hundreds of people were in attendance at the mass. President Michael D Higgins, former President Mary McAleese, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Finance Minister Michael Noonan were among those in attendance.

Whitaker is credited with playing a pivotal role in the economic development of Ireland.


The High Court will deliver its judgement next month on whether Sean Gallagher’s legal action against RTÉ should be dropped

The businessman is suing the broadcaster over a televised debate he took part in during the 2011 Presidential election campaign.

He is also seeking damages arising from comments allegedly made in relation to what has since been dubbed ‘Tweetgate’.

RTÉ claims he failed to comply with orders to disclose certain information it feels is relevant to its case, including emails and certain documents.

It dismissed claims the information required was “irrelevant” and said Mr Gallagher’s failure to disclose it was “manifestly prejudicial” to their defence.


The winner of the 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has been revealed as 16 year old Shane Curran from Terenure College

The 5th year student took home the top prize for his project entitled qCrypt, which is described as 'The quantum-secure, encrypted, data storage solution with multijurisdictional quorum sharding technology’.

The announcement was made in the BT Arena at Dublin’s RDS this evening by Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills, and Shay Walsh, Managing Director of BT Ireland.

The award includes a prize-fund of €5,000, the BTYSTE perpetual trophy, and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands.