Morning top 5: Maternity Hospital's status; Bank of Ireland fined; and salmonella outbreak

The top stories this Tuesday norning

A Fianna Fáil TD says that the proposed charitable status of the new National Maternity Hospital can work as long as safeguards are put in place.

There have been a number of calls for the State to take full ownership of the facility.

It comes after it was announced that the Religious Sisters of Charity was relinquishing its involvement in the project.

The plan is for the land on which it is to be built to come under the ownership of a new charity called 'St Vincent's'.

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Deputy Billy Kelleher says as long as clarity is provided, this may be the best way to get the hospital built quickly.


Changes to inheritance laws could allow parents cut children out of their will.

A report by the Law Reform Commission has suggested removing the 'moral duty' to provide for children.

The shift should ensure older people pay for their own care as they age, rather than saving for the next generation.

The commission claims the changes reflect the fact that people are living longer and having less children to look after them in later life.


Bank of Ireland has been fined over €3.1m by the Central Bank.

The penalty has been imposed for 12 breaches of money laundering and terrorist financing legislation.

The Central Bank says Bank of Ireland failed to promptly report six suspicious transactions to gardaí.

It also failed to carry out a risk assessment on ways of preventing accounts being used for money laundering.


The HSE is urging people who may have been affected by a salmonella outbreak in Dublin to get in touch with them.

The agency last night confirmed that over 50 people - including four children - suffered severe food poisoning linked to food prepared in a north Dublin pub.

The food was supplied to number of family parties in the area earlier this month.

The pub has been closed while the HSE and the Food Safety Authority carry out an investigation.


A female zookeeper killed by a tiger in a "freak accident" in the UK has been named as Rosa King.

The 33-year-old was killed after the tiger entered the enclosure she was in.

Police were called to Hamerton Zoo at 11.15am on Monday to reports of a serious incident, and an air ambulance was at the scene 20 minutes later.

Visitors to the attraction were evacuated shortly afterwards.