Morning top 5: Waterford lobby group says mobile cath lab "not good enough"; Earthquake in Fiji; Trump open to lifting Russia sanctions

The top stories this Saturday morning

A Waterford lobby group has said proposals to implement a mobile cath lab in Waterford are not good enough.

Junior Minister John Halligan said yesterday that he'd received assurances from the Health Minister that a mobile lab would be going ahead.

He told Newstalk Drive yesterday that he would have resigned if the new mobile unit was not delivered for Waterford.

However, the South East Patient Advocacy Group is going ahead with a protest today calling for a permanent 24/7 cardiac care unit.

Founding member Hillary O’Neill said it was a “bit of a cynical move” by the government to announce the mobile lab the evening before today’s planned protest.


An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 has struck 224km south-west of Fiji - the second strong shake to hit the region in recent weeks.

The U.S. Geological Survey says there was no immediate tsunami warning and no reports of damage or casualties. 

Last week a quake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck 284km off the coast of Fiji - triggering a tsunami warning.


Farmers have been advised to confine poultry indoors following the discovery of a second strain of Avian Influenza in the west of the country yesterday.

The discovery of the virus in a wigeon in Galway followed on from an initial discovery in County Wexford towards the end of last year.

The Department of Agriculture has said flocks are at risk from the virus - although no outbreaks have been detected in poultry in Ireland so far.

Amy Nora Fitzgibbon from the Irish Farmers Journal has said the public shouldn't be overly concerned – but warned farmers should be aware of the precautions they need to take.


US president-elect Donald Trump has told the Wall Street Journal he plans to keep sanctions in place against Russia "at least for a period of time."

However, he said he is open to lifting the sanctions should the Kremlin prove helpful in fighting terrorism.

Mr Trump is still angry about what he calls "that Russian dossier" - calling allegations against him "phoney."

In a series of tweets last night he claimed the dossier was full of “totally made-up facts by sleazebag political operatives.”

He also took a swipe at his presidential election opponent Hillary Clinton, claiming she “should never have been allowed to run” and calling her “guilty as hell” over her use of a private email server.


A 16-year-old student from Dublin was named as the winner of BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition last night.

Shane Curran, a 5th year in Terenure College, won the overall award for his qCrypt project - which is a highly secure encryption system.

Shane saw off competition from 4,500 fellow students to win the award