Michael Staines
Michael Staines

21.58 11 Jul 2019


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HSE apologises to hundreds of women over CervicalCheck delay

The HSE has apologised to around 800 women who never received their results of their CervicalCheck screening after undergoing the test in recent months.

The health service said the results were not sent to women due to an IT issue at a US lab run by Quest Diagnostics.

The tests were largely carried out between October last year and June this year.

They were mainly repeat tests for human papillomavirus (HPV).

Comedian Brendan Grace dies aged 68

Irish comedian and singer Brendan Grace has died at the age of 68, following a battle with lung cancer.

His manager said he passed away peacefully early on Thursday morning surrounded by his family.

Born in Dublin, he started his career in a folk band but later became better known as a stand-up comedian.

His career spanned five decades.

Political writer and barrister Noel Whelan dies aged 50

The political writer and barrister Noel Whelan has died.

He was a leading figure in the campaign to introduce same-sex marriage here.

The 50-year-old passed away on Wednesday after a short illness.

An Irish Times columnist, author and a former advisor for Fianna Fáil, Mr Whelan ran for the party as a general election candidate for the Dublin South East constituency in 1997.

Dáil calls for rejection of Mercosur trade deal

The Dáil has passed a motion calling on the government to reject the controversial Mercosur trade deal.

The free trade deal between the EU, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay is the largest Europe has ever agreed.

It will allow the South American countries to export 99,000 tonnes of beef to the EU every year and farmers have warned that the influx of cheaper meat will damage their livelihoods.

This afternoon, Sinn Féin’s motion calling for the deal to be rejected passed by 84 votes to 46 – after Fianna Fáil supported it.

Bord na Móna workers considering industrial action

Workers at Bord na Móna have confirmed they are considering industrial action over the company’s decision to lay off around 150 workers.

This morning, the company said it was immediately laying off 78 employees at its Mountdillon operation in County Longford.

A further 70 permanent workers are to be put on temporary unpaid lay-off from next Thursday until the plant reopens.

The company said it was forced to take the action after the ESB suspended operations at the nearby Lough Ree Power Plant due to concerns over the discharge of hot water into the River Shannon.


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