Michael Staines
Michael Staines

07.13 23 Oct 2019


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There may be more job losses in the south of the country today.

The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has summoned its staff to a meeting this morning.

It comes after US multinational Molex confirmed it was closing its factory in County Clare with the loss of 500 jobs.

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While Novartis is not expected to close, it is believed the company will announce a significant number of job losses at this morning’s meeting.

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A boil water notice for parts of the greater Dublin area may not be lifted for a number of days.

Irish Water issued the warning to 600,000 people yesterday after a mechanical fault at a water treatment plant in Kildare.

Parts of Fingal, Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Kildare and Dunboyne in Meath are affected.

Irish Water said the water in affected areas will pose a health risk for a number of days and urged anyone who is feeling unwell to contact their GP.

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The UK Prime Minister has said he will push for a general election after his latest defeat in the House of Commons.

Last night, MPs rejected his plan to force through legislation underpinning the revised Brexit deal in just three days.

Meanwhile, the European Council President Donald tusk has urged leaders to grant an extension beyond Halloween.

The extension could go as far as January – but could end sooner if the deal is passed in London.

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Children as young as eight are being diagnosed with anorexia in Ireland every year.

According to a new study in the British Medical Journal, the rate of new diagnoses in the UK and Ireland has doubled since 2006.

The study estimates that nearly 100 people aged between eight and 17-years-old are diagnosed with the condition in Ireland each year.

Around one-in-ten of these are under 12-years-old.

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There was an 80% increase in the number of children admitted to hospital for being drunk last year.

Some 36 children were diagnosed with alcohol-intoxication before they were discharged from inpatient or day-case stays in 2018.

According to details released under the Freedom of Information Act, there have been a total of 78 cases over the past three years.

The figures only include serious admissions – and not short-term Emergency Department and outpatient cases.


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