The body of a 32-year-old man has been taken from the water off the coast of Kerry.
/> The remains were found as divers were searching the sea around Valentia island for a fisherman, who has been missing since last night.
The man, who’s from Kilkenny, was with a group of seven anglers, when he slipped and fell into the water.
/> There’s some bad news for 20 percent of AIB’s mortgage customers.
/> The bank has announced it’s to increase its variable rate mortgages by zero-point-five per cent – bringing it to 3.5 per cent.
This will add about 900-euro a month to the average 300 thousand euro mortgage.
AIB’s CEO David Duffy says it was a difficult decision to make – but the bank needed to do it to remain a viable entity.
And he denies the rate hike will push more mortgage customers into arrears:
/> Meanwhile, as part of its cost cutting plans, AIB says it will have to shut more of its branches – bringing the total number of closures to 67.
/> 51 branches will be closed from October, with the remaining 16 closing next year.
Nearly 350 employees will be affected, but the bank is insisting there will be no compulsory redundancies.
Larry Broderick, General Secretary of the Irish Bank Officials Association, says the closures will make it more difficult for people to do their banking.
/> The Pro Life Campaign Group is criticising the Health Minister for appointing Tony O’Brien, as the new Director General of the HSE.
/> It says it sends out the wrong message on abortion as he previously served as the Chief Executive of the Irish Family Planning Association and they claim he was a leading campaigner for abortion in Ireland.
But the Health Minister is defending his decision – saying he appointed him because of his vast experience and his progress in reducing trolley numbers and waiting lists.
Minister Reilly says Mr O’Brien had been running the H-S-E’s Special Delivery Unit and therefore has a good track record.
A pensioner who sued his former golf club for repeatedly lowering his handicap has lost a High Court claim for ten million euros in damages.
/> Retired insurance official Thomas Talbot claimed his reputation suffered because a report card from the Hermitage Golf Club in Lucan, Co Dublin implied he was a cheat.
Newstalk’s Courts Correspondent Francesca Comyn reports: