MORE than 270,000 people tuned in to watch 'Donal Walsh -- My Story' on New Year's Day. The documentary about the inspirational teenager from Co Kerry aired on RTE Two as part of its 'Reality Bites' series.
Official viewing figures from RTE for 'ROG -- The Ronan O'Gara Documentary', broadcast on Thursday, will not be known until Monday, but an RTE spokesperson said they were expected to be high.
AIR DISPUTE FOR LRC
A LEGAL bid by the Irish Aviation Authority to avert a threatened strike by air traffic controllers in Ireland has been struck out of the High Court and the matter has been referred to the Labour Relations Commission.
Mark Connaughtan, for the authority, told Mr Justice Gerard Hogan that the matter that had come before the court earlier this week had been resolved.
TRIBUTE TO SKIER SON
THE father of a young Irish financier killed in a Swiss avalanche on St Stephen's Day paid an emotional tribute to his son. Michael Clifford (32) was described as living his life "not close to the edge but on the edge".
His father, David, addressed mourners at his son's Requiem Mass at the Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit in Cork.
MENTAL HEALTH CALL
IRELAND should follow the example set by Wales in rolling out a nationwide training course aimed at educating the public on mental health issues -- especially depression and suicide intervention -- according to MEP Jim Higgins.
Ireland ranks fourth highest in the world for suicide rates among young men who are aged between 18 to 24.
€1,500 LEGAL AID BILLS
CRIMINAL suspects are generating bills of almost €1,500 each per year on repeated free legal aid.
By law they are entitled to a solicitor at an average cost of €210 per visit. Some 330 criminal suspects claimed free legal aid more than once last year -- with two claiming it seven times each. The average cost to the State in these instances would be €1,470 per person.
RTE'S BYRNE RETURNS
BROADCASTER Claire Byrne has returned to work at RTE just over three months after becoming a mother for the first time.
"It was tough today, because he (son Patrick) started crying as I left the house but I'm not in floods of tears at my desk," she told the Irish Independent.