A FAMILY is to get a settlement of €40,000 after a young man drowned when a fishing boat he was working on sank. Kevin Patrick Kershaw (21) had just started as a trainee fisherman on the 'Tit-Bonhomme', when on January 15 last it sank near Adam's Island, at the entrance to Glandore Harbour, off Union Quay in Co Cork.
Kevin, along with the owner and master of the vessel Michael Hayes (52), and fellow crewmates 35-year-old Wael Mohamed, 26-year-old Attaia Shaban and 22-year-old Saied Ali Eldin – died in the tragedy. One crew member survived. Kevin's father brought a High Court action seeking damages against the late Michael Hayes's legal representative. The settlement, which was made without admission of liability, was approved yesterday.
Sod finally turned on diagnostic unit
FIVE-AND-A-HALF years after plans were presented to Susie Long for a new diagnostic unit to prevent the sort of delays that eventually cost her her life, work is finally under way on the project.
The sod was turned yesterday in Kilkenny on a €13m development at St Luke's General Hospital, which will include a day procedure unit named in memory of Ms Long and feature colonoscopy and endoscopy units.
App designed for asthma sufferers
As many as 282,000 asthmatics – six in every 10 with the disease – do not have their symptoms under control.
Responding to the problem, the Asthma Society of Ireland has launched Asthma Coach, a new free app for iPhones and mobile website for all smartphones aimed at helping people better manage their symptoms.
€5,000 taken in raid at golf club
RAIDERS escaped with €5,000 and the contents of a cigarette machine following a burglary at a golf club.
Staff at Athy Golf Club made the discovery at 8.30am yesterday and raised the alarm. "The break-in occurred overnight sometime, and entry was gained through the roof," said Sergeant Paul Pender from Kildare garda station.
TV advert ideas sought by ' Foinse'
STUDENTS are being encouraged to get their creative juices flowing and come up with ideas for a television advert to promote Bliain na Gaeilge, a year-long festival in 2013 to celebrate the Irish language.
The competition, being run by TG4 and Irish language newspaper 'Foinse', which is published with the Irish Independent on Wednesdays, is open to students at both second and third-level. The deadline for entries is Friday.