Call for free baby jabs
PRESSURE is mounting for a new jab that protects against meningitis B to be given free to all Irish babies.
It comes in the wake of an expert group recommendation that the jab be part of the UK's routine vaccination schedule. The Irish National Immunisation Advisory Committee meets on Monday to discuss its introduction here.
EX-RTE CHIEF DIES
THE death has occurred of former RTE Director General and Catholic commentator Oliver Maloney at age 77.
Mr Maloney served as DG of the national station from 1975 until 1978 and presided over the launch of RTE Two and Radio 2. Current DG Noel Curran paid tribute to Mr Maloney yesterday, saying he would be most remembered for his reform agenda at RTE.
ANGLO OFFICIALS IN COURT
THREE former Anglo Irish Bank officials have appeared in court charged with conspiring to commit tax and company law offences.
Aoife Maguire (60), of Rothe Abbey, South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin; Bernard Daly (65), of Collins Avenue West, Whitehall, Dublin; and Tiarnan O'Mahoney (54), of Glen Pines, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, face charges at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court relating to offences allegedly committed in 2003 and 2004. An arraignment date was set of May 19. No pleas were entered.
RIVER SEARCH FOR MAN
A SEARCH will continue this morning for a man feared drowned in the River Shannon in Co Clare.
The man in his 40s, believed to be from Limerick city, went missing late on Thursday evening. Gardai found his van parked close to the water's edge at Canal Bank in Killaloe at around 8am yesterday.
Office Services Manager at Independent Newspapers, Mick Gleeson, has retired after more than 40 years with the company.
Staff last night bade a sad farewell to Mr Gleeson. Managing editor Michael Denieffe said: "He leaves an abiding impression of a man steadfast in his beliefs and his work ethic and unshakable in his loyalty to Independent Newspapers and all his colleagues."
D'ARCY OUT OF JAIL
VETERAN campaigner Margaretta D'Arcy (79) sees herself as a 'whistleblower' like the sergeants who exposed improper practices among gardai, according to her son Finn Arden.
The activist, who gets out of Mountjoy Prison this morning after serving three months for entering the runway at Shannon Airport, will hold a media conference in Dublin.