Child dies from swine flu
A CHILD has died from swine flu in Northern Ireland. It is the first death from the virus this winter on either side of the Border.
The child, who was diagnosed with the virus last week, attended a school for children with special needs in Lurgan, Co Armagh. One case of swine flu has been diagnosed in a child here in recent weeks. The child had to be hospitalised with complications.
Man cleared of violent disorder
A MAN was found not guilty by a jury yesterday on charges related to a shooting at a funeral nearly four years ago.
Patrick McGinley (36), of Ballynagoshen, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, had denied possession of a shotgun and violent disorder which were alleged to have taken place at Dowdallshill, Dundalk, on December 11, 2006. Patrick Nevin Jnr was shot and injured at the funeral.
Luas passengers can watch carbon
AN online tool will allow passengers to calculate the amount of carbon they avoid producing by using the Luas light-rail system.
The Luas eco-calculator launched yesterday measures the amount of pollution generated by passengers travelling from one tram stop to another, and compares it to the amount which would be released if the same trip was completed by car.
'Priceless' chalices taken from church
A PRIEST last night appealed for the return of "irreplaceable and priceless" chalices that were stolen from a church on Halloween night. Two chalices, which have been used at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Fenor, Co Waterford, for hundreds of years, were taken after a break-in.
Father Paul Murphy confirmed the chalices -- two ciboriums used to hold the host and a monstrance -- were stolen. He said parishioners were "shocked and distressed" at the theft.
Sex case against dentist adjourned
A DENTIST charged with two counts of sexually assaulting a woman had the case against him adjourned again yesterday. Dr John Tait (58) is charged before Cork District Court with two counts of sexually assaulting the woman on December 20, 2006.
The offences are alleged to have occurred at 6 St Patrick's Terrace, Douglas, Cork, where Dr Tait has a business premises. Yesterday, the District Court adjourned the matter for a further week to November 10.