Court threat over doctors' hours
The European Commission yesterday threatened to take Ireland to the European Court of Justice unless it took action to reduce the hours worked by junior doctors.
It says junior doctors are often forced to work over 100 hours in a week, sometimes without adequate breaks for rest or sleep. The EU Working Time Directive requires that, for health and safety reasons, all workers should work no more than an average of 48 hours a week, and have a minimum of 11 hours rest per day.
Charity worker killed in fall
AN IRISHMAN died in a fall while a volunteer with the charity Cherynobyl Children International in Belarus. Father-of-one Jonathan Kennedy, from the Maherees near Castlegregory, Co Kerry, died following the fall near Minsk on Saturday.
Foul play is not suspected. He is survived by his wife Patricia, his son Cathal, parents John and Kathleen, brother Kevin and sisters Edel and Moira.
Teacher remanded over cannabis find
A TEACHER who was dealing in herbal cannabis has been further remanded for a probation report by a court.
Tallaght District Court heard that Catherine Smith had been found in possession of €500 worth of the drug in a Land Rover that had been loaned to her. Smith (32), with an address at Deerpark Avenue, Kiltipper, Tallaght, had pleaded guilty to simple possession of cannabis herb and possession of cannabis herb for sale or supply on October 13, 2010.
Haulage firm fined for breach
A HAULAGE firm was fined €3,000 yesterday after an examination of tachograph records showed some of its lorry drivers were driving continuously for 20 hours.
Noel Flanagan Refrigeration Limited of Muckno Street, Castleblayney, was also ordered yesterday by Judge Sean MacBride at Carrickmacross District Court in Co Monaghan to pay €305 in costs.
Woman stabbed in Traveller feud
A WOMAN has been treated in hospital after she was stabbed in the stomach in the latest incident connected to a Traveller feud.
The woman, who is in her 20s, was approached by up to four males in a 4x4 in the Oldcourt Park area in Bray, Co Wicklow, shortly before 6pm on Wednesday. The injured woman is a known associate of a local Traveller who was viciously assaulted last week by four hammer-wielding attackers.