Doctors warned on corporate gifts
Doctors have been warned they should not accept gifts from drug companies or other commercial companies. New guidelines were issued yesterday by the Medical Council, the regulatory body for doctors.
Council president Kieran Murphy said that while it is important to keep up to date on product developments, their contacts with drug companies must not affect their ability to provide impartial treatment.
Park Hotel takes prestigious award
THE Park Hotel in Kenmare, Co Kerry, has beaten off international competition to land the Best Spa 2013 award. Hotel co-owner Francis Brennan said: "It is a lovely way to end the busiest year we have had in five years."
The hotel has its roots in a 19th century mansion and continues to attract both a domestic and international clientele. It overlooks the Ring of Kerry and offers a range of spa treatments.
Lone raider gets away with €17,000
A lone raider is being sought after an armed hold-up at a Bank of Ireland branch. The gunman made off with an estimated €17,000 after holding up the bank in Rathfarnham in south Co Dublin yesterday afternoon.
Witnesses said he was armed with a shotgun and made his escape on foot.
Youth 'threw pet rabbit into Liffey'
A YOUTH accused of throwing a homeless man's pet rabbit into the River Liffey will appear again in court next week to face prosecution for animal cruelty and torture. John Byrne (39) had been sitting on Dublin's O'Connell Bridge when his rabbit was thrown into the Liffey on July 3, 2011.
Gary Kearney (20), with an address at Conyngham Road, in Dublin, was charged in connection with the incident.