A MEMBER of staff at Galway University Hospital who was suspended following allegations that he got hospital contractors to carry out works on his home is appealing a decision to terminate his employment.
The non-medical employee was suspended in May 2012 after allegations arose that he had used the services of two hospital contractors to carry out works on his private residence in Co Mayo which were allegedly billed to the HSE via the Galway hospitals.
FUNERAL OF SKIER
The funeral of a man who was killed in an avalanche in Switzerland last week will take place today in Cork city. Michael Clifford (32), originally from Ballyagran, Co Limerick, died when an avalanche struck Realp in Switzerland where he is thought to have been skiing off-piste.
It is believed Mr Clifford lost his life after he was struck by a slab of falling ice. His funeral Mass will take place at the Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy's Cross, with burial afterwards at Colmanswell cemetery.
1,100TH BIRTHDAY BASH
UP to 10,000 people are expected to line Waterford's quayside this weekend to celebrate the city's 1,100th birthday.
The highlight of the outdoor spectacle tomorrow will be 'Vadrarfjordr!', a dramatic recreation of the Viking arrival at the south-eastern port in 914AD. The family-friendly, free event will also include pyrotechnics, a light display and other special effects, organisers said.
SINGER MOURNS DAD
FORMER Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey helped carry the coffin of his father Jim Sharkey who died this week.
Jim Sharkey (99) died peacefully with his family at his side in Derry on Tuesday. Undertones drummer Billy Doherty was among hundreds of mourners at the funeral service. The late Mr Sharkey had been a prominent member of the civil rights movement in the city and was a member of the Electrical Trades Union and the Old Derry Labour Party.
Irish Water Safety (IWS) is warning the public to stay away from the edge of waterways during stormy conditions.
The edges of coastal and inland waterways are even more dangerous in heavy rain, strong gale-force winds and high tides, warned IWS. It is urging parents to caution children about the dangers of flooded streams which it said could flow very fast and hide true water depths. Flood water is powerful and can hide the dangers of drains.