HIQA boss leaving
THE head of the state watchdog responsible for hospital, nursing home and childcare facilities inspections and standards is stepping down.
UK-born Tracey Cooper, who has been chief executive of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) since it was set up more than seven years ago, is leaving to take up a new post as head of a public health agency in Wales.
DEFENCE FORCES JOBS
A NEW recruitment campaign for the Defence Forces will be officially announced tomorrow.
Defence Minister Alan Shatter said last night the aim was to maintain strength levels of the permanent force up to a maximum of 9,500 personnel and the reserve up to its revised strength of 4,069.
KELLY MURDER TRIAL
A MAN charged with murdering veteran criminal Eamon Kelly is to stand trial at the Special Criminal Court next year.
In December 2012, Sean Connolly (34), of Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, Dublin, appeared before a special sitting of the non-jury charged with murdering Kelly at Furry Park Road, Killester on Dublin's northside, on December 4, 2012. The trial is due to start on April 28, 2015.
THREE 90-year-olds – two of them confined to a wheelchair – have won an exemption that will allow them a cigarette without having to leave their nursing home.
The three had cause for celebration when it was confirmed that the smoking ban at HSE healthcare facilities will be relaxed at residential units and nursing homes in the midlands.
HAUGHEY SISTER DIES
MEMBERS of the Haughey dynasty have paid their final respects to Maureen Haughey, the sister of the late former Taoiseach Charles. Ms Haughey died on Tuesday. Her body was removed to the Church of Our Lady of Consolation in Donnycarney, Raheny, Dublin, last night.
Among the chief mourners at the removal were Mr Haughey's widow Maureen, and Mr Haughey's sons Sean and Ciaran. A Requiem Mass will be held at 12:30pm today at the church, followed by burial at the Glasnevin cemetery.