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Thursday 29 September 2016

Hospital chlorine leak

Published 02/09/2016 | 02:30

Eight staff were evacuated from Carew House in St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin, yesterday after an accidental chlorine gas emission caused during the repair of the water-management system.

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A spokesman said that no patients were present.

The staff were brought to the emergency department and examined as a precautionary measure.

It was confirmed that none suffered any adverse reaction.

Delay for drug centres

Ireland's first drop-in injection centres for drug users won't open until early 2017, Minister of State for National Drugs Strategy Catherine Byrne has said.

Ms Byrne cited the complexity of the legislation and the search for a premises as reasons for the delay, adding: "It's something we have to get right."

Heritage Week record

The 2016 National Heritage Week saw record numbers attending events countrywide.

It is estimated that over 500,000 people attended 1,876 events around the country.

Some 88pc of these events were free and led by voluntary groups.

Dolores cancels gigs

INJURY has forced rock star Dolores O'Riordan to cancel her first live gig since her appearance in court on air-rage charges last March.

The Cranberries frontwoman is in "excruciating pain" and suffering from a "bulging disc" in her back.

Her band D.A.R.K. has cancelled its forthcoming Irish and European tour and refunds are available.

The band had also cancelled their maiden gig at Dolans, Limerick, initially scheduled for May 13.

Car sales increase

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) recorded a 14pc rise in 162 car registrations at 7,313 last month, compared to 6,400 in August 2015.

Total new car sales are at 138,538 up 19pc compared to the same period last year.

€150k drugs seized

Two women have been arrested after gardaí made a seizure of cannabis with a street value of €150,000.

A "highly sophisticated" grow house was discovered in Moate as part of an ongoing investigation into sale and supply of drugs in the area.

The operation was led by the Athlone Drug Unit assisted by Westmeath Divisional Units and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

Irish Independent

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