JUST eight weeks after Letterkenny General Hospital was devastated by a flood, 95pc of services have now been restored. However, it will cost more than €10m to rebuild the damaged hospital.
It follows what was described as a 'disaster' at the Co Donegal facility following torrential rain on July 27. An engineer's report showed that a staggering 57mm of rain fell in 15 minutes, flooding the new A&E.
TEEN ON KNIFE CHARGE
A TEENAGER has been charged with putting a knife to the throat of a care worker and threatening to kill her during an incident at a children's home.
The boy, aged 17, was charged yesterday at the Dublin Children's Court with causing €1,100 worth of criminal damage to the woman's car. He also faced charges for threatening to kill the woman as well as production of a kitchen knife and holding it to her throat. The boy has not indicated how he will be plead and was ordered to appear again next month.
HAUGHEY ROLE HOPE
ACTOR Aidan Gillen has yet to officially sign on to play former Taoiseach Charles Haughey in a forthcoming RTE drama, but would "love" to take on the role.
The 44-year-old Dublin-based star is in talks to bring the controversial politician to life on the small screen in 'Citizen Charlie' – and portray Haughey during the 1960s. It is said that the national broadcaster has given a budget of €3.7m for the production. "I would like to (play Haughey) but I'm still on 'Game of Thrones' at the moment. It's a six-month shoot," the 'Love/Hate' star told the Irish Independent.
ACTION ON 'LEGAL HIGHS'
A NEW European Commission proposal will allow the EU to withdraw dangerous "legal highs" from the market at short notice.
These so-called designer drugs are psychoactive substances which are used as an alternative to illicit drugs such as cocaine or ecstasy. Irish young people are among the highest users in Europe.
SLUMP LED TO SUICIDES
THE 2008 global economic crisis could be to blame for the increase in suicide rates in European countries including Ireland, according to research.
The study, published today, said it was particularly acute among males and in countries with higher levels of job losses. In 2008, the International Labour Organisation estimated that the number of jobless worldwide would reach approximately 212 million by 2009, an increase of 34 million compared with 2007.