IRELAND'S leading human rights groups have called on the Government to adopt a common vision for human rights in Irish foreign policy.
More than 20 groups urged the country to devise plans to enhance human rights in selected countries where Irish Aid works. Professor Michael O'Flaherty, director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway, said they were delighted so many human rights groups were able to agree on this roadmap for human rights.
A WELL-known radio broadcaster has apologised unreservedly after reading out a text from a listener claiming children of gay parents could "easily pick up AIDS".
Presenter Tommy Marren, who read out the message on MidWest Radio – which has the highest listenership in Connaught – stated he read out the offensive text message before properly checking its content.
BODY FOUND IN RIVER
Search teams in Castlebar, Co Mayo, have located the body of a man who had been missing for nearly a week.
The body of Adam Obermuller (49), a Polish native, was found in the Castlebar River near Lough Lannagh yesterday afternoon. Mr Obermuller, an unemployed painter was last seen on Sunday night.
STUDY RIGHTS SON DIES
TRIBUTES have been paid to Paul O'Donoghue (30) from Cork, whose battle for education rights made legal history.
His parents, Roy and Marie, won a legal battle to ensure he got the educational rights they believed were his entitlement. He died on Wednesday following a short illness and was buried after Requiem Mass at the Holy Cross Church in Mahon.
MAN DENIES MURDER
A man has denied murdering four British soldiers in a 1982 IRA bombing in Hyde Park.
John Downey (61), of Carrigart, Co Donegal, pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey, London, to murdering Roy Bright, Dennis Daly, Simon Tipper and Geoffrey Young. He remains on conditional bail.
PAIR AVOID JAIL FOR ATTACK
A taxi driver had to cancel an audition with the RTE choir after two men punched and kicked him around the head over a €26 fare.
Feargal MacEoin suffered "huge mental and physical scarring" as a result of a "gratuitous" attack by James Murphy (20) of Springfield, Tallaght, and Dean Daly (19) of Maplewood Park, Tallaght. Both men yesterday avoided a prison term after a three-year sentence was suspended at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.