Saturday 23 September 2017

In brief: Search for hillwalker

MOUNTAIN rescue teams from across the country have joined the search for a hillwalker, missing in Mayo for the past three nights.

Colm Byrne, of the Mayo Mountain Rescue Team, said he was "very concerned" for the 38-year-old's safety as he faced a third night on the mountain. The experienced hillwalker from Dublin went hiking on Mweelrea Mountain near Louisburg, Co Mayo, on Tuesday. He was planning to spend the night camping in the Doolough valley. He was reported missing by his wife on Wednesday.

NEW CARS FOR GARDAI

OVER 300 new garda cars will be purchased before the end of the year.

Following on from last month's Budget in which €9m was set aside to purchase new cars to replace the ageing fleet, Justice Minister Alan Shatter promised that €5m will be ringfenced to purchase new cars by the end of December. The remaining €4m will be spent on new vehicles next year.

UCD PROJECT APPROVED

THE European Commission has approved €40m in funding for 14 new research projects for various organisations, including University College Dublin.

The projects, which involve the collaboration of over 140 partners from research organisations and private companies, will tackle the challenges of recycling waste materials from manufactured products and the agricultural sector in order to improve the quality of the environment.

ALGAE CANCER TARGET

AN Irish researcher is hoping the answer to fighting serious diseases such as cancer can be found in mircoscopic algae harvested from Galway Bay.

Yvonne Lang (34), whose work is published in the journal 'Nature Communications', has successfully altered the chemical make up of microscopic algae – known as diatoms – a first step on the road to using them to deliver drugs to fight tumours or diseased tissue. The Phd student from Dromahair, Co Leitrim, is carrying out her work at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials at NUI Galway with funding from Science Foundation Ireland.

GARDAI SEIZE FIREWORKS

GARDAI seized fireworks with an estimated street value of €2,000 ahead of last night's Halloween celebrations.

The haul was found during the search of a house in the Rossbracken housing estate in Shannon, Co Clare. No arrests were made however gardai said their investigation is ongoing.

Irish Independent

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