Kelly in PSNI incident
SENIOR Sinn Fein politician Gerry Kelly is set to be questioned by police following an incident during which he was carried on the front of a PSNI Land Rover.
The Police Ombudsman has launched an investigation into the conduct of police. Mr Kelly held on to the grille of the vehicle after he had attempted to prevent it from moving off.
DRUG-FREE PROSTATE OP
THE first patient to be treated in Ireland for prostate enlargement without a general or spinal anaesthetic has been successfully operated on at Galway University Hospital.
It is believed to have been the first time such an operation has been carried out anywhere in Europe. Medical case histories were yesterday being consulted to confirm it is a European first.
EX-GARDA PLEADS GUILTY
A FORMER garda has admitted data-protection breaches and possession of a shotgun.
Daniel Tarrant (50) of Doon, Kiskeam, Mallow, Co Cork, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three charges of disclosing personal data without the prior authority of the Data Controller between December 23, 2008 and July 16, 2009. He was remanded on continuing bail until next November when he will be sentenced.
NEW DRUG PRICING
A NEW pricing system to reduce the State's €2bn drugs bill will be in place by the end of this year. Under the change, pharmacists will be legally obliged to substitute cheaper, generic drugs for branded medicines prescribed by doctors. Under current rules pharmacists have to dispense a branded drug where prescribed by a GP.
Health Minister Dr James Reilly announced that he has signed the commencement order for the law on the new "reference pricing" system.
SHOTGUN ARREST MADE
GARDAI are hopeful of bringing a man before the courts today to face charges after a man was shot in the face last weekend. The 19-year old suspect was arrested in Limerick after Cian Quinn, was shot in the upper body.
Mr Quinn posted messages of thanks to well-wishers via his Facebook account yesterday. He was discharged from University Hospital Limerick after sustaining pellet wounds to his face and shoulder. Gardai said he has no links to criminality. Gardai also ruled out any link to other serious shootings carried out in recent years by feuding criminal gangs.