A NEW marine safety crackdown will be launched in a bid to avoid future trawler tragedies like the one that befell the Tit Bonhomme, claiming five lives.
Marine Minister Simon Coveney told the Irish Independent the new safety campaign will be launched in June. A 14-month Marine Casualty Investigation Board report into the tragedy said it was most likely caused by a number of factors including crew fatigue and navigational issues.
Farrell's mum to wed
ACTOR Colin Farrell will watch his mother walk up the aisle when she remarries this summer. The 36-year-old is said to be delighted that mum Rita Farrell is to wed Hollywood film producer Joel Michaels in June.
Ms Farrell and her famous son are extremely close and Colin has often taken Rita to red carpet events, including the 80th Academy Awards in 2008, as well as his recent movie premiere of 'Total Recall' in Dublin.
Ancient dig done
AN ancient settlement discovered under the path of a new road development will be concreted over this week after a team of archaeologists completed a race-against-time excavation.
As the final samples were taken from the 1,400-year-old Drumclay Crannog in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, experts who oversaw the dig have hailed it as one of the most incredible finds ever in Ireland. More than 4,000 artefacts, including a medieval board game, were uncovered.
Three rescued on lake
THREE people had to be rescued by the RNLI after their speedboat ran aground on Lough Derg in poor weather conditions. The alarm was raised at around 5.40pm by the occupants of the 18ft speedboat.
The boat was nearing the shore at the entrance to the Scarriff River on the Clare side of the lake, whose shores also border on Galway and Tipperary. All three people on board were unhurt.
Dalai Lama's visit
THE Dalai Lama will bring a message of peace to Derry later this week in a charity event that organisers hope will inspire people on both sides of the community.
The Tibetan spiritual leader is expected to draw thousands of people to hear his address next Thursday at the Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre. The exiled leader's appearance will mark the highlight of the 'Culture of Compassion' event, which will also include performances by leading musicians, including trad legend Christy Moore.