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Friday 18 April 2014

Minister's Twitter row

A LABOUR minister has claimed his Twitter account was "compromised" after it 'favourited' a post which featured a pornographic image of a naked woman

The Twitter account for junior health minister Alex White has since been suspended by Twitter.

MAN IN BLAZE THREAT

A MAJOR garda operation was put in place in Galway city last night after a man threatened to set himself alight on a city rooftop.

The stand-off, which began at 5pm, lasted five hours. The man, who wore a balaclava went to the rooftop of the Radharc an Chlair building in Salthill with a can of petrol and threatened to set himself alight. The stand-off ended peacefully when the man surrendered to gardai.

DAD CRUSHED BY CAR

A 52-YEAR-OLD man died in an accident at his work, just five years after meningitis claimed the life of his 17-year-old son.

Michael McGrath of Riverdale House in Grangemockler, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, died after a car he was working on in McGrath's garage fell on him. Mr McGrath was working alone at the time.

DIT EYECARE FOR AFRICA

MORE than 2,000 visually impaired adults and children in Mozambique will receive glasses as part of a community outreach programme from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

The DIT will send 20 eye specialists, including seven from Ireland, to the African republic in March. The programme is funded as part of Irish Aid's €1.8m Mozambique Eyecare Project.

MAN DIES IN CAR CRASH

A MAN in his 40s died when his car crashed on a side road near Tyholland in Monaghan last night.

Gardai said the 4x4 vehicle was discovered at the bottom of an embankment on the N12 at Tyholland at about 5pm. Officers added there was no one else in the car and no other vehicle was involved. Anyone with information is asked to contact Monaghan garda station 047-77200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

FEELY IN UCD FIRST

University College Dublin has appointed Professor Orla Feely as vice-president for Research, Innovation and Impact, the first woman to hold such a position in the university.

Prof Feely, currently chair of the Irish Research Council, is a graduate of UCD and holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of California.

Irish Independent

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