Browne hit by illness
BROADCASTER Vincent Browne has confirmed that he fell ill last month with pneumonia. However, he continued to present his flagship TV3 programme before being hospitalised last weekend.
The face of 'Tonight with Vincent Browne' last night explained his decision to step down from the programme for the summer. Browne tweeted: "Regarding leave from Tonight programme, got pneumonia last month (but) continued working."
TEEN FIGHTING FOR LIFE
A Donegal man is battling for his life after he was involved in a serious accident while on holidays in Spain.
Oisin Merritt is from Stranorlar. The 19-year-old was holidaying with a group of his friends in Santa Ponsa, Mallorca, resort when the incident occurred. It's understood he may have fallen. It is believed he sustained a fractured skull and has been placed in an induced coma.
PHONES HARM FERTILITY
MEN who carry a mobile phone in their trouser pocket could be decreasing their chances of becoming a father, scientists have warned.
A study, published in the journal 'Environment International', has found that the electromagnetic radiation from mobile devices may be harmful to male fertility.
GARDAI SEIZE GUNS
GARDAI have seized two loaded handguns and silencers after a routine patrol stopped a car on a backroad. Officers from the local drugs unit at Ronanstown in west Dublin were on duty in their area when they halted a car and spoke to the driver.
Another vehicle pulled in nearby on the Newcastle Road at Grange, near Adamstown, and gardai went to investigate. They searched the vehicle and recovered a bag, containing two loaded Magnums, silencers and ammunition. The three suspects, who were all in their 20s and Lithuanians, were arrested and taken to Lucan and Ronanstown garda stations.
TALKS TO AVERT STRIKES
A UNION at Irish Rail has sought productivity rewards for staff in return for pay cuts, at 11th-hour talks to avert industrial action.
Negotiations began yesterday after chief executive David Franks gave unions a week to broker a deal – or else the workforce will be forced to take pay cuts. The National Bus and Railworkers' Union, which voted against the cuts, has threatened "a reaction to such provocation" if they are imposed, although it has not balloted on industrial action. SIPTU members, who also rejected the cuts, have voted for industrial action, but not strikes.