Patient attacks nurse
A NURSE has been assaulted at a psychiatric unit of a hospital, bringing to seven the number of assaults on nurses recorded there in a two-week period.
The unit at Kerry General Hospital was the subject of an inspection by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) on Monday, following a complaint by the Psychiatric Nurses' Association. The latest incident occurred on Thursday when a female nurse was hit on the face and head by a patient. A spokesperson for the HSE confirmed the inspection by HSA officials had taken place.
TRINITY SCIENCE JOBS
A TOTAL of 119 jobs have been created over the past two years at the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI), which has evolved from TCD's "innovation alliance" with UCD.
It has also linked up with a total of 76 companies to undertake world-class research that is helping to tackle some of the major health challenges confronting modern-day life. The figures are included in TBSI's first progress report.
APARTMENT BLOCK FIRE
RESIDENTS of a Galway apartment block were evacuated after a fire broke out early yesterday morning.
The blaze broke out at the Kilrainey apartments in Moycullen, Co Galway, shortly before 5am yesterday. No one was injured in the incident.
PRIEST GUILTY OF ABUSE
A PRIEST who was the Dean of Discipline at a Cork boarding school has been convicted of abusing a pupil as he slept in the school's sick bay.
Yesterday, a jury of 10 men and two women at Cork Circuit Criminal Court found Fr Tadhg O'Dalaigh (70) of Woodview, Mount Merrion Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin, guilty of indecently assaulting a pupil in the sick bay of Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carrignavar, Co Cork, on a date between March 1 and April 30, 1979. O'Dalaigh, who had pleaded guilty to five other separate charges earlier in the week, was remanded on continuing bail to appear for sentencing on October 31.
TOAD NUMBERS JUMP
KERRY is hopping with rare toads as an endangered breed is multiplying across the county.
New figures from the National Parks & Wildlife Service reveal that Natterjack toads and toadlets are popping up in high numbers on the Iveragh and Dingle peninsulas. Experts now say that Kerry's rainy May and sunny June provided ideal breeding conditions for the toad – one of the only three amphibians found in Ireland.