Probe into cause of hospital blaze
AN investigation is under way into a fire that caused suspected structural damage to an historic building. The fire at the former St Anne's annex of the Our Lady's Hospital complex in Sunday's Well, Cork, erupted shortly before 11pm on Wednesday and was fought for over eight hours by fire brigade personnel.
The hospital -- then known as the Cork Asylum -- opened in the 1790s and for over 150 years was one of the biggest psychiatric facilities in the country.
IKEA gets nod for earlier opening
RETAILING giant IKEA has been granted planning permission from Fingal County Council to open its Dublin store an hour earlier at 10am.
A Bord Pleanala condition placed on the original planning permission for the superstore stipulated that it could not commence business until 11am from Monday to Friday following concerns about potential congestion on the nearby Ballymun section of the M50 motorway.
Gardai investigate assault on youth
GARDAI in Limerick are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl in the city.
The teenager was discovered by gardai in a laneway between the North Circular Road and the Ennis Road close to Ard Scoil Ris Secondary School at 7pm on Wednesday night. Gardai at Mayorstone are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 061 456980.
Fire officer urges care over gorse
A fire officer has appealed to the public to be extra careful in 2011 after one of the busiest years on record for bog and gorse fires.
Chief Fire Officer for Donegal, Bobby McMenamin, was speaking after recently released figures revealed that the Donegal Fire Service had responded to 531 calls from January to September of this year.