Rabbits hit by virus
IRELAND'S rabbit population is being hit by a deadly virus. Wildlife officials fear it could be the greatest decline since Myxomatosis wiped out 95pc of Ireland's native rabbit population.
Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) has spread throughout Ireland. The disease has a 50pc mortality rate. The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht admitted that there were indications to suggest a decline in rabbit numbers. "Early indications . . . might suggest some decline in the species nationally in recent years compared to previous decades."
THE Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has called for the expansion of the Breastcheck programme for women over 40, following the screening of its own members.
Three INMO members were found to have previously undiagnosed breast cancer and are now undergoing treatment with a "very positive outlook". INMO president Clare Mahon pointed out that these were health professions who would already be more aware of the need for constant vigilance.
MAN ADMITS ATTACK
A MAN has admitted a baseball attack on a retired garda who died as a result of his injuries five days later.
Seamus Marren (54) was repeatedly beaten over the head and suffered a broken leg during the attack at his home in west Dublin on Saturday, October 26. The injured former garda, who retired two years ago, was hospitalised overnight and released last Sunday. However, he fell unconscious last Thursday hours before he was pronounced dead. A man known to the deceased later gave gardai a detailed admission under caution. Sources say he is not expected to be arrested and a file will be sent to the DPP.
HILLWALKER DEATH FALL
HILLWALKER Geoff Rowden, whose body was found on Connacht's highest mountain, suffered extensive head injuries.
The injuries indicate he fell to his death in extremely difficult terrain. The 38-year-old's body was found on Saturday. Mr Rowden, from Goatstown, Co Dublin, hadn't been seen since Tuesday when he went to climb Mweelrea.
CAR KEY 'FISHING' ALERT
GARDAI have warned people not to leave car keys near the front door due to a 'fishing method' of breaking in.
The criminal will use a telescopic fishing rod or similar device, perhaps with a magnet or hook attached, to take a set of keys through the letter box or open window.