Friday 30 January 2015

Scientist's epic tour

Published 30/08/2014 | 02:30

ONE of the country's top scientists, who embarked on an epic journey around the country, will today complete the penultimate leg of his trip.

Dr Liam Lysaght, who embarked on the 3,200km 'Wild Ireland Tour' earlier this month, arrived at the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the capital's Bull Island yesterday afternoon, where he was greeted by Dublin's Lord Mayor Christy Burke, local volunteers and Meriem Bouamrane from the UNESCO World Biosphere Network.

Dr Lysaght, who is the director of the National Biodiversity Data Centre, will now cycle from Dublin to Waterford, via Courtown, Co Wexford.

HSE runs care home

THE Health Service Executive (HSE) has taken over the running of a Cork nursing home.

The facility, Glanmire Residential Care Centre on the outskirts of Cork city, will now be run by the HSE with immediate effect on foot of an application by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

There will be no impact for the 38 residents of the nursing facility, all of whom will continue to be cared for at the centre.

Car hire complaints

THERE has been a significant increase in the number of complaints made in relation to car hire, the European Consumer Centre (ECC) has revealed.

Some 9pc of complaints received by the centre last year were in relation to car hire, a 28pc increase in comparison with the year before. The centre dealt with 3,279 contacts and almost two-thirds of these were complaints, according the ECC 2013 annual report.

Almost 42pc of complaints were in relation to air passenger rights and 8.1pc were in relation to entertainment services.

€60k raised for Katie

THE family of an Irish girl who dreams of being able to walk thanks to pioneering US surgery are "totally overcome" after reaching their €60,000 fundraising target.

Katie Byrne (7) required the money for special surgery at a Missouri hospital, which will allow her to walk normally.

Her parents, Robert and Antoinette, thanked Irish Independent readers for a flood of donations after her story was featured in this newspaper.

The couple, from Coolock and Stepaside in Dublin but who live in Cobh, Co Cork, believe Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) will transform their daughter's life. Katie is scheduled to undergo the procedure on October 23.

Irish Independent

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