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Thursday 17 April 2014

Visiting restricted at bug-hit hospital

VISITING restrictions have been put in place at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick in order to limit the spread of the winter vomiting bug.

There are two confirmed cases of Norovirus in the Dooradoyle facility and three suspected cases. Children are not permitted to visit at any time except in extraordinary circumstances.

Farmer in hospital after hit-and-run

A FARMER is in a critical condition in hospital after he was involved in a hit-and-run incident.

Gerard Keane, who is in his late 60s, was badly injured as he was crossing the road in Ardrahan, Co Galway. Mr Keane was crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing when he was hit by a car that failed to stop.

Meteor shower to light up night sky

Stargazers will get a rare chance to watch meteors whizzing across Irish skies next week.

On Tuesday, the annual Leonid meteor shower will produce juvenile meteors, which will be just over 600 years old.

Campaigner in festive switch-on

Disability rights campaigner Joanne O'Riordan has brought Christmas to her native Cork.

Joanne, who has addressed the UN and has led a campaign for better conditions for people suffering from debilitating conditions, was invited to switch on the festive decorations by the Lord Mayor of Cork, John Buttimer.

Anti-levies protest planned for capital

CAMPAIGNERS opposed to water charges and the property tax have urged the public to attend a planned protest march in Dublin next Saturday.

The Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes said opposition would continue because people could not afford to pay any more charges. The protest will take place at Parnell Square at 1pm.

Flood to receive honorary doctorate

FORMER managing director of Guinness and chairman of the Labour Court Finbarr Flood will receive an honorary doctorate in philosophy from the Dublin Institute of Technology in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to the worlds of business, sport, public service and community engagement".

He will be conferred today at DIT's graduation ceremony in St Patrick's Cathedral.

Irish Independent

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