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Body in Shannon

THE body of an unidentified man has been recovered from the River Shannon in Limerick.

Divers from Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service discovered the body on the south shore of the river near Limerick Docks, at around 11.15am yesterday.

A four-man diving team had been searching for the bodies of two missing women at the time. The body is thought to have been in the water for at least than 48 hours. Gardai are trying to establish the man's identity.

He is believed to be in his late 40s or early 50s.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Henry Street Garda station on 061-212400.

Doubts over GM food

Government TDs said they remain "sceptical" about the European Union proposals for genetically modified (GM) food and feeds.

During an Oireachtas Agriculture Committee hearing yesterday, Labour TD Willie Penrose warned that Ireland should "tread carefully" before any final decision is made.

He said that he has "great reservations" about genetically modifying food and feed and said that he "remains very sceptical".

"I always believed that we are dabbling in the unknown," the Laois-Offaly representative said.

Fine Gael TD Tom Barry said he does not think it will make "the tillage farmer any better off".

Challenge to Yes vote

THE Court of Appeal will hear an application tomorrow from a man seeking to challenge the Yes vote in the same sex marriage referendum.

Gerry Walshe, an electrician from Lisdeen, Co Clare, wants to appeal last week's decision by the High Court refusing him permission to bring a petition challenging the May 22 referendum result.

He wants the appeal court to grant a stay on the issuing of a certificate verifying the result. The case is against Ireland and the Attorney General, the Referendum Returning Officer and the Referendum Commission.

Brigade cut off ring

The fire brigade had to be called to a hospital in Co Clare to help medics remove a ring from an injured man's finger.

The college student had been taken to Ennis General Hospital following a playing field accident on Monday night. The man is understood to have been climbing a fence to retrieve a ball when his ring got caught.

Irish Independent