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Breast cancer drug trials begin

WOMEN with breast cancer have been offered new hope with the confirmation that trials are set to begin for a new "smart" drug which improves life expectancy and reduces side effects.

Clinical trials for Roche's potential new 'blockbuster' cancer drug, T-DMI will begin at four cancer hospitals this spring. Results have already shown that T-DMI extends women's lives by six months while reducing side effects, including hair loss. .

Driver charged in death of Irishman

A YOUNG Irishman who was killed in a road crash in Australia had been looking forward to travelling home for Christmas in the coming weeks. Police in Perth have charged a taxi driver with dangerous driving arising out of the death of Ryan Doyle (25), from Leitrim, Co Down.

The bricklayer is believed to have got into an argument with the taxi driver over the fare. Investigators said it will be alleged that, as Mr Doyle was exiting the vehicle, the driver suddenly accelerated causing the Irishman to fall to the ground where he was seriously injured. He later died.

€5,000 for woman 'told to retire' at 65

AN AER Lingus employee who was forced to retire at the age of 65 after 47 years has been awarded €5,000 in compensation after a tribunal found she was discriminated against on the basis of age.

The tribunal heard that Elizabethe Sweeny claimed that she was advised by the company in September 2007 that she would be retiring on January 1, 2008 even though her contract of employment didn't specify a retirement date.

Thousands to turn out for icon

THOUSANDS of Catholic faithful are expected to venerate a travelling icon of the Black Madonna as it tours Ireland this week.

The replica of the famous painting of the Virgin Mary, known as the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, leaves Knock this afternoon bound for Galway before it heads to Dublin and Cork.

Funnyman Byrne gets BBC pilot

COMEDIAN Jason Byrne has revealed how he is hoping to follow in Brendan O'Carroll's footsteps with a new BBC sitcom based on an Irish family clashing with their English in-laws.

The BBC have ordered a pilot TV version of his hit UK radio show 'Father Figure', which will star the Dublin comedian and 'Father Ted' actress Pauline McLynn. The producer behind BAFTA award-winning 'Mrs Brown's Boys', Steven McCrum, is helming the new sitcom, which is centred around a stay-at-home dad played by Byrne.

Irish Independent