Dutch GM drug plans
A DUTCH company is seeking permission to test a genetically modified vaccine on foals at a Co Offaly stud farm. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has received 28 public submissions and objections to the proposal.
Pharmaceutical giant Merck Sharp and Dohme made the application on behalf of Intervet International BV for consent to carry out the three-year clinical study. The vaccine has been genetically modified to tackle Rhodococcus equi, a bacteria found in soil and a common cause of pneumonia in foals.
Hunt for 1916 items
JOHN Brennan, the co-presenter of RTE's 'At Your Service' is hosting an antiques valuation at his newest venture Dromquinna Manor in Kenmare, Co Kerry, next weekend and is hoping people will search their attics for memorabilia relating to the 1916 Rising and the Civil War.
He's hoping that anyone with memorabilia will bring it along to be valued free of charge by antiques expert Ciaran Doyle from Adam's in Dublin between 2pm and 5pm on March 24.
Dub new finance chief
AN Irish-born politician has been appointed as the new finance minister in Victoria in Australia.
Michael O'Brien (41), who has an Irish mother and Australian father, was born in Dublin in 1971 before his family returned to Australia 18 months later. His mother's family is from Rathmines, Dublin, and he still has relatives there.
Rotunda takes award
THE Rotunda Hospital in Dublin has won the Maternity Hospital of the Year award at the Irish Healthcare Centre Awards.
As the oldest working maternity hospital in the world, it has provided care to generations of women and the award jury noted the commitment of the Rotunda's staff to the provision of high-quality, safe and reliable care. Hospital master Sam Coulter-Smith said he was delighted at the recognition and it was a confirmation of the hard work and effort of all staff.
WARRING rockers Liam and Noel Gallagher have been invited to take part in a record-breaking family gathering.
Organisers of the second Gallagher Global Gathering in Donegal hope the Oasis brothers, who fell out in 2009, will kiss and make up for the event. The 10-day event (August 6 to 15) will take place at Gortahork. It aims to bring break the record for the largest number of people with the same name in one place.