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Former interim HSE chief dies

A FORMER interim chief executive of the HSE praised for his work by then Health Minister Mary Harney has died. Kevin Kelly, from Donnybrook, Dublin, was appointed to the position in November 2004.

He served as chairman temporarily until April 2005. Mr Kelly died on Wednesday. His funeral will be held this morning at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook. He will then be buried in Kilmashogue Cemetery, Rathfarnham.

BOSTON is to host an international ceremony in honour of the 1.5 million Irish people who died or emigrated during the Great Famine. The Massachusetts port was a popular destination for many who were forced to flee Ireland on coffin ships during the hunger of 1845 to 1851.

Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan announced that the city would be home to the fourth International Commemoration of the Great Irish Famine during a visit to the Irish Hunger Memorial at Battery Park City, New York.

PARENTS are being warned not to turn to antibiotics for their children's cold and flu symptoms this year. As kids return to school during this flu season, experts have warned that antiobiotics will have no affect on viruses and will only serve to weaken their efficacy in the future.

Dr Fidelma Fitzpatrick, consultant microbiologist, warned using antibiotics for minor ailments builds up a resistance, so when they are required for a serious illness, they may not work.

THE Data Protection Office has been notified about the theft of completed motor tax forms which were stolen from a post box outside a local authority. It is unknown how many forms were stolen from the mail box at Limerick County Council's Motor Tax Office at Lissanalta House in Dooradoyle, Co Limerick.

The box -- located outside the state building -- was smashed open by thieves. The incident was discovered last Tuesday morning.

Due to a production error, the article in yesterday's edition of the Irish Independent on judges' pensions did not include the clarification that those who avail of a new early retirement deal would receive their annual pension on an actuarially reduced basis, in common with cost-neutral early retirement schemes for public servants.

Irish Independent