In Brief: Biker killed in crash
A MAN has died after his motorbike collided with a car on a busy road in Co Wexford.
The man, who was in his late 20s, died at the scene of the crash at Ferrycarrig on the N11 close to Wexford town. He was on the Wexford to Enniscorthy road when the collision occurred at around 8.25pm.
There were no other injuries reported at the scene. Gardai closed off the road to allow a collision expert to examine the area. South-bound travellers were diverted through Crossabeg and north-bound traffic diverted at the National Heritage Park.
BIRD DEATHS 'DELIBERATE'
BANNED poisons have been used to kill birds of prey re-introduced to the wild, a new report says.
A total 33 birds of prey including red kites, peregrine falcons and kestrels were killed in 2011, with some shot while others were poisoned using carbofuran, banned in the EU since 2008 because of the dangers it poses to birds and household pets. "Some of the deaths were accidental, but many were deliberate," the report by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said.
BODY TO BE IDENTIFIED
GARDAI are now confident they have identified the badly decomposed remains that may have lain in a derelict house for up to four years.
DNA tests are under way to fully confirm the identity of the man who was discovered at a property at Royal Canal Bank Way, in Phibsboro, Dublin, on Wednesday. Gardai said they made "significant progress" a day after they released an image of a wristwatch.
DOCTORS PLAN BALLOT
JUNIOR doctors will press ahead with a ballot for potential industrial action, as a doctors' body warned it remained "cynical" of Health Minister James Reilly's promises to tackle the problem of long hours.
The Irish Medical Organisation confirmed it was pressing ahead with a ballot of its 2,000 junior doctor members on possible industrial action next month. By law doctors should work no more than 48 hours a week.
NORTON SIGNS BBC DEAL
Graham Norton has landed a new BBC contract, his friend and fellow DJ Chris Evans has revealed.
Speaking on his BBC Radio 2 'Breakfast Show' yesterday, he let it slip that the BBC has renewed Mr Norton's contract for another three years. However, he didn't specify whether the contract is for his popular weekly TV chat show 'The Graham Norton Show' on BBC One or his BBC Radio 2 slot on Saturdays from 10am.