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Thursday 22 March 2018

In brief: Newborn to get HIV drugs after court examines risks at mother's request

The High Court yesterday granted an order to the HSE to administer antiretroviral drugs to a child upon birth, whose mother has been tested positive for the HIV virus.

The woman at the centre of the case, who is heavily pregnant, agreed to a Caesarean procedure within days, so the drugs, which will help reduce the risk of the virus transmitting from her to the child, can be administered. She had requested through her lawyers that the court investigate the benefits or risks that the drugs could have on the newborn.

The HSE had requested a High Court order for antiretroviral drugs to be administered to a child upon birth, because of the woman's condition. The High Court heard that the drugs would give the child the best possible start in life. The HSE suggested the woman should undergo a Caesarean section tomorrow. Mr Justice George Birmingham ordered an emergency hearing yesterday to hear evidence from health experts before he made his judgement.

Gardai investigate cause of house fire

GARDAI in Dundalk are investigating a house fire that claimed the life of a local woman early yesterday morning.

The fire was reported at 8.45am in the flat-roofed house at Faughart Terrace, St Mary's Road. Firefighters located the woman in an upstairs bedroom of the terraced house.

German chancellor softens tax stance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday softened her stance on whether Ireland should raise its 12.5 per cent corporate tax rate. Mrs Merkel suggested the tax rate was a matter for the Irish Government.

She said that all countries were aware of the eurozone's protection umbrella and could choose to access it. She added: "Everything else is up to each individual country."

However France's President Sarkozy said he expected Ireland to raise corporate tax rate but admitted a rise was not be a condition for any bailout. Despite his comment, Brian Cowen reiterated that the rate was non-negotiable.

Banks 'misled' Nama over loan book

FF TD Michael McGrath yesterday said that he has written to the Garda Commissioner, the Financial Regulator and the Director of Corporate Enforcement calling on them to investigate initial information given by the banks to Nama.

Mr McGrath said: "It now seems clear that Nama was initially given a misleading picture about the quality of the loan book. If Nama had accepted in good faith the accuracy of the initial information supplied to it by the banks, it would have overpaid for the loan book by in excess of €20bun."

One winner in Dublin for €3.3m Lotto

THERE was one winner of last night's €3,295,763 Lotto jackpot with a ticket sold in Dublin. The numbers were 12, 19, 21, 31, 39, 42 (bonus 2).

There was one Match 5+bonus winner who gets €25k; 58 Match 5s (€1,481); 151 Match 4+bonus (€142); 2,455 Match 4s (€54); 3,708 Match 3+bonus (€24); and 40,232 Match 3s (€5). In the Lotto Plus 1 the numbers were 4, 5, 25, 28, 39, 40 (bonus 23) and in the Lotto Plus 2 the numbers were 10, 12, 25, 29, 31, 44 (bonus 17).

In the UK draw for £4.4m, the numbers were 6, 7, 8, 17, 27, 46 (bonus 29).

Pussycat Doll visits for whirlwind tour

There was great excitement at Ireland West Airport in Knock, Co Mayo, yesterday as international pop star Kimberley Wyatt, a former member of girl-band the Pussycat Dolls, arrived at the airport for a whirlwind visit.

The pop star was travelling to Mayo for Sky 1's Got to Dance talent show, hosted by Davina McCall, to film footage for a forthcoming episode of the programme.

April wedding for Prince William

HEIR to the British crown Prince William is hoping to marry Kate Middleton at the end of April.

Senior royal sources confirmed that the couple have their hearts set on a spring wedding in London and have selected a "first choice" date, thought to be during the final week of April. The date, understood to be a weekday, is being cleared with the Royal family and Downing Street and is expected to be announced this week.

Mater and St Vincent's to merge

The Mater and St Vincent's Hospitals in Dublin are to merge. Services will continue to be based in the existing hospitals on the north and southside of Dublin but administratively they would be run as a single institution.

The proposed merger comes under an overall plan to establish a new Dublin Academic Medical Centre (DAMC) that would involve the two hospitals and the medical school at UCD with a combined total of more than 250 hospital consultants, 160 biomedical research scientists and more than 1,000 in-patient hospital beds.

Dublin woman found dead in Lanzarote

Spanish police are investigating the death of an Irish holidaymaker found floating lifeless in her hotel swimming pool in Lanzarote. Antoinette Fitzpatrick, 59, said to be from Dublin, was discovered early on Friday at the Montana Club Aparthotel in Puerto del Carmen. A member of staff spotted her at 2am floating fully-clothed.

Republican refuses return to North

A coroner in the North has appealed to one of the three republicans arrested in Colombia to attend an inquest in Belfast. John Leckey wants Lurgan republican Martin McCauley to risk extradition to the south American country to give evidence at an inquest into the death of a 17-year-old friend shot by the RUC in 1982.

McCauley was wounded in the incident when a special police unit stormed a shed near Lurgan at the conclusion of an undercover operation. McCauley's lawyer told the coroner that his client was "totally prepared to cooperate with the inquest" and was prepared to give evidence via a video link but could not return to the North.

Company director leaves €3.3m in will

Joseph Bonner, a company director, blacksmith and engineer of Pearse Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, who died on September 29, 2008, has left €3,298,430 in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week.

Other wills: Helen E Mythan, widow of Lehaustown Lane, Cabinteely, Dublin, €1,996,358; Robert Oliver Lloyd, industrial chemist, Ballybride Road, Shanhill, Co Dublin, €1,540,300; Aidan Doyle, retired civil servant, Oaklands Drive, Rathgar, Dublin, €1,665,044; Maura Domoney, St Margaret's Road, Malahide, Dublin, €1,714,556; Peter Cullen, company director, Falls Road, Rathmichael, Dublin, €1,575,5245; Stephen Murphy, farmer, Ballylinan, Co Laois, who died on December 21, 2009, left €1,540,300.

The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.

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