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Lifetime award for writer Jennifer Johnston

VETERAN Irish novelist Jennifer Johnston will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Irish Book Awards in the RDS on November 22.

Born in Dublin in 1930, she is one of the foremost Irish writers of her generation. Past recipients of the prestigious award include Maeve Binchy, John McGahern, Edna O'Brien and Seamus Heaney.

€1.35m for boy over birth injury

A YOUNG boy with a mild form of cerebral palsy has secured €1.35m in settlement of his action over alleged negligence in the circumstances of his birth at a Cork hospital.

The settlement for Shane Fitzgerald (11) was made without admission of liability, against consultant obstetrician Dr David Corr and with no order against the Bon Secours Hospital. It was approved at the High Court by Ms Justice Mary Irvine.

Convent blaze lit 'for warmth'

A FIRE which gutted a listed 19th Century convent was likely lit by a group of people trying to stay warm.

Gardai are conducting a detailed analysis of the Good Shepherd convent in Cork. The derelict building has been used by homeless people.

Disabled teen to light up Christmas

AN IRISH teen born without arms and legs who has campaigned for disability rights will launch the Christmas festivities in Cork.

Joanne O'Riordan (16) from Millstreet is to switch on the Christmas lights tomorrow. Joanne was invited to address the UN in New York last April and will be the focus of an upcoming film, 'No Limbs, No Limits'.

Irish Independent