Thursday 18 January 2018

Live-saving defibrillators to become a common sight under senator's bill

The availability of life-saving defibrillators in public places will be increased significantly as a result of new legislation to be introduced by Senator Feargal Quinn.

Health Minister James Reilly has accepted the principle of the bill, which will make it a legal requirement to have the devices installed in many public places, including churches, entertainment and hospitality venues, sports clubs, train, bus and ferry terminals, supermarkets, garda stations and courthouses – which will now be listed as 'designated areas' under the legislation.

Senator Quinn believes that this legislation will go a long way towards achieving a better survival rate for those who have heart attacks and other forms of cardiac arrest.

TWO KILLED IN NORTHERN CAR CRASH

Two people have been killed in a car crash in Kilrea, Co Derry. A blue BMW was found on fire after police received a report that there had been an accident on the Agivey Road shortly after 3am yesterday.

It's thought that the two occupants of the BMW died after a road traffic collision. The Agivey Road was closed and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

FORTY GARDA STATIONS TO BE SOLD OFF

Forty garda stations dotted around the country are to be offloaded to the highest bidder in the latest State asset sell-off. The move to get rid of the properties – closed as a result of Justice Minister Alan Shatter's "mobile policing" drive – comes at a time when rank and file gardai are working from portakabins in some areas.

And there is still anger in many communities about the loss of a physical garda presence in their towns or villages. Among those to be sold is Camp Garda Station, Co Kerry by the Slieve Mish Mountains on the Dingle Peninsula.

NO WINNER OF €4.5M LOTTO JACKPOT

THERE was no winner of last night's €4,624,384 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 3, 4 18, 19, 26, 42 (bonus 21).

There were 2 Match 5+bonus winners who each got €25k; 55 Match 5s (€1,269); 133 Match 4+bonus (€132); 2,322 Match 4s (€46); 3,380 Match 3+bonus (€21); and 38,192 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 22, 26, 36, 38, 40, 44 (bonus 20) and the Lotto plus 2 nnumbers were 3, 8, 13, 18, 30, 31 (bonus 9).

In the UK draw for stg£3.7m the numbers were 16, 24, 27, 39, 45, 49 (bonus 44).

US FLIGHT FORCED TO LAND DUE TO ILL CREW

A US-bound passenger jet was forced to return to Dublin Airport yesterday after two crew members fell ill soon after take-off, writes Pat Flynn.

US Airways flight 725 left Dublin at 9.31am destined for Charlotte, North Carolina, with 171 passengers and a crew of nine on board. The captain initially reported that an odour had been detected on board and told controllers that they wished to return to Dublin to have it investigated. As the Boeing 757-200 jet was approaching the north shore of Lough Derg the crew declared an emergency reporting that two cabin crew members were complaining of feeling unwell. The flight touched down safely at 10.20am and paramedics boarded the flight.

FORTY-NINE JOBS UNDER THREAT AT PLANT

TALKS are under way to save jobs at a Co Monaghan-based thermal packaging plant owned by a US-founded global consortium.

Staff at the Sonoco Plastics plant at Kingscourt Road, Carrickmacross, were informed by management last week that it is likely the plant, which employees 49 workers, will cease production before the end of the year. The company was founded in the US in 1899 and enjoys a global market, with branches in 33 other countries.

NORTH'S ENQUIRIES BOSS TO STAY IN POST

Dave Cox who heads the Historical Enquiries Team (HET), which has been criticised over how it investigated killings by British soldiers, has just signed a new two-year deal to remain at its helm.

It is considered unlikely that he will stand down over the critical HMIC (HM Inspector of Constabulary) report, which concluded that his investigators had breached Article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights and had not been vigorous in its questioning of soldiers suspected of involvement in army killings in the Seventies.

PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott is expected to meet the former Metropolitan Police chief tomorrow to discuss the report. But supporters of the HET say military cases make up only five per cent of its overall task and that many families in the North have been highly supportive of its enquiries into the deaths of their loved ones.

€50M CONCERT CENTRE GETS APPROVAL

ALMOST 200 jobs will be created after An Bord Pleanala granted planning permission for a €50m Cork concert centre to rival Dublin's O2 and Belfast's Odyssey.

The Albert Quay project got the go-ahead from Cork City Council but objections required an ABP ruling. Developer Owen O'Callaghan said that now ABP has given the go-ahead, construction work is likely to commence in early 2014. O'Callaghan Properties welcomed the ABP decision and said such a facility has long been identified as crucial for Cork's business and tourism industries.

MAN RESCUED FROM CLIFF FACE

A man who tried to climb a cliff in north Dublin had to be rescued after he became stuck on a dangerous ledge.

The man had tried to climb a cliff from a beach but became stranded, unable to move up or down, mid-cliff. Fifteen members of the the Irish Coast Guard Cliff Rescue Unit based at Howth were on-scene within 10 minutes of the call, and a 50m mid-cliff rescue was completed quickly. For video see independent.ie.

AUSTERITY BITES INTO TEACHING HOURS

A survey conducted by Amarach on behalf of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association shows austerity policies have led to a reduction in staff and the hours available for teaching for the last three years.

Some nine per cent of schools surveyed reported that they had already reduced staff; seven per cent will have to reduce staff this year; and in 2014-2015, nine per cent will do so. Over those same period schools reported reductions in hours to support children with learning needs in 13 per cent, 7 per cent and 8 per cent of cases respectively.

INSURANCE BROKER LEAVES €1.8M IN WILL

Graham W Pasley, an insurance broker of Olney Crescent, Terenure, Dublin, has left €1,845,439 in his will.

Other wills: Thomas Gaule, farmer, Kilmacow, Kilkenny, left €1,480,058; Frances Kennedy, nurse, formerly of Greenville Road, Blackrock, Dublin, left €1,165,391; Terry Sullivan, farmer, Clonahard, Longford, left €1,065,117; and Ann Callaghan, homemaker, of Simonstown, Navan, Co Meath, left €1,035,124.

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

Irish Independent

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