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Mountjoy inmate found hanged

A man, who began a four-year sentence in Mountjoy prison last month for attempted robbery, burglary and motoring offences, was yesterday found hanged in his single cell.

The 27-year-old inmate was named last night as Anthony Burke, from Blackhorse Grove, North Circular Road, in Dublin. Staff found his body in the cell when they checked at 7am.

NEW standards for testing buses and trucks are being introduced in the wake of the 2005 Kentstown tragedy in Co Meath which resulted in the deaths of five teenage schoolgirls.

The Cabinet yesterday gave the green light for legislation to be introduced which tightens up the current commercial vehicle roadworthiness system. The new laws will set out more consistent testing standards for buses and coaches and responsibility for tests will be handed over to the Road Safety Authority.

A BUSINESSMAN has moved to reassure brides-to-be that his hotel will re-open in the "near future". The Carlton Abbey Hotel in Athy, Co Kildare, shut down unexpectedly earlier this month when the operator withdrew from the business.

A lack of business in January was blamed on Cabath Ltd's decision not to continue to operate the hotel. Yesterday, the co-owner of the hotel, Eamonn Esmond, revealed that he will re-open the hotel. The exact date has not yet been finalised.

A NEW fertility clinic is to offer genetic screening of embryos to parents who want to find out if their baby has inherited a disease.

The controversial treatment, previously only available abroad, will mean parents can find out if their child will be born with a condition like cystic fibrosis. The service is to be offered by the Beacon Medical Group in partnership with CARE Fertility, which is opening a new clinic in Beacon Medical Campus in south Dublin.

Irish Independent