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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Mums-to-be 'heavier'

CLOSE to half of all pregnant women in Ireland gain too much weight during pregnancy, leading to heavy babies, a new study reveals.

A survey found that 43pc of expectant mothers here exceed medical guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy. The findings were published in the academic research journal 'Obesity'.

'JURORS' SKIP DUTY

THE Central Criminal Court came close to not having enough jurors to hear trials this week.

Justice Paul Carney remarked on Tuesday that he would have great difficulty swearing in enough jurors after just 79 people out of the 400 who were summonsed turned up. Two murder and two rape trials were scheduled for this week.

BUS FILE SENT TO GARDAI

A GOVERNMENT committee investigating claims of bribery and corruption at Bus Eireann has forwarded documents to the gardai for investigation.

The semi-state company has been at the centre of a storm after a number of private bus operators said they had to give "kickbacks" to company employees to retain their contracts.

MAN ON INLA CHARGE

A DUBLIN man has appeared before a rare late night sitting of the Special Criminal Court charged with INLA membership. Paul Mason (26) with an address at Ballygarra Park, Garristown, Co Dublin, was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State, styling itself the Irish National Liberation Army, otherwise the INLA on May 7, 2014. The three-judge court remanded him in custody to appear before the court next week. GRA loses sick pay bid

THE Garda Representative Association (GRA) has failed to obtain a High Court injunction preventing the Public Expenditure Minister bringing in new regulations on sick pay.

The GRA and three other associations representing gardai had claimed that the minister did not have the power to make the regulations without providing a derogation.

'ABOLISH RAPE PAY-OFFS'

THE Rape Crisis Network of Ireland (RCNI) said it applauds the Government's plans to abolish the payment of compensation to victims as a means of avoiding a jail sentence. Speaking at a hearing of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice yesterday, RCNI legal director Caroline Counihan said rape victims did not want compensation from attackers.

Irish Independent

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