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Nuclear power needs to be looked at as part of a debate about Ireland's future energy needs, Minister Alex White has said. The Energy Minister believes that the nuclear option must be explored as one way of reducing our reliance on imported oil and gas, the Irish Independent reports.
A woman whose husband killed their two children and then himself said it was "frightening" how many cases of murder-suicide were now occurring in Ireland. Una Butler said Ireland had effectively "brushed under the carpet" the murder-suicide crisis now rocking local communities. She is still struggling to recover from the nightmare of discovering that her husband John (41) had killed their two daughters, Zoe (6) and Ella (2), at their east Cork home on November 16, 2010, the Irish Independent also reports.
The number of people texting or making phone calls while driving has doubled this year, despite tougher new penalties. A new Road Safety Authority (RSA) survey has found that one-in-12 drivers now text or make calls at the wheel, according to the Irish Independent.
A 14-year-old girl who suffered horrific burns in a gas explosion has issued a stark warning to teens everywhere – don’t mess with aerosol cans. “One flick of a lighter ruined my life, and changed it forever,” said Jessica Woods from Drogheda. Ms Woods has undergone 18 different surgeries and is facing even more in the future, The Herald reports.
Actor Aidan Gillen admits he has yet to find out what made Charles Haughey tick – despite playing the controversial figure for a three-part drama. RTE One’s Charlie airs from Sunday. Gillen told the Daily Mail he wasn’t aiming for “full-on impersonation” and he said he does not fully understand the late Fianna Fail politician.
Garda plans to interview the injured daughter of a couple who died in an apparent murder-suicide have been put on hold to allow her time to recover. Michelle Greaney (21) was stabbed in an incident in Cobh, which resulted in the deaths of her parents Michael (53) and Valerie (49), the Irish Examiner reports.