Tuesday 20 March 2018

What it says in the papers

Six stories you need to know this morning:

  • The health insurance market is set for its biggest shake-up as insurers attempt to sign up thousands of people before new rules price them out of the market for ever, according to the Irish Independent. GloHealth is set to launch a new starter health plan at a rock-bottom cost of just over €400 a year for an adult, the Irish Independent can reveal.The new plan is set to be the cheapest in the market, and comes days after both VHI and Laya launched starter plans. Aviva is due to unveil another low-cost plan in the coming days.
  • The family of Irish girl Lisa Orsi who collapsed after trekking up a volcano in Indonesia have said they’re hoping for a miracle. Lisa (22) was left fighting for her life after suffering an allergic reaction on the trek, the Herald reports.
  • Handcuffs were used to restrain a child in a Dublin detention centre which has failed to meet a range of best-practice standards. The handcuffs incident involved up to seven staff restraining a young person at the Oberstown detention centre in Lusk. The incident was included in a report by inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) published yesterday.
  • Apple's plan to build a massive data centre powered entirely by renewable energy in the west of Ireland has been attacked by anti-wind campaigners. Henry Fingleton, from anti-wind group Wind Aware Ireland, said Apple's announcement on the €850m project was premature.
  • A one-year suspended jail sentence was imposed yesterday on a mother who admitted assaulting her own infant daughter by grabbing her forcefully from a stroller and squeezing her, breaking the baby’s ribs, leg and arm. The 27-year-old mother attended with social services, the Irish Examiner has reported.
  • Actress Kate Murray who is starring in Martin McDonagh’s award-winning play The Pillowman in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre says that she wishes her late father Colm Murray was able to come and see her star in a major play, the Irish Daily Star reports. Former RTE broadcaster Murray died in 2013 after a battle with motor neurone disease.

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