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Reilly 'may go back to school'

HEALTH Minister James Reilly has said he will have to "go back to school" to revive and upgrade his skills if he leaves politics and goes back to work as a doctor.

He was speaking at the committee stage of the Health and Social Care Professionals Bill, which will bring grades of health staff such as social workers and therapists under regulation for the first time. One of its rules will be that professionals who have not practised for any period of time will have to prove their competence again.

Australia seeking Irish midwives

AN Australian health board is seeking to recruit experienced Irish midwives and psychiatric nurses to cope with worsening staff shortages at its public hospitals.

New South Wales Health needs 70 Irish mental health nurses and midwives to work in hospitals in Sydney and other parts of the state from next year, and has appointed Galway-based recruitment agency ICE Group to co-ordinate its campaign.

Film on Clooney's roots hits screens

A DOCUMENTARY on the Kilkenny roots of actor George Clooney will be premiered this weekend.

'George Clooney's Irish Roots: The Real Descendants', which traces the emigration of the actor's ancestor Nicholas Clooney from Kilkenny to Kentucky during the Great Famine in 1847, will be premiered in Waterford and in Tullahoght, Co Kilkenny.

GAA player (21) killed in car crash

A YOUNG GAA player has died following a two-car crash in Co Sligo. JJ McHugh (21), from Kiltimagh, Co Mayo, was rushed to hospital following the accident which happened at around 9am yesterday on the N17 at Ballinacarrow, Ballymote, while he was driving to work.

He and the driver of the other car were taken to Sligo General Hospital, but Mr McHugh was later pronounced dead. The other man's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Stolen chalices dumped in field

VALUABLE chalices taken from a Co Louth church have been found dumped in a field. The four ciboria, containing communion hosts, and a chalice were taken from the Church of St Catherine of Alexandria at Ballapousta, near Ardee.

Parish priest Fr Peter Murphy said: "They were discovered by a man out walking his dog about two kilometres from the church."

Irish Independent