Rise in HIV cases
HIGH rates of HIV infection have been diagnosed in patients who were routinely attending the A&E department of the Mater Hospital.
The screening programme, which involved testing 4,900 people, found that nearly three in every 1,000 were positive.
Out of the testing 14 tested positive.
WE'RE STILL GENEROUS
IRELAND has defied the worst recession in living memory to remain one of the most generous countries for charitable donations.
However, Oxfam chief executive Jim Clarken warned that Irish charities are under unprecedented pressure due to falling revenues and having to cope with enormous disasters such as the Philippines typhoon.
DOYLE MAKES A RETURN
Former RTE broadcaster Anne Doyle is a quiz mistress professional, according to the producers behind her new show. Doyle will make her return to TV screens this Sunday, two years after her retirement from the RTE newsroom, when she hosts the pilot of a new quiz show, 'Division'.
While she was nervous ahead of her new TV role, the makers of the show said Doyle made it seem like she had been presenting quiz shows for years. 'Division' producer Mark O'Neil went as far as to label the Wexford native as "the perfect presenter".
'Division' airs this Sunday on RTE One at 6.30pm.
TRAFFICKING GANGS RIFE
HUMAN trafficking in Ireland is generating €250m a year for criminal gangs. The Immigrant Council has warned that Ireland's 'failure' to meet with its international commitments continues to put vulnerable victims in danger.
Five years after the criminalisation of human trafficking, the Government remains non-compliant with the Council of Europe's Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.
BECKS LOVES IRELAND
FORMER Manchester United star David Beckham has revealed his love for Ireland and spoken about how Roy Keane was the best captain he ever played under.
The 38-year-old football star, who retired from football after playing last season in France with Paris Saint-Germain, married his wife Victoria in Dublin's Luttrellstown Castle in 1999.
"I love Ireland honestly. I'm not just saying it because you're sat here asking me but I promise you I love Ireland," he said. "It's a special place because we got married there. Every time I visit Ireland, it's really unbelievable."