Shine's trial challenge
Fire guts school bus
A RETIRED consultant surgeon has got High Court permission to bring a challenge to his trial on charges of indecently assaulting 22 young males.
Dr Michael Shine (80), who denies all the charges, claims he cannot get a fair trial because there was a delay before charges were brought. Dr Shine, of Wellington Road, Dublin 4, is charged with 25 counts of indecent assault, which allegedly occurred from 1964 until 1990 at Our Lady's Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, and at a clinic in the same county.
A COACH carrying school children has been gutted in a fire in Co Limerick. The 44-seat bus caught fire on the N21 between Newcastle West and Templeglantine.
The children were evacuated before the blaze took hold and nobody was hurt. Gardai attended the scene along with two units of the Co Limerick Fire Brigade. The fire was extinguished shortly before 7.30pm.
TOAST SPARKS SCARE
CORK Airport was evacuated yesterday when a customs official burned toast in his staff canteen. The airport was evacuated for seven minutes, according to management, but there were no delays to flights.
The burning toast set off two fire alarms and caused an automatic clearance of the terminal area. Once airport police and fire brigade personnel gave the all-clear, members of the public and staff returned to the building.
UNA TO HOST TV SHOW
SINGER Una Healy will front a new RTE series for children. The Tipperary-born star will present 'Una's Dream Ticket', a programme to grant wishes to youths around the country.
The member of girlband The Saturdays said she was thrilled to be offered a chance to take on a TV project in Ireland. Tyrone Productions is calling on those aged 16 or under to be part of the series. For more information, Email email@example.com. The closing date is July 19.
HAM SANDWICH RECORD
THEY may have lost the match, but Offaly walked away with a world record at the Leinster senior hurling championship clash with Kilkenny in Tullamore.
Offaly GAA captured the record for making ham sandwiches. Offaly team sponsors Carroll Cuisine provided the ingredients, while former county stars Joe Dooley, Brian Whelehan and Michael Duignan pitched in alongside Kilkenny's DJ Carey and Eddie Brennan. The challenge was undertaken for Irish Autism Action.