Tuesday 20 March 2018

Two die in drownings

TWO post-mortems will take place today after separate drowning incidents over the weekend.

Thomas Revins (51) died after he slipped off the wall of Town Bridge in Athlone around 11.30pm on Saturday.

Mr Revins's body was recovered from the River Shannon the following morning after a search by the Garda water unit, the RNLI and Athlone sub-aqua club.

A post-mortem on the body of a man who drowned off Howth in Dublin is also expected to take place today.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, was found by the garda water unit in the area near where fishing equipment had been discovered earlier.


THE Food Safety Authority of Ireland has once again urged consumers to boil all imported frozen berries for at least one minute before eating, as it continues its investigation into a hepatitis A outbreak linked to the berries.

The link was first discovered in July and, since then, 15 Irish people have fallen ill. It is thought they were infected with the virus from eating imported frozen berries.


LOUTH County council is to carry out an internal audit of its social housing acquisition programme in 2010 after it emerged that the council purchased two houses from members of its own staff.


GALWAY city will become the last urban council area to abandon its refuse collection service if, as expected, it announces later today a decision to privatise the business.

Intense competition from private operators has driven prices down and led householders to abandon the council's service.

Irish Independent

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