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Sunday 18 February 2018

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Six stories you need to know this morning:

Every garda in one rural station has been officially informed that their lives are in danger from a major criminal gang. In an unprecedented situation, six uniformed officers were warned of credible death threats, the Irish Independent can reveal. Some have already been subjected to a campaign of intimidation that they believe is a reaction to a local crackdown on organised crime, the Irish Independent reports.

Rail, taxi, car-sharing, private bus and bicycle are some of the transport options which will be called upon by commuters and travellers over the next two days. Bus unions have refused to rule out further strike action after seven days of planned stoppages this month are completed. Eleventh-hour talks aimed at averting this weekend's two-day strike by Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus workers collapsed at the Labour Relations Commission.

A quick-thinking Aer Lingus Regional pilot and co-pilot saved their plane and 46 passengers by flying into a rain shower to clear sea salt which had completely caked their aircraft windscreen. The revelation came as an Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) report praised "the good airmanship" of the crew of the ATR-72 flight from Manchester to Cork whose skill averted a potential accident at 10.50pm on January 2 2014. The AAIU described it as "a serious incident".

After months of speculation a broadcast date for Pat Kenny's new chat show on UTV Ireland has finally been revealed, The Herald reports. Pat Kenny in the Round will kick off on Monday, May 11 at 9pm on Ireland's newest channel. Five episodes of the series will run throughout May and June, with an additional eight episodes being shown from autumn.

The cost of fixing fire safety issues in a Kildare housing estate that was affected by a massive blaze could be €10,000 per home, residents have learned. Inspections at some homes in the Millfield estate in Newbridge have found structural and fire safety deficiencies, and residents are calling for a meeting with Kildare County Council on the matter, says local councillor Willie Crowley. Six houses were completely destroyed on March 31 when a fire quickly spread through a terrace in less than an hour.

The Irish Times reports that hundreds more patients who had colonoscopies are being recalled as the controversy over the misreading of patients’ scans and tests in Irish hospitals widens. At Wexford General Hospital, the size of a review of colonoscopies carried out in the hospital, originally announced in February as part of the BowelScreen programme has been doubled.

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