A WOMAN is in a critical condition in University College Hospital, Galway, following a two-vehicle collision on the N17 near Claremorris, Co Mayo.
The woman was driving a car southbound towards Co Galway just before midday when her vehicle was in a collision with a lorry. She received medical treatment at the scene before being airlifted to Galway.
She was alone at the time of the accident. The driver of the lorry wasn't seriously injured. Traffic diversions on the N17 remain in place following the impact.
Cork turns on lights
REBEL GAA legend Jimmy Barry-Murphy switched on Cork's Christmas lights last night as the city predicted its Glow Festival will shatter all records this year.
The Glow Christmas event will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 27 to December 20.
Cork City Council official Paul Moynihan said they hoped to bring 170,000 people into the city with a knock-on boost to Christmas trade of more than €7.5m.
Multiple All-Ireland winner Barry-Murphy said it was a tremendous honour to be asked to launch Cork's famous Christmas festivities.
Hope on debt deals
DEBT-stricken homeowners will be able to appeal to the courts, if a formal deal on their borrowings has been turned down by their lender.
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald signed an order bringing into force provisions of the Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Act 2015. The order allows for a new court review where a mortgage lender rejects the borrower's proposal for a personal insolvency arrangement.
The move follows huge criticism that banks had an effective veto over insolvency deals, something rejected at the time by former Justice Minister Alan Shatter.