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HSE to probe hospital suicide

AN investigation is under way after a young man took his own life in an acute psychiatric unit at the one of the country's busiest hospitals.

The 20-year-old died while being treated at the Mid-Western regional hospital in Limerick.

It is believed he had spent the previous month in the care of the Health Service Executive at the Limerick facility.

The HSE last night confirmed it "is reviewing an incident which occurred at an acute psychiatric unit in April.

"As part of that incident review, consideration will be given to the circumstances of the death of a young adult."


The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has urged a parole board not to release killer Jon Venables.

Denise Fergus said Venables (30), who had his initial parole revoked in 2010 after admitting downloading and distributing indecent images of children, remains a danger to society.

Mrs Fergus addressed the parole board by videolink from Probation Service offices near her home in Merseyside, England.


David Bowie has paid tribute to his former bassist Trevor Bolder as a "major inspiration and a "tremendous guy" after he died following a battle with cancer.

Bolder, who played guitar with Uriah Heep and Spiders From Mars, was 62. He joined Bowie's backing band in 1971, appearing on classic albums including Hunky Dory and Aladdin Sane.


Kilcolgan Educate Together in Co Galway, which has pupils from 17 countries – from Russia to Chad and the Seychelles to Pakistan – yesterday celebrated the school's International Day.

Parents dressed in traditional costume and set up stalls with information and food from their home countries.

Treats including tagine from Algeria, fish rolls from the Congo, coconut tart from the Seychelles and Boerewors sausage from South Africa were among the delights in store for pupils and parents alike.