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Motorcyclist killed in crash

a man was killed in a crash in Carlow when his motorbike hit a digger.

The 27-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and his body has been removed to Waterford Regional Hospital for a post mortem.

The incident happened at Ballymoon, near Muine Bheag shortly before 9pm last night.

The driver of the digger, a man in his 30s, was uninjured.

Garda forensic collision investigators were carrying out a technical examination at the scene this morning.

GardaĆ­ are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Carlow Garda Station 059-9136620 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

NZ to vote on changing flag

New Zealand Prime Minster John Key wants the nation to vote next year on changing its flag.

"I'd like that issue dealt with in 2015," he said. "New Zealanders either need to decide yes or no."

Some in New Zealand consider the flag to be an unwanted relic from a colonial past, while others feel a deep attachment to it.

The flag depicts the Southern Cross star constellation and includes Britain's Union Jack in the top left corner.