Work on a new national film school catering for almost 400 students is to begin this summer, it was confirmed today.
The new facility at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design (IADT) will provide courses in film, television and radio under one roof and will take one year to build.
Education Minister Batt O'Keeffe said it will produce the next generation of renowned Irish filmmakers.
"Ireland has shown creativity and flair in film-making in the past and many of IADT's students have showcased their work at prestigious festivals here and abroad," he said.
Playboy model sentence due
A former Playboy Model of the Year was due to be sentenced today after being convicted of attacking a woman in a nightclub toilet cubicle in a jealous row over her husband.
Louise Glover (27) struck Maxine Hardcastle's head against a toilet rim up to 10 times and tried to push her head down the lavatory.
The St Helens-born pin-up was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm following a trial at Hove Crown Court in December last year.
Medics warned on baby drug
Doctors and nurses were warned to take care when giving babies an antibiotic after figures showed some were given the wrong dose.
Gentamicin is delivered intravenously to treat a range of infections, including breathing difficulties in the first few days of life.
Britain's National Patient Safety Agency said some youngsters may have suffered hearing and renal damage -- side-effects of the drug -- that may not yet be apparent. Other side-effects include nausea, vomiting and a rash.
23 to 28 years for extremists
An Australian court today sentenced five Muslim extremists to prison terms of 23 to 28 years after convicting them of preparing for terror attacks by stockpiling explosive chemicals and firearms.
The men were found guilty last October on charges linked to preparing for a terrorist act between July 2004 and November 2005.