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1. #PATRICK NULTY The mother of a girl who was sent inappropriate messages by former TD Patrick Nulty has given a statement to gardaí over the incident, says the Irish Independent. Meanwhile, more young people are said to have alleged they were contacted by Nulty.
2. #HSE The HSE has upheld a complaint after a two-year-old boy escaped from a creche. The Daily Mail reports that the parents were not told by the creche about what happened, but found out from neighbours. New protocol has been implemented at the creche.
3. #FUNERAL Businessman Edward Haughey, who was killed in a helicopter crash, will be buried in Louth today. The former senator, who was Northern Ireland’s richest man, died along with three others when a helicopter came down in Norfolk on 13 March.
4. #MALAYSIA New debris has been sighted in the Indian Ocean during the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. A Chinese air crew spotted two “relatively big floating objects” as well as many white smaller items scattered across several kilometres.
5. #SHOOTING A man was injured in a shooting in an estate in Drogheda at 6pm last night. The 35-year-old was taken to hospital, with his injuries described as not life-threatening. A man (19) has been arrested.
6. #ROBOT Rwandan President Paul Kagame has pledged €50,000 to help perfect the robot being created for Joanne O’Riordan, the Irish Independent reports. He heard about the project while at a conference in Dublin.
7. #UKRAINE Russia has seized another Crimean military base, using stun grenades and armoured personnel carriers. After they stormed the naval base, three Russian vehicles were seen carrying Ukrainian marines who had their hands tied.
8. #EBOLA The Ebola epidemic in the Republic of Guinea is threatening to become a regional health crisis, Plan Ireland says. So far, 59 people have died of the deadly disease and there have been suspected cases in Sierra Leone.
9. #GARDAÍ Thousands of gardaí have been offered an incentivised career break worth €30k. This has led to fears that there could be a ‘manpower crisis’ in the force. Senior officers warned the Herald that the scheme is “potentially ‘catastrophic’”.