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Yesterday’s News

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Tuesday 1 May, 2018

Death in The Jungle Book and genitalia in Baywatch: Why people complained about films last year

In all, the IFCO received complaints about 16 films in 2017.

Monday 2 April, 2018

Prison guards are cracking down on moonshine in Irish prisons

The largest amount seized was 266 pints in Castlerea Prison.

Tuesday 13 March, 2018

Cork hospital spends €30k on pest control after rodents were found in sink

Pest control companies attended the hospital more than 120 times last year.

Tuesday 2 January, 2018

Over 23,000 formal complaints were made to the HSE in 2016

Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) were the subject of 3,984 complaints.

Monday 25 December, 2017

More than 3,300 live animals used for research at NUI Galway

It bucks a national trend that saw a reduction in animal testing in 2016.

Thursday 21 December, 2017

Kit-mas miracle - kitten survives being put in a bag and thrown into the sea

“Skye was placed in a bag with her sibling and rocks. By a sheer miracle, she survived.”

Saturday 25 November, 2017

Thirsty troops will now have to pay €3.10 for a pint of Guinness

The Defence Forces raised the price of booze in its subsidised watering holes.

Monday 20 November, 2017

Verdict of murder-suicide recorded at inquest into deaths of Tom and Kitty Fitzgerald (72)

The bodies of Tom and Kitty Fitzgerald (72) were discovered at their home in Claremorris, Mayo on 1 November 2016.

Tuesday 14 November, 2017

Irish Prison Service paid out €500k in loans to inmates over three years

The loans were given for a number of reasons, including the purchases of games consoles.

Tuesday 3 October, 2017

HSE spent nearly €3 million pursuing unpaid hospital charges using debt collectors

The health authority spent nearly €3 million on debt recovery during the period 2011 to 2017.

Monday 25 September, 2017

Pest controllers called to deal with large-scale rat infestation in Wheatfield Prison

Rodents were reported in the kitchens, a medical unit, and at a workshop at the prison.

Friday 15 September, 2017

HSE ambulances broke down over 200 times last year

One ambulance is still in service after travelling over 400,000km.

Thursday 31 August, 2017

An average of 12 phones are seized in Irish prisons every week

The figure is up on last year, but way down on 2008 when about 42-a -week were seized.

Monday 28 August, 2017

UCC spent €200,000 in 2016 on rabbits, rats, pigs, and birds which were used in live experiments

A further €3,000 was spent on the disposal of the animal carcasses once the experiments had concluded.

Monday 14 August, 2017

More than €4.5 million was spent on liposuction in public hospitals since 2009

The number of people receiving the surgery has increased by 50% since 2011.

Monday 7 August, 2017

873 pints of' 'hooch' confiscated in Irish prisons last year

Homebrew is made in cells using ingredients including water, sugar, fruit and bread.

Friday 4 August, 2017

Mayo hospital apologises to patient made to drink mouthwash instead of water

The incident occurred at Mayo University Hospital on 12 June.

Wednesday 2 August, 2017

'A gifted, humble, kind, person': Memorial to man who went missing after diving into Canadian lake

David Gavin from Castlebar in Mayo went missing at the end of June.

Monday 31 July, 2017

Man was malnourished and severely dehydrated before death at Áras Attracta

An inquest heard that staff at the centre did all they could treat him.

€4.4 million paid out to staff of TDs who left Leinster House following the last election

199 former staff shared in the redundancy payouts, with eight ex-employees receiving packages worth more than €100,000 apiece.

Monday 24 July, 2017

Over €1 million spent last year on surgeries for morbidly obese people

Ireland is on course to become the fattest nation in Europe within 10 years.

Wednesday 17 May, 2017

Trio charged with 'serious and prolonged' late-night Garda assault in Mayo remanded on bail

The attack, which happened on Easter Sunday, left one Garda hospitalised.

Monday 15 May, 2017

Father-of-two's car 'exploded and spun ten feet in the air' in crash with lorries

A jury of six men returned a verdict of accidental death.

Tuesday 2 May, 2017

Mayo pensioner, found asleep in car with dog while engine was running, was six times over legal limit

72-year-old Michael Costello has been banned from driving for three years. He claimed to have pulled in after becoming “overcome with sadness”.

Wednesday 26 April, 2017

'It's a worrying trend': Judge concerned that age profile of drink drivers is getting younger

Judge Mary Devins said the average age of drink drivers used to be upwards of 60 years.

Sunday 16 April, 2017

Pest company called to St James's Hospital more than 100 times in last two years

Among the many different pests encountered on the hospital’s campus in recent times were ants, cockroaches, mice, pigeons, and woodlice.

Tuesday 11 April, 2017

Two cases of patient records left on car roofs among 212 HSE data breaches

A medical device containing patients’ personal information was sent for repair to a company in the UK by Saolta University Hospital Group.

Sunday 2 April, 2017

Pest control company called to Leinster House to deal with rats and ants

Rodent activity and droppings were found in the building.

Saturday 1 April, 2017

Search teams will attempt to lift wreckage of Rescue 116 today

The location of Paul Ormsby (53) and Ciarán Smith (38) remains unknown.

Friday 24 March, 2017

Body of captain Mark Duffy found in wreckage of Rescue 116

The body has not been brought ashore.

Monday 20 March, 2017

Miscommunication over severity of fisherman's injury responsible for last journey of R116

It was thought the fisherman had lost his entire hand, instead it was just the tip of his thumb which was severed.

Sunday 12 March, 2017

Over 100 animals die in Dublin Zoo in two years (including some critically endangered ones)

Giraffes, penguins and white rhinos are among the 108 animals to die at the zoo.

Monday 6 March, 2017

Wild animals, including monkey called Stevie Wonder, escaped at Fota seven times in one year

The animals were never in danger or a threat to any visitors, a spokesperson said.

Sunday 5 March, 2017

Senator declares Mayo home is now 200m closer to Leinster House so will receive fewer expenses

Michelle Mulherin told relevant authorities that route changes knocked her travel distance just below the 240km threshold for greater allowances.

Wednesday 15 February, 2017

'Admin error' that led to McCabe allegations was not reported as HSE data protection breach

Documents released under an FOI show that the incident wasn’t listed among 103 data protection breaches reported between April 2014 and April 2015.

Thursday 9 February, 2017

Ivanka Trump steps down as director of Doonbeg golf resort

Trump himself resigned as a director of the two companies operating Doonbeg last month.

Friday 27 January, 2017

Direct Provision centre shut over 'safety fears' was paid €12.7 million by the State

Repeated requests for essential maintenance to be carried out had been ignored by the centre, according to the government.

Wednesday 25 January, 2017

Five people died in prison custody last year

The cause of death in all five cases is yet to be determined.

Monday 23 January, 2017

Irish prisons paid €3 million in 'pocket money' to inmates last year

The Irish Prison Service has paid out over €27 million in pocket money to prisoners since 2009.

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