EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of all the day’s main news, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed along the way.
- The long-running dispute at the Vita Cortex plant in Cork has ended after former employees voted to accept a settlement. A tweet from the workers’ account said this evening read “dispute over” adding that the workers, who have been engaging in a sit-in protest at their former workplace for 139 days after being made redundant late last year, had accepted a resolution.
- A case of tuberculosis has been confirmed at Griffith College in Dublin: the college says it is working with the HSE to fully implement best practice precautionary measures, and stressed that the incident is not being treated as an outbreak.
- Barnardos CEO Fergus Finlay, a long-standing advocate of the rights of children, has revealed that he is a survivor of child abuse. Commenting amid ongoing controversy over the Primate of All Ireland Cardinal Sean Brady’s role in interviewing a victim of paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth during the 1970s, Finlay said: “I think it is a complete myth to suggest that everything is excusable on the basis that the culture has somehow changed.” (See Brady’s full statement in response to new allegations.)
- The National Union of Journalists and Amnesty International Ireland joined together today to remember journalists who have been killed during the course of their work, and to stress the importance of a free media ahead of tomorrow’s World Press Freedom Day. The Committee to Protect Journalists also released a updated list of the world’s most censored countries.
- Full Dart services are to run over the May bank holiday weekend, after Iarnród Éireann announced it was postponing engineering works that had previously been scheduled for that time.
- The Taoisieach has said Ireland will approve the skin cancer ‘wonder drug’ Ipilimumab for use in Ireland, as soon as an arrangement can be reached in order to allow its costs to be reimbursable. The drug, which is thought to be twice as effective as other drugs in treating melanoma, has been cleared by the European Medicines Agency but has not yet been made available to patients in Ireland.
- New data released by the Department of Justice’s Anti-Human Trafficking Unit shows that 13 children under the age of 18 were victims of alleged human trafficking last year. Eight of the victims were reportedly subjected to sexual exploitation, four reported labour exploitation, and one was placed in the “uncategorised exploitation” bracket.
- The number of trips to Ireland by overseas residents fell by 1.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. Meanwhile, Irish residents made 2.5 per cent fewer visits between January and March.
- Syrian government forces have been accused of war crime during a recent offensive in the northern state of Idlib. Human Rights Watch says that troops killed dozens of civilians and destroyed hundreds of homes in the recent attack.
An idol of warrior god Aravan is taken in a chariot during the annual eunuch festival at Koovagam, in India, today. The term eunuch, is used in India to describe a community of people who identify themselves as neither male nor female but as members of a third gender. They traditionally survive by begging, dancing at weddings or blessing newborn babies and are frequently subjected to discrimination. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar.K)
- A survey of young people on college campuses has found that 53 per cent of interns felt undervalued during work placements. The survey, involving 212 students and carried out over three days last month, found that while 86 per cent had completed an internship or were planning to do so, a majority had been disappointed at their experiences.
- A US college student who was forgotten by US drug agents and left in a holding cell for five days without food, water or access to a toilet says he drank his own urine to survive. The 24-year-old engineering student was one of nine suspects in a drug raid that netted 18,000 ecstasy pills, other drugs and weapons.
- Meet the tinfoil-hat wearing Indonesian mystic who thinks Ireland will win Euro 2012. Santos claims to have successfully predicted Greece’s shock win at Euro 2004, and says he has had a vision that green will be the colour of this year’s championships in Poland and Ukraine.
- So… this QR code is inappropriately placed. Holy moly.
- Two Welsh tourists have been fined A$1000 (€785) each after pleading guilty to stealing a penguin from an Australian theme park; Rhys Owen Jones, 21, and Keri Mules, 20, were described as being “blind drunk” when they made off with the animal from Queensland’s Sea World last month. The judge told the pair: “Perhaps next time you are at a party you will consider drinking a little less vodka.”
- This is the best used-car sales pitch of the day. Fact.
Who will win this noble battle and claim the empty yoghurt pot as their own? Parrot or Chihuahua?
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