This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 13 °C Friday 22 February, 2019

Lunchtime Fix: 6 things you need to know

Catch up as you refuel.


1. The HSE has said it never asked parents to prove if their children still had lifelong conditions as part of a medical card review. Director General Tony O’Brien said today: “Questions were asked that were not those questions, but which may have been interpreted as that.”


2. One-time pop star Gary Glitter is to be charged with eight sex offences involving two young girls – aged 12 and 14 – that allegedly occurred between 1977 and 1980.

GLITTER Source: PA Wire

3. Ireland’s health watchdog has said that the Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick is not fit for purpose and, therefore, patients are at risk.

Health Service Protests Crisis An A&E protest by Labour members in January 2011, before the party came to power. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

4. Vodafone released a report today to show the extent phone tapping is used by governments to spy on their citizens…and Ireland was one of 29 countries included.

The telecoms firm received 4,124 requests of metadata and an unknown number of warrants for the contents of calls and messages. (Ireland would not allow that second figure to be released).


5. Following some dreary days on the jobs front, Yelp provided some welcome news with an announcement it will create 100 new positions in its new Dublin HQ.

Shutterstock-149675159 Source: Shutterstock

6. And, finally, something to cheer you up on this non-Bank Holiday Friday. Look at this beautiful sunrise captured by photographer Naoise Kelly this morning in Wicklow.

PastedImage-10864 Source: © Naoise Kelly Photography

Catch up on the rest of today’s stories>

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

Read next: