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INMO says 643 on trolleys waiting for hospital bed

There were 643 patients on trolleys, or on wards – including 15 at three children’s hospitals – waiting for admission to a hospital bed, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. The worst affected was Cork University Hospital where there were 59 patients waiting, with 51 at the Midland …

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Minister's permission not needed for mortgage sales

The Department of Finance has said that the planned sale of 20,000 mortgages to vulture funds does not require the permission of Minister Paschal Donohoe before proceeding.   However, the Relationship Framework drawn up between the bank and the Minister for Finance does require that he be consulted in relation …

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HIQA publishes terms of reference for Holles St inquiry

The formal terms of reference for a planned investigation into issues that arose from the death of Malak Thawley at Holles Street Hospital in 2016 have been published by the Health Information and Quality Authority. The investigation is into the safety, quality and standards for the safe conduct of obstetric and …

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Court told usual process not used in Anglo transaction

A former treasury risk manager at Anglo Irish Bank has told a jury at the Circuit Criminal Court that the €7.2 billion transaction at the centre of David Drumm’s trial did not go through the usual credit approval process. Michael Nurse, who was a treasury risk manager, was outlining the …

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Latvian central bank chief held over bribe demand

Latvia’s anti-corruption authority said today it had detained central bank governor Ilmars Rimsevics over the weekend for demanding a bribe. “The criminal procedure is about demanding a bribe of no less than €100,000,” Jekabs Straume, the head of Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau told a news conference. Separately, the …

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City centre power cut cost up to €1m, group says

A power outage in Dublin city centre may have cost businesses up to €1 million, according to an organisation representing businesses in the capital. ESB said power had been fully restored to some 4,500 customers after a power outage this morning. The ESB say it was caused by contractors who were doing …

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Trump backs efforts to improve gun background checks

The White House has said that US President Donald Trump is supporting efforts to improve federal background checks for gun purchases, days after a shooting at a Florida school killed 17 people. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr Trump had spoken to Republican Senator John Cornyn on Friday …

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Three billboards in Conamara for Martin McDonagh

The success of film director Martin McDonagh has been recognised in Conamara, where locals have erected three billboards outside Leitir Mealláin. The signs were put up in homage to the award winning “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” movie, which took more awards at last night’s BAFTA ceremony in London. Erected …

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New rules will be welcomed by non-religious students

The Department of Education is to issue a circular to schools today, introducing new rules to govern the opting out of religion by students in State schools. These new regulations are long overdue and will be welcomed by parents and students who are not religious, as well as groups such …

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