7 is the magic number. Catch up on all of today’s top news every night at 7pm on TheLiberal.ie #1 Dail: Protests outside Leinster House turned nasty today. Several groups gathered outside the Dail to raise their protests about diverse issues like fur farming, the erection of pylons, and mortgages. Today marks the return to business of Fail Eireann after the ministers’ long summer recess. One woman was arrested after a scuffle with Gardai.
#2 Thailand murders: Thai PM raises concerns about the safety of ‘tourists in bikini’ after the brutal murder of two young British tourists. David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were found dead with deep face and head wounds at a beach on the island of Koh Tao. Investigations are ongoing.
#3 Florida plane crash: One of the men badly injured in Florida plane crash named as leading Dublin hotelier Aloysius Ryan, 52. The ageing Piper Cherokee he and three other passengers were flying in came down earlier today at a waterside park at St. Petersburg, Florida. The craft narrowly avoided an apartment building before crashing down on the park. The pilot, 57-year-old Grant Jordan, was also badly injured in the accident. Both men remain in a serious but stable condition in hospital. The two other passengers, a third man and a teenage girl, walked away from the crash unscathed.
#4 Irish Water: Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has defended the €180 million cost of setting up Irish Water. The minister said that the vast majority of the monies spent was ‘justified’.
#5 Ebola vaccine: Ex-NHS British nurse Ruth Atkins becomes the first human being to be injected with an experimental Ebola vaccine. The test vaccine is made with a harmless chimpanzee virus and contains enough Ebola protein to trigger an immune response in the body but not quite enough to cause the disease. 60 healthy volunteers will be injected different doses of the vaccine and monitored for results. After getting the jab, Atkins said ‘I feel absolutely fine.’
#6 Exhumation: Postmortem examination carried out on the remains of young Margot Seery, who was found dead in a Dublin flat in 1994. The results of this examination will determine whether or not Gardai pursue criminal charges.
#7 Tobacco seizure: 46 kg of roll-your-own tobacco have been seized by Revenue in Limerick city. The smuggled goods, with an approximate retail value of €18,300, were seized by Revenue Officers at a private residence in the city as part of a wider operation. A man in his 30s is being questioned in connection with the seizure.