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#1 Ferry fire: A blaze broke out this morning in the engine room of a Calais-bound ferry carrying 337 passengers.

The Pride of Canterbury left its home port of Dover in Kent and was just arriving at its destination in northern France when the fire erupted at around 8am.

The status of the vessel and the passengers & crew is unknown at this time.

More to follow on this breaking news story.

#2 Farm death: An 8-year-old girl has tragically died and an 11-year-old girl remains in critical condition in hospital today after a farming accident.

The accident, which involved farm machinery, happened in Newtownshandrum at around 6pm last night. The young girl was pronounced dead at the scene, and her friend was airlifted to Cork University hospital.

It is understood that the deceased youngster lived in Limerick but was staying with friends while her parents visited family in Latvia.

#3 Overcrowding: Nurses at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar have openly criticised their working conditions, deeming the environment as “overcrowded” and “clinically dangerous”.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has called for an urgent meeting with the HSE to address the issue.

Last week, it was revealed that more than 360,000 people remain in hospital waiting lists.

#4 Pro-democracy demonstration: Riot police in Hong Kong use tear gas to disperse crowds in gathered in Hong Kong to protest against what they see as the curtailment of democracy by the Chinese government. Protesters shouted “Shame” as they scattered to avoid the gas.

Protests in the area have been ongoing for about a week after Government insisted on vetting political candidates.

#5 Limerick Maternity hospital: The proposed relocation of the University Maternity Hospital to the Dooradoyle area of the city seems poised for some years into the future after the Department of Health advised Limerick City and County Council that there is only “limited funding available” for new capital projects up to 2018.

The current facility on the Ennis Rd. is over 50 years old, and has been deemed by some professionals as “obsolete” and “unfit for purpose”. Its relocation has been on the cards for some time, but budgetary issues seem to delay the project time and time again.


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