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Two killed in Ischia earthquake

By Neha Katoch / August 22, 2017

An earthquake hit the tourist-packed Italian holiday island of Ischia on Monday night, collapsing buildings, killing at least two people and injuring dozens, officials said. Residents and tourists on the island off the coast of Naples ran out onto the narrow streets from homes and hotels. Fearing aftershocks, many decided to leave the island early. […]


Irish family of four caught up in Barcelona terror attack

By Neha Katoch / August 18, 2017

An Irish family of four has been caught up in the terror attack in Barcelona that left 13 dead. Two of the family – parents originally from the Philippines who are naturalised Irish and their Irish-born children – were injured in the attack. A spokesperson for the Filipino Embassy in Madrid confirmed the injuries. Emmanuel […]


‘Life isn’t black and white. Life is grey.’

By Neha Katoch / August 17, 2017

Iceland is close to becoming the first country where no-one gives birth to a child with Down’s syndrome. Prenatal tests were introduced in the early 2000s, and the vast majority who receive a positive test have terminated their pregnancy. While the tests are optional, all expectant mothers are informed about their availability, and up to […]


Homeless crisis: Numbers could reach 10,000 by next year

By Neha Katoch / August 14, 2017

The number of homeless people in Ireland could reach 10,000 by the middle of next year if the current rate continues, the Simon Community has warned. Spokeswoman for the homeless charity, Niamh Randall, said the homeless crisis “has been ongoing for two to three years. We’ve been warning that the crisis was waiting to happen. […]


Firefighters battle wilfires in Portugal

By Neha Katoch / August 11, 2017

Around 3,000 firefighters are battling more than 60 wildfires raging across Portugal. The fires have broken out amid temperatures of up to 39 degrees Celsius in parts of the country. Firefighters, supported by soldiers and other officials, have been deployed in areas such as the Abrantes region in central Portugal. Some villages were evacuated as a precaution. Morocco […]


Quake in China kills 19, 247 injured

By Neha Katoch / August 9, 2017

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck a remote, mountainous part of China’s southwestern province of Sichuan, killing 19 people, including six tourists, and injuring 247, the provincial government and official media said on Wednesday. The quake hit a sparsely populated area 200 km (120 miles) northwest of the city of Guangyuan late on Tuesday at a […]


French farmer who helped migrants gets suspended jail term

By Neha Katoch / August 8, 2017

A French farmer who helped dozens of migrants to enter France illegally has been given a four-month suspended jail sentence after prosecutors argued that an earlier suspended fine was too lenient. Cédric Herrou was sentenced by an appeal court in Aix-en-Provence, near Marseille in the south of France. He has housed dozens of migrants in […]


More than 400 refugees to travel to Ireland from Greece

By Neha Katoch / August 3, 2017

The Department of Justice said 440 refugees have been cleared to travel from Greece to Ireland under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme, bringing the total number to 900. The Government pledged to take in a total of 4,000 refugees. However, just half of that number will have arrived by the end of the year. Ireland […]


NTA opens survey on operation of rickshaws

By Neha Katoch / August 1, 2017

The National Transport Authority has opened a survey asking members of the public on the possible regulation of rickshaw after safety concerns were raised. The state body has launched an online survey asking about the operation of rickshaws in Ireland, which could form part of new legislation to regulate the sector. The mini vehicles, which […]


Eye health company to create 125 jobs in Waterford

By Neha Katoch / July 31, 2017

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald officially opened the  €85 million extension of global eye health company, Bausch and Lomb, in Waterford on Monday morning. The company has announced, it will hire a further 125 people at its Waterford facility. The Waterford facility, which manufactures contact lenses and other pharmaceutical products, has been in […]

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