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Neha Katoch


Commuter train crash in Barcelona

By Neha Katoch / July 28, 2017

At least 54 people were reported to be injured in a train crash in Barcelona after a commuter train crashed into the platform during the morning rush hour on Friday. One person was seriously injured, 19 were injured “less seriously” including the driver and 34 were lightly injured at the city’s Francia station, local emergency […]


€2m telescope to be switched on at Birr Castle in Co Offaly

By Neha Katoch / July 27, 2017

A €2m radio telescope, I-LOFAR, at Birr Castle in Co Offaly will be officially switched on today by Minister of State for Research John Halligan. The I-LOFAR is part of a €150 million euro network across Europe and will be used to study the early universe, detect exploding stars, search for new planets and understand the […]


Charity urges minister to start deposit protection scheme

By Neha Katoch / July 25, 2017

A leading housing charity has called on the housing minister to start the deposit protection scheme as people will be put at risk of homelessness if landlords are allowed to demand deposits of two-months from would-be tenants before they are given the keys to a new home. The deposit protection scheme is already provided for […]


Irish passport demand jumps by 50%

By Neha Katoch / July 20, 2017

Demand for Irish passports in the UK has jumped by 50% since the Brexit vote, Ireland’s minister for foreign affairs and trade has revealed. More than 100,000 Irish passports were issued in the UK in the first six months of 2017, up from 65,000 last year, according to figures released on Wednesday. The rush for Irish […]


Hundreds of German Choir boys abused over six decades: Report

By Neha Katoch / July 19, 2017

A new report accused 49 members of the Catholic Church, of physical and in some instances sexual abuse of at least 547 young members of the Regensburger Domspatzen boys choir in Germany between 1945 and the early 1990s. The alleged physical abuse relates to children attending both the Regensburger Domspatzen’s pre-school and high school, according […]


Several arrested in Europe-wide horsemeat scam

By Neha Katoch / July 17, 2017

In an operation carried out by Spanish police in coordination with Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, 65 people were arrested for trading horse meat, unfit for human consumption. The individuals were charged with crimes including animal abuse, document forgery, perverting the course of justice, crimes against public health, money laundering […]


Malta legalises same-sex marriage

By Neha Katoch / July 13, 2017

Malta, EU’s smallest nation, becomes the 15th member of the bloc to legalise same-sex marriage. The predominantly Catholic island of Malta voted for legalisation of the same-sex union on Wednesday evening, July 12. The lawmakers voted 66-1 in favour of the bill. The only MP who did not vote for the bill said he could […]


Ireland has highest rate of homeless women in Europe

By Neha Katoch / July 11, 2017

Research conducted by Trinity College Dublin shows that 42% of the homeless people in Ireland are women, rising to 47% in Dublin. In Europe, the rate is much lower where women typically account for between 20% and 33% of the homeless population. The research also mentioned a number of causes and results of the increasing […]


Austria barres Turkish minister from rally on failed coup anniversary

By Neha Katoch / July 10, 2017

Austria has barred Turkish economy minister Nihat Zeybekci from entering the country to attend an event marking the anniversary of last year’s failed coup in Turkey, a spokesman for Austria’s foreign ministry said on Monday. “He has been barred because his visit was not planned as part of a bilateral exchange, but was about his […]


Keane sisters turn wheelchairs into fashion statement

By Neha Katoch / July 8, 2017

They say by doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others and the founders of Izzy Wheels, Ailbhe Keane and Isabel Keane, have successfully achieved it. The Irish startup with the tagline – ‘If you can’t stand up, stand out!’ is turning the wheelchair spoke guards into a fashion statement with […]

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