Man dies following house fire

Gardaí are investigating a fire at a house in County Wexford in which a man died.

The man was 78 years old and lived alone in the house in Rathnure.

The fire happened yesterday evening and gardaí are not treating the death as suspicious.

Visitor restrictions in place at Roscommon University Hospital

Management at Roscommon University Hospital is advising that visiting restrictions are in place at the hospital due to the presence of influenza cases.

Visitors are asked not to visit the hospital unless it is absolutely essential and only at designated visiting times between 2-4pm and 6-8pm.

Visitors who themselves may be unwell or have any flu symptoms are advised not to visit the hospital.

Deferrals for some blood donors over Zika virus

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has said there is no change in its policies as a result of the outbreak of the Zika virus.

However, the IBTS said there are deferrals in place for blood donors who have travelled to the affected areas.

Zika is carried by mosquitoes and can be transmitted through sexual contact and has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains.

Italy demands probe into student's death in Egypt

Italy has angrily demanded that Egypt authorise a joint investigation into the violent death of Giulio Regeni, a Cambridge University PhD student who mysteriously disappeared in Cairo last month.

Mr Regeni's corpse was found on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital yesterday, the foreign ministry in Rome confirmed after summoning Cairo's ambassador to express "the Italian government's bewilderment over the tragic death".

Sources said the 28-year-old was found dumped in a ditch with a badly-bruised face and other signs of ill-treatment across his body.

The foreign ministry said Italy expected "the maximum cooperation from the Egyptian authorities at every level in light of the exceptional gravity of what happened to our compatriot and the traditional bonds of friendship between the two countries".