Exhibition on Irish contribution to London underground to feature in St Patrick's Day celebration

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced details of festivities which will take place in the city to mark St Patrick's Day, including a performance by country singer Nathan Carter and an exhibition featuring the contribution made by Irish workers to the development of London's underground and rail systems. 

The mayor said the events will "mark the huge contribution several generations of Irish people have made to our city".

More than 70 community groups are to take part in the event. 

7.9 magnitude quake hits West Indonesia

A 7.9-magnitude shallow earthquake struck off Indonesia's western island of Sumatra, the US Geological Survey said, with local authorities issuing a tsunami warning.

The undersea quake struck southwest of Sumatra at a depth of 10km at about 6.50pm (12.50pm Irish time), several hundred kilometers from the city of Padang, the USGS said.

The USGS said there was a "low likelihood of casualties and damage".

Woman to be sentenced over organising prostitution

A 35-year-old woman is to be sentenced next month for organising prostitution in south Dublin.

Chunjie Wang, of Castlewood Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to organising prostitution by controlling or directing the activities of more than one prostitute for that purpose at that address on dates between 1 January and 22 July 2011.

Judge Melanie Greally set a sentence date of 14 April when full facts will be heard in the case.

DCC to vote on name change to East Link bridge

A move to name Dublin's East Link bridge in honour of 1916 signatory Tom Clarke is be voted on by city councillors.

City council officials are recommending the proposal for acceptance after it was passed by councillors on the Commemorative Naming Committee.

Independent Councillor Nial Ring said he made the application because there is nothing in the city named after Clarke unlike other leaders such Connolly, Pearse and Heuston.

The East Link Bridge, which reverted to Dublin City Council's control this year, is due to to undergo refurbishment and a group called the Tom Clarke Memorial Committee is prepared to pay half the cost of a statue in his honour.

Flu outbreak at Our Lady's Hospital Navan

People are being asked to minimise visits to Our Lady's Hospital in Navan after it was confirmed that five patients in one ward have the H1N1 flu virus.

The hospital said it has "outbreak control" measures in places but has asked people to minimise visits, either to the Emergency Department or to see patients.

Anyone with flu-like symptoms is asked to contact their GP and not attend the ED unless its is necessary.