Son of 1916 leader given Freedom of Dublin

The only surviving child of an executed 1916 leader has been granted the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin at a ceremony in Hong Kong.

Fr Joseph Mallin SJ was awarded the honour by Críona Ní Dhálaigh. He is the son of Michael Mallin, who commanded the garrisons at St Stephen's Green and The College of Surgeons during the Rising.

Fr Mallin was ordained as a member of the Jesuit Order and travelled to Hong Kong in 1948, where he has spent most of his life.

Son of executed 1916 Rising leader receives Freedom of the City of Dublin

Michael Healy-Rae injured by cow in farm accident

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae is recovering in Cork University Hospital after being injured in a farm accident yesterday evening.

The Kerry deputy received non-life threatening injuries after he was attacked by a cow.

Mr Healy-Rae's son Jackie Junior said his father is "recovering well at present".

State to fund numerous geoscience projects

The Government is to provide €1m funding for 41 small-scale geoscience research projects in 2016.

The projects have been funded by the Geological Survey of Ireland in the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources as part of the 2015/2016 Geological Survey Ireland (GSI) Geoscience Research Short Call, and will be of less than one year in duration. 

Plans include funding for a range of applied projects, from using unmanned aerial vehicles for coastal mapping to landslide monitoring, 3D modelling of shipwrecks, groundwater drinking supplies, recycling of mine waste, geothermal energy and seismicity in Ireland.

GSI research manager Dr Aoife Braiden said: "We hope that funding such as this will help to grow and strengthen the valuable geoscience sector in Ireland and answer real problems for both industry and the relevant authorities." 

British plane spotters told to pay fine for face jail in Kenya

A Kenyan court ordered four British aviation enthusiasts to pay a fine or face a year in jail for trespassing and taking pictures without permission at Nairobi's Wilson Airport, one of their lawyers said.

The four plane spotters were detained on 12 March in Kenya, which has tightened security around official buildings, hotels and other sites after a spate of attacks by al-Shabaab Islamists.

"The four British nationals were convicted on their own plea of guilty," lawyer Nicodemus Ouma said. His firm was helping work out arrangements to pay the fines of 200,000 Kenyan shillings (€1,749) for each of them.

The men were convicted of trespassing in a restricted area and taking pictures without permission.

HIQA launches consultation process on maternity services

The Health Information and Quality Authority has launched an eight-week public consultation process on new draft national standards for safer, better maternity services.  

HIQA says the standards are based on international evidence and extensive engagement nationally.

HIQA chief executive Phelim Quinn said that for most women, pregnancy and childbirth are safe and are associated with a happy outcome and if the standards are implemented, the safety and quality of Irish maternity services will be improved.

A guide to the draft standards and information on the public consultation process is available on the HIQA website.

Restricted visiting at Beaumont Hospital

Visiting restrictions are in place at Dublin's Beaumont Hospital due to an outbreak of Norovirus.

Patients are only permitted to have one visitor per visiting period in an effort to contain the outbreak, while children are not permitted to visit the hospital in any circumstances.

Meanwhile, members of the public displaying symptoms of Norovirus, which include nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, are asked to seek advice from their GP before presenting at the hospital.

Jewellery heist boss jailed for six years

Hatton Garden mastermind Brian Reader has been sentenced for his role in the €18m jewellery raid.

The 77-year-old oldest member of the gang suffered a stroke in Belmarsh Prison following what was the biggest burglary in English history.

Appearing via video link at Woolwich Crown Court, Reader, who the court was told now uses a walking frame, was sentenced to six years and three months.

Reader had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary last September.