Wifi 'surprisingly important' for refugees 

The founder of an Irish charity, Disaster Tech Labs, which builds wifi in emergency locations, has said that internet connectivity is essential for refugees.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Evert Bopp said that the company has installed wifi at two refugee camps on Lesbos and has been asked to provide networks at 12 out of 24 refugee camps on the Greek mainland. 

He said that most refugees want access to information about where they are and what services are available to them. 

Mr Bopp said: "Wifi is suprisingly important. The second question asked by most refugees when they arrived on the island of Lesbos was 'where can we get wifi?'"


Ireland and US working 'reasonably well' together

The United States State Department has said that Ireland and the US "worked reasonably well" together in counter-terrorism, law enforcement and information sharing in 2015.

The conclusion is contained in the State Department's annual country reports on terrorism.

It says the threat of terrorism in Ireland has been "lessened" because of "major Garda successes" in disrupting the activities of dissident republican groups and infighting between factions.

Three Syrians arrested in Germany over terror plan

Three Syrian men have been arrested in Germany over an alleged plan to carry out a terror attack there.

According to the suspects' plan, two attackers were to detonate suicide vests while the others were to kill passersby with guns and explosives in the western city of Duesseldorf, prosecutors said in a statement.

The suspects were arrested in the states of Brandenburg near Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Wurttemberg.

A fourth Syrian man had been in custody in France since turning himself in in February, they said, and Germany had now requested his extradition.


Two men injured in Belfast shooting incidents

A man in his 30s has been wounded in a shooting incident in west Belfast.

The victim was shot in the leg in an alleyway in Poleglass at around 10pm last night. He was treated in hospital for injuries which are not thought to be life threatening.

Meanwhile, the PSNI is also investigating a shooting incident at a house in Ardoyne in north Belfast.

Police said three men forced their way into the house at 11.20pm last night and took a man in his 30s outside where he was shot in both feet.

However, the bullets failed to penetrate his footwear and he was taken to hospital with minor injuries.


Ryanair, Aer Lingus flights cancelled over French strike

Dozens of Ryanair flights around Europe have been cancelled today due to an air traffic controllers' strike in France.

The cancellations include one flight from Dublin, while this morning's Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Toulouse was also cancelled.

Ryanair said customers will be updated on their flight status via email and/or the mobile phone number provided at the time of booking.

Aer Lingus said passengers should check its website before leaving for the airport.


Govt department renamed to include 'environment'

A Government department is to be renamed to include "environment" in its title.

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Denis Naughten said the department would be known as the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

"It brings a coherence across the various policy areas involved," said Mr Naughten.


Off duty police officers arrested after fracas in Derry

Six off-duty police officers have been arrested following an altercation outside a pub in Co Derry.

Eight people in total were detained after the incident in the seaside town of Portstewart.

Three people were taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries after the fracas in the early hours of yesterday. Police said two of those involved in the incident were foreign nationals and a hate crime motive was being examined.

All those arrested have been released on bail pending further enquiries. It is understood the duty status of the officers is under review by police commanders.


RTÉ and WIT join forces in broadcasting research

RTÉ is to join forces with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to fund research projects of mutual interest that will directly impact on the development of broadcasting in the region.

Among the areas of study which could funded are the impact of new technologies on broadcasting and audiences, as well as multi-lingual broadcasting, with particular focus on the Irish language in the region.

The results of the work will be used by RTÉ in policy development around regional broadcasting.

WIT will use the data during the development of its strategy for the future.


No decision on any changes to Portlaoise hospital - Harris

Minister for Health Simon Harris has told the Dáil that any changes to services at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise "will be undertaken in a planned and orderly manner." 1625

He was responding to a question from Laois TD Sean Fleming about plans to recast the hospital as a Model 2 hospital.

"I am confident that any changes will improve services but no decisions have been made," Mr Harris said.

He added that any decision will have to be based on clinical evidence.