Age Action concern over nurses' strike

A spokesperson for Age Action has says it has grave concerns about a planned strike by emergency department nurses.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Justin Moran said that while extra beds opening in hospitals are welcome, nurses have made it clear that they are not enough to deal with the problem.

"The nurses' statistics being provided are being challenged by the Government. The HSE and Department of Health statistics are being challenged by the nurses," Mr Moran said.

"So can the three groups not sit around a table and try and come up with a solution here that means older people, and all patients, will not be suffering on 15 December," he added.

Belfast-based doctor suspended from practice

The UK General Medical Council has suspended from practice a doctor who was the subject of an RTÉ Prime Time report last May.

Belfast-based Dr Finbar Magee defended having directed patients to take a highly controversial industrial bleach product, MMS, in the Prime Time report.

In April, a Prime Time programme exposed a controversial cult, Genesis II, which pushes the product on the internet and through clandestine meetings held in Ireland and elsewhere.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Interim Orders Panel had restricted Dr Magee's licence last December, but it has now suspended his licence, normally the precursor to a full Fitness to Practice hearing.

The Tribunal does not comment on the reasons for suspensions. 

TD Mathews ordered to leave Dáil chamber

Independent TD Peter Mathews was forced to leave the Dáil chamber by the Ceann Comhairle today.

During the Order of Business, Mr Mathews first raised the issue of bankruptcy legislation and then continued his contribution by raising the detainment of the Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt.

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett told him he could not raise such a matter during the order of business and he was out of order.

However, Mr Mathews persisted and also interrupted Taoiseach Enda Kenny before he was finally asked to leave the chamber by Mr Barrett.

Man dies in house fire

A man in his 80s has died in a house fire in Dublin.  

The alarm was raised just before 8pm last night at Monaloe Crescent in Cabinteely.

An investigation is to be carried out to establish the cause of the blaze. 

Germany to send 650 soldiers to Mali

Germany is ready to send up to 650 soldiers to Mali to bolster the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the West African country and to help France in the region, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has said

"We will shortly ask parliament to approve a mandate of upto 650 soldiers," Ms von der Leyen said after a meeting of the Bundestag lower house of parliament's defence committee.

She added that Germany also planned to increase the number of soldiers training Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq to 150 from 100.