10am/12pm- INMO Industrial Action – Karen Gaffney & Orla McNabola
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has denied that they will take industrial action for a pay rise.
The INMO is set to begin a work to rule action on March 7, with rolling closures to follow at acute hospitals.
The strike action, by 35,000 nurses, will take the form of a work-to-rule will see members refuse to do overtime, cross cover or redeploy from ward-to-ward to plug gaps.
However, they will provide the normal range of duties on their allocated wards.
The organisation maintains that next month’s industrial action is over staffing levels even though the General Secretary, Liam Doran, has admitted that it could come down to finances.
11am – Abduction attempt in Dublin – Lauren Ennis
Gardaí are currently investigating an abduction attempt of a 13 year old boy in North County Dublin.
A man approached the teenager who was walking to school at the time and is understood to have tried to drag the young boy into his car.
The incident which took place around 7:45 am on the 30th of January is currently being investigated by Gardaí and has been linked to a similar incident which occurred in the same area last Friday.
Both incidents took place on the Castleland Park link road in Balbriggan near the local school.
Parents are being warned to take care and be cautious of suspicious activity in the area.
6pm – Gardai seize vehicles, firearms and ammo (Emily Crowley)
Gardai in Dublin have seized two vehicles, a firearm and some ammunition after a search in the north inner city yesterday.
The seizure is believed to be related to the Hutch-Kinahan gangland feud.
Gardai were notified of two unoccupied cars in the area, while on patrol yesterday evening.
Having searched the cars they found a loaded revolver and a can of petrol.
No arrests have been made yet and investigations are on-going.
5pm – Harris promises waiting list drop by end of the year – Ellen Butler
Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has said he is disappointed in the increase in the National Treatment Purchase Fund waiting list figures for January
However, while speaking during a Dáil debate on waiting lists today, he promised that people will be waiting less time for procedures, by the end of the year.
Mr Harris said the problems in the health service were not just about resources, but it was about how money is spent and how hospitals are managed.
He said increased funding needed to be under-pinned by tougher accountability rules.
6pm – Kicker – (Emily Crowley)
The oldest aquarium fish in the world has died, aged in his mid-90s.
The lungfish, named Granddad, lived in The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, until his death this morning.
Grandad has been viewed by over 100million visitors to the aquarium since his arrival from Australia in 1933.
President of the aquarium, Bridget Coughlin said: “For a fish who spent much of his time imitating a fallen log, he sparked curiosity, excitement and wonder among guests of all ages who would hear his story and learn about the incredible biology that makes his species a living fossil and one of the oldest living vertebrate genera on the planet.”