DCUfm News – News Roundup – Wednesday 08/02/17


4pm – HP Job Cuts – Clara Hickey


Global Print business HP is cutting 500 jobs in Leixlip, Kildare over the next 12 months.

The layoffs come as part of a global restructuring of HP, announced in October 2016, which includes cutting between 3,000 and 4,000 jobs worldwide.

HP currently employs around 500 people at the Leixlip site, but has stated that a small number of employees will stay on to maintain a local presence in Ireland.


6pm- London Fire Three Irish Dead- Hannah Kelly

A fire in London is being investigated after three Irish people died in the early hours on Monday.


Four fire engines and 21 firefighters took two hours to put out the blaze on Laburnum Avenue at 4am.


A woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the blaze and two men died later in hospital.The woman who died was married to one of the male victims and the third fire victim was his brother.


12pm – Pat Hickey – Alison Clair


One of the candidates to succeed Pat Hickey as president of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) has hit out at his rivals and claimed the organisation is “a closed shop”.

Basketball Ireland chief executive Bernard O’Byrne made the allegation in a letter issued to sports federations ahead of elections to the council’s executive committee, which take place tomorrow.

He also criticised the outgoing executive committee, the organisation’s board, for what he described as “a series of poor decisions”, including moves to exclude the media from the elections.


2pm – Heart Surgery Iranian Baby  – Marianne Foody

Iranian baby girl Fatemah Reshad landed in Portland hospital yesterday after temporarily being banned from the US due to Donald Trump’s immigration orders.

Doctors in Iran told the four-month-old’s parents that without at least one urgent surgery to correct serious heart defects she will die.

The family had an appointment in Dubai to get a tourist visa however this was cancelled after the travel ban on the entry of people from seven countries including Iran.

Fatemah and her parents returned to Iran. Fortunately a Seattle judge issued a temporary restraining order on the ban and a waiver was granted for the baby.


4pm Kicker – Tomas Dubhghlas


Before Christmas we here at DCUfm received the awful news that Nubar would be cutting their goujons from five to four in an attempt to save money.


This broke DCU’s heart, how else were we to find such a balanced box of delight for such a reasonable price elsewhere?

Thankfully DCUSU is coming to the rescue as talks are underway to reinstate the fifth goujon.

Let’s hope this ends for the breast!