4pm – HSE Apologies – Seán Óg
The HSE has offered an “unreserved and heartfelt apology” to all those affected by the “significant failures” of the former South Eastern Health Board in relation to a foster home in Waterford.
Two reports were published today on failures at the home where 47 children were placed over two decades up to 2013.
One of the children, ‘Grace’, a young woman with intellectual disabilities who was left in the home for almost 20 years, despite repeated sexual abuse allegations.
Head of Disability Operations, Social Care Dr Cathal Morgan, said “it was patently obvious that action could have been taken, should have been taken and would have made a difference”.
2pm – Westport-Ireland bus will be saved – Niamh Dunne
A bus route between Westport and Athlone is set to be saved after the National Transport Authority stated there is a public service obligation to keep it.
Bus Eireann originally had planned to withdraw Route 21, which provides 28 services a week.
The NTA is considering to amend the service of bus Route 440 in which it will provide four services a day in each direction, but Route 21 is the only exception.
10am – Bus Eireann to strike next week- Ashling
Bus Éireann management and unions have been urged to “engage urgently in a constructive manner” by the Minister for transport Shane Ross.
This comes after it was announced by the National Bus and Rail Union and SIPTU that an all out strike would commence at Bus Éireann next Monday, following the announcement by management that cost cutting measures will be imposed.
The company has warned that it might become insolvent by May if no drastic action is made. The company has claimed that it is losing 50,000 euro a day.
11am – Dorian appeal renewed by PSNI – Megan Brady
Appeals have been renewed for information on missing Co. Down woman Lisa Dorrian by her family and the PSNI on the 12th anniversary of her disappearance.
The 25 year old, from Bangor, disappeared on the 25th of February 2005 after a party in a caravan park in Ballyhalbert. Her body was never found and police feel she may have been murdered.
To date, almost 600 people have been interviewed in relation to the disappearance of Ms. Dorrian and 8 people have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
2pm– kicker – Niamh Dunne
The French refer to Pancake Tuesday as exactly what it is. “Mardi Gras” is the French term for “Fat Tuesday”. It’s a tradition on this day to stuff your faces to your heart’s content before that rough time that we call lent.
So fellow students, do like our frog-loving, croissant-eating friends and make the most of being chunky, yet funky for the day.