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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Veteran fears deaf will suffer

A former teacher honoured for dedicating her life to people with hearing difficulties has accused the Government of being out of touch with Ireland's deaf community.

Maura Buckley, who received a lifetime achievement award for her work, fears cuts to services across the disability sector could lead to more isolation.

"The cuts are very, very sad," she said through a sign language interpreter.

Ms Buckley said she was shocked and honoured to be recognised at the Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards, an annual ceremony to highlight the achievements and accomplishments of those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

DEATH SENTENCE FOR KILLER SOLDIER

A military court has sentenced Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood in the US.

The US-born Muslim has said he acted to protect Islamic insurgents abroad from American aggression.

He acknowledged to the jury that he pulled the trigger in a crowded waiting room where troops were getting final medical checkups before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded.

WOMBLES IN TV COMEBACK

The Wombles are coming back to TV and the loveable litter-pickers have had a high-tech makeover.

A new show, based on their adventures on Wimbledon Common, starts on UK Channel 5's pre-school section Milkshake in 2015, and will be made using computer-generated imagery (CGI).

Animators are making 52 episodes.

'DR BOTOX' GETS BB HOUSE BOOT

Reality television star Danielle Meagher has become the first celebrity to be evicted from the Big Brother House.

'Dr Botox' Danielle (37) caused tensions to rise since entering the house last week and her exit didn't seem to cause much surprise among the housemates.

The former star of TV3's Dublin Wives rowed with dance expert Louie Spence (44) after he nominated her to face eviction.

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