Tuesday 12 December 2017

'Babies' wrong blood group'

Nearly 300 Irish babies may have been incorrectly blood grouped at birth due to a mislabelling of a blood test kit.

More than 500 patients, both mothers and babies, have been informed that a routine blood group test at birth could have been faulty due to a manufacturing error.

The error occurred between February and June this year in five hospitals around the country with the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin the most affected. The other maternity hospitals concerned are Cavan General, Sligo General, Limerick and Galway.


A GARDA sergeant had a lucky escape after an opportunist car thief robbed an Audi after it was involved in a minor collision.

The 18-year-old criminal was passing a road accident in Waterford city at 3pm on Tuesday when he jumped into the car. He then drove the vehicle at the garda.

Last night the suspect was still being questioned.

The garda sergeant, who is aged in his 40s, was carried along the bonnet of the car for five to six metres before being thrown on to the road.


THREE men have been charged in connection with a foiled armed robbery at the home of a businessman.

Niall Fitzpatrick (46) of Corrin Close, The Glen, Cork, along with Vincent Murray of Glandore Park, Knocknaheeny, Cork, and Trevor O'Sullivan with an address at Curraheen Drive, Bishopstown, Cork, both 37, are charged with entering a building at the home of Pat Glavin at Rougrane, Glanmire, Cork, with intent to commit a theft on August 11, 2013.

They were remanded in custody to appear at Cork District Court on August 21.


AN aircraft carrying almost 150 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing at Dublin Airport.

A United Airlines flight from Heathrow to Washington made the landing just before 3pm yesterday. Witnesses reported seeing smoke seep from the cockpit.

A major safety operation was rolled out. Dublin Airport Authority said no one was hurt in the incident.

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