Home Affairs - Man killed in Co Cork car crash

A 21-year-old man was killed in a car crash in the early hours of yesterday morning. The victim was the sole fatality in the accident in which four other people suffered minor injuries.

It occurred at Bridgemount in Carrigaline, Co Cork, at around 5.30am when the car collided with a pole. The deceased had been driving the vehicle. Four other occupants, all in their 20s, were taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment.

Health - 5,000 protest at Navan Hospital cuts

ABOUT 5,000 people took part in a protest against cuts at Navan Hospital, which has closed down services.

In the last two months, all acute surgery and 28 beds have been eliminated and the orthopaedic unit is set to close in December.

Speaking about yesterday's action, local councillor Peadar Tobin said: "We in Meath are drawing a line in the sand… The people of Meath will not be an easy target for cuts in the future."

Health - Petition to get minister to visit Sligo

HUNDREDS of people put their signatures to an invitation to health minister Mary Harney to visit Sligo in order to outline her plans for future services in the region. Signing stations were established at both ends of O'Connell Street in Sligo town yesterday to facilitate the gesture, sparked by ongoing concerns over cuts in the sector.

The signed letters are then to be displayed along the street as a visual indicator of the level of discontent.

Lifestyle - Dublin Mountains Way walk opened

The Dublin Mountains Partnership will today officially open the Dublin Mountains Way, a 43km trail that runs from Tallaght to Shankill.

Trekkers will start off from Tallaght and Shankill and meet halfway at the Three Rock at 2.30pm where an official ribbon will be cut.