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# Swine Flu
HSE says flu rates have peaked
Over 749 people hospitalised with flu this season and 6 more flu-related deaths last week, according to the latest HSE figures.
# Rita Keppell
Gardaí appeal for woman's next of kin
Officers in Dublin are trying to locate the next of kin of 78-year-old Rita Keppell, who died in the Mater Hospital recently.
# payday
Payday a black day for many Irish workers
Enquiries to make contact with financial institutions and counselling services saw a hike as workers find a hole in their January pay packet.
# Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus meeting may see breakthrough in dispute
Tomorrow’s meeting mediated by IBEC and ICTU could help resolve the ongoing dispute between management and cabin crew.
# Iraq
53 killed in Baghdad bomb attacks
In one attack, a car bomb exploded during a funeral ceremony today, killing 48 people and injuring 121 others.
# Guns
Explosives and guns found in Galway outhouse
Three people arrested in relation to that find and the discovery of a gun in a house in Tuam.
# Neil Prendeville
Neil Prendeville heading back to Cork's 96fm: reports
Reports suggest presenter – accused of exposing himself and masturbating on a plane – could be heading back to the station in coming weeks.
# Canada
Investigation launched after frozen dog left on lawn
Animal cruelty prevention activists in Canada are investigating after discovery of dog encased in ice.
# Leaders' Debate
Leaders' debates: where do they stand?
Party leaders are lining up for a series of televised debates ahead of polling day, but who wants which kind of debate?
# Bertie
I was incensed by Bertie's smug face: Councillor tackles Ahern on his last day
Former Taoiseach Ahern gets an earful as he exits the Dail.
# GE11
Ireland under siege: Enda Kenny's battle cry
Fine Gael leader fires shot across bow of government with ‘Siege of Leningrad’ reference at launch of trust survey.
# Anonymous
Five arrested over Anonymous attacks
UK police say they have arrested five men, aged between 15 and 26, in connection with the online activist group supporting WikiLeaks. Anonymous has also attacked Fine Gael’s site.
# trust
Trust in Irish Government hits an all-time low
Government and banking are least trusted institutions in Ireland according to new global survey – but trust in Irish business is thankfully on the up.
# Garda Escourt
Garda Commissioner announces review of ministers' drivers
The Garda Commissioner has confirmed that a reduction in the number of gardaí driving ministers is being considered.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Andy Gray have been sacked?
The sacked Sky Sports football pundit is reportedly planning to sue for ‘unfair dismissal’. Should he have been fired in the first place?
# Dissidents
Security alert in north Belfast continues after device found
PSNI officers in north Belfast are examining a suspicious device after a viable pipe bomb was discovered in the area.
# Egypt
More violence feared as Egyptian protests enter third day
At least four people have been killed during waves of violent demonstrations in Egypt; as the protests enter a third day, authorities have threatened widespread arrests.
# GE11
Kenny rejects three-way debate suggestion
Enda Kenny has rejected the invitation of a debate between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour, saying that other political parties must also be included.
# Culture
Colm Tóibín takes over from Martin Amis as professor of creative writing
Multi-award winning novelist Colm Tóibín will leave his post in Princeton to begin teaching to students in the University of Manchester.
# Gay Rights
Ugandan gay rights activist killed after name published in tabloid hitlist
David Kato had successfully sued the local newspaper which published his name, address and photograph beside a headline which read: ‘Hang Them’.
# Oh No!
British soldier proposes in call from Afghanistan...to the wrong woman
Now the whole world is desperately seeking Samantha and her lovestruck soldier boyfriend.
# Aer Lingus
One in five Aer Lingus cabin crew taken off payroll
At least 215 members of Aer Lingus cabin crew have been taken off the payroll, as the dispute between the airline and trade union Impact shows no sign of cooling.
# GE11
Martin challenges Opposition to televised debates
New leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin says the focus of the upcoming election campaign must be on “substantial debate”
# Bizarre
Bizarre Frankenstein-style reanimation effort caused apartment fire
Russian woman’s attempts to bring her dead sister back to life backfired.
# Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia stricken by heavy flooding
Meterology expert says the city of Jeddah must be redeveloped if it is to cope with increasing rainfall.
# GE11
First Irish political party iPhone app launched
Social media election campaigning getting seriously underway as Labour’s election app hits iTunes.
# Currency
Is the dollar poised for a crash?
US stock analyst Richard Russell claims the dollar has lost all stability and is about to crash.
# Sexism Row
Richard Keys quits Sky Sports over sexism row
Sky says presenter has quit his post on Sky Sports following recent controversy over off-air remarks.
# Gerry Adams
I’m not the Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead, says Adams
David Cameron’s private secretary apologises to the Sinn Féin president after the PM says Adams has taken a job under the Crown.
# GE11
Gilmore accepts Martin debate challenge "in principle"
Labour leader says he has already replied to Martin’s call for two election debates between the main party leaders.
# Jobs
Over 120 jobs cut from Donegal bakery
Cuisine de France has announced that it is cutting 124 positions at Gallagher’s Bakery.
# GE11
New FF leader Micheál Martin calls for "in-depth" election debates
Martin wants to debate Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore at the start and end of the election campaign, and says it will be the toughest campaign his party ever faced.
# Britain
UK Home Secretary announces new control order measures
After a review of counter-terrorist measures, Theresa May has announced her recommendations for restoring “British freedoms” – but civil rights group is not convinced.
# Courts
Man in court over Navan manslaughter
An 18-year-old man has appeared in court in Navan to face a manslaughter charge in connection with a death in the town last year.
# Exports
Trade surplus stays above €4bn for November
The value of Irish exports in November 2010 was €4bn more than the amount we imported – for the second straight month.
# UK
Police investigate house fire that killed four children
Police in England are investigating what started a house fire in Derbyshire, in which four children died on Monday.
# Up and Away
Airlines confident for strong 2011, but not as confident as they used to be
Most airlines expecting higher passenger volumes, but higher oil prices are taking their toll.