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by Euro Reporter
2009-03-17 08:38:16
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Eagle 'may have been poisoned'

A white-tailed sea eagle has been found dead in Kerry amid suspicions he was killed with poisoned bait. Ireland's Department of Environment, Heritage and Natural Resources confirmed the death of the eagle, one of several introduced to the area. If poisoning is shown to be the cause of death of the eagle, found near Lough Lein in Kerry, it brings to five the number poisoned in the past 18 months.


Minister John Gormley has requested a report on the matter and is committed to strengthening legislation which would outlaw the laying out of poisoned meat bait and impose severe penalties on offenders, a spokesman said.

Does there really need to be legislation against laying poisoned meat bait? I'm speechless.

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Fears that €800m children's hospital will never be built


Dublin's new €800m national children's hospital has again been put on the long finger, fuelling doubts that it will ever be built. The target date for its completion has been pushed back by another two years.

The controversial project on the site of the Mater Hospital in Dublin will not now be finished until 2014 at the earliest. With the pressure for cutbacks and the deepening recession there is now a question mark over the fate of the 380-bed hospital -- and the costs of the project are continuing to mount.

It is tragic to think how many children will suffer because of these delays.

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Immigration official jailed for €20,000 visa bribe scam


A former Ireland Department of Justice employee has been jailed for 18 months for his role in a scam where visa extensions were issued to immigrant students in return for bribes.

Dara Revins (28), who made €20,000 from the scheme, worked in the Garda Immigration Bureau issuing visas to Chinese students who had come to Ireland to study English.

I wonder how much some Irish students pay to get visas in order to study in China...


   
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