Gardaí are investigating after a man died and a passenger was bitten on board an Aer Lingus flight that was diverted to Cork after the pilot declared an emergency. Flight EI485 left Lisbon shortly after 3pm yesterday, bound for Dublin, but was diverted to Cork Airport as the pilot told passengers there had been a medical emergency on board. A woman has been arrested and is being held at Togher Garda Station in Cork city while a post mortem is due to be carried out today to find out how the man died.
Irish Water says it has been forced to delete the online accounts of 700 of its customers. It says a technical issue with the company’s website meant those affected could not access their details. Meanwhile, plans to impose water charges twice as costly as today’s rates were drawn up by the Fianna Fáil-led government months before the troika bailout, despite repeated claims that the system was only created to comply with EU demands.
Equality Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has criticised people protesting against emergency accommodation for Traveller families caught up in the Carrickmines blaze, saying their views “remind me of Alabama in the 1950s”. The Labour TD for Dublin North-Central made the remark amid an ongoing standoff between residents of Rockville Drive in Dublin and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.