Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

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Your Monday lunchtime catch-up


A passenger has spoken of the “violent death” of a 24-year-old man on a flight from Portugal to Ireland. The dead man, believed to be Brazilian, suffered an apparent seizure and collapsed, forcing the Aer Lingus service from Lisbon to Dublin to divert to Cork Airport on Sunday evening.

A Limerick priest has says Travellers do not want to be housed in areas they are not wanted. It comes as talks continue to try to find new homes for the families affected by the fire at a halting site in Dublin’s Carrickmines. The tragedy has put a spotlight on other halting sites like Clonlong in Limerick, where residents have been trying to bring attention to overcrowding for years.

Pharmaceutical company Regeneron, has announced 200 jobs and an additional investment of $350m at its biopharmaceutical production facility in Limerick. The US company, which announced it was coming to the Raheen business park in Limerick in December 2013 and which achieved planning permission in April 2014, has already filled its original quota of 300 employees.

Emergency services at Dublin Airport were placed on standby for two separate flights that landed within minutes of each other this afternoon. An Aer Lingus flight EI-593 from Madrid was on approach to Dublin when the crew advised air traffic controllers that they an a technical issue.


At least two people have died after a typhoon hit a province in the Philippines. Army, police and civilian volunteers scrambled to rescue hundreds of villagers trapped in their flooded homes and on rooftops in the north-eastern Philippine province of Aurora battered by slow-moving Typhoon Koppu.

A police officer in the UK has been charged with seven counts of rape. Pc Michael Graham, 47, attached to Hounslow borough in London, was arrested at home earlier this month and has been suspended, Scotland Yard said. Graham is charged with seven counts of rape and one count of assault which are alleged to have taken place between December 24, 2013 and September 2, 2014.

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