Your Monday evening catch-up

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.
Your Monday evening catch-up


A strong earthquake in northern Afghanistan has shaken buildings from Kabul to Delhi, cutting power and communications in some areas and causing more than 100 deaths, mainly in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


A search is underway in Co Clare for a man feared to have fallen into the sea. The 28-year-old man, from the Quilty area, was last seen late last night while the alarm was raised at around 11am this morning.

Around 140 gardaí and PSNI officers ran the Dublin City Marathon in memory of Garda Tony Golden. The “gentle giant” officer and father-of-three was shot dead while helping a woman during a domestic row in Omeath, Co Louth, earlier this month.

The average waiting time to see a GP has more than tripled in just five years, according to a survey carried out for the National Association of General Practitioners. The current waiting time for a patient seeking a routine appointment with their GP has soared from just under 10 hours in 2010 to over 34 hours this month.


Global health experts have found that processed meat such as bacon, ham and sausages can cause bowel cancer. Red meat is also “probably” carcinogenic, with associations mainly with bowel cancer, but also with pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report.

Five British nationals died when a whale watching boat with 27 people on board sank off Vancouver Island. One person is still missing and the rest were rescued, some by members of the local aboriginal community who rushed to the scene.

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