Video: Bus collision, Bank of Ireland mortgages and Harrington to fight for silver medal

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Bus collision

Two people have died following a bus collision with a number of cars and a pedestrian in Co Cork.

It is understood the incident occurred in Monkstown in Cork Harbour when a Bus Éireann bus veered out of control and collided with several vehicles.


A local man, who was a pedestrian at the scene and is thought to be in his late 60s, was struck by the bus and pronounced dead at the scene by a local doctor.

It is believed the bus driver also died in the incident, which occurred at around 1.30pm on the Strand Road near the Bosun pub.

Communions and confirmations

Government Minister Charlie McConalogue has called for the Catholic Church to show leadership and follow Covid-19 guidelines.

It comes after a number of Catholic bishops gave the go-ahead for first communion and confirmation ceremonies to take place, despite Government guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19.


One priest has backed the Government's stance, warning that the ceremonies and accompanying celebrations will “inevitably” contribute to the spread of the Delta variant.

Fr Tony Flannery, the co-founder of the Association of Catholic Priests, also said that many children and their families are partaking in the ceremonies for the accompanying social events and money.

Harrington to fight for silver medal

Kellie Harrington said she was "overwhelmed with emotions" after claiming Team Ireland's fourth medal of the Tokyo Games.

The Dublin woman saw off the challenge of Algeria's Imane Khelif to take a win by a unanimous decision in their quarter-final fight.


Now guaranteed at least a bronze Olympic medal, Harrington will fight for a possible silver in the semi-final on Thursday morning.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin took to Twitter this morning to praise the Lightweight boxer, saying she has "created another piece of history in the boxing ring".

Back at home, Harrington's family said they are "absolutely buzzing" after her win, with brother Joel saying he was "kind of at a loss for words".

Bank of Ireland mortgages

Bank of Ireland has appeared to rule out the prospect of cheaper mortgages anytime soon.

It comes as it reported impressive profits of almost half a billion euro for the first half of this year.

The bank says it's required to hold more money in reserve against the mortgages it loans out, and claims that is driving the expensive mortgage pricing in Ireland.

Meanwhile, it also said that it will have money for shareholder distributions to recommence “on a prudent a progressive basis based on performance and capital outlook”.

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