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Hospital apologises for 'deficits in care' after death of baby boy

A hospital has apologised to a young couple for the “deficits in care” after their baby died four days after his birth.

In a letter read to the High Court, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth said it would like to sincerely apologise "for the deficits in care that were highlighted" in the review after the death of baby Danny Ryan five years ago.

The letter from the hospital general manager, Fiona Brady, was read out as Danny’s parents Brenda and Michael Ryan settled an action over the care provided at the time of Danny’s birth.

The terms of the settlement are confidential.

The letter of apology also extended sympathies on behalf of the hospital maternity services and hospital management to the Ryans from Allenstown, Kells, Co Meath on the death of their baby son in October 2017.

More than 10 tonnes of litter cleared from Dublin beach

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It has taken more than six hours to clean over 10 tonnes of litter off a beach in north Dublin, Fingal County Council has said, after throngs of people flocked to the coast on Monday on what was the hottest day in over 100 years.

Criticism has been levelled at those who left empty beer bottles, cans and plastic strewn around Burrow Beach in Sutton on Tuesday morning, after images were shared online.

The council said its crews had been working since 5.30am on Tuesday morning at all of its beaches.

It said it had taken over six hours to clean Burrow Beach, and that additional staff and equipment were deployed to beaches after “a substantial increase” in use of beaches over the last number of days.

Extra toilets and large bins have also been provided at beaches, it said.

Thunderstorm warning in place for 10 counties as high temperatures persist

Two weather warnings have been issued for Ireland with high temperatures and thunderstorms to hit Munster and Leinster.

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow thunderstorm warning until 9pm on Tuesday for parts of Ulster, Munster, and Leinster, including Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Carlow, Cork, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wicklow, and Wexford.

The weather service added that there was potential for heavy rainfall and some localised flooding.

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Meanwhile, a high temperature warning remains in place across Leinster until 7pm, with highs of between 22C to 28C expected.

It will be cooler in other parts of the country, with highs of between 16 and 22 degrees.

Taoiseach seeking deeper ties on visit to Japan and Singapore

The Taoiseach has said he wants to “deepen” economic and cultural ties with Japan and Singapore.

Micheál Martin made the comments as he began a four-day official visit to the two countries.

The Fianna Fáil leader said Ireland has “very strong” economic links with Japan, the third largest economy in the world.

Speaking to reporters in Tokyo, he said: “We want to deepen that relationship with Japan in respect of our economy, our cultural relationship and our people-to-people relationships which are very strong.

“Likewise in terms of Singapore which is a powerhouse in this region inter-economically and in many ways has similar traits to Ireland as an entry point to the region just as we are an entry point to the European single market."

In Tokyo, the Taoiseach will meet with political representatives, the business community and members of the Irish diaspora.

‘Huge risk’ of infectious disease outbreak among refugees arriving in Ireland

There is a “huge risk” of an outbreak of an infectious disease such as Covid-19, TB or measles among refugees arriving in Ireland, a public health doctor has warned.

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Dr Douglas Hamilton, chair of the Irish Society of Specialists in Public Health Medicine, called on the Government to activate national emergency management coordination structures to respond to the number of refugees arriving in the country.

He told RTÉ radio’s Today show that while public health doctors were proud of how Ireland had accepted so many people displaced by the war in Ukraine and the swift response of the HSE to provide services, they felt this was a crisis situation which required emergency management.

“We feel that there is a crisis at the moment, a real crisis, and we feel it is now time to activate a national cross-government emergency management to coordinate a response with clear governance, seamless information sharing between government departments and services etc,” he said.

Ireland past peak of Covid summer wave, says Varadkar

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said Ireland has passed the peak of a summer wave of Covid-19 infections as hospital numbers have started to fall once again.

Tweeting on Tuesday afternoon, the Fine Gael leader said the reduction in the number of people in hospital with the virus was "encouraging".

The latest data from the HSE showed there were 815 confirmed cases of Covid in hospital on Tuesday, a reduction of 88 since Monday.

Of the total figure, 35 Covid-positive patients were receiving treatment in Intensive Care Units (ICUs).

"Encouraging to see Covid hospital numbers falling," Mr Varadkar said.

"The peak of the summer wave has passed thankfully without any need for restrictions.

"Hospital have been very busy. Preparing now for the winter wave," he added.

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