Video: Limerick community in mourning, Lisa Smith trial latest and Ireland v France buildup

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Limerick community in shock

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses and dash-cam footage after a 12-year-old boy died when the car he was driving collided head-on with an articulated lorry on Friday.

The boy, named locally as Wictor Chojecki, from Newcastle West, Co Limerick, was driving a grey coloured Nissan Qashqai owned by his family, just before 2am, when it collided with a heavy goods truck.

The horrific crash, which left the boy dead at the scene and the car destroyed, occurred on the N21 at Rineroe near Adare, gardaí said.

Covid hospitalisations

A total of 11,063 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed today.

There are 6,618 PCR-confirmed cases, while 4,445 people registered a positive antigen test through the HSE portal.

The number of Covid patients in hospital has increased by 20 to 615. There are 64 in ICU, which is an increase of one from yesterday.


Meanwhile, Eamon Ryan has said the cost of providing an office at home should be covered.

Lisa Smith trial

An FBI agent has told the Special Criminal Court that it was "beyond suspicion" that former Irish soldier Lisa Smith had joined terrorist organisation Isis when she was in Syria.

Agent B, who cannot be identified because he is involved in counter terrorism operations around the world, told Ms Smith's defence counsel Michael O'Higgins SC that he was in Syria in 2019 when Ms Smith was being held in the Ain Issa camp.

When the witness said that Ms Smith had "joined Isis", Mr O'Higgins put it to him that that was just his suspicion and the agent replied: "It was beyond suspicion at this point."

Court settlement

The family of a young mother who died of cancer have settled an action against the HSE and three medics for €800,000 over an alleged delay in her diagnosis.

Lauren McDonald, of Mallow, Co Cork, was only 30 years old when she died due to complications relating to her colon cancer in 2009. Ms McDonald has one five-year-old daughter.

In the High Court, the McDonald family counsel, Dr John O'Mahony SC said it was their contention that had her case been properly investigated her cancer would have been discovered.

Ireland vs France

France and Ireland resume their respective Guinness Six Nations title bids with Saturday’s crunch clash in Paris.

Les Bleus began the tournament by recovering from a slow start to see off Italy, while Ireland are seeking a 10th consecutive Test win after brushing aside reigning champions Wales.

Here, the PA news agency picks out some of the main talking points ahead of a mouth-watering meeting at Stade de France.

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