Video: Young boy killed in Roscommon crash, plans for more ED consultants

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Roscommon collision

An infant has died in a fatal road traffic collision in Co Roscommon.

The incident occurred shortly after 9am when a jeep collided with young boy near Ballinagare on Friday morning.

The child received treatment at the scene but was later pronounced dead.

No other injuries were reported.

Energy blackouts

Households must reduce their energy use between 5pm-7pm each day to avoid blackouts this winter, the energy regulator has warned.

The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) said it must "act quickly" to secure energy supply due to the significant risks to the country's electricity network.

The CRU has launched a two-week consultation asking industry and electricity providers how they intend to reduce energy usage.

Higgins' tribute to man killed in London

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to the “generosity and kindness” of Thomas O’Halloran, an 87-year-old Irishman who died after being stabbed in London.

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President Higgins expressed his sympathy for Mr O’Halloran’s family and friends and to the Irish community in London where he lived.

A man charged with murder has been remanded in custody.

Lee Byer (44) appeared at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Friday over the alleged killing of Mr O’Halloran in Greenford, west London, on Tuesday.

Consultant appointments

Up to 50 new hospital consultants are to be appointed to emergency departments in a fresh effort to relieve blockages and cut trolley numbers ahead of winter.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly plans a 40 per cent increase in the number of emergency department (ED) consultants within months, and at least a doubling of numbers in the following years.

Mr Donnelly has told the HSE to fast-track the appointments because of what he describes as the “multiple layers and delays” in the traditional process for appointing consultants.

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