In Other News This Lunchtime...

In Other News This Lunchtime...

Elaine Stenson By Elaine Stenson - May 16, 2018

1. The Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health says it was "fair and appropriate" not to flag news of the CervicalCheck audit of cancer tests with the Minister in 2016. Documents have shown the Department was aware of the audit of false negative smear tests two years ago. 209 women developed cervical cancer after receiving a false negative in their tests and 18 of them have since died.

2. The Tanaiste says cutting diplomatic ties with Israel would not be helpful for Palestinians or Israelis. At least 58 people were shot dead during violence on Monday after the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem. Simon Coveney summoned the Israeli Ambassador to a meeting yesterday to express his outrage but stopped short of expelling him.

3. Gardai could respond to a terrorist attack here within a matter of minutes. That’s according to the senior garda in charge of our national security - who has been speaking at an Interpol conference in Dublin. Our terrorist threat level remains moderate – meaning an attack is possible but not likely.

4. There's no public eye care scheme for 12 to 16 year old in half the country. The Association of Optometrists Ireland has identified inconsistencies and major gaps in children's eye-care services here.
In 36 of 40 constituencies there's no sixth-class vision screening service while an alternative service is only available in a quarter of those areas. The AOI is calling for the introduction of a national eye-care scheme for all children up to 16.


5. Jordan Lamour has been handed his first senior contract with Leinster. The 20 year old has been rewarded following a phenomenal breakthrough season, during which he earned both a Six Nations and Champions Cup medal. Lamour is one of 19 players who have signed new deals with the Province, along with the likes of James Ryan, Garry Ringrose Fergus McFadden and Dave Kearney. Academy graduates Josh Murphy, Caelan Doris and Vakh Abdaladze have also stepped up to the senior ranks.

6. A new comedy created, written by and starring Amy Huberman has gone into production. The series, called Finding Joy, follows a single woman who looks for happiness following a break-up. Aisling Bea and Laura Whitmore have also been cast in the six-part series, which begins shooting in Dublin this week.

Elaine Stenson

Broadcast and Online Journalist with and Radio Nova. I spend my days bringing you all the news you need to know...

I love to travel and I've lived and worked in six countries outside Ireland!

When I'm not at work, I can be found doing yoga or frequenting the pilates studio or else just grabbing an afternoon nap - since starting the 6am news shift with Nova, I have developed an obsession with getting a good night's sleep!!

I also love to cook and as you'd expect I'm a complete news junkie at heart.