The top four things you need to know – Wednesday August 17th

Gardai in Killarney are continuing to question a man in his 50’s in connection with the murder of 75 year old Miriam Burns.

The Grandmother and Mother of four was found dead in her home in the Co. Kerry town on Monday afternoon.

Following a post mortem examination Garda immediately launched a murder inquiry – and shortly after arrested the man.


Both poor pay and poor conditions in the National Ambulance Service are turning potential employees off.

That’s according to a representative of the National Ambulance Service Representative Association, Brendan Flynn.

An unpublished HSE presentation, leaked by the Irish Times on Monday, shows there’s an urgent need for more ambulance staff.


A relative of one of the residents of the Owneacurra Residential Mental Health facility has vowed to fight the HSE all the way.

She was responding to the news that some residents of the Midleton facility are at various stages of being transferred to Unit 3 of St Stephen’s Hospital outside Glanmire.

The Mental Health Commission published a damning report on the unit at Sarsfield Court last December, calling its system of governance ‘inexplicable’.


Childcare providers around the country are taking their protest over funding to the Dail later this morning.

The Federation of Early Childhood Providers say they are not prepared to back down as the Early Learning and Care sector faces more closures with up 260 or more facing closure next year.

The protest centres on the New Core Funding which has left many providers non viable.


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