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Monday, 16 January 2012

The emergency services and local volunteers continue to search for five fishermen missing since yesterday morning when their trawler the Tit Bonhomme went down at the entrance to Glandore estuary in west Cork. Weather conditions remain poor in the area and the heavy swell is preventing divers from searching the trawler, which has been located at Adam's Rock.

The missing have been named as skipper Michael Hayes (52), from Ring, Co. Waterford; Kevin Kershaw (21), a student from Dublin; and Egyptians Waal Addelgwad, Ali Eldien and Zhaban Farrg, who are all from the same village near Alexandria.

HSE to close 550 nursing home beds

The Health Service Executive's service plan, which was published this morning, calls for the closure of between 550 and 600 beds in community nursing units around the country . Some units will be closed altogether.

In one of the few areas where spending will increase 400 staff will be recruited for mental health services, a sector which has suffered badly from the ban on recruitment.

The plan, which has been approved by Minister for Health James Reilly, is aimed at saving some €750m.

Seán Quinn declared bankrupt

Businessman Seán Quinn was this morning declared bankrupt by the High Court as a result of a petition from the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation. Mr Quinn was not in court and did not contest the application.

Donegal man murdered in Scotland

Police in Glasgow have launched a murder inquiry after William McKeeney (57), a native of Malin Head, Co. Donegal, was attacked near his home in the Pollokshields area in the south of the city. What has been described as "a completely unprovoked and violent attack" by two men, said to be of Asian appearance, took place at around 12:40am today. Mr McKinney was rushed to the Victoria Infirmary where he died a short time later.

Death of poet and broadcaster Pearse Hutchinson

The death took place in Dublin on Saturday of the poet and broadcaster Pearse Hutchinson. He was aged 84. Born in Glasgow, with grandparents from Donegal and Dublin, he and his parents moved to Dublin when he was five. For a time in the 1970s his distinctive voice was frequently heard on RTÉ radio and he wrote an Irish language column for the RTÉ Guide for many years. His work and interests meant that he spent time in England, Switzerland and Spain.

Today's Papers

Both the Irish Times and the Irish Examiner lead with the loss of life in Glandore, Co. Cork, with "Five missing after fishing boat hits rock and sinks off Co Cork" and "Five dead in trawler tragedy" respectively. The Irish Independent leads with the expenses incurred by the Mahon tribunal under the headline "From tea and lunch to a timber shed: how tribunal splurged €30m".

The Irish News headline, "Surgeon hits out at dissidents using shotguns in attacks", reflects the views of a plastic surgeon who says the use of shotguns often leads to the need for amputation.

The Weather in Galway

Apart from a brief shower it was a dry morning and the sun has now come out. Temperature 9C.

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