Spanish courts have dismissed the case of a flight attendant who was fired by low cost Irish airline Ryanair after eating a baguette meant for passengers.
In 2010, flight attendant Juan Francisco Montes Montesinos was investigated after repoertedly eating a ham, cheese and tomato baguette valued at $7.50.
Company regulations require that an employee first inform the airline and then pay for any food meant for customers – a rule Montesinos allegedly did not abide by. The broken rule was followed by Montesinos' dismissal.
Frustrated, Montesinos decided to take the matter to a labor court, then to the city court. However, both courts were unable to proceed because Montesinos had been hired through a job agency based in Ireland with a branch in Norway.
Because the airline abides by Irish law, the Spanish courts could do nothing to resolve the issue.
Ryanair reported that the case could only be played out in the European courts, as per EU regulations for mobile transport employees.
Dublin man Tom O’Gorman was brutally stabbed and killed in an attack over a game of chess, police believe.
The attack occurred at a house on Beech Park Avenue just before 2 a.m., over an alleged bad chess move.
Police arrived at the house later after a 999 call was placed and found O’Gorman with his throat cut and other parts of his body stabbed. They also found the man who had caused alarm and detained him on the scene.
According to Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, the 34-year-old Italian national can be detained for up to 24 hours without charge.
O’Gorman’s body remained in the house overnight and underwent an exam in the morning. It was then moved to the city morgue for a full autopsy.
O’Gorman worked as a researcher for the Iona Institute, a Catholic advocacy group that promotes marriage and religion in society. The group’s leader and social commentator David Quinn expressed his shock at O’Gorman’s death.
“He was a fond and dear friend and we will all miss him,” Quinn said. “We extend our deepest commiserations to his family.”
Teenage Girl Dies on Dublin Street After Pharmacist Refuses to Give Her an EpiPen Without a Prescription
A 14-year-old girl died recently after a pharmacy wouldn’t give her mother an EpiPen that would have stopped an allergic reaction to peanuts.
Emma Sloan was out to eat with her family when she ordered what she thought was curry sauce from a Chinese restaurant. The sauce turned out to be satay, which is made with peanuts, and a short time later, Sloan complained of trouble breathing.
She began to have a severe allergic reaction from ingesting the peanuts, so her mother ran around the corner to a pharmacy to ask them for an EpiPen. The EpiPen is a pocket-sized shot of adrenaline that reverses the effects of an allergic reaction, and had they been able to get their hands on one, they could have saved Sloan’s life.
The pharmacist, however, denied Sloan’s mother Caroline an EpiPen because she didn’t have a prescription, but encouraged her to take her daughter to the emergency room. Caroline pleaded with the man to give one to her, but he refused. Meanwhile, Emma Sloan laid out on the street in anaphylactic shock, surrounding by a crowd of onlookers as well as her two sisters. After being refused an EpiPen by the pharmacist, Carolina attempted to take her daughter to the nearest hospital, but she wasn’t able to get that far.
Emma collapsed on the street, and even though a passing doctor tried to keep her alive, she succumbed to the reaction and died in front of her family and a group of onlookers.
Caroline says she does not blame the Chinese restaurant for giving them the sauce with peanuts, but is furious that she was ignored by the pharmacist.
"I'm so angry I was not given the EpiPen to inject her. I was told to bring Emma to an A&E department," said Mrs. Sloan. "Emma was allergic to nuts and was very careful. How could a peanut kill my child? I want to appeal to parents of children with nut allergies to make sure their child always carries an EpiPen with them."
Emma has always been very careful and would check the ingredients of every chocolate bar and other foods to be sure they didn't contain nuts," Caroline added.
Both police and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland are currently investigating the young girl's tragic death.
A woman from Dublin, Ireland is charged with assisting the suicide of a multiple sclerosis sufferer in 2011.
Bernadette Forde, 51, of Morehampton Mews, in Dublin 4, was in the last stages of multiple sclerosis when she was found dead at her apartment two years ago, Irish Independent reported. The investigation into what caused her death has been postponed.
Gail O’Rorke, 42, of Kilclare Gardens in Tallaght appeared at the Dublin District Court Wednesday morning.
Judge Michael Walsh charged O’Rorke under the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993 with aiding and abeting or counseling or procuring the suicide of Forde between March 10 and June 6, 2011, according to The Irish Times. She pleaded “not guilty.”
Detective Sergeant James Byrne told Judge Walsh at Dublin District Court that O'Rorke was detained at Donnybrook Garda Station Wednesday morning.
Judge Walsh was told by state attorney Ronan O'Brien that the DPP has directed that the 42-year-old woman is to face “trial on indictment,” the book of evidence had already been completed and could be served on her.
O’Rorke was sent forward for trial by jury at the Circuit Criminal Court beginning Dec 13.
Prosecutors did not object to bail, which could be set at about $134.
Defense attorney Dara Robinson’s request to grant legal aid to O’Rorke was approved by Judge Walsh. She was then remanded on bail.
In Ireland, helping another person take their own life is a felony, according to TheJournal.ie. Section 2 (2) of the Act says that a person who aids, abets, or procures the suicide of another person, or the attempt by another person to end their own life, can face up to fourteen years in prison.
Overweight Man Forced to Buy Two Plane Tickets To Accommodate Size and Discovers Seats are in Different Rows
It’s pretty normal for an overweight person to have to buy more than one seat on a flight because they can’t fit in just one, but for a 500-pound man flying round trip from Wales to Ireland, the two seats didn’t do him any good.
Les Price, 43, says he was flying to Ireland from Wales when he realized the two seats he purchased were not next to each other. One of the seats was next to the window, and the other was on the aisle. Another passenger occupied the seat in between, so Price had to switch. On the flight back to Wales, Price found out that the seats weren’t even in the same row. One was in row 17, and the other was in row 19.
“When I got to the airport I had to explain to all the staff why I had two tickets, they didn’t have a clue,” said Price. “When I finally got on the plane one was an aisle seat and the other was by the window – in a three-seat row. On the way back from Ireland one seat was in row 17 and the other in row 19.”
Price says that his weight started to get out of control after he injured himself and was forced to be bedridden for three months. Then, after his wife died of cancer in 2009, the situation became much worse.
Now, the man is set to star in BBC’s Live Longer Wales, a television program that chronicles the weight loss journeys of overweight people in Wales, and provides a commentary on the increasing weight problem in the country.
31-year-old Savita Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to the hospital and found out she was miscarrying. She requested that her doctors terminate the pregnancy, but they refused, and Savita died from an infection not long after.
Now, Savita’s widower Praveen is taking legal action against Galway University Hospital and Dr. Katherine Astbury for what he deems negligence and a breech of Savita’s right to life.
"It is a personal injury summons seeking compensation for the loss suffered by Praveen on the death of his wife Savita,” said Praveen’s lawyer, Gerard O’Donnell, to the Irish Times. “She had a constitutional right to life and that constitutional right was breached. The papers cover in excess of 30 particulars of neglect separate from the constitutional breach.”
O’Donnell also further explained the reason why Dr. Astbury is also named as a co-defendant.
"The matter is now with them and it all depends on the attitude of the defendant,” said O’Donnell. “Because the HSE Clinical Indemnity Scheme does not name individual doctors we took the view that it was important to do so in case any matters arise in the future.”
According to O’Donnell, Praveen is in a difficult place after his wife’s death, but is moving forward with legal action almost a year later.
"He's still very upset about everything,” said O’Donnell. “It is coming up to the first anniversary and that is very hard for him but he is happy that we are moving forward.”
Reports show that Dr. Astbury, who refused to perform an abortion on Savita after it was realized that she was miscarrying, ultimately causing the woman’s death, did not look at the patient notes on the day that she died, instead relying on the registrar to do it. Now, Praveen Halappanavar is fighting the hospital and doctor in the hopes of finding justice for his wife’s untimely death.
Bono recently defended his band, U2, about their decision to offshore some of their income in the Netherlands to prevent it from being taxed in their native Ireland.
It's not that unusual for musicians to move their money or themselves to another country to avoid taxes. Freddie Mercury reportedly moved to Germany to escape the UK's tax rate and Rod Stewart fled to the U.S. in the 1970s for the same reason.
But Bono is claiming the Irish government somehow supports this loss of taxable income, which is highly unlikely.
“U2 is in total harmony with our government’s philosophy. Tax competitiveness has taken our country out of poverty. [The revenue] accept that if you engage in that policy then some people are going to go out, and some people are coming in,” Bono told The Guardian.
"At the heart of the Irish economy has always been the philosophy of tax competitiveness. On the cranky left that is very annoying, I can see that. But [that] is why Ireland has stayed afloat.”
Bono also recalled meeting with President Bush is an effort to get AIDS drugs for Africa.
"I lambasted Bush face to face for not getting the ARV drugs to people 'on bicycles and motorcycles' as he had promised in his state of the union speech. I was definitely being a little verbose, a bit shouty. At one point he banged his hand on the table: 'Hold on here, I am the president of the United States!'" stated Bono.
Source: The Guardian
Doctors in Dublin performed the first legal abortion under Ireland’s historic abortion law and saved a woman’s life.
The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act was passed in July allowing women an abortion if their doctor demonstrates that carrying the pregnancy to term will pose a substantial risk to the mother’s life. The law was put in place after Savita Halappanavar died of sepsis after doctors denied her an abortion in October 2012. She was 17-weeks pregnant and was forced to deliver a stillborn child before her death. Her husband told an inquest that his wife asked for an abortion three times before she finally delivered the deceased baby.
Halappanavar was allegedly told by senior midwife at University Hospital in Galway that they could not terminate her dying baby because “it's a Catholic thing.”
Treated at National Maternity Hospital, the unidentified woman was 18-weeks pregnant and carrying twins. Her pregnancy was considered a great risk to her health when her placental membranes ruptured, putting her in serious risk of sepsis. The chance of her carrying the fetuses to term was very slim, doctors decided.
The woman is reportedly doing well several weeks after the procedure.
National Maternity Hospital, however, is apparently not like University Hospital in Galway. They would have performed the abortion even if the law had not been passed.
“Even before the passage of the legislation, Holles Street would have carried out terminations in cases like this, where the prognosis for the pregnancy was very poor,” said a senior hospital source to the Irish Times. “What’s changed is that we can do our work in the best interests of patients without fear of a possible Medical Council case.”
Bruce Springsteen dedicated his song "41 Shots" to Trayvon Martin yesterday during a concert in Limerick, Ireland.
Before playing the song (video below), Springsteen said: "I want to send this one out as a letter for back home. For justice for Trayvon Martin."
According to ThinkProgress.org, "41 Shots" was originally based on Amadou Diallo, who was shot 41 times by four New York City police officers on February 4, 1999. Diallo was unarmed like Martin.
The original song was released on a live CD when Springsteen reunited with the E-Street band in 2000.
The tune's lyrics are about a black mother warning her young son to "always be polite" and "keep your hands in sight," and concludes with the line "You can get killed just for living in your American skin."
After the song was released 13 years ago, Springsteen got hate mail and police officers made obscene gestures to him during concerts, which he recalled during an interview in 2009 (video below).
In addition to Springsteen, Beyonce held a moment of silence for Martin after the verdict on Saturday. In Haywood, Calif., 73-year-old soul singer Lester Chambers changed some lyrics in the song “People Get Ready” for Martin and was assaulted on stage (also on Saturday).
A member of the Irish Parliament apologized for pulling a female colleague onto his lap in the middle of an upper house debate on a landmark abortion bill. TD Tom Barry was caught on video pulling TD Aine Collins onto his lap in a “bit of horseplay”
“I went to the Dail bar but I wasn’t drinking excessively,” Barry told the Irish Independent. “There was nothing pre-meditated, it was stupid, it was disrespectful.”
Irish media has taken to calling the incident “lap-gate.” It occurred during a debate on abortion bill that would allow women to terminate a pregnancy in the event that it threatened their health.
“I consider Aine Collins a good friend, I have apologised and she has accepted my apology,” he added.
The father of three said his wife wasn’t thrilled about it.
“I spoke to my wife this morning and all she said to me was: ‘You big eejit.’ I feel so embarrassed over this,” he continued. “I feel very upset that it is being described as that [sexist]. I didn’t intend to offend anyone and I can’t offer any excuse other than to put it down to stupidity, naivety and inexperience.”