- LifestyleIrish Independent
Father of baby boy stabbed to death in Belfast flies home to be with daughter (2) as she fights for life in hospital
The father of a seven-week-old baby boy stabbed to death at a house in north Belfast on Tuesday is flying back from England to be at the bedside of his toddler daughter as she fights for her life in hospital. A 29-year-old woman detained in connection with the murder of the baby boy and the attempted murder of his two-year-old sister remained under arrest tonight, the PSNI added.
- NewsIrish Independent
A YOUNG man who was allegedly part of a gang of up to 20 youths who set upon a couple as they were walking home is facing trial on the charges. Nathan Burke (23) was allegedly identified as one of the culprits after his DNA was found on a pair of sunglasses dropped at the scene. Judge Miriam Walsh refused jurisdiction to deal with the charges in the district court and adjourned the case to a date in September for the book of evidence.
- HealthIrish Independent
Health sources have said it is “magical thinking ” to suggest that figures for the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals are being artificially inflated. Ministers will today be briefed on figures from around the country on patients who have been admitted to hospital for reasons other than Covid, but who have also tested positive for the virus. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said he wants better numbers from the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) on coronavirus hospitalisations.
- SportIrish Independent
Conor Murray starts as Warren Gatland shakes up Lions team with three changes for second Springboks Test
Conor Murray will start for the Lions in Saturday's second Test against South Africa in one of three changes to the team made by Warren Gatland. The Ireland scrum-half had to make do with a place on the bench for last week's win over the Springboks, but having impressed late on, Murray is now preferred to Ali Price, who is among the replacements.
- EntertainmentThe Huffington Post UK
Sarah Ferguson has claimed she had her offer to help inform The Crown snubbed. The Duchess of York said she reached out to Andy Harries, an executive producer of Netflix’s hit royal drama, offering her input. I said to him, ‘Why can’t I help my character?
- NewsIrish Independent
Garda who put device in van suspected of being involved in Kevin Lunney kidnapping found it unlocked on side of the road, court hears
A member of the garda surveillance unit who placed a device inside a Renault Kangoo suspected to have been involved in the Kevin Lunney kidnapping found the van parked up and unlocked on the side of the road. The officer was sent to deploy “technical equipment” inside the van during the investigation more than a month after the businessman was abducted and tortured. The Special Criminal Court heard the van was parked in north inner city Dublin and he “easily” gained entry to it.
- BusinessIrish Independent
'We're due to fly out today' - couple forced to axe first holiday as Covid jab 'passport' bid rejected
A Donaghadee man has hit out at the Northern Ireland’s Department of Health’s vaccine certification system after his wife’s application for a ‘Covid passport’ was rejected just two days before their first family holiday in two years. Ryan Henderson (50) and his wife Sheryl (46) were expecting to fly to Portugal on Wednesday afternoon but will be unable to enter the country without both having the certificate showing they have been fully vaccinated.