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Two teenage boys die after incident on Derry lake
Two 16-year-old boys have died in a “tragic drowning incident” after getting into difficulty in Enagh Lough, Co Derry. They were among a group of six friends who had gone to the lake in the Strathfoyle area of the city yesterday afternoon. A Police Service of Northern Ireland statement said officers were called shortly after 6.25pm yesterday to reports of a number of people in difficulty in the water. Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said a rapid response paramedic, five emergency crews, a hazardous area response team and an ambulance officer were dispatched to the scene. NIAS also tasked the air ambulance to attend the incident.
Surgeons unable to access operating theatres for up to a year due to support staff shortages
Highly trained surgeons are unable to access operating theatres for up to a year due to a shortage of support staff and a failure to allocate patients, a leading doctors’ association has revealed. The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) is calling for significant capital funding to open operating theatres, buy equipment, and recruit a wide range of support staff to ensure surgeons can work to clear waiting lists. The consultants’ body has also raised serious reservations about proposals to build elective hospitals in locations around the country as part of a plan to alleviate pressure on the acute hospital system.
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Hosepipe ban to come into effect in West Cork
A hosepipe ban came into force in West Cork from midnight last night. Irish Water said the ban will remain in place for the next four weeks. The utility said it has been issued in an attempt to “safeguard water supplies for essential purposes”. Around 38,000 people are expected to be impacted by the ban, which will remain in place until midnight on September 26th. Irish Water said the ban comes after a long period of dry weather combined with a large increase in demand.
Sport Ireland to spend €300,000 on campaign to engage ‘inactive teenage girls’ in sport
Sport Ireland is set to spend up to €300,000 on a new national campaign targeting ‘inactive teenage girls’ to engage in sport. In new tender documentation, Sport Ireland state that it is looking to appoint an agency to develop and manage the roll out of a national communication and activation campaign targeting inactive teenage girls in Ireland “that inspires, encourages and motivates them to be more active”. The documentation states that the successful party to tender should ensure a campaign “that speaks to inactive teenage girls, reframes what sport is, opens their eyes to more opportunities and results in girls embracing sport and physical activity and wanting to share their experiences”.
Today will be dry and bright with sunny spells. Isolated showers are possible in Ulster. Highest temperatures of 18°C to 23°C, coolest along the eastern coast with a light to moderate easterly airflow. Dry tonight in mostly clear weather. Some mist and fog will form in light northeast winds. Lowest temperatures of 8°C to 11°C.