An Focal Five – News you need to know
Wednesday, 18 July
An Focal brings you the top news stories you need to know today
1. Head of HSE steps down
THE head of the Health Service Executive Cathal Magee is to step down in a surprise move. Mr Magee took over the HSE in 2010 but has said he will not stay on in the restructured organisation the Government is putting together.
2. World celebrates Mandela’s 94th birthday
PEOPLE across the world will celebrate Nelson Mandela‘s birthday today. The veteran anti-Apartheid activist made history in 1994 when he became South Africa’s first black president and presided over the first post-Apartheid administration.
3. Kim Jong-Un appoints himself head of the army
NORTH Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has been appointed head of the army in what is seen as a consolidation of power. The appointment follows the resignation of a once senior military leader. North Korea has the largest standing army in the world.
4. Aer Lingus tries to fight off Ryanair bid
AER Lingus is attempting to prevent Ryanair from taking a controlling stake in the company. Ryanair is already a large shareholder in the carrier, which is also partly owned by the Irish government. This is the third time Ryanair has tried to take over Aer Lingus.
5. Finding Nemo to get sequel
PIXAR’S box office smash Finding Nemo is to have a sequel. The original movie followed the attempts of a clown fish to find his lost son in a dangerous ocean. The announcement comes as Pixar’s recent films have had huge success at the box office. Several other Pixar movies are already in production.
Posted by Darragh Roche, Editor on at 10:30 am.
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