Updated: 19/09/12 : 08:20:24
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Funerals of Spences to take place

Rugby players and officials from across the country are expected to attend the funerals later of Ulster star Nevin Spence, his father and his brother in County Down later.

They died in an accident at the family farm when they were overcome by fumes from a slurry tank on Saturday.

A service of thanksgiving is taking place for the three men in the Ballynahinch Baptist Church.

Man in custody over Carlow shooting

A man remains in garda custody this morning, in connection with a shooting incident in Co Carlow yesterday.

A 25-year-old man was shot a number of times in the knee and stomach when he answered a knock to his front door on Burrin Road in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

He was taken to hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Yesterday evening, investigating officers arrested a man in his early 40s, in connection with the incident during a search of a house in Carlow Town.

He is being detained at Carlow Garda Station, under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act.

Jobs boost for Limerick

The Finance Minister Michael Noonan and the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton are expected to make a significant jobs announcement in Limerick later this morning.

It is the second major jobs announcement in less then 24 hours.

Yesterday, EA announced plans to create 300 new jobs in Galway.

Dentists offer free mouth cancer examinations

Over 700 dental surgeries across the country will be offering free mouth cancer examinations today in a bid to create more awareness of the disease.

Three hundred cases of mouth cancer are diagnosed in Ireland each year, with over 100 people dying from the illness.

A list of participating dentists is available on the website mouthcancerawareness.ie

Final household charge letters to arrive within fortnight

Landlords and second home owners who haven't paid the household charge are set to receive final demand letters in the next fortnight.

Around 50,000 are being sent out to those who first received warning letters in July.

The first round of warning letters targeting people who only own their own home and haven't paid the 100 charge are expected to be sent out by the end of this month.