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Hospitals are actively discharging patients to free up beds ahead of the Pope’s visit.

It is feared that there could be a spike in casualties given the huge crowds coming for the visit next week.

As part of the Pope’s 2-day visit, a major emergency plan has been put in place involving around 1500 Gardai and more than 1000 medical staff. 500,000 people are expected to attend the mass in Phoenix Park and a further 70,000 in Croke Park for a special concert.

 

Gardai are considering areas in at least 2 countries that may be searched as part of the Deirdre Jacob murder investigation.

However, detectives say excavations would only begin if they received very detailed information.

Deirdre Jacob went missing near her home in Newbridge, County Kildare, on a July afternoon in 1998, and Gardai now believe the 18-year-old was murde4red within the following 36 hours.

 

A bike sharing company is planning to make electric bikes available to commuters.

Bleeper Bikes currently allows people in Dublin and Sligo to rent push-bikes using an app, without the need to return them to a docking station. Following new investment, the firm is looking to put bikes powered by electricity on the streets.