MORE than 300 jobs will be created at three new Supervalu stores and extensions to 40 supermarkets around the country.
A total of 160 of the jobs will be created at three new stores in Celbridge in Kildare, Milltown Malbay in Clare, and another store whose location has not been revealed. The remaining jobs will be on offer at extensions to existing stores in the supermarket chain this year. Supervalu said the positions to be filled include general floor staff, cashiers, butchers, specialised fresh food staff, managerial staff, and cooks.
Care centre for Fota
A new conservation centre is to be built at Fota Wildlife Park, with the creation of 10 new jobs.
The €600,000 animal care and conservation centre will house a wide range of native and globally endangered species. A grant of €200,000 is being provided by the South and East Cork Area Development and director of Fota Wildlife Park Sean McKeown said the centre was a very important development.
Roddy in line for prize
AUTHOR Roddy Doyle is in the running for the highly regarded children's book prize, the Carnegie Medal.
The Dubliner has been shortlisted for the British prize for his book 'A Greyhound of a Girl', against Costa Children's Book Award winner Sally Gardner. It means Doyle could pull off a rare feat by winning both the Booker Prize and the Carnegie – one which has been done only once before, by Penelope Lively.
Headaches lead to over 890,000 missed days of work annually and another one in five people say it interferes with their job.
The figures estimate that headaches cost employers €99.5m annually. One in four say workload is their biggest headache trigger, while 22pc cited staring at a screen as the main problem, the findings by the makers of Nurofen found. Common headache triggers were lack of sleep (57pc), dehydration (51pc), and skipping meals (31pc).
Patients turned down
THE number of people turned down by the Health Service Executive (HSE) for funding to pay for treatment abroad has doubled in recent years.
The Treatment Abroad Scheme is available to people who could benefit from a procedure not available here. However, new figures show while 22 were turned down in 2010 this rose to 48 in 2011 and 41 in 2012. The numbers approved went up from 388 at a cost of €2.2m in 2011 to 791 in 2012, at a cost of €7.4m.