3,600 apply for HSE redundancy
UP to 3,600 Health Service Executive staff have applied for one of the redundancy or early retirement exit schemes, a figure that falls short of the 5,000 that the HSE was hoping would apply for the schemes.
The deadline for applications was Friday and applicants have until this day next week to decide whether to proceed. Those who accept must be gone by the end of December.
Drug offender to be deported
A JUDGE yesterday ordered the deportation of a Polish man caught with €40,000 worth of cannabis to "absolve the taxpayer of a burden" in light of the country's economic situation.
Robert Tworowski (29), of Meridian Court, Spindrift Avenue, Royal Canal Park, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a controlled drug for sale or supply on December 18, 2009, at the same address. Judge Hunt handed down a four-year sentence with the last two years suspended and a deportation order on his release for the offence.
House gutted in suspected arson
GARDAI are investigating a suspected arson at a house in one of the country's best-known beauty spots.
A modern, two-storey house on the Dingle Peninsula was gutted by fire in the early hours of Monday morning in what is the second fire at the property in the past two weeks.
Children's charity in urgent appeal
FOUR out of 10 children in distress were unable to get through to the Childline telephone service last Christmas Day.
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children launched its annual appeal yesterday and said that a lack of funds meant it was unable to answer all of the calls made to its helpline. It also said there had been "an alarming increase" in the number of abuse and welfare cases it had handled this year.
Global interest in Asian auction
HUGE worldwide interest in an eclectic collection of items ranging from a 1,100-year-old Chinese pottery horse to 19th-century portraits caused the website of an Irish auction house to crash.
The quality of a Co Carlow family's hoard of Asian collectables -- which saw a vase fetch a record €110,000 earlier this year, only to double in price when resold in London -- has sparked massive interest in the upcoming auction at Sheppard's auction house in Durrow, Co Laois.