UP TO 50 jobs are to go at medical device maker Boston Scientific's Galway plant. The US multinational announced the cuts as part of a restructuring of its global operations.
The jobs are understood to include engineers and technicians at the Ballybrit facility.
7,500 jailed for failing to pay fines
MORE than 7,500 were sent to jail last year for not paying fines including TV licence and traffic offence payments.
They were mostly men and represented an increase of almost 12.5pc on the 6,683 people imprisoned for failing to pay fines in 2010. However, most of these individuals were only jailed for a short time, according to the Prison Service's latest annual report.
Lappin joins Ark Cultural Centre
ACCLAIMED film producer Arthur Lappin has been appointed as acting director of the Ark Children's Cultural Centre in Dublin's Temple Bar.
Mr Lappin, whose credits include 'My Left Foot', 'In the Name of the Father' and 'The Field', will take over from current director and Fulbright Award winner Eina McHugh, who is taking a one-year sabbatical as she takes up a posting with the Lincoln Centre Institute in New York. Poet and journalist Gerard Smyth and Vodafone Ireland commercial manager Brian Lavery have both been appointed to the board .
20 places on free butchery course
A Free butchery training course is being offered to 20 unemployed people through the Government-backed National Organic Training Skillnet (NOTS).
The course will involve a blend of classroom experience at the National Butchery Academy in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, and work experience in shops, where possible close to the trainee's home. NOTS is involved in training for the expanding organic sector throughout the country.