College strike threat
ACADEMIC staff at institutes of technology are set to ballot for industrial action over a new bill they claim poses a threat to their working conditions.
The Teachers Union of Ireland said the technological universities bill is being "rushed through" with "reckless haste" and without adequate debate.
TUI members at the colleges are already set to go on strike on February 3 over resourcing issues and the "casualisation" of the workforce.
The union represents 4,000 lecturers and researchers in institutes of technology.
GardaÍ have appealed for help in tracing a missing 15-year-old.
Leonard Nika was last seen at Church Street, Kanturk, Co Cork, at around 8am on Thursday.
He is described as being 5ft 6in tall, with a broad build, sallow skin and blue eyes.
When last seen he was wearing a grey jumper, black jeans, a silver jacket and black shoes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Kanturk Garda Station on 029 20680, the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111, or any garda station.
Jordan at film festival
The Audi Dublin International Film Festival is to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Neil Jordan's film 'Michael Collins' by holding an anniversary screening at Dublin's Savoy Cinema on February 20.
It is expected to be a full house as some of the 4,000 extras who appeared in the film are due to attend.
Director Jordan will also be present on the night, as will several key cast members. See www.diff.ie for more information.