Election of mayor 'set for October'
GREEN Party leader John Gormley is insisting the first direct election for a Dublin mayor will go ahead in October.
Legislation establishing the position will not now be passed until September at the earliest but the Environment Minister maintains an election will be held just weeks later. A spokesman for Mr Gormley said the legislation will be published before the Dail rises for the summer recess early next month. "It can be done, it will be done and that (an October election) is the intention," he said.
Judge appointed to Supreme Court
A judge who ruled in the High Court that the Government must recognise transgender people in official documents has been appointed to the Supreme Court. Born in 1951, Judge McKechnie was educated at Presentation Brothers College, Co Cork, and University College Cork and the Kings Inns in Dublin.
He was called to the bar in 1972, appointed a Senior Counsel in 1987 and then became a judge of the High Court in 2000 before getting the new post.
140 new nursing home jobs
A nursing home expansion in north Dublin will create 140 new jobs.
TLC Group are planning a new centre in Northwood Park in Santry in the next 12 months. It will house 100 beds for both public and private patients.
Universities now 'top of the class'
IRELAND has lifted its university system into a different league over the past 12 years or so, according to DCU president Prof Ferdinand von Prondzynski.
He said that what were once modestly resourced teaching institutions were now world-leading research universities. The change made Ireland an attractive location for investment and business start-ups. He was speaking at the launch of the DCU strategic plan 2010-2012 in what was his last formal engagement as college head. Prof Brian MacCraith takes over on July 14.
Medical company lays off 100 staff
JOB losses at a multinational medical product firm in Co Mayo will be confined to 100 short-term positions, the company insisted.
The decision to shed the short-term positions was announced yesterday at Baxter Healthcare plant in Castlebar. A spokesman for the firm stressed that the firm's 900 permanent jobs there would not be affected.