Exporters push Dempsey for no-strike clause in air traffic controller's terms
TRANSPORT Minister Noel Dempsey has been called upon by the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) to insert a "no-strike" clause into the terms of employment for air traffic controllers.
There are serious concerns in the export sector that a repeat of last week's strike action is an "unacceptable risk" for the export industry.
IEA chief executive John Whelan stated: "Each day of the year, we export approximately €215m of goods by air, much of which are temperature-controlled, time-sensitive pharmaceuticals. If we want to remain competitive in the pharmaceutical market, we have to be able to assure our clients abroad of the security of the supply line to them from Ireland.''
Oireachtas banking inquiry 'unfair'
A SENIOR government minister has said it is not possible to have a fair, objective banking inquiry through the Oireachtas.
Social and Family Affairs Minister Mary Hanafin said the Government "had to choose between a 'witch-hunt' or an inquiry that gets results". A Commission of Inquiry is to investigate what led to the banking crisis. Its terms of reference will be decided in the Dail following a detailed report from the Governor of the Central Bank.
No winner of €2.8m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €2,748,614 Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 2, 15, 18, 35, 38, 40 (bonus 4). Wednesday's prize is now heading for €3.4m.
There was no Match 5+bonus winner. There were 49 Match 5 winners who get get €1,782 each; 118 Match 4+bonus (€185); 2,211 Match 4s (€61); 3,175 Match 3+bonus (€28) and 37,830 Match 3s (€5 scratchcard).
In the Lotto Plus 1 draw, the numbers were 16, 26, 31, 33, 39, 45 (bonus 4). And in the Lotto Plus 2 draw the numbers were 4, 5, 17, 22, 34, 40 (bonus 44).
In the UK draw for stg£7.1m, the numbers were 3, 7, 8, 16, 19, 30 (bonus 9).
Deadline for flooding aid extended
THE Irish Red Cross will be sifting through at least 300 applications for financial aid from people still dealing with the aftermath of the December floods. The fund has reached its target of €1m.
Cork, Galway and Clare bore the brunt of the floods but many other areas were also hit and some families have not yet returned to their homes. The deadline for the aid applications has been extended to February 1. And applications will be considered independently of any other payments received and are subject to assessment.
Cutbacks force pupils out of classes
HEALTH and safety rules, which regulate practical classes to 24 for insurance reasons, are forcing young science students to sit outside class rooms.
Fine Gael Senator Fidelma Healy Eames says cutbacks in teacher numbers mean that many first-year science classes now regularly contain more than 24 students -- in which case accidents are not covered by insurance.
Job losses driving work claims down
JOB losses and redundancies have led to a sharp fall in the number of compensation claims arising from work-place injuries. Claims fell by 6.5 per cent last year. A total of €200m was paid out, with nearly 75 per cent of the 8,645 claims arising from road accidents.
The average award in 2009 was €23,163, which is six per cent lower than in 2008. Commenting on the figures, Patricia Byron, chief executive of InjuriesBoard.ie, said the volume of new motor and public liability claims increased in the last quarter of 2009, adding "there is little evidence yet of a sustained surge in personal injury claims arising from the recession, as some had forecast".
Irish musician drowns in Brazil
AN 18-year-old London-Irish musician has drowned in Brazil. Bassist Timothy Kennelly, whose parents are from Wexford, drowned on Thursday near Atalaia, in the north east Sergipe, among Brazil's most dangerous beaches.
A bandmate of the bassist with band After Death also died. Leon Villalba, 21, got into difficulty while swimming during time the band had taken off from a tour of Brazil.
Gardai seize cannabis worth €26,000
GARDAI have seized an estimated €26,000 worth of drugs in a raid on a cannabis factory in West Cork. Gardai raided the house in the Innishannon area at about 6am yesterday morning. They also arrested a man and a woman, who are both in their twenties.
The pair are being detained for questioning at Bandon Garda Station and can be held for up to seven days.
Plea to upgrade Border county courts
CIVIC leaders in two Border counties in the Republic made an eleventh-hour plea yesterday to Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern, and the Irish Courts Service, to take steps for the immediate upgrade of a number of courthouse buildings.
They also requested a halt to the ongoing shutdown of provincial courthouses and the transfer of court sittings away from Monaghan and Cavan, where a number of courthouses were recently closed.
Sex offender jailed over false passport
AN on-the-run rapist, who was hunted by police in the North for eight months and lived rough in the Republic, was jailed last week on a charge of having a false British passport in his possession when he was captured.
Ernest George Finlay, 54, from Aughnacloy in Co Tyrone, who was arrested last September and initially jailed for six months, was described as "extremely dangerous" by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
He was sentenced in October on a charge of failing to notify the authorities of his movement from an address at Dungannon, Co Tyrone, to the Republic, contrary to the terms of the Sex Offenders Act.
Gardai investigate Limerick shooting
GARDAI are investigating a shooting incident in Limerick on Friday night in which a man was hit in the shoulder. It happened at about 10pm in the Ballynanty area of the city.
The victim was a passenger in a car on Shanbooley Road, just behind Thomond Park Stadium. It is understood two shots were fired at the car, injuring the victim in the shoulder.
The victim's girlfriend was driving the car and sped off once the incident happened. The man was taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital for treatment.
Pig farmer leaves €13m in his will
A MEATH farmer who died just over a year ago left more than €13m in his will, which went to probate last week. John 'Jack' Marry, well-known pig farmer/businessman, left a gross estate of €13.07m. However, after taxes and other deductions the estate's net worth was €8,341,036. Mr Marry took his own life on December 19, 2008. He was survived by his wife, Rosemary, and six children.
Other wills: Thomas Butler, businessman, Newcastle, Co Dublin, €5,554,803; Philip McCartan, farmer, Crossakiel, Kells, Co Meath, €4,369,537; Denton Pillion, professor, Bradenton, Florida, €2,318,726; William Anderson, bookbinder, Shanowen Avenue, Santry, Dublin, €1,154,690.