Google funds training
INTERNET giant Google is celebrating 10 years in Ireland by funding a major programme to train secondary teachers in computer science. The initiative is linked to plans to introduce computer programming as part of a reform of the Junior Certificate. About 1,000 teachers will get the opportunity to do a certified course in computer science teaching skills under the three-year initiative.
Google is providing €1.5m for the project, which will be run in partnership with Trinity College Dublin (TCD). It will start on a pilot basis in September, with full rollout expected early next year.
TRAIL GUIDE LAUNCHED
A NEW directory aimed at the walking, cycling, food and craft markets has been launched in Kilkenny.
The free 'Trail Kilkenny' directory features a 36-page guide, containing maps and directions for five scenic walks for enthusiasts of all levels, as well as three river walks along the river Nore, four cycle routes and details of craft makers, cafes and restaurants along the way.
TURF CUTTERS GET &EURO;4M
NEARLY €4m has been paid out to compensate turf cutters who have been banned from cutting turf on protected bogs.
Latest figures from the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht show that more than 2,300 payments of €1,500 each have been paid out in compensation under the scheme.
DUNDON TRIAL BID FAILS
THE High Court has cleared the way for the trial to go ahead next Tuesday of a man accused of murdering rugby player Shane Geoghegan. Mr Justice John Hedigan dismissed John Dundon's bid to have the trial adjourned.
The trial is due to start next Tuesday but Dundon's lawyers are to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. Dundon (29), with an address at Hyde Road, Limerick, is due to stand trial before the non-jury Special Criminal Court for the 2008 murder of Mr Geoghegan.
MR DECLAN LOWNEY
A report in the Irish Independent, April 2, headlined "Partner of man killed cycling to his local pub left devastated" referred to the death of Mr Declan Lowney in a road accident near Killarney, Co Kerry.
We have been asked to clarify that the report should have stated that Mr Lowney was survived by his children: son, Kevin; daughters Deirdre and Mary and their mother, Pearl, and his partner, Joan. We are happy to clarify our report and regret any distress caused.