In brief: Bleak construction outlook as only 10,000 new builds expected in 2011
ONLY 10,000 new houses are expected to be built in Ireland this year, and most will be one-off homes. The bleak outlook for the construction industry also predicts the loss of more than 320,000 jobs in the sector by the end of the year, leaving just 80,000 people directly or indirectly employed in building.
The forecast by the Construction Industry Federation says the outlook for the property sector remains "extremely negative" and blames the banks, rather than oversupply of houses, for the falling demand.
Earl of Dunraven passes away at 71
THE death has taken place of the wheelchair-bound 7th Earl of Dunraven who sold the family seat, Adare Manor, one of Ireland's great houses, which is now a luxury hotel and golf resort. Thady Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin, the seventh earl of Dunraven and Mount Earl, died on Friday at his home in Adare after an illness. Aged 71, he is survived by his wife, Geraldine, and his daughter Ana.
Born in 1939, he was confined to a wheelchair after suffering from polio when he was a schoolboy. He succeeded to the title in 1965 and married Geraldine McAleer in 1969. He sold Adare Manor and its contents as well as the 840-acre estate in the village of Adare in the Eighties for a reputed £2m to Irish-American businessman Tom Kane. The earl, who was a great supporter of the Irish Wheelchair Association, moved with his family to nearby Kilgobbin House. His funeral will take place on Wednesday at St Nicholas Church, Adare, Co Limerick.
Two winners share €14m jackpot
TWO lucky winners shared last night's €14,037,236 Lotto jackpot, taking home €7,018,618 each. The numbers were 15, 21, 23, 25, 44, 45 (bonus 10).
There were three Match 5+bonus winners, who each get €25,000; 88 Match 5s (€1,740); 224 Match 4+bonus (€172); 4,094 Match 4s (€58); 5,976 Match 3+bonus (€26); and 67,878 Match 3s (€5).
The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 10, 22, 24, 27, 29, 38 (bonus 1) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 14, 19, 29, 39, 42, 43 (bonus 25).
In the stg£4.4m UK draw the numbers were 2, 9, 16, 21, 31, 44, (bonus 38).
Arnold close to €170m Mayfair deal
Property developer David Arnold, father of actress Leigh Arnold, and his business partner Deirdre Foley are hoping to make a profit of nearly €80m from the sale of an office block on St James's Square in Mayfair in London.
Property Week reports that the asking price will be more than €170m. They bought the building for €68m in 2006 and spent a further €23.5m refurbishing it.
Body on rocks 'not suspicious'
Gardai investigating the discovery of a man's body, believed to be aged between 15 and 25, found washed up on rocks near Liscannor in Co Clare on Thursday afternoon have confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances in the death.
The body had been in the water for between four and six weeks. Gardai said there were no outstanding missing persons in Clare at present and the dead man could be from another part of the country.
Stellar line-up for awards dinner
Joint winners of the 2010 Offaly Person of the Year Darren Hanniffy and Ronan Scully will collect their award at the Offaly Association's annual dinner dance on April 2 in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin.
Both Darren and Ronan initially came to prominence as talented hurling and football players representing Offaly and their work for the aid agency GOAL has won them huge respect. There is a special prize on the night of two free trips to the Middle East courtesy of Etihad Airlines. The MC will be Sunday Game analyst and former Offaly hurling great Michael Duignan.
Apprenticeship crisis looming
The number of apprentices in training has fallen by 86 per cent to 1,237 and will have major implications on Ireland's future, writes Elaine Carney.
Organisers of this year's National Skills competition where apprentices from around the country will compete said that these dwindling figures will "have huge ramifications for the future". "Down the line, if there is a recovery, Ireland will be without workers with the needed skills," said organiser Simon Palmer. National Skills Ireland 2011 will take in DIT and CIT from April 4-8.
New insights into postman murder
The Missing Postman -- What really happened to Larry Griffin? by Fachtna O Drisceoil will be published by Mercier and launched in Hodges Figgis bookstore, Dawson Street, Dublin, on April 6.
Mr O Drisceoil, who made an RTE documentary on the fascinating case of the murder of postman Larry Griffin in the village of Stradbally, Co Waterford, on Christmas Day in 1929, will also speak about the new aspects of the case since the release of the full garda file on the investigation in Eason Dungarvan at 2pm on Saturday, April 2.