SOME students may still not receive their maintenance grants before Christmas despite the approval of additional temporary staff to process their applications, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has admitted.
Of the more than 34,000 grants expected to be paid out to students, just 4,420 students have so far been paid. The minister told the Dail that, of the 66,000 applications, 22,000 were now complete with around 12,000 either awarded or "provisionally" awarded and another 10,000 refused.
But he told Fianna Fail's education spokesman, Charlie McConalogue that some students may not receive their grant until January. This was due to bank detail requirements and verification of attendance together with banking restrictions over the holiday period.
Water metering now a step closer
WATER metering has moved a step closer as Bord Gais has sought companies to provide one million boundary boxes, which will allow water meters to be installed in homes across the country from next summer.
The boxes are sunk into the ground outside people's homes, and are used to house the meters, which are connected to the public water mains. The meters record the amount of water entering the property. The contract is expected to be awarded next March, and industry sources said was likely to be worth between €15m and €20m.
Water charges are expected to be introduced from 2014. The likely charges will not be decided until next year.
Gardai arrest man in Dunne killing
Gardai are questioning a 26-year-old man about the murder of gangland boss Eamon Dunne more than two years ago.
Armed officers arrested the suspect at his home in Dublin's north inner city around 7.20am. He was being held last night at Mountjoy garda station under section 50 of the anti-gangland legislation, the 2007 Criminal Justice Act, which allowed gardai to hold him without charge for up to seven days.
He is the 11th suspect to be detained for questioning since Dunne was shot dead in a pub in Cabra on the northside of the city in April 2010.
Man accused of urine tampering
A MAN has appeared in court charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice by tampering with a urine sample in a drink driving case.
Kevin Rogers (49), from Mote Demesne, Roscommon, is charged with tampering with the sample, which had been posted by An Garda Siochana to the Medical Bureau of Road Safety for analysis.
Mr Rogers was remanded on continuing bail to appear before Roscommon District Court on December 18.