A DELEGATION from the music business, led by the legendary songwriter Phil Coulter, has met Fine Gael TDs Gerry Buttimer, Dara Murphy and Marcella Corcoran to discuss the lack of airplay for music produced in Ireland.
They discussed the possible implementation of a policy of having 30 per cent of music on the national airwaves being Irish produced. Canada, France and Germany have implemented such schemes to protect their local music.
Murder victim buried after 181 years
A MOVING funeral service after 181 years has marked the last resting place of an 18-year-old Irish youth who was murdered in the US. The remains of John Ruddy, a native of Inishowen, arrived back in his native Co Donegal for burial yesterday in a donated grave in Ardara.
Researchers believe he was murdered after sailing from Ireland to build a railroad in Pennsylvania in 1832.
Ryanair cuts flights from Stansted
RYANAIR is to cut 170 flights across 43 routes from Stansted Airport near London, citing increased airport charges. The reduction means that 1.1 million fewer Ryanair passengers will travel through the airport.
The airline blamed its decision on a six per cent increase in charges at the airport.
Famine potato to go on sale in M&S
THE Irish Lumper, the variety of potato at the heart of the Great Famine, will be available for sale in Marks and Spencer from next week.
It has been grown by Michael McKillop, of Glens of Antrim Potatoes, and will be on sale for just three weeks.
Former FF TD O'Flynn hospitalised
FORMER Cork Fianna Fail TD Noel O'Flynn was treated in hospital yesterday after complaining of feeling unwell.
Mr O'Flynn, 61, who did not defend his Dail seat in the 2011 General Election, had complained of chest pains. Friends said the hospitalisation was precautionary.
Fertile Irish cow set for record books
A FARMING family are hoping one of their prized cows will be included in the Guinness Book of Records after she produced an amazing 16 calves over four pregnancies.
Ger Kirby, of Ballyneety, Co Limerick, confirmed yesterday that the cow's genes are to be tested by scientists to find out what is behind her feverish fertility.
Northern flag protesters up in court
A SECOND prominent flag protester in the North has been remanded in custody. Jamie Bryson, of Donaghadee, Co Down, faced two charges of encouraging or assisting offences and four charges of taking part in an unnotified public procession when he appeared in court in Belfast.
Jim Dowson a former fundraiser for the British National Party appeared at the same court on similar charges and was released on bail.
Businessman is Kerryman of the Year
OVER 400 people attended the Dublin Kerry Association's 61st Oiche Chiarrai in the Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge.
Businessman Luke Moriarty, owner of the Dublin-based Moriarty Group, was honoured as Kerryman of the Year.
Funeral of Ivor Callely's mother Mary
THE funeral takes place in Dublin tomorrow of Mary Callely, mother of former Fianna Fail TD Ivor Callely. Mrs Callely, formerly of Kilcrohane, west Cork, is survived by her children Marion, John, Ivor and Eimear.
Her funeral takes place after 11 o'clock Mass in St Brigid's Church, Howth Road, Killester, Dublin.
Dardis Clarke's life to he remembered
A HUMANIST ceremony will be held at 3.30pm tomorrow in the Victorian Chapel of Mount Jerome Cemetery to commemorate the life of Dardis Clarke, the son of the poet Austin Clarke. Mr Clarke, of the NUJ and Poetry Ireland, is survived by his daughter Aoife.
Founder of Fyffes leaves €1.3m in will
THE man who created the Fyffes banana-importing firm has left over €1.3m in his will. Neil V McCann, who died on July 26, 2011, left an estate valued at €1,355,708.
Other wills: Kathleen O'Connell, pharmacist, New Market Street, Cahirciveen, Co Kerry, €3,036,087; James Farrell, businessman, Dublin Road, Malahide, €2,343,363.
The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.