THE Irish arm of United Nations aid agency Unicef paid €206,091 when it terminated the contract of its former CEO, Melanie Verwoerd, partner of the late Gerry Ryan, according to its annual accounts for 2011 lodged this week.
Ms Verwoerd – replaced at Unicef by former FF junior minister Peter Power – has since written the controversial bestseller When We Dance, detailing her life with Ryan.
She has taken unfair dismissal proceedings against the charity. She was let go after board members became concerned about the association of the agency with her name and the death of the RTE broadcaster.
Unicef Ireland's 2011 wages bill came to €960,997. In 2011 the State gave €14.47m directly to Unicef in New York.
No winner of €2.5m Lotto jackpot
There was no winner of last night's €2,587,214 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 4, 11, 17, 28, 39, 45 (bonus 10). There was one match 5+bonus winner who gets €25k; 43 Match 5s (€1,592); 96 Match 4+bonus (€179); 2,101 Match 4s (€50); 2,792 Match 3+bonus (€25) and 34,719 Match 3s (€5).
The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 6, 7, 12, 18, 43, 44 (bonus 16). The Lotto Plus 2s numbers were 3, 7, 32, 41, 42, 43 (bonus 17).
In the UK draw for stg£4m, the numbers were 17, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26 (bonus 14).
Licence 'threat' to 500 shop jobs
AT least 500 jobs will be lost in photo shops, pharmacies and other outlets if the Government goes ahead with plans to use one company to photograph people for a new credit card-style driving licence, an industry group has warned.
Kyran O'Kelly, of Photo ID Professionals and head of Fujifilm Ireland said high street businesses would be seriously threatened by the new way in which photos for driving licences are to be captured.
The SGS company has been awarded the tender for the new driving licence, and individuals will be photographed for their permits on-site at one of the company's locations.
Mr O'Kelly said he could not understand why a sole provider had been granted a monopoly by Government.
March will call for disabled rights
A MAJOR demonstration including a march to Leinster House will take place on Wednesday when thousands of people with disabilities and their families from all over the country will attend a national disability rights protest.
Beginning at 2pm at the Central Bank, the march is run by the Disability Rights Coalition and calls on Government to honour promises from the Programme for Government.
Gardai seek witnesses to road death
GARDAI are seeking witnesses after a man in his 60s died after he struck by a vehicle as he tried to cross the road at Ardrahan village, Co Galway, at around 7.30pm on Friday.
He has not yet been named by Gardai. The vehicle railed to remain at the scene.
Gardai are eager to speak with the occupants of what is described as a white van, possibly a VW Caddy, and a black car seen in the area. Anyone who can help gardai with their inquiries is asked to contact Gort Station on 091 636400 or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.
AN article in last week's Sunday Independent headlined "Gateway for right of way claims near to closing" had an error regarding the expiry date for establishing rights acquired under the old laws of prescription.
While the date initially in the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act of 2009 was Nov 30, 2012, this was subsequently amended. The Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 extended this date to Nov 30, 2021.
Retired director leaves €2.37m in will
company director, Joseph Murtagh, of Rathmichael Park, Shankill, Co Dublin, who died on May 30, 2012, has left €2,379,961 in his will.
Other wills: Gabrial Hughes, farmer, Graignamanagh, Co Kilkenny, €1,867,127; Nora P Barry, housewife, Priory Drive, Stillorgan, Dublin, €1,849,745; Michael Robinson, actuary, Torquay Road, Foxrock, Dublin, €1,670,162; Anne Kane, widow, Ailesbury Drive, Dublin 4, €1,551,861; Elizabeth Daly, pharmacist, Salzberg, Ardilea, Dublin, €1,179,241; and Mary Dwyer, shopkeeper, Ballinure, Thurles, Co Tipperary, left €1,029,125.