Irish Life pays €125m
IRISH Life paid out more than €125m on life assurance policies and illness cover last year, according to statistics to be published today. The amount included a single life assurance payout of €5m – the highest claim paid on a life policy in more than seven years.
There were a total of six death claims of €1m or more paid out by Irish Life in 2012.
Addiction grant hope
THE Government is to provide €100,000 to keep the country's only residential mother and child addiction treatment programme open.
The announcement was made as Minister for State at the Department of Health, Alex White, attended a graduation ceremony for 18 clients at the Coolmine Therapeutic Community in Dublin.
The service enables mothers to bring their babies with them as they take part in a residential programme to beat their addiction.
2,500km charity trek
A retired Irish Army commandant, who has served as aide de camp to President Michael D Higgins and former President Mary McAleese, is taking on a 2,500km trek on foot for a good cause.
Commandant Michael Walsh (65), of Thurles, Co Tipperary, will walk from Holycross Abbey, Co Tipperary, to the Church of St James in Santiago, Spain, in aid of Tus Nua Autism Residential and Resource Centre in Thurles, starting on April 7.
New role for Martin
DERRY'S diocesan administrator Monsignor Eamon Martin will be ordained as coadjutor archbishop of Armagh on April 21.
The ordination ceremony will take place at St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, at 3pm. Msgr Martin is to take on the role of Primate of All Ireland upon the retirement of Cardinal Sean Brady, which is expected within the next two years.