Monday 20 October 2014

More than one in ten young Irish have used cannabis in the last month

Published 24/08/2014 | 02:30

Cannabis use by young Irish people is higher than the 
EU average, a Eurobarometer survey has found.

The report reveals that 16pc of young Irish people have used cannabis in the last 30 days, an increase of 7pc since the last survey in 2011. This is compared to 7pc who have used cannabis in the EU in the last 30 days, which is a 1pc increase since the last survey.

The report also found that 22pc of young Irish people have used designer drugs in the last 30 days, an increase of 6pc since the last survey, compared to 8pc at EU level.

Art for Gaza to raise funds for UN aid

Art for Gaza is a benefit exhibition at the Oonagh Young Gallery in James Joyce Street, just off Talbot Street in 
Dublin 1, which will run until September 5.

Contributing artists include David Beattie, Mark Clare, Mark Cullen, Mark Garry, Una Gildea, Martin Healy, Caoimhe Kilfeather, Gillian Lawler, Nevan Lahart, 
Isabel Nolan, Liam O'Callaghan, Niamh McCann, Dennis McNulty, Ciaran Murphy, Gavin Murphy, Alan Phelan, and Sonia Shiel.

"We feel that this crisis is a humanitarian issue and want to make some effort to support the people and, in particular, the children. We invited a group of established Irish artists to generously donate a work to the exhibition, the sales of which go directly to the Unicef: Gaza Appeal," organisers Mary Cremin and Oonagh Young said in a statement.

The gallery is open between 11am and 1pm and 2pm to 6pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and between noon and 5pm on Saturdays.

Our man Joe's book for BBC radio

JOSEPH O'CONNOR'S acclaimed new novel The Thrill of It All is to be featured in a ten-part version on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime slot (10.45pm).

Starting on Monday and continuing nightly for two weeks, The Thrill Of It All tells the hilarious and moving story of fictional 1980s band 'The Ships in the Night,' their rise to world fame and subsequent split.

Directed by Gemma McMullan, the adaptation features a first-class cast, including Philip Glenister, Natasha Little and Ramon Tikaram (EastEnders, This Life).

Third language call for primary kids

Irish children should begin learning a third language at primary school, according to Sean Kelly MEP.

Mr Kelly, a former school teacher, often promotes 
the use of Irish while addressing fellow MEPs 
'as Gaeilge' in the European Parliament and is aware of 
the many job opportunities for young people with 
language skills.

"There are many job opportunities in EU institutions in Brussels for people who can converse and write in a second or third language.

"The European Parliament has suffered shortages of Irish-speaking translators while the European Commission also previously reported a shortage of native English speakers with French or German," Mr Kelly said.

"Across Europe and in Ireland many European companies require staff that can communicate with colleagues abroad in another language and while we have a skilled, capable workforce, we are lacking in language skills," he said.

Sunday Independent

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