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Monday 1 September 2014

Conlan questions PAC

Published 01/07/2014 | 02:30

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THE former chief executive of the Central Remedial Clinic questioned whether the Dail's spending watchdog has the legal right to question him.

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Brian Conlan has been invited to give evidence to the Public Accounts Committee. Lawyers acting for Mr Conlan have written to it, expressing concerns it does not have jurisdiction to question him.

CHEAPER STUDENT LOAN

STUDENTS have been given a financial boost with the news that Bank of Ireland has cut interest rates on postgraduate loans by almost half.

The move will make studying more affordable to postgraduate students who will be able to borrow up to €7,500 and defer payments for up to one year.

AIRPORT STRIKE THREAT

THE threat of industrial action still looms at the main airports over a €760m pension deficit dispute as police and fire service workers are expected to reject a last-ditch bid to end the row.

A key stumbling block for the Dublin and Shannon airport authorities staff is that most of them, who joined the company after 1991, can retire under contract at 60. How-ever, proposals by an Expert Panel to end the dispute mean there would be no pension for them until they reached 65. SIPTUis now likely to ask the Labour Court to issue a recommendation.

DEFENCE COMPLAINTS UP

COMPLAINTS lodged by members of the Defence Forces with the military ombudsman have jumped by almost two-thirds in a year.

The total of 127 complaints for 2012, according to ombud-sman Anthony McCourt, was up from 78 the previous year and 62 in 2010. The report also showed that fewer complaints were being resolved through internal Defence Force channels.

CALL FOR RECYCLING HELP

MORE than half of all people believe they would recycle and compost more if better facilities were provided in their local area.

A new survey by the European Commission finds that most believe Ireland is generating too much waste, but 97pc said they were making efforts to reduce the amount they produce.

CITIZENSHIP SURGE

THE number of people from outside the European Economic Area granted Irish citizenship is doubling year-on-year, an annual integration report has revealed.

More than 20,000 adults from outside the EEA acquir-ed Irish citizenship in 2012, said the Annual Monitoring Report on Integration.

Irish Independent

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