Deadline for students
MORE than 100,000 third-level students will apply for grants for the coming academic year.
Today is the last day for students to submit applications for a third-level maintenance grant and they are being urged to get applications in as early as possible ahead of tonight's deadline. By noon yesterday, 84,605 applications had been received from students.
POP-UP PUB GETS NOD
A WOMEN'S clothes shop is to be turned into a pub for the All-Ireland Fleadh Ceoil.
Despite objections from gardai and the Vintners Federation, Judge Kevin Kilrane granted the licence at Sligo District Court. Frank Cullen, who owns a pub in Sligo town, can open another in the former Wallis clothes shop in O'Connell Street during the Fleadh for a week from August 10.
SACK PUPPIES SAVED
A LITTER of seven puppies was rescued after being dumped among household waste in Co Roscommon.
The puppies were discovered by two women who heard whimpering in the undergrowth at Derrycahill Bog, Ballyforan, near Athlone. They contacted the Athlone Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
An article in the Irish Independent on Wednesday indicated that Taoiseach Enda Kenny had despatched the then Secretary General of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell to the home of then Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan without the prior knowledge of Alan Shatter. The Taoiseach's department has asked us to clarify that Mr Shatter was present at the meeting with the Taoiseach, the Attorney General and the Secretary General to the Government at which Mr Purcell was asked to discuss matters with Mr Callinan the evening before Mr Callinan's resignation. We are happy to clarify this.