Pope calls Irish priest
AN Irish priest has been selected by Pope Francis to bring his message to all corners of the globe.
Monsignor Paul Tighe (56) will act as the secretary of the Vatican's new media committee, which will work towards strengthening the digital channels in the Church. Msgr Tighe was educated at Summerhill College in Co Sligo, before he studied Civil Law in UCD. After his ordination, he was based in Ballyfermot.
OPEN ROAD IN ONTARIO
EMIGRANTS living in Canada's most populated province will be allowed to exchange their Irish driving licences for Canadian ones without having to sit a test.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has signed an agreement which allows for the mutual exchange of driving licences between Ireland and Ontario, which will benefit both Irish citizens and people from the province working here.
OAPS WAIT FOR BEDS
OLDER people are waiting more than three months for a bed, according to Nursing Homes Ireland. The delay is from the point where they apply for financial aid under the Fair Deal scheme to the release of the funding.
Nursing Homes Ireland's survey of 122 homes found 84.4pc knew of a person who has been Fair Deal approved but who was awaiting the release of funding to support their care.
LEADING property auctioneers Allsop's first ever online auction was cut short after it claimed "thousands" of viewers and bidders crashed the website.
It is understood the auctioneers are now planning to reschedule the auction for late August or early September.
BONO GETS THE EVE-HO
ACTRESS Eve Hewson, the daughter of U2 frontman Bono, offered her father some withering advice when he expressed an interest in following her into the world of acting.
Hewson told her father to "stick to your day job" when he suggested teaming up with pop princess Beyonce in a feature film.
WIND FARM STIRS STORM
A RURAL community has collected €30,000 in just five days in a bid to taking legal action to halt the development of a wind farm.
Opponents of Coillte's Cullenagh Wind Farm near the villages of Ballyroan and Timahoe in Co Laois have asked 50 families to each donate €1,000 towards the proposed High Court action.