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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Quinn blocks tables

Children 'neglected'

Published 25/06/2014 | 02:30

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EDUCATION Minister Ruairi Quinn has moved to block the public and the media from getting exams data which they could use to compile schools' league tables.

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Mr Quinn yesterday secured Cabinet approval to prevent comparison data based on exam results from being made available, specifically to prevent such tables from being compiled. The Government last night denied this was a move preventing access to parents about how schools in their local area are performing, insisting it is a "balanced approach" in addressing access to information and preventing misleading tables from being published.

NEGLECT and welfare concerns rather than sexual or physical abuse remain the main reasons for children being placed in state care, a new report has revealed

The figures show a total of 4,288 children were put in care in 2011 and 2012, and of these 2,561 were removed from their families by the HSE because of worries about their welfare with another 1,076 suffering neglect, the report published by Tusla, the child and family agency, revealed.

THE redeveloped Clerys building on Dublin's O'Connell Street has scooped an award for best retail design of the year at the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) awards.

The Public Choice award went to Clonakilty 400, Urban Design Masterplan, in Co Cork.

UNIVERSITY Hospital Galway has made over €2m from car parking fees in the last three years.

The net income from the UHG carpark was €852,702 last year. Contractor management fees amounted to €39,089 each year. A statement from the HSE said: "Car park income is used exclusively for the provision of services at GUH."

LOWRY TRIAL POSTPONED

THE trial of former Fine Gael minister Michael Lowry has been postponed until September.

The North Tipperary Independent TD is facing four counts in relation to allegedly filing incorrect tax returns. Mr Lowry (62), of Glenreigh, Holycross, is charged with three counts of knowingly filing incorrect tax returns in October 2003 as well as another count of the same charge in August 2007. The matter was adjourned by consent until the next sitting on September 4.

Irish Independent

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