Wood on health panel
FORMER Ireland rugby legend Keith Wood has been appointed chairperson of Healthy Ireland Council.
Health Minister James Reilly will announce the names of the 37 members of the council in Dublin Castle today. Healthy Ireland involves a "whole-of-government and whole-of-society response" to improving the health and well-being of Irish people over the coming generation.
APOLOGY: KEVIN CARDIFF
On the 8 May last, we published an article stating that Mr Kevin Cardiff had just snubbed the Public Accounts Committee in refusing to attend a hearing of the PAC.
The correspondence upon which our article was based had in fact been exchanged some months beforehand. Mr Cardiff did not refuse to attend the PAC, nor did he snub it. We accept that Mr Cardiff has previously attended in front of the PAC on banking matters on several occasions before, in addition to having fully co-operated with various official enquiries.
TOXIC SLUDGE DUMPED
THOUSANDS of litres of toxic sludge have been found dumped at the entrance to a popular nature park in Co Louth.
Six tanks of oil laundering waste, each containing a thousand litres of diesel sludge, were discovered yesterday near the entrance to Stephenstown Pond, Knockbridge, at 4.20am. The park is located 8km west of Dundalk.
GRANTS FOR TAXI DRIVERS
GRANTS of up to €10,000 will be given to taxi drivers who provide wheelchair accessible vehicles.
The scheme will make a total of €1m available for drivers. However, cars older than six years will not be eligible for funding. The scheme aims to increase the number of wheelchair accessible vehicles from 860 to 1,060.
NATIONAL GALLERY STRIKE
THE National Gallery of Ireland will be forced to close for two days next month because of strike action by workers, in a blow to tourists amid peak season.
Attendant and cleaning staff have informed management that they intend to strike on Monday, July 7 and Monday, July 14 in a row over holiday arrangements. SIPTU organiser Jason Palmer said members at the National Gallery had voted to reject proposals regarding annual leave and a St Stephen's Day payment which emerged from recent discussions with management on an earlier Labour Court recommendation.