Roaming fees set to go
ROAMING charges are set to become a thing of the past as the European Parliament votes on them today.
Extra charges for using your mobile abroad will be cut by up to 55pc from July but the EU is planning to scrap them altogether in 2015. Mobile phone operators have warned the new regulations could lead to higher domestic tariffs if they can no longer charge extra for roaming.
ROMA CHILDREN REPORT
THE Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan, has submitted a report to Justice Minister Alan Shatter on the events which led to two Roma children being removed from their families late last year.
Ms Logan submitted her report following the lifting of the in camera rule by the district court last Tuesday. A further application will now be made by Mr Shatter to once again lift the in camera rule before the report's findings can be published.
USI'S CHANGE OF GUARD
THE national body representing third-level students has elected its first female president in 20 years. Laura Harmon, from Co Cork, was elected president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) following two decades of men being at the helm.
Ms Harmon spent two years as vice president for equality and citizenship, and said women had been grossly under-represented in leadership roles. She added: "As a gay person who grew up in a Gaeltacht rural area, I know what it feels like to have to hide an intrinsic part of your self away for fear of rejection. We need to work to eradicate the oppression."
'X FACTOR' DUE HERE
LOUIS Walsh, Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole will all be in Dublin this Saturday for 'The X Factor' auditions. The auditions will take place at Dublin's Convention Centre from 9am onwards, and hundreds if not thousands are expected to show up.
But producer Mark Sidaway has one request: Irish hopefuls are to leave The Cranberries' tracks at the stage door. Acts are advised to turn up early, as audition slots are on a first-come, first-served basis.
STRIKE HITS FLIGHTS
A NUMBER of flights from Dublin operated by German aviation company Lufthansa have been cancelled in the wake of industrial action.
Three flights going from Dublin to Frankfurt, at 5.50am, 12.10pm and 6pm, have been cancelled today, while the same flights have also been cancelled tomorrow. Also, a flight from Dublin to Cologne at 2pm tomorrow, operated by Lufthansa-owned budget airline Germanwings, has been cancelled.