Ireland and Romania have signed an agreement to co-operate closely in combating serious crime. The deal will open up channels of direct communication between authorities here and the Romanian authorities.
The deal was signed by Justice Minister Alan Shatter and the Romanian Minister for Internal Affairs, Radu Stroe, on the margins of the EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers yesterday in Dublin Castle.
Lego battle to begin
LEGO lovers will battle it out for the chance to represent Ireland in the European league final in Germany.
Hundreds of lego fanatics, aged between nine and 16, will take part in the Live First Lego League Challenge in Galway this week, with the winners set to represent the country at the European finals in May. The theme of this year's event is 'Senior Solutions'.
IDA's student advice
The IDA has called on CAO applicants making their college choices in coming weeks to keep a focus on where job opportunities will be.
The jobs agency said sectors like information and communication technology (ICT), digital media and language-based business courses were likely to provide strong career opportunities in the years ahead.
Tragic woman's burial
THE funeral will take place over the weekend of a woman who died of hypothermia alongside a friend in sheltered accommodation. The bodies of Debra McEvoy (63) and John Glennon (67) were found on the floor of Mr Glennon's flat in a sheltered housing unit at Drumalee Court in Stoneybatter, Dublin, on Monday.
Ms McEvoy's funeral is set to take place in her native home in Mullaghbawn, Co Armagh, on Saturday at 11am at St Patrick's Church, Cullyhanna, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Funeral arrangements for Mr Glennon have not yet been announced.
Hospitals' skill search
MAJOR maternity hospitals are seeking interpretation and translation services. The services are being sought to help healthcare workers communicate with people who speak Polish, Romanian, Chinese, French, Arabic, Spanish and Russian among other languages.
People fluent in sign language are also sought as well as Lithuanian, Portugese, Slovak, Somalian and Georgian translation services. The hospitals are seeking to draw up a contract with providers for the services for a period of at least three years.