THE student grant-awarding body, SUSI, says it is two months ahead of last year in processing applications.
The earliest payment date for those in universities and institutes of technology is October 18, and October 25 for further-education students. Some 50 applicants from last year have made complaints to the ombudsman.
DOCTOR BALLOT DELAY
JUNIOR doctors in the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) are still not ready to put proposals to end the dispute over their long working hours to a ballot. The IMO and the Health Service Executive (HSE) met yesterday to try to resolve outstanding issues over the manner in which hospital shifts will be verified.
A set of proposals was put forward at the Labour Relations Commission last week, setting out a timetable for the end of shifts of more than 24 hours and the introduction of a 48-hour week. A spokesman for the IMO said that while some progress was made, there remained a number of issues to be resolved.
OYSTER FESTIVAL BEGINS
MORE than 100,000 oysters will be enjoyed this weekend during Ireland's longest-running food festival.
Seafood lovers will descend on Galway for the 59th Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival. The event is expected to bring €9m into the local economy, with 30,000 people expected to attend for four days of oysters, Guinness and free events.
Mary Robinson is among three recipients of the American National Civil Rights Museum's Freedom Awards.
The museum, located in Memphis, hands out the awards every year to honour people who champion humanitarian, education and civil rights causes. Recipients will be honoured at a ceremony on November 6.
Teen threat charge
A TEENAGER has been accused of using Facebook to threaten the main witness in a criminal investigation. The 17-year-old boy was charged at Dublin Children's Court yesterday with witness intimidation in connection with a robbery trial.
It is alleged that while at a high-support children's care facility in July last year, he made a threat to a woman who was a witness in proceedings and interfered, obstructed and perverted the course of the investigation. Judge O'Connor agreed to accept jurisdiction, meaning the case will remain in the juvenile court, which can impose a term of up to one year for the offence. The youth was remanded on bail.