Saturday 24 September 2016

Uganda aid package

Published 09/07/2016 | 02:30

An €83m Irish Aid support package for Uganda is to be announced by the Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh, during a three-day visit to the country.

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Mr McHugh will visit Irish Aid-funded education projects in Karamoja, as well as a refugee settlement in Adjumani near the border with South Sudan, during his visit, which starts today.

Rampage on train

A DUBLIN youth who went on a rampage on a train after he pulled the emergency brake has been detained for six months.

The Dublin Children's Court heard that the 17-year-old terrified passengers and caused almost €6,000 worth of damage by shattering windows on a Sligo-Dublin train on June 27, 2014.

Water speed limit

Clare County Council has announced the installation of marker buoys delineating the speed limit for powered craft in the vicinity of Kilkee pier.

The recently approved Beach Bye-Laws 2016 specify that operators of personal watercraft must observe a speed restriction of 6 knots from the water line to 300m seaward and should not operate in the proximity of swimmers.

Courthouse closure

THE Courts Service must reconsider its decision to close Skibbereen courthouse in Cork, the High Court ruled.

Mr Justice Seamus Noonan upheld arguments by the West Cork Bar Association, and six local solicitors, that the 2013 closure decision was contaminated by errors of fact concerning alleged savings to be achieved. There was no dispute that figures put before the Courts Service Board were "manifestly mistaken", he said.

More cars licensed

The number of new cars licensed rose by nearly a quarter in the first half of the year, according to the Central Statistics Office.

A total of 97,490 cars were licensed between January and June, up 18,830 on the same period last year.

Transplant athletes

Inspirational athletes will fly out to the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Finland this weekend.

A total of 28 'inspirational' athletes, ranging in age from 18 to 78, will represent Ireland at the games starting tomorrow. Transplant Team Ireland includes 22 transplant recipients and six people who are receiving dialysis treatment.

Irish Independent

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