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Tuesday 20 November 2018

Acclaimed Russian poet Yevtushenko to read his work at Feile na Bealtaine Renowned flautist to begin Irish tour ESB cables could spark more protests Exam blunder to cost taxpayer €1.4m Women still bear brunt of housework Burton slams new banking structure

Russia's most famous living poet, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, will read his poetry in Youghal as part of Feile na Bealtaine.

His most famous work, Babii Yar, about the massacre of 34,000 Ukrainian Jews in 1941, was written in 1961 but only published in Russia in 1984. Babii Yar was set to music by Shostakovich as his 13th Symphony.

Yevtushenko was born in Siberia in 1933. He will read at the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal Town Hall, at 4.30pm on Sunday July 5.

Renowned flautist to begin Irish tour

Talented Viennese musician Karin Leitner will mark the release of her new CD Earthmagic with an Irish tour, starting on Wednesday July 1, in Longueville House, Co Cork.

Leitner plays flute, piccolo, tin whistle, and Mayan flute on the CD which will be officially launched in Birr Library, Co Offaly, on Thursday July 2. She will continue with performances on the following three nights in Temple House, Co Sligo; Glenlo Abbey, Co Galway; and Ballymaloe House in Cork.

'Trees for Cities', whose mission is to plant trees wherever feasible, will benefit from 10 per cent of the revenue from CD sales.

ESB cables could spark more protests

Fine Gael TD Shane McEntee has warned Communications Minister Eamon Ryan that unless the ESB reverses its opposition to underground ESB cabling a critically needed redevelopment of the network will be held up for decades.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent Mr McEntee claimed the controversial nature of overground connections has been the catalyst for public opposition to proposed new pylons in Meath, Cavan and Monaghan. The TD says there is a real danger that the refurbishment of our electricity network could be seriously derailed by a whole series of Shell to Sea style stand-offs.

He said the current protests against ESB pylons were "very legitimate, very organised campaigns'' by "decent ordinary local people'' who had real concerns.

Exam blunder to cost taxpayer €1.4m

A Dail question by Fine Gael's Pat Breen has revealed that the inspector's blunder which forced the re-sitting of an English Leaving Certificate paper is set to cost the tax-payer €1.4m in additional printing, overtime and rescheduling costs.

Women still bear brunt of housework

It's Father's Day and it's still a man's world according to a new survey which reveals that Irish women are responsible for carrying out 70 per cent of the dirty work at home. Patricia O'Neil, director of Aboutime, a home and business cleaning company, thinks we should see the same equality in households as we see in the workplace.

The survey of more than 1,000 families nationwide also revealed that division of labour in the home continues to be a source of friction in six out of 10 relationships.

Burton slams new banking structure

The new banking regulatory structure will sideline the most effective advocate for the rights of consumers who have been ripped off by major banks, according to Labour spokeswoman Joan Burton.

Last week Finance Minister Brian Lenihan announced a new regulatory frame-work for the banks which will mean the scrapping of the Fiscal Regulator's Office. Ms Burton has expressed serious concern about the separate decision to put the Consumer Affairs wing of the Regulator's Office under the National Consumer Agency.

Though Mr Lenihan claimed this would be a new super agency Ms Burton expressed astonishment at the move which would "emasculate one of the few successful wings of the old Financial Regulator's Office''.

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