CO2 emissions falling
GREENHOUSE gas emissions from Ireland's power generating sector fell last year, but further reductions are needed to combat dangerous climate change, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. It said that emissions fell across large industrial users, with an overall drop of 7pc in 2013, compared with 2012.
New figures show that emissions from power plants fell by 11.5pc and by 4pc for the cement industry, but rose in the food and drink sector by 4pc, due to a rise in output.
UNION SLAMS REGULATOR
THE union representing communications workers has accused the regulator of failing in its duty to protect postal, telecoms and broadband services for all citizens.
The Communications Workers' Union, which represents around 17,000 members and is holding its conference in Killarney, said it would make a complaint to Europe against the Government and ComReg.
TRIAL HEARS OF DISORDER
PSYCHIATRISTS for both sides in a murder trial have testified that the accused was suffering from a mental disorder and met the criteria for an insanity verdict when he stabbed his father to death with a World War I sword.
Edward Boylan Jnr, of no fixed abode, has admitted stabbing Edward Boylan Snr (74) and causing his death. However, he has pleaded not guilty to his murder on January 6 or 7, 2012, at Ravensdale Close, Crumlin, Dublin.
SPECIAL NEEDS REPORT
STUDENTS in special classes in mainstream schools are more likely to remain as a group throughout their education, resulting in segregation, according to a study by the ESRI and researchers at Trinity College.
The authors of the report called on schools to assist in "encouraging and facilitating" greater flexibility for students to move in and out of special and mainstream classes according to their needs.
LAND DISPUTE IN COURT
A WELL-KNOWN retired horse breeder and trainer has claimed at the High Court that a businessman wrongly transferred a plot of her land into his own name. Shelia Flannery claims that in 1996 she put a plot of land on a farm in Dunboyne, Co Meath, in Sean Kavanagh's name for safekeeping and that he then transferred it into his name.
Mr Kavanagh, of Coolevin, Clondalkin, Dublin, disputes the claims and says that she transferred the land in return for monies she owed him.