Home energy boost
HOMEOWNERS will be able to avail of grants worth thousands of euro to make their homes warmer and cheaper to heat.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) said some €57m would be available for energy upgrades in 2014, which should help boost the construction sector and result in lower energy bills. Some 250,000 homes have already been upgraded, including 100,000 owned by people on low incomes.
SEARCH ON FOR RAIDERS
GARDAI are hunting two raiders, who used a sledgehammer to terrify staff at a Dublin post office and made off with almost €4,000.
The raiders burst into the Woodbine post office, at Woodbine Road in Blackrock, around midday yesterday and threatened the staff before snatching the cash.
They made their getaway in a car, which was later found abandoned nearby. A search of the area was carried out by gardai from Donnybrook and a description of the two men circulated to stations throughout the city.
Nobody was injured in the robbery.
EGYPT FAMILY HOLD-UP
THREE of the four Irish siblings detained in Egypt since August have been prevented from flying home because they could not prove on what date they originally arrived in the country.
The Halawa siblings Omaima (20), Fatima (22), Somaia (27) and Ibrihim (17) were arrested after joining Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations against the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in August. Omaima, Fatima and Somaia were released from prison last week but haven't been able to leave the country, despite being issued new Irish passports on Saturday. They hope to try to fly out today.
150 NEW JOBS ON WAY
FOUR separate companies will create 150 jobs in the capital within the next 18 months.
Aditi Technologies, an Indian technology services company, is set to open its European Services and Business Development Centre in Dublin with the creation of 40 jobs. Another Indian firm, Synowledge – which provides drug safety, regulatory affairs and related IT services to pharma, biotechnology and medical device companies – is establishing its international HQ in the capital, creating 35 jobs.
In addition, two Irish-owned firms will create 75 jobs. Online publishing company Maximum Media, which operates lifestyle websites Joe.ie and Her.ie, has announced 25 new jobs. A new customer engagement loyalty company, Value Nation, will create 50 jobs.