Housing law tightened
THE Government is bringing in a new voluntary code of conduct to regulate housing for 27,000 vulnerable and elderly people.
The voluntary housing sector has been unregulated until now. Housing bodies who sign up will have to provide details of how much rent they are collecting and how much is owed. They will also have to state how many of their houses are empty and how much they are spending on repairs and management.
NEW ENERGY FIND
IRISH researchers have developed a new method of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen which could help pave the way for a new energy source.
Researchers at the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN) in Dublin's Trinity College claim their discovery could help produce cheap hydrogen, which is seen as a clean energy source to power vehicles and aircraft.
GIRL ON THEFT CHARGE
A 16-YEAR-OLD girl has been charged over a gang robbery of a man who was allegedly pushed on to the ground and left lying in front of traffic.
The girl has been charged at the Dublin Children's Court with robbery at Burgh Quay in Dublin city centre, on September 18 last year. It was alleged that three males and the girl were involved in the mugging in which the man was "pushed on the ground in front of oncoming traffic." The girl, who is in care, was remanded on bail to appear again in August when a decision on her trial venue is to be made.
CARE SCHEME SLOWS
THE number of elderly people being accepted for financial assistance to help pay their nursing home fees under the Fair Deal scheme has dramatically slowed down.
An average of 43 new applications a month are now being accepted under the scheme – compared to 150 for the same period last year.
HONOUR FOR BONO
BONO will be officially saluted in France today by being awarded the country's highest cultural honour.
The U2 frontman will be made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in a ceremony in Paris, France's Ministry of Culture and Communication has confirmed.
The 53-year-old singer has received a string of prestigious awards and honours in the past for both his humanitarian work in Africa and services to music, including France's Legion d'Honneur and an honorary knighthood from Britain.