Tuesday 12 December 2017

In brief: Call for Irish construction workers to help rebuild after New Zealand quakes

Officials in New Zealand are planning to recruit Irish construction workers to help repair thousands of buildings damaged in three major earthquakes in the country's second biggest city over the past year.

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) says that it needs around 8,000 labourers to rebuild and secure around 100,000 houses in Christchurch on the South Island.

Thousands of buildings were damaged in earthquakes in September last year and February and June of this year, in which 181 people died.

The EQC said Irish and Australian workers were being sought, because they were English speakers and had the necessary skills. Many of the positions currently being advertised by the EQC are permanent and have salaries ranging from €30,000 to €60,000.

Referee dies after collapsing at match

A referee died after collapsing at a hurling match in Swatragh, Co Derry, last Friday evening.

Martin Mulholland, from Slaughtneil, was reffing the quarter final between Kevin Lynch's, Dungiven, and St Colm's, Ballinascreen, at Swatragh when he collapsed.

The 59-year-old was treated by paramedics on the pitch and then brought into the changing rooms where a defibrillator was used. He was taken by ambulance to Coleraine Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Violence at Apprentice Boys' parade

Two vans were hijacked and set on fire in Derry yesterday during the annual Apprentice Boys' parade in the city. Four masked men threw petrol bombs into a post office van and set it alight while another van was hijacked and set on fire by a separate group.

The PSNI said it received several reports of attempted hijackings in the city as the parade took place. Yesterday's trouble followed an overnight attack on the Apprentice Boys' Memorial Hall from youths in the Bogside area who threw petrol bombs. The building was slightly damaged.

Man held for having blank passports

GardaI backed up by revenue officers arrested a man at Ireland West Airport in Knock, Co Mayo, last week in possession of five blank Irish passports.

The documents, carried by Robert Dealy, 25, of Spencer Dock, Rathangan, Co Kildare, were part of a batch stolen in 2005 from an Irish Embassy in Europe. Mr Dealy appeared before Judge Conal Gibbons at Castlebar District Court charged with handling five items of stolen property.

After gardai explained they were objecting to bail, Judge Gibbons refused the application, stating he was not satisfied the accused would appear if bail was granted.

No winner of €2.5m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €2,653,000 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 2, 5, 15, 18, 37, 40 (bonus 20).

There were two Match 5+ bonus winners who each receive €25,000; 42 Match 5s (€1,813 each); 156 Match 4+bonus (€122); 2,122 Match 4s (€55); 3,235 Match 3+bonus (€24); and 36,510 match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 5, 9, 17, 36, 37, 45 (bonus 19) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 5, 12, 13, 25, 36, 44 (bonus 9).

Meanwhile, in the UK lotto draw for £4.2m, the numbers drawn were 5, 30, 31, 33, 35, 45 (bonus 3).

Music group to stage capital show

Described by violin superstar Nigel Kennedy as "the best singer-songwriters in Ireland", brothers Eoin and Moley O Suilleabhain -- known as Size2Shoes -- perform their Silly Stocking Stories interactive concert, mixing dreamy harmonies, human beatboxing and audience participation, served with humour, at the Ark in Temple Bar, Dublin, next Saturday, August 20, at 2pm and 4pm.

Signing of contract for €37m complex

THE construction contract is being signed in Monaghan tomorrow for the largest school building project to be undertaken in the Republic in the present economic climate -- a €37m campus on the 20-acre site of a former Irish Army base in the town.

Co Monaghan Vocational Education Committee is to manage the new complex, which will include a theatre that is is also being grant aided to the tune of €3.3m.

Cavan/Monaghan Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan said the project would provide 540 new jobs. The campus will include a 16-classroom primary school, a 400-pupil post-primary school, together with a 700-student Institute of Further Education and a state-of-the-art theatre, which will be used for the further education courses.

The new complex is due to be completed by late 2012.

Walsh to give Michael Collins oration

THE Michael Collins oration at Beal na mBlath will be delivered next Sunday, August 21, by University of Limerick founding president Dr Edward Walsh.

The ceremony is staged at the exact spot in Cork where the Free State commander was shot and killed in an ambush in August 1922 at the height of the Civil War.

Dr Walsh is from Cork and is one of Ireland's foremost academics. He follows the late finance minister Brian Lenihan, who last year became the first senior Fianna Fail official to deliver the oration.

Among those who have delivered the oration over recent years are former President Mary Robinson, Oscar-winning director David Puttnam, FG leader Enda Kenny, former GAA presidents Peter Quinn and Sean Kelly (now an MEP) and historian Prof John A Murphy.

Next year marks the 90th anniversary of Collins' death.

Cavan Town set to host Fleadh Ceoil

Cavan Town will host the 60th Fleadh Ceoil which will be opened by the Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan on Thursday.

Thousands of musicians and overseas visitors will throng the streets of the town for what is now Ireland's second largest festival. Fleadh 2011 has been extended to 10 days which will see Cavan Town stage more than 220 events including all-Ireland competitions and events to entertain the masses in music, culture and craic.

Leading the entertainment will be the usual impromptu traditional musical sessions in the pubs and on the streets of Cavan, as well as many fringe events.

Sunday Independent

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