FUNDING for the training and education of judges has been cut in half by the Government in recent years, new figures reveal.
The budget for on-the-job training has fallen from €500,000 in 2009 to €250,000 for 2013. This money funds the activities of the Judicial Studies Committee, which organises training, conferences and educational material for the judiciary. As a result, the committee has suspended publication of a journal for judges, the Judicial Studies Institute Journal.
The last issue was published in 2010. The newly formed Association of Judges in Ireland, which represents the interests of the judiciary, says the committee has "extremely limited financial resources".
Man found dead after blaze at home
AN elderly man was found dead following a fire at the mobile home where he lived in Knocknaboley near Hacketstown, Co Carlow yesterday afternoon.
The blaze was discovered at about 4.35pm yesterday and the 74-year-old man, who was believed to be living alone, was pronounced dead at the scene. The remains of the mobile home have been preserved for a technical examination and gardai in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow are now carrying out an investigation.
No winner of €2.5m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's Lotto jackpot worth €2,585,967. The numbers drawn were 3, 7, 8, 15, 28, 31. Bonus 21. There were 3 Match 5 plus the bonus for €25,000; 72 had Match 5 for €949; 215 had Match 4 plus bonus for €80; 2,810 had Match 4 for €38; 4,245 had Match 3 plus bonus for €17 and 41,567 had Match 3 for €5. Lotto Plus 1: 1, 2, 8, 17, 27, 39. Bonus 41. Lotto Plus 2: 10, 17, 20, 28, 30, 44. Bonus 5.
Holiday flight in emergency landing
A HOLIDAY jet was forced to return to Dublin Airport yesterday after a passenger on board suffered a suspected stroke soon after departure. Thomson flight TOM-1666 departed Dublin at 8.50am, destined for Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, with 170 passengers and crew.
At around 9.30am, when the Boeing 737-800 was about 300km south-west of Cork, the crew advised air traffic control that they had a medical emergency on board and wished to return to Dublin. The flight touched down safely shortly after 10.30am.
Massive seizures of cannabis plants
GARDAI in Galway are questioning two men following a raid on a cannabis growhouse containing 3,000 plants with an estimated street value of €2.5m.
The growhouse, outside Tuam, was raided yesterday at the same time that gardai in Co Meath arrested a Chinese man and woman and seized cannabis plants under cultivation which could have a street value of €1.5m.
Mother of four lay dead after crash
A WOMAN, 53, who died in a single-car road accident in Co Cavan, is understood to have lain overnight in her car before she was discovered. Geraldine O'Reilly, a mother of four, was found at 7.40am on Friday.
It is believed she was travelling late on Thursday to her home in Butlersbridge when her car went off the Old Cavan Road and overturned at Drumahurk. Gardai asked for anyone who was driving along the road between 11pm on Thursday and the time of the discovery to contact Cavan garda station on 049 4368800. Mrs O'Reilly is survived by her husband, Sean, three sons and a daughter.
Loyalists commemorate the old UVF
THOUSANDS of loyalists took part in a parade in east Belfast yesterday to commemorate the centenary of the formation of the original Ulster Volunteer Force to oppose Home Rule. A large section of the area was sealed off by police as marchers paraded in period costume.
Some carried replica weapons of the type smuggled into Ulster to arm the UVF. The organisers estimated that between 8,000 to 10,000 people took part in the commemoration.
O Cuiv says farmers can't feed cattle
SPEAKING at a packed farmers' meeting in Ennis, Co Clare, Fianna Fail's agriculture spokesperson Eamon O Cuiv called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to "put his money where his mouth is" and make €10m available immediately to relieve the fodder crisis.
"Steps taken yesterday by Minister Coveney to fast-track payments under various farming schemes will not help the most urgent cases. What is now needed is straight cash to assist farmers who cannot get credit and do not have enough money to feed their cattle," he said.
Dublin woman leaves €2.9m in her will
EILEEN Cole, of Rathdown Avenue, Terenure, Dublin, who died on October 6, 2012, has left €2,885,213 in her will. Other wills: James D McDaid, a mechanic and garage proprietor, of Coolboy, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, who died on February 9, 2012, left €2,112,942; Mary Walsh, of Ballycallan, Co Kilkenny, who died on August 2, 2011, left €1,494,775; Laurence Marron, a retired publican, of Kincora Road, Clontarf, Dublin, who died on May 6, 2012, left €1,419,988; Ailis Hanna, a retired bank manager, of Farney Park, Sandymount, Dublin 4, who died on October 12, 2012, left €1,121,329, and Mary J Kavanagh, a retired publican, of Sallins Road, Naas, Co Kildare, who died on August 15, 2012, left €1,115,465.
The value of wills include property, including the family home and should not be regarded as cash amounts.