Sunday 18 March 2018

In brief: New government department is to take charge of troubled FAS agency

The troubled government training agency Fas is about to be ejected from the restructured Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

The Sunday Independent has learnt that the majority of the tasks undertaken by Fas -- the education and training sections -- will now be almost entirely concentrated in the Department of Education, headed by its old boss, Tanaiste Mary Coughlan. The section dealing with 'social protection' will go to the department headed by Eamon O Cuiv. Labour TD Ruairi Quinn said: "Fas appears to be following the Tanaiste around like the Ancient Mariner."

Special Mass for late Polish president

President Mary McAleese and the Polish Ambassador to Ireland Tadeusz Szumowski will attend a Mass at 12.30pm at St Audoen's Church, High Street, Dublin, today in memory of the Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife and a large delegation of Polish people who were killed when their plane crashed in Russia yesterday.

The Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, has joined in the tributes, extending his sympathy on behalf of the Irish people to the people and government of Poland "on this terrible tragedy".

Scruton to lecture on 'Neurononsense'

Roger Scruton, Professor of Philosophy at Oxford University, a conservative contrarian, will give the Aquinas Lecture at 8pm in the Physics Hall, NUI Maynooth, tomorrow, entitled 'Neurononsense and the Soul'.

The controversial and polymathic Professor Scruton is the author of 40 books on philosophy, two operas and two novels. He is also the intellectual force behind the pro-hunting lobby in England, a stance he defends in his book On Hunting. Further information from his Irish biographer, Dr Mark Dooley, at 087 7741892.

Trial over slain Polish men to begin

The trial of two men accused of killing two Polish nationals in Drimnagh in 2008 is due to start in Dublin tomorrow. Sean Keogh, 20, of Vincent Street, Inchicore, and David Curran, 19, of Lisadell Green, Drimnagh, deny the murder of Pavel Kalite, 29, and Marius Szwajkos, 27. The two died on Benbulban Road near where they lived in Drimnagh, in February 2008.

The trial had been due to start last June and the families of Mr Kalite and Mr Szwajkos had travelled from Poland to attend but were disappointed when matters were put back to this year.

A jury is to be sworn in at the Central Criminal Court, sitting at the Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street. The trial is expected to last around two weeks.

Mid-week Lotto prize to hit €16m

THERE was no winner of last night's €14,987,174 Lotto jackpot -- so Wednesday's jackpot is now heading for a mouth-watering €16m plus. The numbers drawn were 9, 11, 16, 29, 42, 44 (bonus 22).

One Match 5+bonus winner receives €25,000; 104 Match 5s get €1,724 each; there were 266 Match 4+bonus winners (€169); 5,083 Match 4s (€54); and 7,386 Match 3+bonus (€25).

The Lotto Plus One numbers were 14 , 18, 21, 23, 37, 44 (bonus 9). and the Lotto Plus Two numbers were 1, 3, 11, 19, 20, 41 (bonus 30)

And in the UK lotto draw for stg£12m, the numbers were 6, 9, 11, 21, 40, 48 (bonus 27).

Heineken to remove old equipment

Heineken Ireland is to start the decommissioning process to remove all brewing equipment on the site of Ireland's oldest brewery, Beamish and Crawford in Cork. Heineken Ireland completed the takeover of former rival Beamish Crawford last year.

It subsequently closed down its competitor's brewery, with the loss of 120 jobs. The company has continued to make Beamish Stout and a number of workers retained their jobs when production was transferred to Heineken's Lady's Well brewery in Cork.

Gardai investigating traffic fatality

Gardai at Bruff, Co Limerick, are investigating a single-vehicle traffic accident near Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, at 7am yesterday in which a 27-year-old man was killed. The man's body was removed to Limerick Regional Hospital.

And a man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle collision at Ballyknocken Cross on the Abbeyleix/ Stradbally road at around 10.30pm on Friday night.

The 19-year-old driver of one car is in a critical condition at Portlaoise Hospital while a 16-year-old female passenger was also injured and was described as stable.

Ferguson art collection up for auction

Paintings from the inveterate art collector Vincent Ferguson, which have been in storage since they were purchased, are set to be featured in an auction held by De Vere Irish Art Auctions on Tuesday, April 13, and Monday, May 10.

"The family has these great interesting paintings that have been in storage for many years, and my dad would have wanted them hanging and appreciated," said the late Mr Ferguson's daughter, Ciara.

The first auction takes place on Tuesday and viewing takes place at the D4 Hotel (formerly the Berkeley Court) in Ballsbridge, today, tomorrow and the day of the sale.

Man killed in industrial accident

A Polish man has died in an industrial accident at Togher on the southside of Cork city. The worker was dismantling a mechanical digger at a recycling plant when it collapsed and crushed him at lunchtime yesterday.

Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority are investigating the accident.

Farmer leaves over €2m in his will

A Cork farmer has left more than €2m in his will. John O'Callaghan, of Balygarrighty, Donoughamore, Co Cork, who died on May 7, 2009, left estate valued at €2,095,079.

Other Wills: Margaret Hannigan, nurse, Rathdrum, Virginia, Co Cavan, €821,808; Catherine Quinn, garda, Beechwood Lawns, Rathcoole, Dublin, €801,446 and James C O'Sullivan, Catholic priest, Ballinteer, Dublin, €214,366.

The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.

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