In Brief: Perry for Washington
RTE News has announced the appointment of journalist Caitriona Perry as Washington Correspondent.
The Dublin native has worked as a journalist with RTE since 2007 reporting for the Six One and Nine O'Clock news programmes, Morning Ireland, the News at One and Drivetime. She has also worked as a newscaster for RTE Radio 1, 2FM and Lyric FM. Ms Perry is expected to take up the post in the coming weeks.
GPS SEEK SUPPORT
MORE than one hundred GPs will meet in Dublin tomorrow as part of a nationwide campaign to increase State support for local doctors.
The meeting coincides with the launch of a publicity campaign by the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) today to urge the Government to provide more State support to surgeries. Currently about 2pc of the annual healthcare budget is spent supporting GP services at a time when the number of people on medical cards is growing.
PIPE BOMBS MADE SAFE
PIPE bombs and ammunition were found by gardai in a house in Co Limerick early yesterday.
An Army disposal team was brought in to render the three homemade bombs safe and the area at Ballysheedy East was sealed off for a forensic technical examination. There was no one in the house at the time of the search and no arrests were made.
EMPTY HOUSES ROW
THE State is wasting up to €20m a year in rent allowance by letting 3,500 council houses sit empty, a social housing advocacy claims.
Simon Brooke, head of policy for the Cluid Housing Association, said reports revealing that 3,500 council houses are unoccupied while 112,000 people remain on the waiting list for social housing is a massive waste of taxpayers' money. But the reason many council houses are empty is because local authorities don't have the resources needed to carry out necessary repairs, he added.
FARM CRISIS CALLS SOAR
THE number of calls from farmers to a suicide prevention helpline has soared by more than 300pc in six months.
Some 5,267 farmers in crisis contacted Console's Farm and Rural Stress Helpline from March to September, compared to 1,316 callers in the previous six months. The suicide prevention charity said financial woes and the fodder shortage were the main reasons for the increase in calls.