In brief: Taxpayers forked out €1bn last year to cover the cost of illness claims
Sick pay for public and private sector workers cost the Exchequer almost €1bn last year, according to the Department of Social Protection. The figure emerged in the response from the department to a parliamentary question from Labour TD Gerald Nash.
The cost of illness claims in 2010 was €942.8m -- or €18.1m a week. That was up from €919.7m -- or €17.7m a week in 2009. However, the department was unable to give a breakdown for sick days separately taken by public and private sector employees. A once-off analysis carried out by the department indicated that in 2010, illness benefit was paid in respect of 25.9 million claim days arising from claims in both sectors.
Family protests for farmer's release
THE family and friends of a farmer who has been imprisoned for over two months over a land dispute protested for his release outside Limerick Prison yesterday.
Daniel Doherty, 40, of Rathcahill, Templeglantine, Co Limerick, has been locked up since he failed to provide a judge with an undertaking to vacate neighbouring land which he claims are rightfully his.
Investigation launched into bus death
A 66-year-old woman killed when she was hit by a bus on Friday evening in Cork city was named yesterday as Mona Bennett. Mrs Bennett from Marian Park, Blackrock, Cork, was killed instantly when she was hit by the Bus Eireann single-decker vehicle at Parnell Place in Cork city. Bus Eireann has begun an investigation into the incident.
Pipe work forces water restrictions
Water restrictions are in place for around 40,000 homes and businesses in north Dublin this weekend because of emergency works. The areas affected include Swords, Santry, Coolock, Artane, Belmayne, Kilbarrack and Howth.
Garda hunt after abduction attempt
Gardai in Co Galway have launched an investigation after the attempted abduction of a 14-year-old girl when a driver tried to lure the teenager into his car near Tullycross village in north Connemara last Thursday. Gardai in Clifden can be contacted on 095-21021.
Lotto jackpot will be more than €4m
THERE were no winners of Saturday night's lotto jackpot of €3,899,373. The numbers drawn were: 18, 22, 23, 32, 35, 37 and the bonus number was 3. Wednesday's jackpot will be over €4m. Nor was there any winner of the Lotto Plus 1 top prize of €350,000. The numbers drawn were 3, 6, 29, 30, 40, 43 and the bonus number was 9. There was no winner of the Lotto Plus 2 draw with a top prize of €250,000. The numbers drawn were 14, 18, 21, 22, 27, 42 and the bonus number was 2.
In the UK Lotto draw for £6.4m the numbers were 16, 06, 22, 34, 30, 26. The bonus number is 45.
Man charged over stolen grave items
A ROMANIAN man has been remanded in custody charged with handling statues and crosses stolen from graves in Co Galway. Marian Lingurar, 35, of Loughgeorge, Claregalway, Co Galway, appeared before Harristown District Court in Roscommon last Friday.
Sonas in deal for women's care centre
A care centre for abused women that has never been used despite being finished seven years ago at a cost to the taxpayer of over €2.5m could soon be opened after a local authority struck a deal with a housing charity. Sonas, the housing charity which offers refuge to women and children who are the victims of domestic violence, are to take control of the building.
Dawson to judge NNI press ad awards
National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) has announced that Neil Dawson, executive creative director of BETC London, will be the international judge for the NNI Press Ad of the Year Awards 2011.
Concert for St Luke's cancer hospital
It's 10 years since Paddy Cole held the first of his annual concerts in the National Concert Hall to raise funds for St Luke's cancer hospital. In the intervening years the concert has raised €150,000 towards building accommodation for those attending at the hospital.
The concert, featuring Paddy Cole and his big band, with special guest Paul Harrington, is on October 18.
Protesters to camp at Central Bank
A small number of protesters say they will camp outside the Central Bank on Dame Street, Dublin, following the lead of demonstrators who have been occupying a stretch of New York's Wall Street in a protest against bankers.
Less than 100 people took part in a march from Parnell Square to the Central Bank but were then joined by others.
Retired doctor leaves €2.8m in will
A retired doctor, Eileen Brooks, of Monkstown, Co Dublin, who died on November 15, 2008, has left €2,820,518 in her will, which went to probate last week.
Other Wills: Kathleen Jones, a farmer of Toberultan, Kells, Co Meath who died on December 26, 2010, left €1,842,509; Martin Keaveney, of Riverside Avenue, Roscommon who died on April 29, 2011, left €1,410,160; William F. Chapman, of Annestown, Co Waterford who died on September 7, 2009 left €1,231,275; Monica Bonnie Sayed, of Rathfarnham, Dublin who died on April 14, 2011, left €774,150 and the singer Anne Bushnell of Templeogue Dublin, who died on April 21, 2011 left €219,068.
The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.