Thursday 18 January 2018

Jobseekers told to go west for work

JOBSEEKERS are best off looking for work in the west or the drugs industry. A new survey has found that companies in Connacht and the pharmaceutical sector are most likely to take on new staff in the next three months.

However, Manpower's latest Employment Outlook report shows that just 4pc of employers expect to increase their workforce in the next few months, while 7pc expect to shed jobs.

Helpline to target victims in UK

A free telephone counselling service for adults who were abused as children is to target survivors living in the UK.

Connect, the service provided by the HSE, found that UK callers represent only 2pc of all users of the service. It believes that 37pc of Irish abuse survivors live in the UK. The service is available Wednesday to Sunday, from 6-10pm. Freefone 1800 477 477. From the UK and Northern Ireland call 00800 477 477 77 .

Ambulances held up over trolley use

More than 700 ambulances were held up outside two of the country's busiest hospitals during the first three months of the year.

The ambulances were held for between one and 14 hours outside the A&Es of Beaumont Hospital and the Mater Hospital of Dublin because their trolleys were needed for patients they transported to the hospitals.

Golfer hits two holes in one

A golfer is celebrating hitting an astounding two holes in one in the same round at Greencastle Golf Club in Donegal on Sunday.

Derry solicitor Gerry Guckian (49) was playing a competition on the last day of the club's open week when he hit his first hole in one at the ninth. He had barely recovered from the shock when, from the 11th tee, he shot his second hole in one.

Calls for input to policy on children

THE Government yesterday began drawing up policy priorities for children and young people for the next five years by inviting the public to give their views.

Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald said the new policy framework would represent a "dynamic" government strategy for Ireland's children and young people. During a four-week consultation process, which began yesterday, the public are being asked to give their views about what the Government should be doing to look after children's welfare at www.dcya.gov.ie/Consultation-2012.

Irish Independent

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