Kenny addresses referendum fears
A YES vote in the children's rights referendum will not lead to excessive state interference in normal family life, Taoiseach Enda Kenny is insisting.
Mr Kenny was responding to concerns that the proposed changes to the Constitution could give the State too much power to interfere in families. At the launch of Fine Gael's campaign for a Yes in the November 10 poll, the Taoiseach said vulnerable boys and girls would be "nourished and protected" by the proposals.
Two Irish dates on Barlow's solo tour
GARY Barlow will return to Ireland in the new year -- although without his Take That bandmates.
The singer and 'X Factor' judge has announced two "intimate" Irish dates on his solo tour and will perform in Dublin's Olympia Theatre on January 7, with an appearance at Belfast's Waterfront Hall the following night.
Call for changes to education system
A WORLD-renowned economist has warned that a wider and more inclusive university education system is needed to boost innovation in the country.
Addressing students at NUI Galway, Nobel prize winner Edmund Phelps said educating as many people as possible was one of the crucial factors for innovation, which in turn would help boost the economy. The economist argued that an increase in university fees would appear to be "negative for innovation". However, he added that this could be overcome as long as the Government used any revenue from such a move for innovation.
Councils split on name for bridge
Louth and Meath councils remain divided over what to call the M1 Boyne motorway bridge, which is in both counties.
On the casting vote of the cathaoirleach, Louth councillors decided to rename it the 'Mary McAleese Boyne Valley Bridge'. It will now go back to Meath, where local representatives simply want to call it the 'Mary McAleese Bridge'. Discussions are ongoing between the local authorities to resolve the issue.