Man dies after suffering head injuries in accident at Bus Eireann garage
A MAN in his 50s has been killed following a workplace accident at a Bus Eireann facility in Cork city. It is understood that the man sustained head injuries when a cherry picker that he was working on toppled over at Bus Eireann's Capwell garage. He died yesterday in hospital.
In a statement, the company said: "Bus Eireann would like to extend its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family, extended family and friends of the contractor who died following an incident on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time.
"The accident is currently under investigation by Bus Eireann, An Garda Siochana and the Health and Safety Authority and we continue to work with these authorities in relation to this."
Peace Proms to kick off 1916 events
A SPECIAL concert will be one of the first events to kick off a year of celebrations as Ireland prepares to commemorate the 1916 centenary. On January 1, The Peace Proms concert will take place in the Convention Centre, Dublin, with 100 young musicians from North and South coming together to perform classical and popular pieces as part of the Cross-Border Orchestra of Ireland.
Speaking at the announcement yesterday, Arts Minister Heather Humphreys said The Peace Proms would be "the ideal start to our year of commemorations in 2016" and that "through their music and song they will set the perfect tone (to) kick off what is set to be a very special year".
USI urges benefits of Gaelscoileanna
The president of the Union of STudents in Ireland (USI) has encouraged parents to send their children to Gaelscoileanna, after recent figures showed a slight drop in the proportion of primary school children attending Irish-speaking schools. According to the Department of Education, 27.5pc of primary schoolchildren went to Gaelscoileanna in 2013-14, compared to 26.8pc in 2014-15.
USI president Kevin Donoghue said: "Research shows that development of literacy in two languages has numerous positive effects for students including increased understanding of maths concepts and problem-solving and a greater cultural awareness."
Date set for Savita case against HSE
The court date has been set for a medical-negligence case in which the husband of the late Savita Halappanavar will bring a claim for damages against the HSE.
Savita's death received national attention after she had been denied an abortion while miscarrying and died from septic shock in University College Hospital Galway in 2012.
A review found that "inadequate assessment and monitoring" were contributory factors in her death.
Praveen Halappanavar will return home from the US, where he works, to attend the hearing on March 10, 2016.
It is expected to run for three days.
600 new gardai are to be recruited
An Garda Siochana has launched a recruitment campaign after 600 new positions have been made available.
While it is expected that there will be a large number of applications - 24,000 people applied for 300 positions in 2012 - Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan said she wanted the new officers to be from "every strand of society".
She said: "We are a community and we should reflect the changes in our communities. We already have different nationalities and backgrounds represented, but not enough."
93pc of student nurses think of exit
A STUDY by the Union of Students in Ireland has found that 93pc of student nurses have thought about leaving the country in search of better pay and conditions.
Meanwhile, more than 1,000 nurses are set to retire by June and the USI is warning that if the HSE fails to recruit and keep health professionals, it will face a staffing crisis.
Coveney on trade mission to Africa
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, will depart today on what is the largest trade mission to West Africa in two decades. Involving more than 40 Irish companies, the mission will visit Abuja and Lagos in Nigeria and Accra in Ghana.
The minister will also visit a number of aid projects.
Limerick hurler is new chair of GPA
Limerick hurler Seamus Hickey is the new chairman of the Gaelic Players' Association, after being elected at yesterday's AGM in Athlone. He replaces Donal Og Cusack.
Dublin footballer Paul Flynn replaces the outgoing David Collins as secretary of the GPA. The association's president Dermot Earley was returned unopposed.
Eleanor McEvoy sings for homeless
Eleanor McEvoy is to play a special Christmas concert in Waterford next month to raise funds for Focus Ireland's frontline services for homeless people.
The event will take place in Christ Church Cathedral on December 18. Tickets are €15 and available at the cathedral.