Mild weather to end
Enjoy the mild weather because it won't last -- according to Met Eireann.
Current daytime temperatures are a couple of degrees higher than normal due to southerly winds. But Met Eireann's Pat Clarke explained that northerly or easterly winds would soon bring cold weather instead.
€1BN FUND TARGETED
THE Government is hoping to secure a €1.25bn slice of a new European-wide stimulus fund targeting the research and innovation industry.
The fund, which will see countries compete for some of the €79bn total on offer, will be launched in Dublin today by EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Maire Geoghegan-Quinn and junior minister Sean Sherlock.
BLAZE HITS RESTAURANT
A CITY centre restaurant has been forced to close for the busiest period of the year after a fire broke out on its premises.
Management at Le Bon Crubeen on Dublin's Talbot Street said they were uncertain when they would re-open to customers.
"Due to a serious electrical fire in the kitchen we will be closed until further notice while repairs are carried out. It is unlikely the restaurant will be back open before Christmas," they said.
Staff are now in the process of contacting any customers with bookings.
HIGH-END JOBS UP 6PC
Professional employment opportunities were up by 6pc last month, according to a new report. The Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor found that there was an increase of 517 professional job opportunities in November, a 6pc increase in comparison to the same period last year.
The study shows that job opportunities were at their peak in January and October of this year, with over 9,000 professional job vacancies available in both months.
PICKET AT BEAUMONT
CLEANERS will stage pickets at Dublin's Beaumont Hospital next week in a row over cuts to Sunday premium pay. SIPTU has served notice of the industrial action on Resource Facilities Service Ltd, which carries out cleaning services for the hospital on a contract basis.
Two one-hour stoppages will take place on Monday.
"SIPTU members will be placing pickets on Beaumont Hospital from 9am to 10am and 5pm to 6pm on Monday, December 16," SIPTU organiser Ed Kenny said in a statement. SIPTU represents about 90 of the 140 workers employed by Resource at Beaumont.