Tuesday 24 October 2017

What it says in the papers

Berehaven Credit Union in Castletownbere; Israel threat to escalate Gaza offensive; civil service reform

The country’s three million credit union members were urged not to panic and pull money out of their accounts, after a court ordered the first liquidation of a locally-owned lender. Berehaven Credit Union in Castletownbere, west Cork, is to be wound up and its assets sold off to avoid a “disorderly collapse”, Charlie Weston reports in today’s Irish Independent.

Meanwhile, Israel threatened to escalate the Gaza offensive to the “next stages” yesterday as the United Nations said that war crimes may have been committed. Air strikes and tank shells killed another 47 people in Gaza, taking the number of Palestinians killed to 678.

The Herald says the two brothers who tragically died at their family home on Sunday will be buried together tomorrow. Brandon Skeffington (9) was fatally stabbed at his home by his older brother Shane (20) who then took his own life last Sunday.

Meanwhile, a radical reform of the public service is to be announced in September, according to the Irish Daily Mail. Robert Watt, the secretary general at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, said people who ‘continuously non-perform in our [civil service] system’ should be fired. A job for life in the civil service is not going to happen in future, Mr Watt said.

Cork City has the highest rate of suicide in our country; Limerick City has the highest infant death rate; while Waterford is the county that sees the highest breast cancer rate, the Irish Examiner says. Carlow has the highest incidence and death rates for lung cancer.

Crocodile Dundee actor Paul Hogan has divorced his co-star wife Linda. She petitioned for financial support and a cut of his estimated €14.85m fortune, but she gets a lump sum of nearly €4.3m and the right to live for now in the pair’s California home, The Irish Sun reports.

Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, with son Phaedra left in another room for 17 hours, an inquest heard yesterday. The Irish Daily Mirror says Peaches, 25, was found at home next to a used syringe hidden in a sweet box. The coroner said she turned to drugs “for reasons we’ll never know”.

The Irish Times says Ministers have been warned to scale back their spending demands for next year as the Government pursues measures in the October budget to ease the tax burden on low and middle-income families. Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin told colleagues the improving economic outlook did not mean they could now plan to spend liberally, according to the Irish Times. The Cabinet met yesterday for the last time before the summer holiday.

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