Friday 24 November 2017

What it says in the papers

Mortgage rate cuts, homophobic attack, secretive group Bilderberg, and a new Leaving Certificate subject.

Mortgage holders who threaten to switch to another lender are having their variable rate cut by their bank to get them to stay, the Irish Independent has learned.

Three schoolgirls savagely beat a Dublin mother who was defending her gay son from homophobic abuse, The Herald reports. The youths were taunting her son outside her home, and were convicted of violent disorder at Dublin’s Children’s Court.

Ryanair has said a "curt no comment" in relation to a report that its chief Michael O’Leary has been asked to join secretive group Bilderberg, the Irish Times reports. It is claimed that the group can provide a nexus between wealthy business figures and political leaders. Former European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet is a committee member.

Staffing costs at Aras an Uachtarain are averaging around €786,000 a year, TDs learned yesterday. OPW chairman Clare McGrath said the costs related to 20 staff in total – 12 full-time and eight part-time – and that the frequency of special events and on-call duties had to be factored into the costs, the Irish Daily Mail reports.

The Labour leadership is poised for an emotional debate on the abortion issue at the party’s national conference which begins in Killarney today. Up to six motions on the contentious issue of abortion will be debated by around 1,000 delegates.

A new subject, Politics and Society, will be rolled out for Leaving Certificate students in September 2016. It has been in the offing for years, and it is finally getting the go-ahead next year, to mark the 1916 centenary.

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