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Sunday 19 November 2017

O Neachtain gets Irish Water job

FORMER government press secretary Eoghan O Neachtain will start a new role next month as part of the new body set up to bring in water metering and charges.

Irish Water will be a part of Bord Gais, but will operate as an independent state-owned subsidiary and will remain in public ownership.

Mr O Neachtain will take up the position of head of public affairs, specifically focused on Irish Water.

€750,000 for man who fell off roof

A MAN who fell three metres while helping to fix tiles on his brother's roof has settled his High Court action for damages for €750,000. Patrick Rayner (51), Kiltankin, Kilbehenny, Mitchelstown, Co Cork, suffered serious head injuries when he slipped in stormy weather in December 2008.

Approving the settlement, Ms Justice Mary Irvine said Mr Rayner suffered catastrophic injuries. Mr Rayner had sued his brother John and sister-in-law Yvonne Rayner, of Glenview, Anglesboro, Kilmallock, Co Limerick.

We're failing on languages

IRELAND has one of the worst records in Europe when it comes to speaking a second language -- even the cupla focal.

A Eurobarometer survey carried out by the European Commission among 27,000 participants shows Ireland languishing close to the bottom of the league table for foreign languages, with just Hungary, Italy, the UK and Portugal faring worse.

Woman still faces murder quiz

A WOMAN was still being questioned last night by gardai investigating a pensioner's murder. The woman in her 50s was arrested yesterday and is being detained at Letterkenny garda station. A man in his 40s who was arrested on Wednesday was released without charge. A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The victim, Seamus Doherty, (67), a married father of four, was found dead at his cottage at Drumacanoo, Glenswilly, last Sunday.

Historic baths to be restored

THE derelict 19th century Clontarf Baths on Dublin's northside are to be restored after plans were approved yesterday by An Bord Pleanala.

The plan is to restore the facility, which closed down in 1996, as a swimming and water-polo facility. The development is being carried out by the Clontarf Baths and Assembly Rooms Company.

Irish Independent

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