Politicians' 'elite' salaries will not be touched in Wednesday's Budget
IRELAND's politicians will retain their status as being among the best-paid political elites in Europe after next week's Budget, writes John Drennan.
Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin confirmed that the salaries of TDs, ministers and the Taoiseach will not be touched. He said the salaries of the Taoiseach, Tanaiste and ministers are €200,000, €184,405 and €169,275 respectively.
Graffiti vandals attack TD's office
THE constituency office of Dublin Central TD Pascal Donohoe in Phibsboro was attacked by vandals who painted the word "cowards" on the front.
The late-night attack was presumed to be the work of militant pro-choice activists. The Fine Gael TD said he "found it ironic that a group should use the cover of darkness to put up graffiti accusing me of being a coward".
Man, 29, killed as car goes into ditch
A 29-YEAR-OLD man died after his car crashed into a ditch in the early hours of yesterday. The crash happened at Kilmore, one mile from Granagh, Co Limerick, and the victim, who had not yet been named last night, was taken to the Mid-West Regional Hospital in Limerick, where he later died. Gardai are seeking witnesses.
Belfast's tallest building repossessed
BELFAST's tallest building, which was owned by Bank of Scotland Ireland, has been repossessed.
Administrators have been appointed to three firms which control the 28-storey Obel residential tower and adjoining six-storey office block overlooking the River Lagan. Donegall Quay, the main company, owes more than £51m (€63m) to the former Bank of Scotland Ireland that was wound up by its parent company, Lloyds Banking Group, which is attempting to close its loan book.
Russian airline seeks Shannon stop
RUSSIA's second-biggest airline wants to operate flights between Moscow and Miami which would use Shannon Airport as a stop-over.
Transaero already operates a non-stop service between the two cities and has filed a request with the Russian authorities to fly via Shannon three times a week.
10,000 community jobs to be created
MORE than 10,000 extra community employment and Job-bridge places will be created as part of next week's budgetary response to unemployment.
The proposal will see the return of Social Employment Schemes in small communities, and it is hoped this will create employment in particular for those who have left the building industry. The Government also plans to unveil an extra 10,000 after-school care places for children.
No winners of €2.5m Lotto jackpot
There were no winners of the Lotto jackpot of €2,577,153 last night. The numbers were: 2, 11, 17, 40, 42 and 43 (bonus 41). Match 5s+bonus wins, (€25,000); Match 5 (€1,641); Match 4+bonus (€178); Match 4 (€60); Match 3+bonus (€27); Match 3 (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were: 11, 15, 19, 25, 34 and 45 (bonus 30). The Lotto Plus 2 numbers were: 2, 18, 20, 23, 36 and 37 (bonus 8). In the UK draw, the numbers were 5, 27, 31, 32, 38 and 49 (bonus 1).
Joyce first edition to fetch €100,000
A RARE first-edition copy of James Joyce's Ulysses is expected to sell for up to €100,000 at Christie's in New York on Friday. It is particularly valuable because it is number 41 of only 100 first-edition copies signed by the author. The book originally belonged to Joyce's friend, Annie Winifred Ellerman (1894-1983).
Mink farmers' licences are extended
MINK farms have been given a reprieve after Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney reversed a Fianna Fail/Green decision to ban the practice by the end of this year.
Citing a review commissioned by his department last year, the minister said the industry – which is worth €11m a year – will continue but under strict new standards. Five fur farmers will have their 12-month licences extended for another year.
400 ex-homeless get work experience
ALMOST 400 formerly homeless people have secured work experience with Marks & Spencer, Boots, Arnotts, Unicare and Brown Thomas as part of a government-funded initiative. The Ready for Work programme develops CV and interview skills and assigns suitable work placements.
Dublin woman leaves €3.1m in will
ZELDA Blackman, of Woodside Drive, Dublin, who died on January 29, 2012, has left €3,134,051 in her will.
Other wills: James Russell, retired accountant, Nutley Road, Donnybrook, Dublin, €2,649,811; Charles McGovern, retired garda, Wilfield Terrace, Harold's Cross, Dublin, €1,993,636; Mairead Bhreathnach, retired teacher, Idrone Park, Knocklyon, Dublin, €1,176,l112; Philomena Tully, farmer, Baronstown, Balrath, Co Meath, €1,256,l951; James Reihnill, Merlyn Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, €1,019,712; and Sarah Keane, farmer and musician, Belclare, Tuam, Co Galway, €362,388.
The value of wills includes property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.