Public sector pay call
THE union representing high-ranking civil servants and public sector workers has backed calls for the early restoration of pay levels after signs of economic recovery.
Tom Allen, chairman of the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants Union, told delegates there was now "no reason" why pay scales could not be restored.
However, the Government has indicated it favours tax cuts in the next Budget, not increasing public sector pay.
HOME RAID MANHUNT
A DANGEROUS criminal recently arrested for a car-jacking was also involved in an aggravated burglary at the home of a reality TV star this week, gardai believe.
A manhunt is now under way for the 32-year-old, a drug addict from Inchicore.
Four men ransacked the the home of 'Voice of Ireland' finalist Mark Guildea in Tara, Co Meath, on Wednesday night. Mr Guildea was away when the raiders struck – but they attacked his wife Allison and the couple's three-year-old child before gagging and binding them.
REFUGEE SUICIDE RISK
THREE children aged between 11 and 17 have been threatening to end their own lives, according to the Irish Refugee Council (IRC).
Chief Executive of the IRC Sue Conlon has said that the children – two girls and a boy – had been living in hostels or reception centres for at least three years.
She added: "All three children have said that they have considered ending their lives as an option. That's not something any child should ever have to face."
CARE HOME FAILINGS
A RESIDENTIAL home run by a disability organisation failed to safeguard all the people in its care, a report has revealed.
The home in Co Meath, run by St Michael's House, documented in notes that some residents hit out at other residents. However, while the residents were separated, the incidents "were not all formally recorded, investigated, or actions put in place to prevent (them) from recurring", the report by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) revealed.
THEATRE LEGEND DIES
THE world of musical theatre was in mourning last night after one of the country's great musical writers died at the young age of 43.
Waterford city man Bryan Flynn, who created many hours of magic at the Cork Opera House, died yesterday after a lengthy illness.
Mr Flynn was involved in the creation of over 70 productions in his short life.