Secondary school teachers will strike over new exam marking proposals
Education Minster Jan O'Sullivan has refused to offer any more concessions to teachers' unions who have planned to stage one-day strikes in protest over education reforms.
Secondary school teachers have organised a one day strike on December 2 and on another unspecified day in January. The move would affect up to 300,000 students.
The strike action centres on plans to make teachers assess 40 per cent of their own students' marks in a new junior cycle certificate. Teachers' unions, however, say the move is solely aimed at saving money and say the current system of external assessment should be maintained.
Bank inquiry in danger, warn officials
THE long awaited Oireachtas Banking Inquiry is "urgently running out of time" to begin its work, one of its leading members has warned. Delays in getting final approval from Dail and Seanad oversight authorities have raised worries over the inquiry's ability to work before the next election.
Last week - five months after its establishment - the Inquiry contacted the main witnesses in the investigation.
No winner of €4.5m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €4,483,199 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 3, 4, 9, 10, 16, 38 (bonus 35). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 3, 15, 21, 27, 39 (bonus 45) and Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 9, 10, 12, 17, 19, 21 (bonus 18).
Nurses' protest registration fee hike
NURSES and midwives have expressed their anger over a 50pc increase in the registration fee to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
In a two-year period the fee has increased by 80pc, at a time when the general rate of inflation is 1pc. Senator John Crown criticised the increases in the Seanad last week.
Minister aims to outsource bus routes
TRANSPORT Minister Paschal Donohoe has insisted Government plans to open up 10pc of all bus routes to competition will proceed, despite union objections.
Speaking last night, Mr Donohoe said: "I am committed to putting out 10pc of bus transport routes for competitive tender, a process that will bear fruit in 2016. "
Unions fear privatisation of routes now run by Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann will result in a deterioration of their members' conditions and worsening service for commuters.
Knighthood for Daniel Day-Lewis
OSCAR-winner Daniel Day-Lewis (57) has been knighted for his services to acting. Day-Lewis, who has a house near Roundwood, Co Wicklow, was knighted on Friday.
The honour, he said, left him "entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure".
Dr Louise Kennedy conferred by DIT
FASHION designer Louise Kennedy was conferred with an honorary doctorate by Dublin Institute of Technology.
A former student of DIT, Louise received the award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to business, culture and the international fashion industry.
Man held as five firearms recovered
A 50-year-old man has been arrested for possession of five firearms, as part of ongoing investigations into the activities of dissident republicans in Dublin.
Gardai recovered four guns, a shotgun and ammunition at a house in East Wall, Dublin yesterday.
Farmers threaten to shoot stray dogs
FARMERS in the Cavan/Monaghan area have warned dog owners that strays roaming on farmland will be shot on sight. It follows a spate of attacks on sheep by dogs.
Sheep have been killed in recent days on farms in the Cootehill area of Co Cavan and on farms in mid-Monaghan by packs of dogs. Ten sheep were killed in one incident and six more lambs in a flock required treatment by vets.
No communion for gays, says cleric
A CARDINAL who was recently demoted from leadership of the Vatican Supreme Court has said he would not give communion to politicians who vote for same sex marriage.
US Cardinal Raymond Burke was speaking at a Limerick conference on the Catholic family.
Muscovite Mica hits Donegal houses
THOUSANDS of homes in Donegal may be unsafe as blocks are crumbling and causing cracks in exterior walls.
The decay is largely due to a high level of dust content called Muscovite Mica in the blocks, however insurance companies don't cover this type of damage.