Monday 18 December 2017

Secondary teachers' union calls off industrial action over Croke Park deal

The Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) yesterday decided to suspend industrial action and enter talks with the Government on the Croke Park deal.

In a statement, the union reiterated its rejection of the agreement, which ASTI members voted against in a ballot in May of this year. General secretary Pat King said the outcome of the talks will be put to a ballot of ASTI members. The union is suspending its industrial action from Monday, September 20.

Investigators to visit in Sophie probe

Forensic investigators from France are to make the journey to Ireland to examine evidence gathered by gardai investigating the 1996 murder of 39-year-old film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

They will be allowed to examine non-testimonial, non-written, physical evidence, but it will not leave Ireland.

Historic lion 'castrated' in Monaghan

Mystery surrounds the castration of an antique British lion that adorns the facade of the Georgian courthouse in Castleblaney, Co Monaghan.

It is claimed that the Lion and Unicorn emblem, which dates from the 1700s, was targeted when scaffolding was erected during renovations. A staff member said: "Despite reports sweeping the area, and the obvious signs that part of the lion's anatomy was chopped off, we are not sure if this was... a deliberate attack on the emblem."

The lion's 'manhood' has since been restored.

Hospital protest draws 500 to streets

Around 500 people attended a protest in Galway city yesterday against cuts in services at Merlin Park Hospital.

Led by consultant surgeons from the hospital, the crowd included former patients, nurses, members of the public and local politicians.

15,000 extra students to get grants

MORE than 15,000 extra students will get the higher education grant this year due to the financial crisis, the Sunday Independent has learned.

According to the Higher Education Authority there will be a 50 per cent increase in those receiving the grant. Last year, the Government distributed in excess of €300m to almost 30,000 students across the country under the grant scheme. Fine Gael TD and spokesperson on social affairs Michael Ring said: "More and more people are losing their jobs, which means more people are relying on the State . . . but they have to be accommodated."

Cabinet nominates Red Cross chief

The Government this week accepted the recommendation of Defence Minister Tony Killeen to nominate David J O'Callaghan, a former secretary general of the Department of Defence, for appointment as chairman of the central council of the Irish Red Cross Society.

Journalists' church memorial for Alan

A memorial service to celebrate the life of journalist Alan Ruddock will be held on Thursday, September 16, at 11am, at St Bride's Church (The Journalists' Church) on London's Fleet Street, at 11am. His wife Jackie and family will be in attendance.

Alan, a widely respected columnist with the Sunday Independent, who worked in newspapers in Ireland and Britain, died tragically young while playing in a cricket match on May 30, 2010.

No winner as €3.9m Lotto rolls over

THERE was no winner of last night's €3,988,270 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 3, 7, 12, 21, 26, 36 (bonus 18).

There were 6 Match 5+bonus winners who will each receive €25,000; 104 Match 5s (€810); 224 Match 4+bonus (€94); 3,780 Match 4s (€34); 4,898 Match 3+bonus (€18); and 51,565 Match 3s (€5).

The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 4, 7, 12, 35, 45 (bonus 17) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 7, 14, 20, 25, 27, 42 (bonus 38).

And in the UK draw for an estimated stg£4.3m prize, the numbers were 4, 20, 21, 35, 39, 40 (bonus 28).

FG calls for State-funded internships

A NEW national internship scheme is required to help 55,000 graduates currently looking for work, according to Fine Gael. Under the party's proposed two-year programme, graduates would be paid a tax-free allowance. Fine Gael TD Brian Hayes said the scheme should be open to public, private and non-governmental organisations.

Dublin band welcomes Guinness break

The band 'Maud in Cahoots', made up of Dubliners Maud and Zoe Reardon, has been selected to share the stage in the capital with Snow Patrol and Manic Street Preachers on Arthur Guinness Day, September 23.

"It will be unbelievable to share the stage with these huge industry names. I still haven't really got my head around it. I'm going to take full advantage of this platform and grow from here," said Maud Reardon.

Imam 'grateful' Koran burning halted

THE Imam of the Clonskeagh Mosque in Dublin has said he is "very grateful to Allah" that the proposed burning of the Koran by an American preacher did not take place.

Imam Hussein Halawa said if the burning had happened, it could have led to violence. Terry Jones, the pastor of the Dove World Outreach Centre Church in Florida, yesterday withdrew plans to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

City couple left estate worth €50m

A Dublin couple who died in 2007 have left more than €50m, according to documents lodged in the Probate Office in Dublin. Finton Chadwick, a company director, of Alpena, Malahide, Co Dublin, who died on July 12, 2007, left €19,554,048. His wife Esther, who died that September, left an estate valued at €31.8m.

Puppeteer Eugene Lambert left €36,163 in his will. Mr Lambert, of Clifton Terrace, Monkstown, who died on February 23, 2010, originally left his estate to his wife Mai. But according to a codicil to his will, drawn up in May 2009, his share of the Lambert Puppet Theatre was bequeathed to his son Liam Lambert.

Mary J. Curtin of O'Connell Avenue, Limerick, who died October 9, 2009, €2,345,252; Patricia Regan, widow and nurse, Daneswell Road, Glasnevin, €1,554,433; David Jeffers Spiller, company director, Western Road, Clonakilty, Co Cork, died January 31, 2009, €1,414,410; Mary Morris housewife, Dartry Park, Dublin, who died April 9, 2010, €1,290,318 and James Curran, farmer, Stamullen, Co Meath, who died April 12, 2009, €1,222,559.

The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.

Sunday Independent

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