Staff target hit
THE portion of public servants with disabilities has hit a statutory target of 3pc for the first time.
Their numbers rose by 423 in 2011, compared with the previous year. Overall, the number of people with disabilities in the public sector stood at 6,171 in 2011, compared with 5,879 in 2007.
This was achieved by new recruitment policies and measures to keep people with disabilities in their jobs.
€40m bypass plan
PLANNING permission has been granted for a €40m bypass of Killaloe, in Co Clare.
An Bord Pleanala has approved the Killaloe Bypass, Shannon Bridge Crossing and R494 Improvement Scheme, and work is expected to begin within three years. Clare County Council senior engineer Tom Tiernan said money was available to complete detailed design of the road, and it would seek further funding to purchase land.
Pioneers are saved
THE Pioneer Association has said its future looks more secure than it has for years – thanks to the generosity of its 200,000 members.
Just two years ago the 105-year-old organisation was on the verge of closure due to a chronic lack of funds and a mounting six-figure debt.
Chiefs admitted at the time that their survival was on the line unless they could plug the hole in their €100,000 deficit. But generous donations of more than €150,000, have secured the immediate future of the association.
DOG-owners are being reminded not to kill their pets with kindness by feeding them potentially lethal chocolate over Easter.
A new survey by Dogs Trust Ireland reveals 57pc of dogs have eaten chocolate intended for human consumption, either by accident or as a "treat", with owners not realising chocolate is poisonous to dogs.
Medical Council post
DR Ruairi Hanley, a GP who contributes comment and analysis to the Irish Independent, has been elected to the Medical Council, the body which regulates doctors. Dr Hanley, who works as a GP in Co Louth, topped the poll in the registered medical practitioner category with 1,377 votes, which was 1,114 ahead of the next candidate.
He said he now intends to press ahead with his pre-election agenda, which is to have fitness-to-practise hearings held in private. The new Council is drawing up a new set of guidelines to cover a range of areas, including abortion.