Tax loophole to be cut
Motorists will have to declare their car is off the road in advance of the vehicle being out of use.
At the moment, motorists can claim their car was off the road for a period where they had no motor tax. Legislation drafted by Environment Minister Phil Hogan will clamp down on the loophole, currently costing €55m a year. The non-use of motor vehicles bill, 2013, will mean a car owner will have to apply to not have motor tax if they are planning to have the car off the road for a sustained period.
Voting age could drop
THE voting age should be cut to 16, the Convention on the Constitution has said.
In its first report, the group has called for a two-year reduction in the age at which people can take part in elections but called for the seven-year term for a presidency to remain as it is.
Special flame for JFK
THEY have already set the world alight by developing the burner system that powered the London Olympic torch.
Now those same technology specialists have begun work on perfecting the equipment for a special flame that will help highlight the 50th anniversary of the visit of President John F Kennedy to his ancestral home in County Wexford. The 'Emigrant Flame' will be lit by members of the Kennedy Family and the Taoiseach on June 22 at New Ross Quayside.
100 new jobs created
Almost 100 new jobs have been announced in Dublin and Galway. Beechfield Nursing Home Group has announced 65 new jobs at its new care facility, Mount Hybla care centre in Farmleigh Estate, Castleknock, Dublin, and the new positions will be in nursing, caring, catering, and administration.
Another 20 jobs will be created when Donnybrook Fair opens its fifth fine food store in Dublin next month.
The new shop at Grand Canal Square will bring the total number employed by Donnybrook Fair to 280. And in Galway software company OnePageCRM announced 12 new jobs as part of a €575,000 investment supported by Enterprise Ireland and other investors.