VHI shuts branch
HEALTH Insurer VHI is closing its Limerick public office.The branch located at Charlotte's Quay in the city will shut its doors on July 19.
A spokesperson said they were closing the office due to a fall-off in customers using the branch as more business is carried out online or on the phone. There will be no job losses, with staff currently working in the office assigned to work on administration functions there.
340,000 TUNE IN TO BONO
AN AUDIENCE of 339,100 viewers tuned in to see Bono being interviewed by Gay Byrne on a special programme of 'The Meaning Of Life' on Tuesday.
The U2 frontman spoke extensively to Byrne (78) about his humanitarian work and his religious faith, but also his parents' marriage, his father's death and even his tax affairs. It was recorded last May. Speaking about the success of the show, an RTE spokesperson told the Irish Independent that they were "very happy" with the figures.
NEW ROLE FOR TOP GARDA
ANOTHER senior crime fighter is leaving the Garda force to take up a post in the private sector.
Det Supt John McCann has been a key figure in Garda specialist units for almost three decades. He spent 20 years with the Garda fraud bureau before taking charge of the domestic violence and sexual assault unit within the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He will resign from the force next month to take up a new post in child protection with a private organisation.
NEW RDS LIFE MEMBER
BUSINESSMAN Peter Sutherland has been awarded honorary life membership of the RDS.
The award, which was presented to him by society president Fonsie Mealy yesterday, was in recognition of his "significant contribution to Ireland over and above his normal employment". Mr Sutherland is chairman of Goldman Sachs International as well as a UN Special Representative for Migration and Development.
THE overspending by hospitals in the West has been disclosed, with health chiefs fearing a deficit of over €10m by the end of the year.
The Galway Roscommon University Hospital Group, which manages Galway University Hospital – the biggest in the West – is currently operating with an overspend of €6.4m.
Hospital group CEO Bill Maher said outstanding debt to be collected by the hospital group amounted to €7m.
Meanwhile, Letterkenny, Mayo and Sligo Hospitals are €2.9m over budget to date.