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GPO 'historic quarter' move

A MOTION calling on the Government to develop a plan to transform Dublin's GPO-Moore Street area into "a historic quarter and battlefield site" was moved in the Dail by Sinn Fein's Sandra McLellan.

"The GPO, Moore Street and the laneways between it and O'Connell Street form the most important battlefield site in modern Irish history," she said.

"This area must be fully protected, carefully preserved and sensitively developed as a cultural quarter."

Swipe at treaty

IT was said about the Treaty of Limerick that it was broken "ere the ink wherewith 'twas writ could dry", said Dublin West Socialist TD Joe Higgins.

"That was all the way back in 1691," he said. "I am afraid that the Fiscal Treaty is in the same lamentable state."

Facebook fears

DUBLIN Fine Gael Senator Cait Keane asked the Minister for Education and Skills to draw up a protocol for social media because schools may handle problems differently, depending on their principals.

"Two pupils were expelled from a school in Dublin for posting abusive remarks about their teachers on Facebook.

"This is a serious matter because posting abusive comments is as serious a form of bullying as bullying verbally or by telephone."

Keep working

It is time to end mandatory retirement, NUI Senator and Professor John Crown told the Seanad.

"This policy is irrational and anachronistic and is a breach of people's human rights," he said. "I know from first-hand experience that many doctors and nurses who work with me in the health service do not want to retire."

Tallaght woes

WHEN it was first opened, Tallaght Hospital was flagged as being the jewel in the crown of the health system, said Labour's Eamon Maloney.

However, people were mesmerised by the waiting lists and the number of people on trolleys in the hospital but that had to be because it had one of the lowest ratios of consultants and operated with one of the largest population concentrations of any public hospital.

"It could not have gone any other way. It had a pretty unfair deal," he said.