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In Brief: Boost for Dublin house building

DUBLIN is showing "positive" signs of recovery in house building, new figures show.

Planning applications and construction starts in the county are both up, according to the latest edition of the National Housing Construction Index, although both figures are down nationally.

Dublin, with a 10pc rise, was one of eight counties which showed "significant" increases in planning applications lodged.

Seven of the counties, including Dublin, have now experienced a growth in the last two periods of the Index.

 

T S ELIOT WAS RIGHT ABOUT CATS

When it comes to the world of cats, TS Eliot was right. The inscrutable creatures of the night are likely to have three different names.

BBC's science programme Horizon has discovered they are fickle, fussy and finicky as the great poet wrote.

Using the latest satellite technology and miniature 'cat cam' cameras attached to collars, a team from the Royal Veterinary College built up the most comprehensive insight into the midnight activities of cats in Shamley Green, Surrey.

 

CAR BOMBERS STRIKE IN IRAQ

At least 13 people were killed when two car bombs exploded and a suicide attacker targeted a market this morning in a mainly Shi'ite Muslim town north of Baghdad, police said.

No group claimed the attack on Jadidat al-Shatt, 40km from Baghdad, but Iraq is facing a surge in sectarian violence that officials blame on Sunni insurgents determined to drag the country into a civil war.

"Two car bombs were parked near the market and when they exploded, a suicide bomber in another car drove into the market and detonated his bomb," said a local official.

 

STAFF 'SELL' THEIR HOLIDAY TIME

Nearly 10pc of US employers allow workers to sell their holiday time, according to a survey.

The Virginia-based Society for Human Resource Management found 9pc of companies allow staff to sell unused holiday time for extra money, while 5pc allow workers to buy additional vacation days through a payroll deduction scheme.


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