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In Brief: Savings claims are rejected

THE Government has rejected claims that it exaggerated savings made under the Croke Park Agreement.

It was claimed some Government departments inflated their savings by 40pc when they were being reported to the Croke Park Implementation Body.

This led to claims the Government had not saved as much as it said under Croke Park, but this has been rejected by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

EU set to find subsidy flaws

AN EU investigation into possible breaches in competition laws on the issue of bus subsidies is expected to find against the State.

The report is due to be completed by the end of the year and looks set to rule that Ireland infringed EU Competition Law regarding the subsidies provided to CIE and Bus Eireann to run bus routes in the country.

It is also likely to be critical of Ireland over its lack of transparency on the awarding of contracts to CIE.

MEP Jim Higgins is to meet EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia to discuss their findings.

Obama hits tricky spell

A COUNTY board of elections in upstate New York has said it will take quick action after drawing up election ballots that misspelled Barack Obama's name.

Sample ballots printed on the Oneida County Board of Elections website were missing the C in the president's first name, reports said.

Election commissioner Pamela Mandryck said templates sent to a printer also contained the error, but said they would be retrieved and corrected for election day.

Sex customers to be named

A US town has begun naming alleged customers of a dance instructor arrested on prostitution charges.

Kennebunk in Maine is part of a new web database tracking more than 870 municipalities that have launched initiatives targeting men who buy sex.

It is part of a four-year study funded by the National Institute of Justice that found police departments are increasingly holding up clients to public scrutiny.