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'Put jobless to work at polls'

Unemployed people should be first in line to receive jobs at referendum count centres, says TD Mary Mitchell O'Connor.

The Dun Laoghaire representative said that while the efficient conduct of polls and the count is paramount, there is scope to give those struggling to find work an opportunity.

"Local returning officers and sheriffs should pay particular heed to employing suitably skilled and experienced unemployed people for count centre and polling pay posts," she said.

Norway's king

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A Dublin singer-song writer has received a letter from the King of Norway thanking him for a song which he wrote in honour of those killed in the Norwegian massacre.

Greg Barnes, from Malahide, has told the Herald that when he heard about the tragedy, "the song just came out, literally in five minutes. It was as if I just felt a channel".

In his letter which he sent to the king with the CD, Greg wrote, "this is not a song about tragedy, King, it is a song about hope."

Greg had just returned from Oslo a few days prior to the tragedy and says that I "couldn't have written it if I hadn't been there".

Victim 'serious' after road crash

GARDAI are appealing for witnesses after a collision on the M6 yesterday in which a man was seriously injured.

The collision happened at around 2.30pm.

The man, in his 30s, was struck by a passing lorry travelling eastbound on M6 between Junction 5 (Kilbeggan) and Junction 4 (Tyrrellspass).

The road was closed for several hours while forensic collision investigators attended the scene.


divorce battle

TV star Kim Kardashian's attorney says she wants her divorce to move forward, but lawyers for her estranged husband Kris Humphries say they're still pursuing an annulment.

Ms Kardashian's attorney Laura Wasser told a judge in a Los Angeles court yesterday the case had lasted longer than the couple's 72-day marriage.