You are viewing the content for Friday 3 February 2006

IRELAND

Garda survivors support group launched

By Cormac O'KeeffeFAMILIES of gardaí who died in the line of duty united yesterday to help each other and future survivors.

MORE

Man with Irish passport may be extradited on fraud charges

By Seán McCárthaighAN Irish passport holder who is accused of a major international fraud may find out today if he is to face extradition to the US from The Bahamas.

MORE

Victim statements face new curbs

By Paul KellyJUDGES sitting in murder, manslaughter and sex cases could curtail what victims or their families can tell the courts about their ordeals.

MORE

Applications for principals' posts at all-time low

By Niall Murray, Education CorrespondentPRIMARY schools are facing a leadership crisis as the number of teachers applying for principals' posts has fallen to an all-time low, it was claimed last night.

MORE

Trinity College defends ecstasy research

By Cormac O'KeeffeTRINITY College Dublin yesterday defended research into ecstasy use among its students, stressing that one would be paid to take part.

MORE

Social changes affecting literacy levels

By Niall Murray, Education CorrespondentTHE changing face of the classroom is a major factor in the lack of improvement in literacy levels in poorer areas, principals claimed yesterday.

MORE

Mid-West wage bill up €30m since HSE took over

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West CorrespondentTHE WAGE bill at the Health Services Executive (HSE) Mid-Western has risen by €30 million since the Government reorganised the health service in a bid to slash wasteful bureaucracy.

MORE

Medicines Board welcomes EU move to test children's drugs

By Evelyn RingTHE State's drug policing body has welcomed plans for EU legislation next year that will result in drugs for children being tested before they go on the market.

MORE

Fishermen gather to protest increases in penalties

By Neans McSweeney, South-East CorrespondentFISHERMEN protesting against new EU rules are to converge in Waterford this morning in a massive show of dissatisfaction.

MORE

Fishing fleet set to protest over planned law

By Juno McEnroe and Harry McGeeTHOUSANDS of fishers and onshore industry workers will stage a peaceful protest today against planned new legislation to extend criminal sanctions for fishing offences.

MORE

Rabbitte calls for clear-out of Bord na gCon

By Harry McGee, Political EditorLABOUR leader Pat Rabbitte last night launched a stinging criticism of the handling of the Bord na gCon controversy, claiming that Sports Minister John O'Donoghue and chairman Paschal Taggart had both displayed a serious lack of judgement.

MORE

Mothers to get four weeks extra in paid maternity leave

By Michael BrennanMOTHERS will be able to take four weeks extra paid maternity leave from next month, as new provisions from the Budget kick in.

MORE

SSIA pension plan may cost €800m

By Harry McGee, Political EditorA NEW incentive to encourage lower-earning SSIA account holders to transfer their savings into pensions could cost the Exchequer €800 million, Finance Minister Brian Cowen said yesterday.

MORE

Opposition TDs demand Government action as unemployment crisis deepens

By John MurphyIN the wake of the latest in an ongoing series of job setbacks in Carrick-on-Suir, local Opposition TDs yesterday demanded immediate Government action to redress what they insist has become a crisis situation.

MORE

Cowen scraps 'remittance' tax scheme despite firm resistance

By Harry McGee, Political EditorFINANCE Minister Brian Cowen yesterday announced he was pressing ahead with scrapping a generous tax arrangement that allowed foreign employees of multinational companies escape paying most of their tax on Irish income.

MORE

Court warns Ireland on social security

By Seán McCárthaighEUROPE'S top court has warned the Irish authorities to ensure that employers are paying full social security contributions for staff who work abroad.

MORE

Film industry boost with increased relief of up to 80% on cost of movies

By Harry McGee, Political EditorIRISH film making was given a massive boost yesterday when Finance Minister Brian Cowen announced a generous expansion of tax reliefs for the industry.

MORE

Taoiseach commits to maintaining employment standards

By Michael O'Farrell, Political ReporterSOCIAL partnership talks kicked off yesterday with an immediate Government commitment to intervene in a key EU Court of Justice case which threatens to erode employment standards across the EU.

MORE

Hain bids to downplay row over IRA weapons

By Shaun Connolly, Political CorrespondentNORTHERN Secretary Pater Hain last night moved to downplay the row over whether the IRA had held on to weapons, insisting it was not possible to account for every single gun.

MORE

Another Andrews to run for FF

By Harry McGee, Political EditorCHRIS ANDREWS, the son of former MEP Niall Andrews, was last night selected as a Fianna Fáil Dáil candidate for the Dublin South East constituency.

MORE