Jobs are being shed at organisations in Co Cork which aid rural development because they still haven’t received funding from central government and there’s fears that many worthy projects will also be put on hold as a result.
It was on one level somewhat appropriate that Environment Minister Alan Kelly was absent when the issue of the deplorable state of affairs surrounding the 900 residents who occupy 298 apartments in the Longboat Quay development was raised in the Dáil.
Enda Kenny’s two-day visit to Atlanta cost us €4,300 for a chauffeur, while Europe Minister Dara Murphy commandeered a squad car, and the time and services of two gardaí, to drive him 214 miles to Dublin Airport, writes
A meeting of members of the Irish Property Owners Association (IPOA) in Cork in recent days drew a capacity attendance and denounced a number of government measures. We heard that rent control or certainty cannot be reintroduced in Ireland as a viable solution to the housing situation.
Paddy Burns’s letter (Irish Examiner, February 13), ‘Bishops should open churches to homeless’, suggests that homelessness would be solved if people bedded-down on church floors, gawking up at rich frescoes of St Raphael, marble columns, and ornate ceilings, amid the gold leaf and marble of the country’s stunning and sacred churches, while leaving behind empty beer cans and drug paraphernalia.