The new owners of the country’s only oil refinery, Whitegate, Co Cork, have confirmed it is their “full intention” to run the facility as an operating refinery over the long-term and maintain its entire workforce of close to 300 employees.
Irish Water is expected to announce that less than half have paid water charges;Cork camogie captain urges others not to hide their feelings; Paul O’Connell has explained that there was no option but to call time on his Ireland career; Alexis Tsipras is facing a revolt in his left-wing party.
It proved a miserable weekend for Cratloe GAA fans. Their talisman Podge Collins suffered a serious knee injury and their side, the county senior hurling champions, were defeated by Ballyea, in the first game of their title defence at Cusack Park on Saturday.
With the proposed closure of the Whitegate Oil Refinery, there is in the opinion of many people an urgent need for Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte to set up a task force to examine the upgrading of the refinery to ensure the livelihood of the current 350-plus Cork employees and contractors and in the interests of the motoring public.
The Department of Communication, Energy and Natural Resources report into oil refineries was commissioned well in advance of the expiry of Whitegate’s oil refining obligation in 2016 and yet recommends that the department find out what the ConocoPhilips intends to do with their Irish unit, which they have already put up for sale.