The Department of Defence has been embroiled in further allegations that it failed to provide necessary paperwork for clearance into a foreign country after claims emerged that an Air Corps plane was prevented from entering Swedish airspace. The plane barely had sufficient fuel for the return trip to Ireland.
WHAT have the Chinese ever done for us? Well, aside from being a cradle of civilisation, having the largest population in the world as well as being the world’s fastest growing economy, it has given us paper and printing, noodles, gunpowder, the compass, the coffin, the rowing oar, Beijing Duck, acupuncture, the banknote, the bristle toothbrush, alcohol, toilet paper, the hand grenade, tea, and the restaurant menu, among other things.
There was a time not so long ago when it was feared — with some reasonable justification — that Volvo was about to disappear down the same hatch that swallowed whole its’ fellow Swedish manufacturer Saab, writes Declan Colley