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Sufferers of asbestos-related cancer who cannot trace those liable to pay compensation can now access a government support fund – but only if they have been diagnosed with the deadly condition within the past week. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of internal organs, notably the lungs, and almost always arises from exposure to asbestos.
On Wednesday (July 25) U.K. Welfare Minister Lord Freud announced that victims will benefit from approximately $465m in payments over the next 10 years.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]
The deliberate burning of a 40-foot truck loaded with cubes of fuel-laundering waste has been slammed by the local community. Residents of the Castleblaney Road in Newtownhamilton are also angry that the trailer had been dumped there almost four weeks before the arson attack in the early hours of July 26.
Two fire crews from Newtownhamilton and one from Crossmaglen attended the “protracted incident” at 1 a.m. on Thursday morning and eventually managed to bring the blaze under control.
People living nearby reported that the dumped vehicle was due to be removed from the area by the Environmental Health Agency the following day.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]
A generous local man who turned $3.65 into $334,657 wants to share his Lotto success with the shop assistant who sold him the winning ticket.
The mystery EuroMillions winner, who pocketed the hefty prize in the draw on July 27, dropped into Costcutter’s, Tullow Road the following day to share a piece of his winnings with shop assistant Brendan Delaney.
“We don’t really know who he is. He just came in looking for Brendan and said he was going to give him a bit of money. I think he was still in shock,” said store manager Jason McSteen.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]
Sean Quinn's daughter fears that the appointment of receivers to the assets of the Quinn children could damage the family's chances of getting their day in court, despite last Monday (July 30) having their living expenses granted. She made the comments at a rally in Ballyconnell the previous day at which 4,000-plus people turned up in support of the Quinns.
Receivers had been appointed to the assets of the Quinn children before last Tuesday’s High Court ruling on the families' living expenses.
The court approved the payment of monthly living expenses totaling almost $36,500 to the five Quinns and to three spouses.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]
Parents in Clare are approaching St. Vincent de Paul in record numbers in an effort to manage back-to-school costs.
The traditionally quiet months of June and July have been busier than ever for the charity this year as families struggle with the cost of free education. Parents estimate they will spend $594 for each child attending primary school and $756 for a secondary school child, according to research published this week by the National Consumer Agency. The research also found that this year, 78% of parents are more concerned about back-to-school costs than last year.
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