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Dublin City Council has found itself in hot water after offering staff a corporate discount at a private gym while three city pools face the chop.
The email, which was sent to the council's general staff list, pointed out that staff could join Total Fitness gym at a discount -- and better rates would be given if more staff signed up.
Campaigners who have been fighting all year to save three of Dublin's swimming pools -- in Coolock, Crumlin, and Sean McDermott Street -- have branded the email "appalling".
A spokesperson for the Save Our Swimming Pool campaign, Gerry McGuigan, said: "I'm disgusted with it. They should be promoting their own local facilities and helping them to be maintained.
The oldest retired member of the Oireachtas, 95-year-old Seamus Dolan , died on Tuesday, and was older than the modern Irish Free State itself.
Mr Dolan was a lifelong supporter of Fianna Fail who served them in every forum to which he could get elected, serving the party both in the Senate and Dail.
He was a TD for Cavan from 1961 to 1965 ; a Senator from 1965 to 1969, and again until 1973.
In 1977, he was elected cathoirleach of the Senate, and he served as chairman of the upper house until 1981.
He was born in 1914 in Blacklion, Co Fermanagh, and was a national school teacher and a farmer before going into politics. He was a passionate advocate of the Irish language all of his life.
(Source:Cork Student News.com)
Frontline healthcare workers at Galway University Hospitals (GUH) could begin strike action in just two weeks as parties resume talks at Merlin Park they still at loggerheads over planned health service cuts.
Trade Union SIPTU has indicated that communication from the Health Service Executive (HSE) in advance of talks suggested that management was unlikely to retreat from its plan to terminate the contracts of 1,000 frontline staff in the HSE West region.
Failure of the Labour Relations Commission talks would result in a ballot of trade union members in seven days and strike action could take place in the two Galway hospitals within as little as a fortnight, according to a SIPTU spokesperson.
Union representatives described the seven-hour negotiations that took place last week as “very frustrating” and said that a consensus was unlikely to be reached upon the resumption of talks suggesting only political intervention from the highest level could prevent industrial action.
A controversial project to reintroduce eagles to Killarney National Park is continuing, despite the illegal poisoning of some of the birds.
Nine white-tailed sea eaglets were released in the park and a further 13 will be let go next week from hillside cages overlooking the world-famous Lakes of Killarney.
So far, 64 white-tailed eagles have been released in Killarney, 14 of which have died including seven from poisoning.
This year, 11 protected birds of prey, including three kites, three white-tailed eagles, a golden eagle, three buzzards and a peregrine falcon, have been confirmed poisoned in the Republic.
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That judge should come into the 21st century. Such an idiotic comment She should be a judge on the Rose of Tralee or Spain has got Talent!Order praised for delaying parade
These people are retarded !New Northern Ireland flag is not an option, loyalists tell Richard Haass
The loyalist/unionist/queen kissers have a flag , its a WHITE ONE ! Maybe adams & McGinness can hold it for them !DUP would back limited immunity if sought by victims
Their will never be immunity until england leaves