Ireland's Eye: What's going on in the old sod this week


Devins said she didn’t know how a newborn could be brought home to such a dwelling, and said if the Health Service Executive called they might find they need to take the children away.

Devins said the new child will have to cope with having their father in jail if the mess was not cleared up by the time of the next court sitting, July 18. Sweeney also has to bring evidence that he is subscribing to a regular bin collection.

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Men Leaving for Work

OVER the past year, the number of men on the live register in Kildare dropped from 12,114 in June 2011 to 11,851 in June 2012, and the number of women on the register increased from 6,897 to 7,169.

According to Teresa Whelan from the Kildare Resource Centers for the Unemployed, less men are availing of their services because they have left the country.

“It’s very simple, the reason that the number of men on the register is falling is because they are emigrating. The Kildare area is experiencing a massive problem with emigration and that is having a bearing on the figures that we are seeing. While there are many couples who are leaving it is primarily men going abroad for work,” she said.

Whelan says that unemployment isn’t discriminating along skill and age lines.

“At our resource centers we are seeing a wide range of people are coming in to us. There are young, medium and old, skilled and unskilled and as well as those who were self-employed and employees in the past,” she said.

The latest statistics show 19,020 people signing on at the county’s three social welfare centers, an increase of 720 on the previous month.

Kildare Nationalist

Smoking Decrease
IRISH people are smoking less and younger adults are not buying cigarettes as frequently as their parents.

Research has shown that the average smoker reduced their intake by two cigarettes a day in 2010 compared to the previous 12 months.

The smokers’ survey, conducted by the Revenue Commissioners, showed those under the age of 25 who do smoke are more likely to stub out less than 10 times a day. By contrast, the majority of older people smoke 11 or more cigarettes every 24 hours.

When the research was carried out in 2008, Irish smokers were lighting up 17.74 times a day.  This fell slightly when the same survey was done, with a bigger sample, in 2009.  And by 2010, the average daily rate had dropped to 15.47.

Face-to-face interviews showed that 29% of Irish smokers paid more than 8.51 per packet, which was before the most recent duty increase imposed by Finance Minister Michael Noonan late last year.

The Revenue Commissioners believe its own studies, coupled with similar research, support the view that the habit is slowly dying out.  It said statisticians would have to revise the way they estimate overall cigarette use in Ireland to reflect the declining trend in average consumption per smoker.

"Data from the Office of Tobacco Control [OTC] prevalence tracker suggests that smoking prevalence rates have declined in recent years," it said.  "In addition, results from this current wave of illegal cigarettes research and from the OTC smoking prevalence tracker indicate that smokers are smoking fewer cigarettes than before."

According to the Revenue survey, Irish men were still smoking more than women by an average of 1.5 cigarettes a day.  The proportion of male heavy smokers (who consumed 21 or more a day) was far greater than women at 13% compared with 5%.

However, the bad habits appeared to be phasing out among the younger generation.  Those aged between 18-24 had smoked five less a day (12.39) than those who were between 45 and 54.

Irish Examiner