Free school books for primary school students in Budget education package

The State will offer free schoolbooks to all primary school children from next September, under an initiative to be announced as part of tomorrow’s Budget. Education Minister Norma Foley is expected to officially announce the school books plan tomorrow and will also confirm a 1-point reduction in the average pupil-teacher ratio to 23:1.  It will … Read more

Urgent warning as batch of kids’s yoghurts recalled from Irish stores due to health fears

A batch of children’s yoghurts is being recalled from Irish stores due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Glenilen Farm Kids Banana Live Yoghurt was sold in shops around the country. The affected product – pack size: 4x90g – has a use-by date of October 10 and originated in Ireland. The Food Safety Authority of … Read more

Average house price in Ireland now €311,514 – Daft report

According to Daft. ie most recent sales report, housing prices were largely stable between June and September. In the third quarter of this year, the average national listed price was €311,514. That is a 0.1% gain over the second quarter’s average and a 16% decline from the Celtic Tiger peak. The lowest average price was in … Read more

Social Protection Minister seems to rule out €20 increase in social welfare payments

A €20 rise in social welfare payments has been ruled out by minister of social protection Heather Humphreys. According to Social Justice Ireland, a €20 rise “must be part of a suite of targeted measures to support households on fixed incomes” in the Budget 2023. Speaking on RTÉ’s ‘This Week’, Minister Heather Humphreys said agreement hasn’t been … Read more

Bangladesh ferry accident kills 24, dozens missing

The latest waterway tragedy to hit Bangladesh resulted in at least 24 fatalities and scores more missing after a boat full of passengers sank on Sunday. According to Jahurul Islam, the district administration of northern Panchagarh, where the tragedy took place, the bodies that have been found so far included women and children. “The rescue … Read more

Kranthi Ireland launched local Shopping campaign with the slogan “Shop Local Help Own Lives”

Kranthi Ireland, the cultural, and social organisation of people of the Indian diaspora in Ireland, aims to provide a forum where members get to blend with the progressive values of Ireland and its unique tradition and culture of theirs. As we all are well aware Local retailers and shops around us are facing massive challenges … Read more

Up to 300 jobs could be created in Shannon by a new biotech facility

Biotech company MeiraGTx has formally opened its gene therapy manufacturing facility in Shannon. The facility has the potential to create 100 jobs in its current phase, with plans to increase this to 300 over time. Currently, there are 75 people employed at the facility and MeiraGTx is recruiting for positions in engineering, QA, and manufacturing … Read more

Disruption to train services this weekend due to maintenance gets underway

This weekend will see severe disruptions to rail service on a number of routes as planned engineering work begins. Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Portlaoise, Portarlington and Limerick Junction are among the impacted routes, in addition to southside Dart services. Additionally, commuters are informed that on Saturday and Sunday, there will be no dart service between Greystones … Read more

Additional funding for women’s screening services through the Women’s Health Fund

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced an additional €760,000 in funding for screening services through the Women’s Health Fund. The latest allocation from the Women’s Health Fund will see investment in research, innovation, and supports for women in at-risk populations, including: addressing low uptake in BowelScreen for women in at-risk populations piloting a new … Read more

Waterford Malayali Association celebrated Onam, a festival that evokes nostalgia

Onam celebrations for the Waterford Malayali Association (WMA) were spectacularly organized in the Ballygunner GAA Club, bringing nostalgic memories. The event was attended by around 500 individuals. Secretary Anoop John welcomed the ceremony and the Onam message was delivered by Waterford Syro-Malabar Priest Fr. Jomon Kakanat and Waterford Jacobite Parish Priest Fr. Jobi Scaria. President … Read more

Watching TV with your child can help their cognitive development, study suggests

A recent study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, has examined the impact passive screen use has on a young child’s cognitive development. It found screen exposure — whether that be from a TV or mobile device — can be beneficial, depending on the context in which it’s viewed. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth and Paris … Read more

Minister Ryan launches new solar PV grants for businesses, public organisations, and community groups

The Minister for the Environment, Climate, and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has today announced new Government supports of up to €2,400 for the installation of solar PV (photovoltaic) panels – for businesses, public organisations, and community groups. The new grant scheme will be administered by the SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland). Solar PV (photovoltaic) … Read more