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Signs to be erected at Kerry‘s Lough Lein warning of algae

Kerry County Council is to erect warning signs, because blue-green algae has appeared over the past number of days in Killarney’s largest lake, Lough Lein. On its social media site, the Trout Anglers’ Federation of Ireland (TAFI) reported the outbreak, with pictures of the algae on the major angling and tourist pleasure lake, which is considered the jewel in the […]

Offering HPV vaccine to boys ‘only right’

Offering men the same protection against cancer-causing HPV as women is a matter of justice, the Irish Cancer Society says. The society welcomed the Health Information and Quality Authority’s (Hiqa) draft report on extending the HPV vaccination programme to boys. Ensuring justice and non-discrimination must be at the centre of any decision to offer the vaccine to boys, it said. […]

Government can’t treat homeless data as ‘business as usual’

Homeless charities have warned that the latest figures showing yet another new record number of homeless people in the country cannot be treated as “business as usual”. Statistics published by the Department of Housing showed that, in June, there were 9,872 people homeless, including 3,824 children. It represents a slight increase on the corresponding figure for May which showed 9,846 […]

Judicial review of Ringaskiddy incinerator granted

Environmental campaigners opposed to plans for a €160m incinerator in Cork Harbour have been given leave to mount a legal challenge to the proposed plant. The High Court has cleared the way for Chase (Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment) to launch a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission to the controversial Indaver Ireland […]

Teacher unions to be consulted on solving recruitment problems

Teacher unions will be consulted by a steering group examining ways to deal with the problems schools face in recruiting teachers, the Department of Education has promised. It was responding to criticism this week from the Irish National Teachers’ Union (INTO) that its requests to meet the steering group established by Education Minister Richard Bruton have been ignored. The department […]