Saturday 20 January 2018

Budget cuts to hit Ballymun

Work on reinventing Ballymun may grind to a halt over spending cuts.

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said he could not reassure anyone that money would be available to complete the regeneration of the north Dublin area.

More than e800m from the public purse has already been poured into pulling down the infamous flats, which became symbols of social deprivation and drug abuse, and rehousing the residents in new developments.

Another e200m is needed to complete the masterplan.

Union calls off BoSI strike

Trade union leaders called off a strike by 600 Bank of Scotland (Ireland) workers after being invited for talks.

Unite said it had deferred industrial action over the wind-down of the company after the bank's chief executive, Joe Higgins, contacted the union directly.

Union official Brian Gallagher said last night: "We retain the mandate for action and will bring this to the negotiating table."

Some 94pc of office staff had voted to take action over plans to lay off hundreds and wind down the business.

No10 party for Thatcher's 85th

Margaret Thatcher returned to 10 Downing Street for British Prime Minister David Cameron's party to celebrate her 85th birthday.

About 150 friends, colleagues and acolytes were expected to attend the event.

The event was announced by the prime minister to the Conservative Party conference last week, when he was cheered by delegates for hailing Mrs Thatcher "the greatest peacetime prime minister of the 20th century".

Urine test for prostate cancer

A protein found in urine could lead to a "powerful" new test for prostate cancer, it has been revealed.

The protein, called MSMB, is present at reduced levels in men with the disease.

Levels also appear to be affected by tumour aggressiveness.

The discovery could pave the way to the first useful urine test for prostate cancer. Currently doctors rely on blood tests to assess the risk and progress of the disease.

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