Tuesday 21 November 2017

Worker exodus set to hit 6,500

The number of State workers expected to take early retirement from next month is now more than 6,500.

The mass exodus is expected to cause major disruption to several services with schools likely to be worst hit by the departure of teachers in the middle of the school year.

New arrest in phone hacking

British police investigating tabloid phone hacking arrested a long-serving former assistant to ex-News Of The World editor Rebekah Brooks and other executives at Rupert Murdoch's News International group.

Police said the 47-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice and then released on police bail to return for more questioning later this month.

Officers said the woman was detained at her home and taken to a police station in Essex, east of London, but did not confirm her name.

Work starting on oil clearance

Work is beginning today to take thousands of tonnes of oil off a damaged tanker at Belfast Lough.

After delays due to bad weather, the transfer of 54,304 tonnes of Vacuum Gas Oil from the Genmar Companion is expected to take between 24 and 36 hours.

The operation was launched after a crack was spotted on the ship's upper deck.

Tugs are helping to bring it alongside the tanker BW Seine to offload the cargo.

The task should have started on Monday but was hit by delays due to the stormy weather conditions.

¤18m funds for road upgrade

Funding has been approved for the €18m upgrade of a busy Dublin road -- Pottery Road in Deansgrange.

Local TD Mary Mitchell O'Connor said the works will make a huge difference to people who use the road on a daily basis.

"For years we have received empty promises about upgrade works for Pottery Road. The route has been in a sub-standard condition for some time, due to poor road alignment, high traffic volumes and the high number of heavy good vehicles that use the road on a daily basis."

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