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Posts Tagged ‘ IFA ’

A Year in Brief: Part One

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What a year it’s been; Hitler birthday cakes, mutant rats, and Bob Geldof off to space! To celebrate the end of another 365 days here are some of NIB’s favourite stories of the year.

Kicking off the year in festive spirit a man in Derry was fined after stealing a CCTV camera which “became his friend”. Police found Peter Morrison, 24, drunk and “petting” the camera as they arrived to arrest him. CCTV pets are for life not just for Christmas. Continue reading

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Private Organisations Provide Fodder Relief

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In a response to the recent fodder crisis which has left many farmers across the country fearful for both their animals’ welfare and their finances, a €250,000 fodder fund has been set up by three Irish firms – SuperValu, Kepak and Oliver Carty Ltd, while SuperValu has also offered to take care of the transport of fodder – arriving in Dublin Port – to co-ops around Ireland.

The harsh winter we have experienced over the course of the past few months, and the fact that grass has begun to grow roughly a month later than usual, has meant that farmers have had to purchase extra fodder, leading to a shortage, and driving up the prices of any available supplies, placing extreme pressure – financial and emotional – on farmers who have been doing their utmost to keep their livestock alive and fed.

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News in Brief- McGuinness & Healy Rae Slip Up As C Word Banned From The Dàil

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So last week we were feeling optimistic, this week we find out burglary, extortion and hijacking offences are up 34 per cent. But murder is down! Hurrah! But let’s not dwell . . .

In an online report ’controversial’ politician Michael Healy-Rae has apparently called for rural dwellers to be allowed to own guns to protest themselves. No that wasn’t a typo by News in Brief. But presumably a rather large one online. Else the austerity protests are about to take a nasty turn. Continue reading

Government Penny Pinching May Do More Harm Than Good

covBackbenchers from Fine Gael and Labour have warned of impending trouble within the coalition over the issue of means testing for third level grants. The Government has indicated that proposals regarding the inclusion of assets worth over €750,000 are still being discussed – meaning farms and business assets could now come under scrutiny when applying for education grants. The issue first reared its head last summer and has once more come to the fore this week. Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has argued previously that farmers and the self-employed are not averse to manipulating their incomes to ensure their children receive third level grants. Continue reading

Millien In Contention But Ndo A Doubt For Setanta Semi Final

Sligo Rovers take on Crusaders in the first leg of the Setanta Cup semi-final at Seaview on Monday night.

Rovers qualified for the last four by beating Glentoran 3-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.

Joseph Ndo is a doubt for the game after picking up a foot injury in the 1-1 draw with Derry City last Friday in the Airtricity Premier Division. He will be assessed before the game.

Pascal Millien comes into contention for Ian Baraclough’s squad for the first time.

Baraclough said: “It is a big game for the club as all semi-finals are. I want to come away from the first leg with a strong position even though we’re away from home.

“We’re not going to sit back and defend but we certainly have to be on our mettle because they’ll be similar to Derry last Friday night I think. They’ll play a direct game where there’ll be in our faces and we have to be able to deal with it.”

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