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Friday, 21 February 2014


Political pressure continues to mount on under fire Justice Minister Alan Shatter as a result of allegations that he failed to act on a file sent to him by a Garda whistleblower two years ago.

According to one writer:

Mr Shatter stands accused of protecting a powerful institution, in this case An Garda Siochana and its occasionally fractious Commissioner Martin Callinan.

Alan Shatter at the Family Law Symposium in October 1987.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is now considering documentation handed to him by Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin which may yet prove fatal for the career of Alan Shatter.

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Health Hike

Aviva Health Insurance is to increase its health premium by almost 13% from March. The company has blamed the rise on factors such as the change in the cost of a public health bed.

Alison Burns, the CEO said that:

The Government and the industry need to work together to find ways of keeping young people in the market. Unless we have young and healthy members to share the cost of the higher claims of older members, premiums will continue to rise.

With Health Minister James Reily under fire for the poor state of the country's public health system, any influx of patients no longer able to afford insurance in the private sector is likely to add to the government's woes.

12 June 1961
 Princess Grace of Monaco visits Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children,
Crumlin, where she chatted with patients and parents, and helped to
distribute some 500 boxes of chocolates as gifts throughout the wards.

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Monday, 17 February 2014

Weather Woes

For much of last week Ireland was battered by hurricane type weather conditions as emergency services battled to maintain control and ensure safety. It was small consolation however to learn from Met Eireann that what the country was subject to last week was not the worst storm on record. That dubious distinction belongs to "the night of the big wind" in January 1839.

The government has set aside funds of €70, 000 to combat the worst effects of the weather onslaught.

Aftermath of Hurricane Charley in Dublin in August 1986

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Racing World Grieves Lucy Stack

The Irish horse racing world has been left in a state of shock by the death of well known trainer Lucy Stack. Ms Stack aged 28 took her own life. As one half of racing's 'golden couple' with her husband the trainer, Fozzy Stack, Lucy said in a letter read out at her funeral service that 'no call could have changed this. No chats over wine.'

Lucy Stack had bred the prolific US miler, Clenor.

Ms Stack's funeral took place in West Meath.

27 January 1962 the Selbridge Handicap at Naas

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Monday, 10 February 2014

Sochi Winter Olympics 2014

The Winter Olympics got under way in Sochi, Russia amidst much controversy about the state of many hotels in the town. A posses of journaliststhere to cover the events complained that their accomdation was not fit for purpose due to the unfinished state of construuction work.

Ireland has five atheletes competing in the events.

Irish Olympic Boxers leave for Rome 20 August 1960

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