A total of 167 new jobs are on the way across Counties Cork and Dublin.
RTE News reports that the jobs will fall across the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector, medical technology, financial services and digital media.
Sixty of the jobs will be created by 10gen when they establish their European headquarters in the capital, while Loop1 Systems is to create a further 17 new jobs in Cork. These positions will include sales, customer support and technical and professional services roles.
Cork has also secured a further 70 jobs across two companies, with Whitehouse Analytical Labs choosing the city as the location for its latest expansion, that will see 35 positions come on line.
The remaining 35 positions will come on board at IMSTec GmbH, at a planned new research and manufacturing centre in the City.
Dublin is set to gain 20 new jobs, as PE Lynch, a producer of algorithmic trading software for banks and brokers, is to establish its European headquarters in the city.
Meanwhile, another company, Etsy Inc, an online marketplace for handmade and vintage items, has announced it is to establish a new Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters in Dublin.
The proprietor of Twist soup kitchen in Galway has said the City Council are just being picky, after they asked him to install disabled toilet access as part of new planning conditions.
Galway city Council has written to Oliver Williams to outline changes that must be made before the building on Queen Street fully complies with planning regulations.
Mr Williams told mypurplechair.com that the changes include the provision of a disabled toilet for patrons, removal of external, flashing signage and the installation of an adequate, extraction-ventilation system.
“A disabled toilet is not going to break us and if we have to do it we will do it.
“At least they have not declined us planning. This is a gateway for us to get planning. Although it may be a negative there is a positive side to this also".
The Athenry native said the feedback he was getting from the public on the matter was that the Council was just being picky and in fact bullying the Twist set-up.
City planners were due to make a decision on the change of use of the premises from a garage to a kitchen facility last week. However, this decision has now been further delayed until more details on these three compliance queries are received from Twist.
Williams said although he was yet to receive the physical letter from planners on the matter and heard the news from the media, that if and when he did, he would read it and try and comply with the issues as best he can.
Williams opened Twist in Galway last June. The service provides a hot meal for over 85 people per day.
He also runs similar kitchens in Athlone and Roscommon and has further plans to expand Twist to areas in Sligo, Limerick, Offaly and Dublin.
OVER 400 Leaving Certificate, Biology students from across Munster will have a chance to conduct experiments at the University of Limerick’s state-of-the-art laboratories during this week.
The special event is being organised by the University to give the students an opportunity to conduct many practical experiments that are set on the Leaving Certificate, Biology curriculum.
Today the University hosted a group of over 82 students from Limerick, Tipperary and Galway, who were in attendance to take part in the special practical sessions.
Biology teacher, Sinead Dunne from St Killian’s Secondary School in New Inn, Galway said that this was a great revision opportunity for all students.
“They get to take the practical experiments on the Leaving Certificate syllabus while also taking advantage of UL’s state-of-the-art facilities,” she said.
The teacher also said that it was a great opportunity for students to get an insight into the life of a university student, creating an added impetus to strive and reach their full potential.
The Leaving Certificate, Practical Sessions were first introduced by the Department of Life Sciences at the University eight years ago.
Dr Audrey O’Grady of the Life Sciences department said: “Many biology leaving cert students throughout the country don’t get the opportunity to actually carry out and practice the experiments included in their course work and a lot of secondary school laboratories simply don't have the facilities to allow this.”
“Our life science biology laboratories have the most up-to-date experimental equipment to facilitate in depth research and experimentation. It's a great opportunity for secondary school students to practically engage with the University,” she added.
The biology students will also be given information on UL programmes offered by the Life Sciences Department and the Faculty of Science and Engineering at UL.
Cappamore native, John O'Dea has set a new Irish record in the now popular sport of Christmas tree throwing.
The event took place last weekend in a field outside Ennis in County Clare.
John managed to throw his tree a distance of one metre 20 to set a new Irish record in the event, although it was his first time participating in the sport.
"I saw it last year and i heard an advert on the radio this year and thought i must head down to that for the bit o'craic," John said.
The event, now in its second year was organised jointly by Ennis Town Council and Clare County Council.
The winning throw at this years event was by Scottish contestant Sean Jaffray. However Sean's only just pipped John at the post by a branch length of just 0.3 metres.
All proceeds from the event this year went to the Cystic Fibrosis branch in the county.
Speaking to mypurplechair.com John said that he was "used to throwing strange things from time-to-time".
Last year he won the wellington boot throwing at the Ploughing Championships in New Ross, Co Wexford.
"I threw over 40 meters in New Ross and a couple of years ago i managed 43 metres".
When I asked him if he had any special technique for throwing the Christmas tree he said they were not terribly heavy, but they were a little bit awkward compared to the wellington throwing.
"There's an element of just fire the thing from behind the line and see where it lands," he said.
But he said that competitors can usually develop a unique technique that suits their own individual style.
The world record for throwing a Christmas tree is held by German man, Klaus Pubnaz. He threw a
BUS EIREANN passengers in Limerick could face serious disruption to services from next Sunday if the company’s drivers go ahead with a planned work stoppage.
According to Limerick’s National Executive of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU), Dermot Healy, 92 per-cent of drivers are in favour of industrial action.
Speaking to mypurplechair.com, Mr Healy said that changes could see drivers lose up to €100-€120 per week from their pay, and that they were very unhappy with how they have been treated by management.
“Company management told us that they would not be cutting basic pay of its members. But what they did then was to go ahead and target payments that drivers depend on such as shift allowances, Sunday duty pay and bank holiday pay.”
According to Mr Healy the current mood amongst drivers was not good as they believe that the measures being taken against them are very unfair.
He said drivers were angry that Bus Eireann had gone ahead and bypassed their union on Dec 14, instead writing directly to drivers outlining the list of cuts that would be implemented by next Sunday.
“The company gave us very little time to get a mandate together to discuss what actions we would take. By the time we could get a ballot organised we were into the Christmas period,” Mr Healy said.
The threat of industrial action in the City is part of a nationwide dispute between management, drivers and other Bus Eireann staff over proposed cuts to pay and changes in working conditions in an effort to save the company money.
The company, who recently increased ticket prices on all of their routes by six per-cent, is facing projected losses of €16 million this year.
Bus Eireann have a national staff of around 2,500. Two –thirds of these are employed as drivers.
Other company employees are represented by SIPTU, who will also ballot its members in relation to industrial action.
The General Secretary of the NRBU, Michael Faherty recently said that staff will not be working to the new changes from Sunday and hopes that the company will take this on board.
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