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by Euro Reporter
2008-11-01 09:25:34
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Delays to China trip

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has delayed his visit to China by two days in an attempt to deal with the row over medical cards for people over 70. He was due to leave on a five day official visit. He said the proposal put forward by the Government in the Budget would not go ahead but appealed for time and space in order to find a solution to the problem before January 1st. Speaking on RTÉ's This Week radio programme, Mr. Cowen said: "The present proposal as we enunciated it clearly is not ultimately the proposal that will be decided upon because it does not merit or have the wider public acceptance that it would need to have and I'm addressing those concerns and I think that those that have concerns can be assured of that."

"Secondly, can I say that it was never the intention at any time to introduce this before the 1st January so we have time in which to come up with a creative solution which will address this issue to a greater extent than we've been able to do on the basis of the Budget," he said. However he said any solution "would need to respect the broad parameters and arithmetic of the Budget" "We've had an automatic entitlement which was introduced in 2001 which has escalated very very considerably in terms of cost and we have to weigh up depleting resources, where you've got fewer resources coming in to the State in terms of exchequer returns, and you have to target those in areas of most need in relation to this scheme and that's what we're trying to do," he said.

Hard times for the elderly.


Thieves target Bray fire station

Gardaí in Co Wicklow are searching for thieves targeted a fire station in Bray while the crew were out answering an emergency call last night Several firefighters’ car, together with wallets and other personal items, were taken during the break-in at the fire station. Sinn Féin councilor John Brady urged anyone with the slightest information that could lead to the robbers being unmasked to contact the gardaí.

Councilor Brady said: “This is a despicable and outrageous act. To think that while firemen are out risking their lives on behalf of their community you have scumbags breaking into the fire station and stealing their belongings is beyond belief or comprehension.” Coming just a year after two of the town’s firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty, the robbery represented a new low, he said. The thieves found firemen’s car keys among their belongings and used them to gain access to their vehicles and drive them off.

They really put out a fire!!!


Going for fewer houses

Builder McInerney Holdings expects that the number of houses it completes in Ireland and Britain this year will be less than the 1,175 it forecast two months ago. The group, which specializes in providing new homes for first-time buyers and for the affordable housing market, said in a trading statement yesterday that negative consumer sentiment and restricted mortgage availability continued to curtail its prospects.

“Since the group’s first-half results statement on August 28th, 2008, the deteriorating international financial and economic conditions have further delayed recovery in both the Irish and UK housing markets,” McInerney said. The group said sales in Ireland and Britain were at low but steady levels, while it was getting results from cutting its prices.

With all the stock market crisis started from housing conscience is one thing!

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