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Monday, 09 January 2012


Taoiseach Enda Kenny was in Westport this morning to announce that Allergan plans to increase its local workforce by 200 to bring the total to over 1,000. The pharmaceutical giant will invest €270m in a new Botox facility, creating around 250 jobs in the construction phase. It will be four years before all 200 production jobs come on stream.

Demand for Botox is increasing as, in addition to its cosmetic use, it is being increasingly recognised as an effective treatment for a number of medical conditions, including migraine and urinary problems

Accenture to recruit 100 additional staff

Accenture announced today that it plans to recruit a further 100 technology consultants, some will be recently qualified graduates and some will have industry experience. Successful applicants will be assigned to a number of locations around the country.

The international management consultancy, which employs 1,300 staff in Ireland, also recently announced 100 new positions at a new research and innovation centre.

Revenue help lines remain open for pensioners

The question of whether the Government or Revenue could or should have been more discreet in informing some 115,000 pensioners that they faced increased tax bills in 2012 continues to create controversy.

Revenue is again assigning additional staff to deal with telephone queries from pensioners who have concerns about their tax affairs. Some 200 staff, who were brought in on Saturday to answer calls, were always dealing with a backlog of calls.

The Government is washing its hands of all blame saying that it was up to Revenue to decide how best to deal with the issue after it learned that many pensioners were not declaring their State pension for tax purposes. No one seems to accept that it is not possible to inform 115,000 people that they have been underpaying their tax without upsetting most of them and creating fear in others who are tax compliant.

Garda investigations into Dublin deaths continue

The 29-year-old man, arrested in connection with Saturday's murder of Edward Boylan (74) at a Dublin City Council retirement complex in Kimmage, has had his period of detention extended. It seems that this was not a random attack nor was robbery the motive. The assailant and victim were thought to be known to each other.

Following the discovery of skeletal remains in the Dublin Mountains yesterday the surrounding area is being examined for clothes or other belongings that might provide some clue as to the identity of the victim. The remains will also be subject to detailed examination later today. At this stage there is no indication as to the sex or age of the victim. It is thought, however, that the person died within the last few years which makes it unlikely that the remains are those of one of a number of women who disappeared in the 1990s. It is more probable that the victim was murdered by Dublin criminal gang

Litter problem largely under control

The latest results of the survey undertaken on behalf of Irish Business Against Litter shows that 38 of the towns covered were rated as ‘Litter Free'. A further nine were described as ‘Moderately Littered' and four as ‘Littered'. That left the Knocknaheeny area of Cork city and Dublin's North Inner City being tagged as "Litter Blackspots'.

Emirates service to Dubai opens today

The Emirates airline's service daily service to Dubai has commenced today. Bookings for the next six months are said to be strong and a larger aircraft may be put on the route.

Ballad singer Bridie Gallagher dies aged 87

Bridie Gallagher, who once delighted audiences around the world with her renditions of Irish ballads, has died a the age of 87. "The Girl from Donegal" was at her most popular in the 1950s but her career continued for decades.

Today's Papers

The Irish Times leads with the fall-out from pensioners' tax liability, with "Revenue officials face questioning on letters to pensioners", while the Irish Independent focuses on the murder of Eddie Boylan in Dublin, under the headline "Pensioner's killer bought lighter fuel to burn body". The Irish Examiner headline, "20% of people in homeless shelters have jobs", looks at the inability of some workers to pay rent.

The Irish News has a good news story on its front page, with "Approval for bone marrow op gives Patrick (7) hope".

The Weather in Galway

After overnight rain the day is dry and mild with some small breaks in the cloud cover. Temperature 10C.




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