Jan 12: 950 redundancies at Ulster Bank
Thursday, 12 January 2012

Ulster Bank today announced that it will be making 950 staff redundant by the end of the year. Just over 350 jobs will be lost in the North and almost 600 will go in the South. Details of the package on offer have yet to be announced but the bank has said that compulsory redundancies will come into play if sufficient volunteers fail to come forward.

Quinn back down on proposed cutbacks

Proposals to reduce the number of teachers in DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) designated schools. The schools in question are in what are generally described as deprived areas where it was believed that additional teachers would have a big impact of the outcomes of pupils who otherwise might drop out or underachieve, and go on to become a burden on society.  

Man murdered in Comber, Co. Down

A local man was found shot dead in his car in the Comber area of Co. Down shortly after 9:00pm yesterday. The victim has been named as Philip Strickland (36). There were reports of shouting from the area where the car was found and then of a number of cars leaving the scene.

PSNI officers investigating the murder have today arrested three men, aged 54, 26 and 25.

Gardaí find missing man and three children

For more than two hours yesterday news bulletins focused on the search for a man who took his three children from school in Co. Wicklow against the wishes of school staff. Gardaí issued an alert seeking information about a particular car and more than two hours later reported that it had been located. The man did try to evade gardaí but crashed in the village of Rathnew. No one was injured and the man was arrested.

In issuing the alert gardaí seemed to be concerned for the welfare of the man as well as the children.

Man serving manslaughter sentence now on trial for murder

Jonathan Dunne (26), from the Crumlin area of Dublin, today went on trial for the murder of his friend. Dunne was jailed for 12 years in May 2008 after he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Ian Kenny in July 2007. Mr Kenny was left in a vegetative state and died more than two years after being shot.

€100k stolen in Cork

Around €100k was stolen from two cash-in-transit employees as they were about to fill an ATM in Carragaline, Co. Cork yesterday. The incident occurred at around 4:30pm after the cash-in-transit van pulled into a service station on Carr's Hill. Shortly after the security staff had taken the cash into building, two men wearing balaclavas and armed with sawn-off shotguns followed. The security staff were threatened, the cash taken and the two gunmen escaped in a black Saab car which was later found burnt out at Ballincollig.

Today's Papers

Both the Irish times and the Irish Independent lead with the loss of jobs at Ulster Bank, though both had to go to press before the final figure was announced. The Irish Times has "Up to 900 jobs under threat as Ulster Bank to cut costs" while the Irish Independent goes with "Thousands face axe in bank jobs bloodbath". The Irish Examiner stays with the story of the letters to pensioners and has the headline "Revenue chairwoman apologises for pensions letter fiasco".

The Irish News headline reads "Sex-offending priests are still paid by the church".

The Weather in Moville

It has been a beautiful, bright, sunny morning. Perfect for a 6km round trip walk along the coastal path towards Greencastle. Temperature 10C.

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