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CITY SCHOOL TO PAY COMPENSATION FOR AGE DISCRIMINATION

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Date Published: 05-Mar-2008

A woman who believed her application for a job as principal at a city school was not taken seriously because of her age has been awarded 10,000 euro compensation.

The Equality tribunal yesterday ordered Mercy Mean Scoil Mhuire pay Mary Frances O Conghaile on the grounds that she had been discriminated against because of her age.

Mary Frances O Conghaile was 58 when she applied for the job at Mean Scoil Mhuire four years ago.

Today’s Irish Independent reports she claimed she was asked ‘why she was applying for the job at this time in her life’

The school alleged the question was ‘why do you feel at this stage of your career you’re the most suitable candidate’ for the job.

Yesterday an equality officer said the school’s questions could have a different meaning for each candidate depending on the stage of their career.

The officer also said that the school’s limited notes from the interview made it difficult for them to argue against the claim.

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.

It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.

Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores

This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.

However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.

That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.

The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.

He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.

Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.

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