Archive for September 2011
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Deputy Noel Harrington:
I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle for selecting this very topical issue for debate in the Chamber regarding the possibility of inserting a branching unit to Cork on a new tier 1 express cable or broadband cable which it is planned by an investment consortium to lay between the United States and the United Kingdom, and to Europe. In the coming days we have a chance to make a decision on whether the south west region can connect to this tier 1 cable which is significantly important for the future development of the economy not just in Cork but the entire region.
JobBridge NATIONAL INTERNSHIP SCHEME
JobBridge is a new National Internship Scheme that will provide work experience placements for interns for a 6 or 9 month period.
Cork County Council has a number of Internship placements available at present.
Interns will receive an allowance of €50 per week on top of their existing social welfare entitlement. This will be payable for the period of the Internship. Commencement on the Internship is dependent on the Department of Social Protection confirming the individual’s eligibility. Please refer to www.jobbridge.ie for information on participant eligibility and details of Internships.
THE new €1.8 million footbridge onto the Mizen Head in Co Cork is in line for a number of prestigious awards.
It has been shortlisted for a heritage award by the Institute of Structural Engineers, headquartered in Westminster, London.
County engineer Noel O’Keeffe hopes the Westminster connection is a good omen. “The original bridge, completed in 1909, was designed by Noel Ridley and built by Alfred Thorne & company. Both were based in Westminster at the time. The original bridge cost £1,272 to construct,” Mr O’Keeffe said.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D., today [Thursday] welcomed the latest figures from the CSO which show services exports in the first half of 2011 up 8.4% on the first half of 2010.
This data shows that Ireland’s services exports for the second quarter of 2011 reached a new quarterly record of nearly €20bn (€19.888bn) representing an increase of 7.3% on the same quarter in 2010.