KILKENNY -- The lead story of the Easter Weekend Kilkenny People reports "90 of the 110 workers in the Dublin headquarters of the Health and Safety Authority said they would not want to relocate to Thomastown." The move of the agency is part of the Iirsh government's decentralisation plans.
Other front page headlines:
- "Soldiers head for Kosovo." A Kilkenny father and son are among the 32 Irish soldiers sent to Kosovo.
- "Teachers vote for industrial action at city school." Staff at the beleagured Kilkenny City Vocational School want to walk in disputes with management. Their action affects 370 students.
- "Killer caught in Kilkenny." Alan Murray had been released in the care of a female chaplain but disappeared for the weekend in Kilkenny city.
Seven other items merit front page coverage.
- Shopping centre war. The McDonagh Junction centre may get planning permission but that does not thrill competitors.
- Your views on Easter--most interviewed think "Easter eggs." Reporter Edwina Grace actually has insightful tips on surviving the Irish club scene in the post-smoking era. Big tip: do not sit below rows of lads seated on bar stools. They emit aroma du flatulence.
- "Bob Geldorf for Kilkenny." He plays in Nowlan Park on July 18th, along with James Taylor.
- "Death Row." People crossing Dean Street are taking their lives into their hands. Emm, they could cross at the traffic signal, located downhill no more than 50m away. The largest picture on the front page was snapped in Dean Street--of a boy leading his horse down the street.
- "Iraqi torture. Hassan lives in Kilkenny today, having survived Saddam's torture chambers three years ago. His story featured in a day-long Dochas conference held last week in Kilkenny.
- "Formal planning has started on a EUR 350m scheme that will bring bypasses to Johnstown, Urlingford, Littleton and Horse and Jockey." Ruth Maher did some of the graphics in the newspaper report.
- "Football fever." Too many fixtures are set for the weekend, translating into traffic congestion.
The only editorial in this week's edition concerns St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny city. The editorial echoes concerns raised by letter writers on the heels of last week's front page item that speculated on reduced hospital care in the local facility.
Information gleaned from Kilkenny People print edition of April 9, 2004.
Dochas is the umbrella organisation of Irish Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) involved in development and relief overseas and/or in the provision of development .