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1. #MICHAELA: A number of PSNI detectives are currently in Mauritius to help with the ongoing investigation into the death of Michaela McAreavy. The detectives, who are helping the local authorities with the murder investigation are expected to stay in the country for a full week.
2. #CROKE PARK II: The government is to revive the incentivised retirement plan used last year to try to encourage public sector workers to take early retirement. Staff who choose to retire before August 2014 will receive pensions and lump sums as it their pay had not been cut.
3. #SOCIAL WELFARE: New figures from the Central Statistics Office have shown that a drop in employment among the migrant population in Ireland has not resulted in a corresponding rise in welfare activity. The Integration Centre said the data “debunks the migrant welfare myth” with some 37 per cent of foreign nationals with new PPS numbers in employment in 2011.
4. #STUDENTS: Six months into the year, around one in seven college students who applied for a third-level maintenance grant are still either without payment or a firm decision on their application. This represents almost 10,000 students across the country with a further 6,859 people who have yet to respond to requests from SUSI to submit further documentation supporting their grants.
5. #OUI MONSIEUR: Police in France have been ordered to speak more politely, in a new code of conduct which takes effect from next month. This means they will now have to use the formal ‘vous’ to address people in every situation, including when speaking with children when they would currently use the informal ‘tu’.