WHAT’S THE STORY?
1. SOME good-looking figures first: pharmaceutical company Alexion will spend €75m creating 200 jobs in Blanchardstown in Dublin over the next two years, while Ryanair will also create 200. (Here, have some fireworks.)
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2. THE US military is coming to terms with another traumatic shooting on the Fort Hood base where a 2009 shooting rampage took place. Yesterday, an Iraq veteran who was possibly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder killed three people and wounded 16 before turning the gun on himself.
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3. ANGELA Kerins, the newly retired CEO of the Rehab group, hasn’t finished with her trips to Leinster House yet – the Public Accounts Committee said that she and the CEO who came before her, Frank Flannery, are “absolutely” expected to appear in front of them – and will be sent a “stiff reminder”. So there.
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4. WHAT’S that in the air? Ireland is on watch for air quality issues – caused by a mix of that pesky Saharan dust and other emissions – which have elevated air pollution in the UK in the last few days.
5. ENDA Kenny already regrets his ‘call me anytime’ remark – made during the jolly, St Patrick’s Day festivities in the US. Today, he rolled back on the open invitation:
“Christ, I’m getting phone calls from Adelaide and New Zealand and everywhere,” he said to much laughter. “Some of them are not what you might expect. They are not all about industry.”