Election Gimmicks in week one

Echoing the Little Red Book of the Great Helmsman, this week saw the launch of the “Little Green Book”, the PD's plan for “driving a clean economy”, delivered by Michael McDowell from the back of biofuel truck in Merrion Square.

No facilities for Bray's world champion boxer

World champion and two-time European champion lightweight boxer, Katie Taylor, must train in the kitchen of her parents' home due to lack of facilities in her native Bray. Her father and trainer, Pete Taylor, said that while Katie is fortunate to be able to train at home, 58 other boxers in St Fergal's Boxing Club have no facilities.

Lula: Broadening Brazil's hopes

Re-elected in October 2006, Brazilian president Luiz Inacaio "Lula" da Silva has announced his new growth plan which allows for an investment of 511bn Brazilian reals, or €184bn, over his four-year term. This investment is the same as the amount planned for Ireland's newly-announced National Development Plan.

Call to publish Bus Eireann crash report

Wexford Fine Gael TD Paul Keogh has called for the publication of a Bus Éireann report into a bus crash in Waterford city in 2004. The crash resulted in 18 people being injured when one bus hit another, then mounted the footpath, narrowly missing a busy bus stop. At the time the driver reported a "power surge" as the reason for the crash.