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Thousands attend Bray Air Show to see RAF Red Arrows
A crowd of over 90,000 made their way to a north Wicklow seafront at the weekend to witness the British Red Arrows at Bray Air Display.
The display is now in its 11th year, and the Irish Defence Forces parachute team and Italian Frecce Tricolori crew also took part.They were joined by planes and pilots from Sweden, France and the UK, and as always there was a strong Irish contingent among the performers.
“This is the first time in the event’s 11-year history that the Red Arrows have performed and we are thrilled to have them here,” said Bray Air Display director Sé Pardy.
Nathan Carter serenades dying mother
Nathan Carter granted a dying woman’s wish when he serenaded her on her death bed two days before she passed away.
The Irish country singer found out Máire Jackman was a huge fan and couldn’t attend his concert as she was too ill in the final stages of cancer. According to the Sunday World Nathan sang Good Morning Beautiful to the 49- year-old. She was mother to Orla,19, Aine, 13 and Oisín ,15.
“She went viral on Facebook with her photos with you and she was delighted because she used to mess with Oisín asking how many likes he got on his profile picture,” Orla told Nathan. “The joke was that she had officially got more than Oisín with your visit.”
“She really was a great lady who was loved by many. Thank you so much once again, you really did make a very sick lady’s day,” she added.
Woman stopped at Belfast airport for ‘looking foreign’
A woman who stopped by an immigration officer at Belfast City Airport, allegedly on the basis that she “looked foreign”, has received £2,000 from the Home Office. Her case, which was supported by the Equality Commission, was settled out of court with no admission of liability. She was singled out because she is black and claimed that the officer told her she “looked foreign and not from here”.
The woman, who did not wish to be publicly identified, has been in the UK for 16 years and holds a British passport. She was dropping her mother-in-law off at the time of the incident when she was approached by the officer and asked to provide identification. The officer asked for details about her mother-in-law and a friend who had driven them to the airport, before checking her immigration status over a radio link.
After the case, the woman said: “I was doing what many other people do without incident – dropping off my relative for her flight.
“I’ve worked in the UK for 16 years, the most recent two of them in Northern Ireland, and I was really upset by this incident and the way it was handled by the Immigration Service.” She said the experience has had “a negative and unsettling effect” on her entire family. “One of my children has asked me if we now have to carry our passports everywhere with us,” she explained.
The Home Office apologised to the woman for any offence caused.
Ireland best in Europe for Recycling
Irish people are the best in Europe when it comes to recycling electrical goods, according to one of the country’s waste management bodies. The latest annual report from WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Ireland showed that Ireland recycled 13 million electrical items last year – a 15 per cent increase. The WEEE scheme encourages consumers to return electrical items to the store where they bought them.
Last year, Irish retailers collected 15,706 tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment, which accounted for over half of this type of recycling. The increase from 12,370 tonnes means that Ireland now has the highest percentage of take-back from retailers in the European Union. Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland, expressed his delight at the results and was impressed with the response of the Irish people.
“These results are hugely encouraging and show that Irish consumers and retailers alike are well ahead of other European countries when it comes to recycling. “Ireland can proudly say that more than any other EU country we have taken a lead in this area,” he said.
Of the appliances that were recycled last year, the report showed that it included 90,000 fridges and freezers, 600,000 large household appliances, 9 million mixed waste electrical and electronic equipment and 250,000 televisions and monitors. Furthermore, an equivalent to 28 million AA batteries and 3 million lamps were collected for recycling in Ireland in