WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Council overpays 1.2 million euro to firefighters Facebook Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR It has emerges that Donegal Council has paid €1.2 million to 159 members of the county’s fire service due to an administrative error.Firefighters who are employed by the council, are normally paid about €8,000 on a quarterly basis but some workers received up to three times their normal salary when they checked their payslips last Friday.It is understood at least one person was paid as much as €24,000, while payments of €16,000 each were also believed to have been made to members of the fire service for three months’ work.In a statement, the council’s finance department said that an error occurred in the processing of payroll for staff remunerated on a quarterly basis during the week ending Friday, March 26th.“A total of 159 such staff are included in this payroll run. This error is specific to this category of staff, and does not affect any other groups.”The council says it is working in conjunction with software providers to rectify the error, and will then make the necessary corrections. Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – March 31, 2010 Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Newsx Adverts Previous articleMedisize strike action could escalateNext articleSigns that housing market is approaching stability News Highland
A collective programme for UK pension funds to invest in infrastructure has reached a milestone as its second investment proposition received £131m (€182m) in commitments after its first round of raising.The Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP), organised and hosted by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), has now raised more than £600m from pension schemes for UK infrastructure projects.The platform’s addition of a solar investment was announced in February, managed by Aviva Investors, which joins Dalmore Capital as the PIP’s external managers.Investors in the Aviva fund include the £15.5bn Strathclyde Pension Fund, which announced a commitment of £20m in a meeting last month, alongside other Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) and private sector defined benefit schemes. The fund is said to provide inflation-linked cashflows by investing in small-scale solar panel installations in the UK, and will provide a quarterly income to investors.Mike Weston, the PIP’s chief executive, said raising £131m in four months demonstrated the appetite for core infrastructure assets from UK pension funds.“It is also further evidence of the progress PIP is making in delivering a range of infrastructure investment opportunities tailored to the specific needs of UK pension schemes,” he added.The PIP was set up by the NAPF on a ‘for pension funds, by pension funds’ basis and began investing in public/private partnership (PPP) equity last year via Dalmore Capital.It operates on a not-for-profit basis and currently uses two external managers to invest pension fund capital into UK infrastructure projects.Dalmore has more than £500m in commitments in its PPP Equity PIP fund, from more than 10 UK pension funds brought in via the NAPF’s work.The new Aviva fund will soft close at the current level but continue raising up to £250m until the autumn.Matthew Graham, a business development director at Aviva Investors, said: “Since it was announced, this fund has attracted strong investor interest. “The proposition in infrastructure has been designed to respond to client needs, offering long-term, secure, inflation-linked income that can provide attractive risk-adjusted returns.”The PIP, which retains its capital target of £2bn, is currently working towards being authorised the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to build up an internal asset management team.The PIP is also set to launch a multi-strategy infrastructure investment fund, which has been already developed by the organisation and will be launched once FCA authorisation is given.Speaking in February, Weston said he expected the PIP to hold a mixture of direct and indirect investments over the long term – using the two external funds as a starting point.