Dutch news in brief, 17 March 2006

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St Patrick's Day in Utrecht, Utrecht goes green on Saturday as the Irish in the Netherlands celebrate St Patrick's Day (17 March). St Patrick himself arrives by train to the rail museum (het Spoorwegmuseum) at 11am. The organisers say the event is for all the family and people of all nationalities. There will be music, Irish dancing, products from the Green Isle and a cultural programme centred on writer Samuel Beckett. Click here for details.

St Patrick's Day in Utrecht

Utrecht goes green on Saturday as the Irish in the Netherlands celebrate St Patrick's Day (17 March). St Patrick himself arrives by train to the rail museum (het Spoorwegmuseum) at 11am. The organisers say the event is for all the family and people of all nationalities. There will be music, Irish dancing, products from the Green Isle and a cultural programme centred on writer Samuel Beckett. Click here for details.

Prosecution following drowning

Justice officers announced on Friday that the Sportiom swimming paradise in Den Bosch and a pool attendant face prosecution in relation to the drowning of a boy, aged four, a year ago. The management of the swimming pool and the attendant are accused of gross negligence leading to death.

Green light for rent plan

The coalition cabinet gave its backing on Friday to the re-worked rent policy tabled by Housing Minister Syblilla Dekker. Under her compromise proposal tenants will not face sharp increases in rent for the time being. Dekker wants to liberalise the renter's market to make it easier for starters and people on low incomes to find suitable accommodation.

Pay rise can wait: PM

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said on Friday that as far as he is concerned no decision has to be taken before the end of the lifetime of this parliament in 2007 on pay rises for ministers. There was a row earlier this week when it emerged a commission had recommended the prime minister get a 30 percent rise.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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