Daily Archives: July 2, 2011

Parts Of Ireland Record Coldest June In Almost 40 years

irishweatheronline.com | Jul 2, 2011

By Patrick Gordon

June 2011 was the coldest June since 1972 in many areas, according to Met Éireann, with mean temperatures finishing around 1.0c below normal over the country.

In their just released monthly review for June, Met Éireann say that “Shannon Airport, Valentia Observatory, Roche’s Point, Dublin Airport and Belmullet all reported their coldest June since 1972. The minimum air temperature of 0.5°C at Mullingar on the 10th was the lowest recorded for June in 20 years at the station, while both Valentia Observatory and Claremorris had their lowest minimum temperatures recorded since 1991, with values of 4.6°C and 1.0°C respectively. Grass minimum temperatures recorded in the Dublin area on the 10th were the lowest for June in over 40 years”

Not only was June a cool month everywhere but it was also a wet one in places, the highest totals being recorded over the midwest and south. Shannon Airport reported its wettest June since 1998 while Belmullet daily rainfall total of 34.7mm on the 21st was its highest daily June total in 25 years. Despite the cold and the rain, however, June finished sunnier than normal across the land.

Below is a brief day-by-day summary, compiled by Irish Weather Online, of Ireland’s weather in June 2011:

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Queen to have “real power” over huge sums of money given to junior royals

Queen to get control over family members’ money

thisislondon.co.uk | Jul 1, 2011

by Joe Murphy

The Queen will have “real power” over the huge sums of money given to junior royals each year under the shake-up of Palace finances.

She is taking control of annuities given to family members such as Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The £1.6 million total is currently paid by Parliament, which is then reimbursed from the Privy Purse. In future the Queen will pay members of the royal family directly and will be free to vary the amount. “This gives the Queen real power at last,” said Labour MP Stephen Pound. “I can imagine there will be some awkward interviews each year.”

The Duke of York receives £249,000, the Earl of Wessex £141,000 and the Princess Royal £228,000. The Duke of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra share £636,000.

The fine print of a letter from the Keeper of the Privy Purse, Sir Alan Reid, published alongside the Bill to reform the royal household grants, makes clear that the Queen will have the final say.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s £359,000 per year will continue to be paid by Parliament.