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Workers at the Old Darnley Lodge Hotel in Athboy occupied the hotel last week, following the shocking announcement last Wednesday night that the hotel was closing.
The sit-in began when workers were given just one hour's notice of the hotel's closure on Wednesday night.
Representatives of the hotel's 45 staff-members have met with the receivers, McInearney Saunders, who told them they would be seeking a buyer, and also met with S.I.P.T.U. officials on Thursday.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]
Silvercrest Foods, the County Monaghan producer of the sample of beef burgers in which horse meat accounted for 29.1 percent of their meat content, is part of the Larry Goodman meat processing empire.
Mr. Goodman (75) is one of Ireland’s richest and most controversial business figures and, in the 1980s, headed a business that was responsible for approximately 4 percent of Irish gross national product.
His A.B.P. Food Group had a turnover of $3 billion in the 12 months to the end of March 2012 and approximately 7,500 employees. It has its headquarters in Ardee, Co. Louth.
[Source: Irish Times]
A man is facing life in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of Offaly veterinarian Catherine Gowing in North Wales in October 2012.
Clive Sharp (46) appeared at Mold Crown Court on Monday at a brief hearing where he only spoke to confirm his name and to enter a guilty plea.
He faces an automatic life sentence, but Mr. Justice Griffith Williams is yet to determine the minimum term he must serve before he can be considered for release. However, the judge intimated that in this case a life sentence could in fact mean life.
[Source: Offaly Express]
Staff-members at Flix Cinema and Leisure who lost their jobs two weeks ago have told of their fury that the news was broken to them by management through a text message.
Close to 30 people were employed at the complex at the Centrepoint Retail Park, which opened its doors just 13 months ago. Staff learned of the facility’s closure via text on Monday, January 7. The Herald understands that the staff is owed several weeks wages, with many also entitled to holiday pay.
It is understood that at a meeting with staff on Friday night, Jan. 11, management gave an undertaking that wages would be paid, but one member of staff who spoke to the Herald said most employees were holding out little hope.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]
A captivating little toddler is the latest victim of the carnage on Northern Ireland’s roads.
Ryan Cox, who was aged just 19 months, died after a two-vehicle collision in Fermanagh.
His mother Catriona was also seriously injured along with the driver of the other vehicle, who is understood to be from County Sligo.
The crash, involving a Renault Megane and a Peugeot 307, happened on the Boa Island Road near Kesh at 3:50 p.m. last Monday.
[Source: Belfast Telegraph]
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WoubdedKnee - Well said. You do get to the point!Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent says Immigrant Council
Barry - Why do we seem to have more sympathy for the Irish? Because they are our own people!Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent says Immigrant Council
Barry you may wish to study this ... recent report from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ... six countries - Germany, FraSmithwick inquiry finds Irish police may have colluded in two IRA murders
INorth….Agree both were gross misuses of parliamentary privilege, but that’s not quite how the lawyer allegation happened…speaker