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The deal has led Dawn Meats to invest $17.9 million in anew purpose built, state of the art, beef processing facility in Carroll’s Cross, Co. Waterford, with a further 100 jobs created during the construction phase of the 40,000 square foot facility. Construction began on the new facility, which includes the very latest energy efficient technology and the longest freezer line of its kind in Europe, in December 2011.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Book rental schemes in schools in the Republic of Ireland could reduce family book bills by up to 80%, a report has indicated.

Compiled by the Department of Education, the report suggested that more than three quarters of primary schools operated such a scheme for pupils.

There has been a low response rate for secondary schools to get involved in the rental scheme. This has been criticized by the National Parents Council.

Spokesperson Jackie O'Callaghan said that the book rental scheme in post primary schools was "in operation up to junior cycle" (GCSE).

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland she said that at senior cycle there was a "continuous change" in the books being used and for that reason pupils could not have a store of books.

Ms O'Callaghan said that Athlone Community College in County Westmeath operated a book rental scheme from first year to leaving certificate.
[Source: BBC News]


Tokyo police have launched a major investigation into the death of Wexford woman Nicola Furlong in Japan, believing she was the victim of strangulation and sexual assault in the hotel room where she was found May 24, according to reports in Japanese newspapers.

The 21-year-old from Curracloe was found on the floor of a bedroom at the Keio Plaza Hotel at around 3:30 by a hotel staff member.

A 19-year-old American man was also present in the room.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


Three students had to be rescued from the Wicklow Mountains last week after they suffered injuries to their legs in separate accidents.

The students were part of a large school group and were accompanied by teachers.

The Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue team received a request from the Gardaí (police) at about 12:30 p.m. to assist the students.

The group, all of whom were in their early teens, was hiking around the Glendalough valley. The three students hurt their legs in separate accidents on the rough terrain approaching the Glenealo Bridge at the back of the Glendalough valley.
[Source: Irish Examiner]