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Senator D’Arcy made the comments in the Seanad, as Senator Cullinane, the leader of the house
Senator Maurice Cummins, and South Tipperary based Labour Senator Denis Landy all called for the
retention of services at W.R.H

[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Ericsson has announced 100 job losses at its Athlone site.

The telecommunications giant said, in a short statement that, as part of the Athlone operation was
involved in the development of legacy products,” the loss of an unspecified number of jobs was

It's understood the job numbers concerned are between 100 and 110.

The company insisted its presence in Athlone was secure and that the local site would continue to be a
strategic research-and-development centre for Ericsson.

[Source: Westmeath Independent]


The future of music gigs in the Show Grounds during the Strawberry Festival looks to be in jeopardy
after this year’s promoters M.S.L. Concerts called a meeting of creditors, with a view to appointing a
liquidator to the company.

M.S.L., which is owned and run by Wexford natives Rob Murphy and Pierce White, was the company
behind the 2011 and 2012 Show Grounds gigs, but this year’s three-day event was effectively washed-
out by heavy rain, which resulted in small crowds attending the events.

[Source: Wexford Echo]


A 77-year-old man who stole groceries valued at $45 had his case adjourned to allow for the preparation
of a probation report at a recent sitting of Gorey District Court.

John Stevenson, Remboth, Coolfancy, Coolboy, County Wicklow, was charged with theft from Dunnes
Stores in Gorey on November 18, 2011. He pleaded guilty to the charge and Inspector Pat McDonald
said Stevenson was stopped by security after taking groceries valued at $45 without paying.

The court Stevenson had previous convictions for similar incidents.

Acting for Stevenson, solicitor Ed King said 77-year-old Stevenson had four grown-up children and a
number of grandchildren.

[Source: Wicklow People]