Thursday 19 October 2017

500 leave Eircom

MORE than 500 Eircom workers have left the company under a voluntary redundancy scheme to reduce the workforce by 2,000 over two years. The redundancy programme, which was launched last month, aims to save €50m from payroll costs as part of a €100m cost-cutting programme.

Eircom aims to shed 2,000 staff, or 35pc of its 5,700-strong workforce, over two years. An Eircom spokesman said 600 staff have left since last July, with the additional 100 workers either retiring or leaving under other incentivised redundancy schemes.

Farmers 'in the dark'

FARMERS have accused Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney of hiding the facts on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

The Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) will hold an emergency council meeting on Sunday to discuss the lack of information after the Irish Independent revealed Mr Coveney had warned TDs not to divulge details. IFA president John Bryan warned Mr Coveney he could not keep farmers in the dark.

Inquest adjourned

Gardai are still awaiting instructions from the DPP in the case of a 14-year-old boy who was killed in a hit-and-run incident. Conor Hickey, of St Attracta Road, Cabra, Dublin, died on December 3, 2011, a day after being hit by a car at the junction of St Eithne Road and Fassaugh Road. The driver of the car fled the scene.

At Dublin Coroner's Court yesterday, Det Insp Francis Sweeney said the matter was still being considered by the DPP. Coroner Dr Brian Farrell adjourned the inquest for further mention on May 27.

Houlihan celebrated

THE first Con Houlihan Summer Conference will take place in his native Castle Island, Co Kerry, on Saturday, May 4.

Among the topics to be addressed will be tourism, hospitality, The Gathering, changes in rural life, the economy, the Government's social and economic programme and the arts as an instrument of social inclusion. The life and times of the Kerry-born journalist will be recalled by his friend, the writer Billy Keane.

Barry death leads

GARDAI in Waterford say they are following several leads in their investigation into the death of Paddy Barry, the grandfather of illusionist Keith Barry, which was featured on RTE's 'Crimecall' on Tuesday.

Insp Anthony Petit said the investigation centred on a burglary at the home of Mr Barry in Mount Sion Avenue in September 2009.

Irish Independent

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