Wednesday 26 November 2014

Beef price protest

Published 05/09/2014 | 02:30

FARMERS protested at Lidl in Castlerea, Co Roscommon in the latest of a series of demonstrations at supermarkets and restaurants about low beef prices.

Irish Farmers Assocation president Eddie Downey called on Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to maintain pressure on meat processors to explore a more flexible approach to the specifications on age and weight of carcases.

"IFA will engage to address the real issues, but it is essential the minister remains fully engaged to ensure a positive outcome and fair play for farmers," he said.

The IFA later held a meeting with members in Castlerea which discussed the crisis and urged Meat Industry Ireland to make clear what flexibility it could offer.

Dr Rory Childers dies

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to Dr Rory Childers an eminent Irish heart specialist and university professor who has died in Chicago.

Dr Childers was the son of Erskine H Childers, who was a Fianna Fail government minister and later President of Ireland before his untimely death in 1974.

He was a friend and doctor to hell-raising writer, Brendan Behan, and a noted authority on Irish literature and history, broadcasting frequently on USA's National Public Radio on these topics.

Alleged school attack

A 15-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a school principal when it is alleged she tried to protect one of her pupils from a suspected knife attack.

It is claimed the incident took place after the then-14-year-old defendant, from south Dublin, stole his own father's high powered car.

Yesterday defence solicitor Aonghus McCarthy told Judge John O'Connor at the Dublin Children's Court that his client was pleading not guilty.

Judge O'Connor remanded the boy, who was accompanied to court by a parent, on continuing bail pending his trial which will take place at the juvenile court later this month.

Radio women row

Today FM's Mairead Farrell has hit back at claims of sexism in Irish radio saying: "Radio is run by women".

She was responding to criticism that only three out of 40 nominees for the PPI Radio Awards were women.

"I never know what to say when comments like these are made because while there may not be a lot of women on radio, there are an awful lot of women in radio," Ms Farrell said.

Irish Independent

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