Saturday 23 September 2017

Boy (16) sentenced

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy caught with heroin and bullets hidden in his underpants has been detained for two years after a judge heard he continued dealing drugs and held up shop workers at knife-point.

The boy had been given a suspended sentence last year but despite being given a chance, he carried on selling heroin and took part in three armed robberies, Dublin Children's Court was told. The boy, who cannot be named, had to move out of his home because his life is under a threat linked to a €5,000 debt he owes to other drug dealers, Judge Ann Ryan was told.

Slackers spur anger

OVER 60pc of Irish workers confess to office rage because they feel their fellow employees are slacking on the job, according to a new survey.

They admit to having arguments with colleagues they feel are simply not pulling their weight, and more than half of those surveyed are also convinced their bosses are not working hard enough, said the survey by law firm Peninsula Ireland.

Lighthouse reopens

The most famous lighthouse in Co Clare, once manned by Taoiseach Enda Kenny's grandfather, will reopen this weekend for the 2013 tourist season.

It will create 12 full-time jobs and boost the local economy by up to €1m. Loop Head Lighthouse was opened to the public for the first time in its history in 2011 for an 11-week trial period. Almost 17,000 people visited the historic west Clare landmark during the successful trial resulting in an earlier opening date last year.

Pay plans rejected

BUS Eireann is set to enter new talks with unions after they rejected plans to cuts its payroll by €5m.

It confirmed last night that the Labour Relations Commission has issued an invitation to new discussions from March 24. The move comes after SIPTU and TSSA members voted against compromise proposals, backed by the Labour Court, to cut premium pay, expenses and holidays.

Folk rockers for park

ENGLISH folk rock band Mumford & Sons will headline a Phoenix Park summer music fest in association with Gentlemen of the Road.

The outdoor gig is planned for Sunday July 14, with back-up acts including Ben Howard, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and The Vaccines. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 9am through Music Glue at €60.50, and Ticketmaster priced €61.50.

Irish Independent

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