Kerry County Council is examining the cost of the final bill submitted by its contractor BAM Civil for the Tralee Bypass. The final cost of the Tralee Bypass, which opened last summer, jumped from €30m to €60m.
The council is also in arbitration with the contractor over the final cost of the Castleisland Bypass, the contract figure for which was €14m. A spokesman for the council said the final cost submitted by the contractor was "significantly higher".
LEBANON RE-OPENS MARKET TO IRISH MEATS
AGRICULTURE Minister Simon Coveney has welcomed the decision of the Lebanese authorities to fully reopen its market to Irish beef, sheepmeat and cooked meat.
The change will allow Irish exporters get a slice of the international beef trade to Lebanon, which was worth €5m a year before Irish imports were banned due to the BSE crisis of 2000. Worldwide Irish beef exports grew by 10pc last year to reach €2.1bn.
BODY OF MISSING MAN FOUND IN FIELD
A post-mortem examination will be carried out on the body of a missing man discovered in a field in Co Tipperary. James O'Dwyer had been missing since last Sunday.
Mr O'Dwyer's body was discovered yesterday at 12.30pm, in a field not far from the farm at Ballywalter, Mullinahone where he was last seen. The cause of death is not known at this stage.
ANDREA CORR GIVES BIRTH TO SECOND CHILD
SINGER Andrea Corr has given giving birth to her second child. The singer gave birth to her son in a Washington hospital earlier this month. The Corrs frontwoman (39) named her first son after husband Brett Desmond.
"Andrea is delighted to share the news of the birth of her baby boy, Brett," read a statement on the singer's Facebook page. "Mother and baby are happy and healthy and back home with dad and their daughter Jean."
PSNI CHIEF CONSTABLE BAGGOTT TO RETIRE
PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott (55) is to retire after five years in the role. His contract ends in September after more than three decades of policing in London, Leicestershire and Northern Ireland.
"It has been a real privilege to lead the PSNI through the immense changes of the past few years. I am deeply proud of the courage and commitment of my colleagues and the enormous progress they have made," he said.