THE Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) and a Kildare credit union say their challenge to regulatory directions should be heard in open court and not in private.
The Central Bank and Regulator have brought High Court proceedings saying one of those directions has not been complied with. They want this matter to be heard "in camera" because they say there is a commercial sensitivity to some of the information. But the ILCU and Maynooth Credit Union, against which the directions were issued, yesterday asked High Court president Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, not to allow an in camera hearing. The case resumes today.
DEAL WILL BOOST TOURISM
A NEW visa agreement with Britain could attract tens of thousands of extra visitors to Ireland – among them high-spending Chinese tourists.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter has announced new visa rules will apply to the Common Travel Area, under which visitors with either an Irish or British visa will be able to freely travel between the two jurisdictions. It comes after the British government said it will relax rules on how it grants visas to Chinese nationals next year. Last year 17,000 Chinese tourists visited Ireland and Tourism Ireland hopes to almost treble this in the next five years. Chinese tourists tend to stay twice as long as other holidaymakers and have the highest spend per visit at an average of €782.
VISA NEEDED FOR CORK
CORK yesterday charged visitors and locals €2 to enter – but it was for a good cause.
The Rebel County's first Independence Day required visitors and dwellers to hold a 'Cork visa', with all proceeds going to the children's unit at Cork University Hospital. It was held as part of Cork Rebel Week, the county's flagship Gathering initiative.
COACH ON RAPE CHARGE
A FORMER sports coach charged with three counts of rape against a male more than one decade ago has been further remanded.
At Ennis District Court yesterday, the 70-year old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in court charged in connection with five alleged sex offences, including three counts of rape.
POST OFFICE RAM-RAID
GARDAI in Co Tipperary are investigating a ram-raid on a post office in Cahir in the early hours of yesterday.
The thieves stole a digger from the railway station to ram the side door at the nearby post office. After gaining access to the building on Church Street they tried to remove the safe but were forced to flee empty-handed.