FORMER building society EBS could be facing industrial action after it was confirmed it is seeking 200 voluntary redundancies – effectively halving its workforce. The move is part of an overall plan to cut 2,500 jobs at EBS and its parent company AIB.
Trade union Unite condemned the announce-ment and staff will hold a general meeting with Unite officials next Tuesday at which the possibility of industrial action will be discussed, the union said.
Son of TD denied bail
THE son of a Fianna Fail TD has been refused bail after he was charged in connection with the theft of a stolen car. Peter Fleming (22), son of Laois-Offaly TD Sean Fleming, appeared in Limerick District Court.
Mr Fleming, with an address at The Shambles, Market Square, Tullamore, Co Offaly, has been charged with four counts of dangerous driving and the unauthorised taking of a vehicle from The Bridge Centre, Tullamore, Co Offaly, on January 24 last.
Food poisoning payout
A TODDLER who suffered food poisoning at one of the country's top hotels has been awarded €3,500 in damages. The boy, who was 18 months old at the time of the incident, suffered a 24-hour bout of severe gastroenteritis, Letterkenny Circuit Court was told.
The victim's family settled their action against Harvey's Point Hotel, Lough Eske, Co Donegal.
Murder victim buried
THE funeral of Philip O'Toole (33), believed to have been murdered after his remains were found in woodland last week, has taken place. The father of one had been missing for over two weeks when his body was discovered in Trooperstown Wood, Co Wicklow.
He had previously been involved in criminality and had survived a gun attack in 2011. The funeral service took place in his home town in St Peter's Church, Little Bray, Co Wicklow. He was then buried at Springfield Cemetery, Killarney Road, Bray.
Septic tank deadline
MORE than 2,000 homeowners a day are registering their septic tanks in advance of a looming deadline. The Department of the Environment said almost 320,000 people have registered their tanks, but admitted that one in three has failed to do so.
Homeowners who fail to register their tanks by Friday face the prospect of being hit with fines of up to €5,000, and will not be able to apply for a grant to help fix their tank if it fails an inspection.