MORE than seven out of 10 Irish people believe gun crime will increase in the next five years, according to an EU survey. The 71pc here who fear a rise in gun crime compares with an EU average of 58pc.
The Eurobarometer survey also shows that over half of Europeans want stricter regulations on who is allowed to own, buy or sell firearms. The European Commission is now putting forward recommendations on how to reduce gun violence through legislation, training and funding.
RAIDERS STEAL &EURO;10,000
TWO armed raiders made their getaway on foot after holding up security staff collecting the weekend takings from a Dublin pub. Security guards from G4S were pounced on as they were picking up around €10,000 from the pub at Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght, Dublin.
The raiders, armed with what was described as a small gun, threatened the staff and snatched a bag containing an estimated €10,000. Nobody was injured in the incident before lunchtime yesterday.
JOBS CUT AT FOUNDRY
MORE than half of the workforce at a foundry are expected to lose their jobs as the company plans to move iron casting to France.
Management at EJ in Birr, Co Offaly, informed the 50 Irish staff of plans to close the iron foundry with a potential loss of 32 jobs. The chairman of Birr Town Council, Cllr John Carroll, said staff were "devastated". President of EJ, Fred Malpass, said: "A review of our Irish business shows that we can no longer sustain our current structure at Birr."
RTE newsreader Michael Murphy has been awarded honorary Master of Arts degrees by NUI Galway.
Murphy has been a familiar face on television for the last 30 years and now combines a broadcasting career with his work in psychoanalysis. He lectures in the subject at UCD and at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin.
A PAIR of dolphins that were found cut into pieces at a scenic pier had been left there after being dissected by students two weeks ago. They were discovered at the Ballinacourty pier near Clarinbridge, Co Galway, earlier this month.
The dolphins were left there after being driven to the spot and dissected by students along with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Simon Berrow, of the group, said they had expected the carcasses to be washed out to sea and "it was never our intention that they would remain there".