Home-tax spot checks
INSPECTORS are carrying out spot checks on properties to track down people who are still evading the second home charge four years on. Donegal County Council has deployed staff working in its Non Principal Private Residence division to inspect properties countywide in a bid to ascertain ownership and liability for the €200 levy.
The council has also recently referred more than 50 cases of non-payment for legal action.
WORKER HURT IN FALL
A MAN is in a serious condition in hospital after he fell from a ladder while working at a business park. The Health and Safety Authority has launched an investigation into the accident, which occurred at Rosemount Business Park in Blanchardstown, Dublin.
The 20-year-old suffered head injuries when he fell 15ft. Emergency crews rushed to the scene shortly after 4pm. The man was taken to Connolly Hospital where he was in a serious condition.
A POPULAR restaurant on the banks of the River Shannon in Athlone, Co Westmeath, has gone out of business with the loss of 18 jobs. Owners of the Olive Grove Restaurant, Garry Hughes and Gael Bradbury, announced the closure on the restaurant's website.
"I have tears in my eyes as I write this, but also a huge sense of relief that the decision has been made for us. Our bank is calling in their loan," wrote Ms Bradbury.
EURO JOB FOR BAR CHIEF
THE Director of the Bar Council of Ireland, the ruling body for barristers, has been appointed to the board of the European Council of the Liberal Profession.
Jerry Carroll, Chairman of the Irish Inter-Professional Association (IIPA), is also the IIPA's representative on the EU's Working Group "Bolstering the Business of Liberal Professions".
ENTRY TO EEC MARKED
A NEW National Museum of Ireland exhibition has been launched to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Ireland's accession to the European Economic Community (EEC).
The presentation charts Ireland's road to entry of the common market. The community was the foundation for what would become the European Union in 1993.