Hotel sparks interest
Published 22/05/2014 | 02:30
A BEIJING-based family that bought the Fota Island Resort in Cork last year is interested in buying one of Killarney's oldest hotels.
The four-star Malton Hotel, formerly known as the Great Southern Hotel in Killarney, has attracted interest from home and abroad since it was put on the market by NAMA last week.
Among the expressions of interest is one from China's Kang family, headed by Yazhu Kang, that bought the Fota Island Estate for an undisclosed sum last August.
€120K CANNABIS HAUL
GARDAI have raided a cannabis growhouse and seized 140 plants and cultivation equipment.
The cannabis, which had a street value of €120,000, was found during a search of a house near Kilnaleck, Co Cavan, as part of an ongoing investigation. Officers arrested a man in his 20s. He was being held for questioning last night. He can be detained without charge for 24 hours.
BOOST FOR DOCKLANDS
THE Dublin docklands got a major boost with approval for a new project to revitalise the heart of the city and entice more people to live there.
The plan entitled the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock Planning Scheme is part of an overall regeneration strategy.
A decision by An Bord Pleanala to give it the go-ahead got a welcome from Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn.
It is hoped the plan could deliver an additional residential population of almost 5,800 and employment for almost 23,000 people.
RTE deemed 'unfair'
RTE's failure to report opinion poll results for two election candidates politicians has been branded "unfair'' by the broadcasting standards watchdog.
Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy and People Before Profit's Brid Smith, complained to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) about the station's coverage of a Red C opinion poll on the Nine O'Clock News on TV.
In the RTE report it only referred to candidates who had achieved over 10pc in the poll. That meant that Cllr Smith with 9pc and Paul Murphy with 7pc were excluded. Clarification
In an article in Tuesday's edition concerning Ryanair, we incorrectly stated that customers should expect higher fares this winter.
The airline has asked us to point out that fares are due to rise by 2pc over the coming year, but that winter fares could fall by between 6pc and 8pc. The error was made in the production process.
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