In brief: Gardai appeal for witnesses after car crash claims lives of two teenagers
Two teenagers were killed in a two-car collision yesterday at Brownstown near Kilcullen, Co Kildare.
A 19-year-old man, the driver of one of the cars, and an 18-year-old woman, the front-seat passenger in the same vehicle, died in the accident, at around 3pm. Two women travelling in the second car were last night being treated for their injuries at Naas General Hospital. Witnesses are asked to contact Naas gardai on 045 884300.
Heavy rain disrupts mobile services
There was some localised flooding in parts of the east coast yesterday. Mobile network O2 has confirmed that heavy rain in the Dublin and Wicklow region caused disruption to mobile services.
While there will be heavy rain this morning. It should clear to the north east by mid- to late-afternoon, and it should be dry by nightfall.
Anglo staff being given career advice
STAFF at Anglo Irish Bank are being given career advice and training by a private consultancy company as part of the winding down of the bank.
Anglo said it had decided to engage a consultancy firm to help staff find new opportunities. They were unable to comment on the cost of the service, saying it would become clear once negotiations between the IBOA union and Anglo were finalised. The union has rejected a deal of four weeks' pay per year of service for 130 staff.
Fianna Fail moves to build up support
FIANNA Fail is taking steps to rebuild its support at local and national level and shore up its dwindling coffers in the wake of the party's catastrophic performance in last February's General Election.
The party has circulated proposals to members with the aim of giving those at grassroots level a greater say in decisions. The party's top brass want the introduction of a 'One Member One Vote' system to replace the existing delegate votes per cumann. Such a proposal could have a dramatic impact on the party's strength both in terms of its membership numbers and finances.
"Political activity would be a key requirement of membership," said party general secretary Sean Dorgan.
Australia in appeal for Irish workers
An Australian regional government minister has appealed to Irish workers to emigrate in order to fill tens of thousands of positions in the region.
Rob Knight, Northern Territory Minister for Business and Employment, said they desperately needed skilled workers for construction, mining and service industries.
Mr Knight said unemployment in the Northern Territory was at around four per cent. He was speaking at a Working Abroad Expo in Dublin, where 5,000 people are expected over the weekend seeking information on emigrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Eighty jobs lost at spectacle factory
More than 80 jobs are to go at a spectacle manufacturing plant in Wexford after Carl Zeiss Vision said it would close its production line. Another 18 workers are to be kept on at the site to run a sales and technical support team for the company's European operations.
"Given the extremely challenging environment in which we operate, we've no choice but to adapt -- given the cost pressures we face," said a company spokesman.
No winner of €2.7m Lotto draw
THERE was no winner of last night's €2,686,077 Lotto draw. The numbers were 1, 5, 20, 38, 40, 42 (bonus 3).
There were two Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25,000; 44 Match 5s (€1,818); 142 Match 4+bonus (€141); 2,169 Match 4s (€57); 3,353 Match 3+bonus (€25); and 35,742 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 10, 11, 15, 16, 33, 38 (bonus 3) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 4, 7, 8, 11, 39, 45 (bonus 36).
In the UK draw for £6.7m, the numbers were 4, 15, 17, 26, 37, 41 (bonus 29).
Women influence almost all spending
Statistics show Irish women control 58 per cent of all spending and influence 89 per cent of spending -- and yet nearly half of Irish women say they are misunderstood by marketers, advertisers and brands.
Ireland's first dedicated marketing to women seminar, Purse Power: How to Engage and Influence the new Irish Female Consumer, is at the Mansion House, Dublin, on Thursday. PR supremo Rachel Dalton has persuaded some of the brightest minds in marketing to speak at the event, including Fara Warner, who has written about marketing and consumer trends for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. For details, visit www.shecommerce.ie.
Collins in concert to remember Dolan
RTE radio star Ronan Collins and his big band will celebrate what would have been Joe Dolan's 72nd birthday with a concert of the Mullingar man's classic hits in the National Concert Hall in Dublin on October 16.
Outbreak of vomiting bug at hospital
Limerick Regional Hospital, one of the hospitals suffering severe overcrowding in its A&E department has been hit by an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.
Visiting to the paediatric unit is strictly for parents and guardians, and children under 14 should not visit at all. Out-patient and daycare services are not affected. People are asked not to visit A&E unless absolutely necessary.
Defence Forces in rescue exercise
The Defence Forces played a key role in an international maritime rescue exercise off the French coast last week.
The scenario centred on a fire on the passenger ferry from Rosslare to Roscoff. The aim of the exercise was to test response procedures and interaction between Europe's maritime countries for a mass rescue operation at sea.
Lieut Commander Paddy Harkin, captain of the LE Niamh, was the on-scene co-ordinator, responsible for overseeing the activities of 19 vessels from four countries.
Nine arrested in anti-burglary swoop
Seven Romanian men and two Romanian women were arrested in dawn raids on Thursday on flats in Dublin's north inner city. Five were still in custody last night.
Two men were charged in connection with burglaries and were released on bail pending a court appearance. More searches and follow-up arrests are expected.
Robbie Fox quits role in Pink nightclub
Nightclub boss Robbie Fox has left The Pink nightclub at La Stampa Hotel in central Dublin.
Mr Fox, who opened the VIP club with business partner Louis Murray a year ago, says the departure is "amicable" and will enable him to work on upcoming projects. The Pink at La Stampa will continue to operate as normal.
Landlord leaves estate valued at €5m
Dublin landlord Michael Aherne of Terenure Road East, Rathgar, who died on August 9, 2007, has left €5,045,665 in his will, which went to probate this week.
Other wills: Seamus Dardis, farmer, Cushinstown, Garristown, Co Meath, €4,827,139; Betty Walsh, director, Townpark, Tralee, Co Kerry, €3,482,410; James G O'Brien, chocolate manufacturer, Woodhurst, Santry, Dublin, €2,300,858; Alan Callaghan, director, Rathfeigh, Tara, Co Meath, €2,107,436; Charles Shiels, director, Yellow Walls Road, Malahide, Co Dublin, €2,038,666; Paul Walsh, SC, Pembroke Road, Dublin, €1,553,026; and John Patrick Lyons, telephonist, Yeats Heights, Sligo, left €1,362,141.
The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts