THE Kerry Group has gifted a town centre site worth around €2m to a local authority for the benefit of the community.
The firm is transferring ownership of a former factory that ceased operations five years ago in Tralee, Co Kerry, where the global food ingredients giant has its HQ. The announcement was made by head of corporate affairs with the Kerry Group, Frank Hayes, at the monthly meeting of Tralee Town Council.
MAN DEAD IN GARDEN
A MAN has been found dead at the bottom of a garden with gunshot wounds to his head.
Gardai have ruled out foul play. The man was named last night as Liam Robinson, in his mid 30s, from Dublin Street in Monaghan town. Mr Robinson lived with his partner in a flat nearby. Officers recovered a shotgun at the scene on Monday afternoon and it was taken away for forensic examination.
FESTIVAL BOOKS O'BRIEN
LITERARY heavyweights and broadcasters will descend on Limerick for the Literary Festival.
The Literary Festival, which was previously called the Kate O'Brien Weekend, is now in its 30th year and will run from February 20-23. The four-day festival will conclude with broadcaster Mike Murphy quizzing Edna O'Brien about her life and work.
VANDALS TARGET QUINN
VANDALS disrupted phone and internet services in rural Fermanagh after a petrol bomb attack near the headquarters of the former Quinn Group.
It is the latest in a series of attacks on property and businesses once owned by the former billionaire Sean Quinn. The latest attack took place around 9.15pm on Monday. It is understood a car carrying several men pulled up outside the premises in Derrylin and two petrol bombs were thrown, destroying cable boxes.
GAS FIRM IN LEVY APPEAL
A US multinational that wants to build a liquid gas terminal in Kerry has lodged an appeal to the Supreme Court against plans to impose a €50m annual levy.
In December, the High Court upheld proposals to force Shannon LNG to pay the levy towards the cost of two gas inter-connecting pipes that transport gas between Ireland and the UK. But Shannon LNG says it will not be using the interconnectors, as it wants to import gas into Ireland by boat to its planned terminal on a 287-acre site on the Tarbert-Ballylongford landbank in north Kerry.