THE EU yesterday approved new anti-tobacco legislation, including larger health warnings on cigarette packets and the first rules on electronic cigarettes.
Under the agreement, most e-cigarettes will be sold as consumer products rather than as more-tightly regulated medical devices, as governments had initially wanted.
CORK TRANSATLANTIC BID
CORK Airport is in talks to secure a transatlantic service from 2015 after it confirmed a recovery in passenger numbers to 2.3 million for 2013.
The welcome news came as Aer Lingus Regional (ALR) is to boost capacity from Cork Airport by 25pc with the aim of achieving 300,000 passengers next year. The airport also confirmed that Ryanair has enjoyed a 30pc hike in passenger numbers over the past year. ALR confirmed it is to launch a new route from Cork to Newcastle and expand existing services to Bristol, Glasgow and Manchester.
STORE STAYS OPEN
THE jobs of 40 workers at McElhinneys store in Athboy, Co Meath, have been secured for the Christmas and new year period. The High Court dismissed a bank-appointed receiver's application for orders allowing him to take possession of the well-known fashion outlet.
Yesterday Mr Justice Paul Gilligan said he was not satisfied to grant the injunctions, pending the full hearing of the action. However, he directed that the full hearing of the dispute take place as early as possible.
MURDER ACCUSED FOR TRIAL
A MAN accused of the murder of two elderly bachelor brothers in their home last July has been sent forward for trial to the next sitting of the Central Criminal Court.
The book of evidence in the cases against Alan Cawley (26), Corrimbla South, Ballina, Co Mayo, was served on the accused prior to the regular sitting of the district court in Castlebar. Mr Cawley, who is charged with the murder of Jack Blaine and Tommy Blaine at their home in Newantrim Street, Castlebar, on July 10 last, has been held since July at Castlerea Prison.
€10M HERITAGE FUND
HERITAGE buildings around the country will benefit form a new €10m repair and conservation fund.
Public funding of €5m from the sale of the National Lottery is to be matched by a similar amount from private sources, said Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan. The closing date for applications to the scheme is February 14, 2014.