NEW rules will come into force on January 1, restricting the number of cigarettes brought into Ireland for personal use by individuals travelling from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania.
Travellers will be only allowed to bring 300 cigarettes into Ireland without the payment of further excise duty. The changes do not apply to other tobacco products brought in from these EU member states as long as those products are for personal use and not for commercial purposes. Currently people travelling to Ireland from other EU countries can bring in 800 cigarettes without paying any additional excise duties.
TINIEST TRIPLETS CELEBRATE THEIR FIRST BIRTHDAY
IRELAND'S tiniest triplets -- born weighing just over one pound -- have celebrated their first birthday after surviving against all the odds.
Little Lucy, Ethan and Matt O'Rourke, from Clashmore in Co Waterford, are believed to be the most premature triplets in the world after being born last Christmas Day -- 16 weeks and one day premature. Their father said they would be celebrating their first birthday back in the neo-natal ward with the nurses who cared for them for the first six months of their lives. "Last Christmas was very different," said Pat O'Rourke.
PILOT AND PASSENGER SURVIVE CRASH LANDING
The pilot of a light aircraft and a passenger survived a crash landing in Northern Ireland yesterday. They managed to escape the damage after the plane came down on an airstrip near Tandragee, Co Armagh.
The emergency services were alerted and rushed to the scene at Mullahead Road. Both the pilot and passenger were taken to hospital to be treated for their injuries.