THE winter vomiting bug is continuing to spread. Although the number of notified cases has dipped from the peak, the virulent stomach bug is continuing to claim higher-than-normal numbers of victims.
It is estimated that up to 5,000 people a week are being laid low by the virus, which is hitting hospitals, schools, nursing homes, creches, hotels and workplaces.
A survey of 654 firms has claimed that many are struggling because so many staff were off with the bug. The survey by Peninsula Ireland found that 75pc were affected.
Jesus stolen . . . again
A search is under way to find a statue of baby Jesus that was stolen from a crib for the second year in a row. The community in Drumshambo in Co Leitrim is outraged that the figure has been taken.
Last year the figure was recovered but had to be replaced because it was so badly damaged. The little statue was taken from the crib situated in a car park on Main Street in the town early yesterday.
Sunday burials ban
There will be no more Sunday burials in Galway city from the beginning of 2013. Galway City Council had proposed the cessation in the two city cemeteries but, following a request from councillors, there was an agreement to not introduce any changes until the end of the year.
But this week, city councillors and undertakers were circulated with a memo outlining the decision to stop Sunday burials from January 1.