STAFF at Penneys have voted for a new employment deal which includes a 3pc pay rise and minimum numbers of working hours.
The Mandate trade union said members endorsed the agreement by a margin of 76pc in favour. The pay hike was recommended by the Labour Court last June but was only put to a vote in recent weeks, following further negotiations between management and union officials.
40,000 CIGS SEIZED
Customs officers have seized 40,000 illegal cigarettes after searching two private houses.
Officers based at Dublin port raided the houses at Mulhuddart and Tallaght, both in Dublin, as part of an intelligence-led operation -- the cigarettes were believed to have been part of a shipment that had earlier been smuggled into the country through the port. The haul had an estimated retail value of €19,448 and represented a potential loss to the Exchequer of €16,525.
TRAFFIC GARDA FOILS THIEF
A lone raider was intercepted by a member of the garda traffic corps as he tried to make his escape from a shopping centre.
The man had walked into a building society at Killiney shopping centre in Dublin and forced staff to hand over money after threatening them with what appeared to be a handgun. He was given a bag containing a couple of hundred euro, mainly change in small coins, and was attempting to make his getaway when he was spotted by the nearby traffic garda. The officer arrested a suspect in his 30s and recovered the stolen money and the firearm, which turned out to be an imitation.
NEW SERVICE TO PERTH
ETIHAD Airways will begin flying between Dublin and Perth, Australia, six times a week from next summer.
The national airline of the United Arab Emirates starts the long-haul service to Western Australia from July 15. It will offer six weekly flights from Dublin to Perth with connections through Abu Dhabi. The service will run every day of the week, except on Tuesdays.
HOSPITAL GETS HELP
THE National Centre for Medical Genetics at Crumlin Hospital, which suspended a member of staff after scores of patients had their heart disease tests delayed, is to bring in outside expertise to improve how it is run.
It emerged last week that 69 patients who were positive for a gene that put them at risk of potentially fatal heart disease had not been contacted as a result of a blunder.