Quinn employees braced for hundreds of job losses at insurance business
HUNDREDS of job losses in Quinn Insurance could be announced this week as the company is only able to engage in 10 per cent of its UK business despite the easing of a ban imposed by the Financial Regulator.
Half of the 2,500-strong workforce are engaged in servicing UK business and the town hardest hit by the move could be Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, where 600 people are employed, along with Manchester, Blanchardstown in west Dublin and Cavan town.
The Regulator has only allowed Quinn Insurance to do business on a limited basis, with provisional driver's insurance, less then 10 per cent of its UK premiums.
Administrators Michael McAteer and Paul McCann will announce the job losses on Friday.
Court adjourns brothel-charge case
A 35-year-old man accused of operating a brothel has had his case adjourned. Edenek Kinzl, of 104 Cluain Ri, Ashbourne, Co Meath, pleaded guilty before Wexford Circuit Criminal Court on January 12 last to having been the tenant, lessee, occupier or person in charge of house at Aoibhneas, Ballinakill, Ferns, Co Wexford, on February 5, 2009, which was used as a brothel or for the purpose of habitual prostitution.
The court heard the case had already been adjourned for the preparation of a probation and welfare report. Probation officers wrote to the defendant twice offering him appointments but he failed to turn up for either appointments.
Judge Alice Doyle told the defendant she would give him one last chance to comply with the order and adjourned the case until July.
Identity of dead pedestrian unknown
Gardai in Clontarf are investigating the death of a pedestrian in a road traffic collision at midnight last Friday on Annesley Bridge Road, in Fairview, Dublin.
Gardai are trying to identify the man, aged between 50 and 55, who was hit by a car. He was 5'5, of heavy build, and pale with short brown hair. He had a tattoo of the Irish flag with 'Eire' underneath it on his right forearm.
Gray takes over at 'Sligo Champion'
THE Sligo Champion has announced the appointment of Jim Gray as its new editor. Mr Gray, who has over 30 years' experience in a number of regional newspapers, succeeds Seamus Finn, who retired last year after a distinguished career.
Defence Forces seek 21 million bullets
IRELAND wants to buy over 21 million bullets for the Defence Forces in a series of orders and arms manufacturers around the world are taking a keen interest in the competitions.
The biggest single order is for 10 million rounds for the Army's standard assault rifle, the Steyr Aug, for delivery over a five-year period.
Flatley returns as 'Lord of the Dance'
Michael Flatley is to make a return to the same venue that helped launch his multi-million euro career. His Lord of the Dance show returns to Dublin's 02 Arena on Saturday, November 13 -- and he cannot wait to dance at the very venue which helped make his name in the 1990s.
"It is the classic Lord of the Dance show, but we have incorporated some new stuff, updated it and given it some new looks. But it is going to be remarkable," he said.
Flatley, who will lead the troupe on its 22-date European tour, says that he is most excited about the Dublin and Belfast shows.
One winner scoops €3.4m Lotto prize
THERE was one winner of last night's €3,352,673 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 12, 19, 20, 34, 39, 41 (bonus 26). There was one Match 5+bonus winner, who receives €25,000; 58 Match 5s (€1,547); 110 Match 4+bonus (€204); 2,245 Match 4s (€62); 3,251 Match 3+bonus (€28); and 38,671 Match 3s (€5).
The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 9, 17, 29, 30, 34, 38 (bonus 5). The Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 14, 23, 32, 36, 42, 45 (bonus 38).
And in the UK draw for an estimated £4.6m prize, the numbers were 1, 4, 12, 23, 33, 40 (bonus 35).
Lockdown in North to thwart terror
Vehicle checkpoints are on the way back across the North in a bid to thwart dissident republican terror attacks.
And there are reports in security circles that senior police officers responsible for border regions have asked Matt Baggott, the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), to request more specialist British troops to help combat the bombers.
Reliable sources say that specific areas in east Tyrone including Cookstown, Pomeroy and Stewartstown have now been put out of bounds in anticipation of further terrorist attacks -- including direct attacks on PSNI officers at their homes.
Local politicians have been advised over the last 48 hours to expect an increased police profile on the streets, which will cause delays to commuters as the security effort is cranked up to meet the increased bombing threat.
Widow of journalist is laid to rest
Phenie Mac Gabhann, who has died aged 92, was the widow of Liam Mac Gabhann, journalist and columnist with the Irish Press and Irish Times, and first news editor of the Sunday World at the paper's start-up in 1973.
She was mother of Dorothy Mac Gabhann, Dublin-based film and TV casting director and Jack Mac Gabhann, retired senior editor with the Toronto Star newspaper group, in Canada. The eulogy at the funeral service at Mount Jerome was given by playwright Frank McGuinness
Bray Jazz Festival sounds right note
THE Bray Jazz Festival will return for its 11th year over the May bank holiday weekend. More than 35 groups will play concerts, recitals and jazz-trail gigs over the three days.
The festival is now the largest and longest-established of its kind in the greater Dublin area and hosts the cream of the crop in Irish jazz together with visitors from the US, Brazil, Argentina, Norway, Italy and the UK.
Wolfgang Muthspiel's drumfree trio, John Etheridge's Sweet Chorus and the Wayne Krantz Trio are among those expected to play at the festival.
For further information log on to www.brayjazz.com
Man leaves estate valued at over €2m
John Charles Dockery, retired, of Main Street, Elphin, Co Roscommon, who died on April 27, 2009, has left €2,019,699 in her will, which went to probate in Dublin last week.
Other wills include: Henry E Counihan, doctor, Castle Court, Booterstown, Co Dublin, €1,761,670; Mary J Nalty, housewife, Knockmeenagh Road, Clondalkin, Dublin, €1,495,082; Peter J Mulvany, Parish Priest, Moynalvey, Summerhill, Co Meath, €1,390,547; Seamus Dunn, cooper, Shanard Road, Santry, Dublin, left €1,262,068 and Michael Sheerin, farmer, Blackbull, Drogheda, Co Louth, €1,028,231.
The value of wills includes property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.