Retail sales up 5pc
RETAIL sales rose by 5pc in February compared with the same time last year, mainly driven by higher car sales.
Annual sales were up for the fourth month in a row, even though shoppers cut back compared with January, the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show.
The volume of sales fell by 1.5pc in February compared with January, but was 5pc higher than in February 2013, while the value of sales was 2.9pc higher than a year ago.
While motor sales fell by 5.7pc compared with January, they were still 14.9pc higher than a year ago.
WOMAN KILLED IN FIRE
A WOMAN has died in a house fire in Sligo.
Fire and ambulance crews tackled the blaze in Aylesbury Park, about a mile outside Sligo town on the Strandhill Road. Gardai sealed off the scene on the housing estate yesterday evening and an investigation got under way into the cause of the fire.
Local people have expressed their shock and sadness at the death.
WITNESSES are being sought after a detective garda was held at gunpoint before being beaten.
The incident unfolded after the officer approached one of two men he had spotted acting suspiciously at Ravensdale Park, Crumlin, Dublin last Tuesday at around 8pm. It is understood he was forced to hand over the keys to his unmarked squad car before being beaten over the head with a pistol. He has since been released from hospital.
Gardai can be contacted on 01 6666200 or the confidential line 1800 666 111.
PRESS CHIEF TO RETIRE
Press Ombudsman Professor John Horgan has announced that he will retire on September 1.
He was appointed by the Press Council of Ireland in 2007 as the nation's first press ombudsman.
Prof Horgan had a distinguished career as a journalist, senator, TD and Labour MEP, and as professor of journalism at DCU.