Ryanair will this morning announce three new routes from Knock Airport as it continues to expand its network following the Government's decision to scrap the €3 travel tax.
The new routes are expected to start from next April. They will add to the 13 routes that Ryanair is operating from Knock Airport during the winter, with six flights to Spain, five to Britain and one each to Italy and Portugal.
CAT'S COMEDY CREAM
THE cat has got the cream – Irish comedian Colin Chadwick has been nominated for a prestigious award. The Kilkenny man has been selected as a wildcard for the BBC Radio New Comedy Award.
The awards are a UK-based search to find the "best new stand-up talent". Fans of Chadwick can vote for him on the BBC website, and polling remains open until next Tuesday, November 5, at 6pm.
BOURKE QUITS LABOUR
LABOUR has expressed disappointment after another veteran councillor quit the party ahead of next year's local elections. Cllr Paddy Bourke, who lives in Artane in Dublin, had served as Dublin Lord Mayor. He first ran for the party in the 1985 local elections. He was first elected to Dublin City Council in 1991, lost out in 1999 and retook the seat in 2004.
Since entering Government in 2011, around 25 Labour councillors have left the party. Earlier this week, Killarney town councillor Sean O'Grady quit the party, saying it was part of the most right-wing Government he had ever seen.
CALL FOR LORRY U-TURN
FARMERS have warned that the new cap on lorry heights could add to their fodder costs this autumn by reducing the amount of straw that can be transported. The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association called on the Road Safety Authority to urgently reverse the new height limit of 4.65m, claiming it would reduce the average load by one-third.
"The cost of bales will inevitably rise. Early indications suggest that this could be between €5 and €10 per bale," said ICSA president Gabriel Gilmartin.
THIEVES' HEALTH AT RISK
A FRESH appeal has been made to thieves who stole lightning rods from an industrial unit in north Dublin more than a month ago to return them.
The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland said the rods posed a health hazard because they contain several sources of radiation, adding they had no commercial value. Information should be reported at (01) 666 4700.