SIPTU is balloting its members for industrial action at Shannon Airport in response to the Government decision to separate it from the Dublin Airport Authority .
SIPTU organiser Tony Carroll said that workers at Shannon "have a lot of concerns over separation". The ballot of the 200 SIPTU members at the airport continues, with a result due on Friday. Mr Carroll said it would be workers' preference to be seconded from the DAA to work for the new Shannon entity.
Council to build homes
A DUBLIN local authority plans to build almost 8,500 new homes on a greenfield site over the coming decades.
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has approved a masterplan for the Cherrywood area, a site of 264 hectares which is mostly in agriculture use. The plan includes three villages and a new town centre which will be served by the Luas.
Canada visas popular
AN unprecedented number of Irish jobseekers are applying for Canadian work visas.
The number of Irish workers seeking work visas has increased by 400pc this year over the same period last year and is now almost equal to the number of people emigrating to Australia, according to migration agency VisaFirst.com. The number of Irish applying for working holiday visas to Canada is also gathering pace.
80 retail jobs saved
More than 80 jobs have been saved in Co Tipperary and Co Kilkenny after a deal was agreed with receivers for Supervalu stores in two towns.
The Musgrave Retail Group has bought the Supervalu stores at the Poppyfield Retail Park in Clonmel and on the Dublin Road in Thomastown.
194 TV viewers jailed
Some 194 people were sent to prison last year for non-payment of a TV licence. The numbers were confirmed by the Irish Prison Service who added that the majority of offenders were women.
Females accounted for 121 of those sent down while the remaining 73 were men.