Strike threat grows
A TOTAL of 2,500 airline and airport workers have now voted in favour of industrial action, including strikes, following another day of ballot counting among SIPTU members.
For the first time, staff at Aer Lingus, Dublin Airport and independently-run Shannon Airport have all voted to strike at the same time. It comes after more than 1,000 workers at the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) earlier this week voted for strike action. The threatened unrest could start as early as February 26, potentially impacting major events like St Patrick's weekend.
ANOTHER JOBS BLOW
WATERFORD workers have suffered yet another blow with Honeywell announcing that it plans to close its pulp paper-measuring facility in the city with the loss of 27 jobs.
Trade union SIPTU is to meet with the company today, the first day of a 30-day consultation process on the closure of the facility formerly known as Measurex. A source said that the headcount across three Honeywell facilities at the IDA Waterford Industrial Estate was too high and that the work at Honeywell Process Solutions would be redistributed to plants in China and Canada.
TWO DRUG SEIZURES
A large amount of illegal cannabis herb was seized in Co Donegal last night. After an intelligence-led operation involving the Garda National Drug Unit, Customs, Revenue Enforcement Officers and the Divisional Drug Unit in Donegal, officers seized the drugs in an operation in Castlefin. The cannabis herb had an estimated street value €400,000. A man in his early 30s was arrested and was brought to Letterkenny garda station where he was detained overnight.
Meanwhile, almost two kilos of cocaine were discovered in a false bottom of a passenger's suitcase at Dublin Airport yesterday. Customs officers seized the illegal drugs when they stopped and searched a French man who had arrived on a flight from Brazil.
CHAPLIN LIVES ON
CHARLIE Chaplin's love of Ireland will be used to tempt more US visitors to these shores. Waterville, Co Kerry, has transformed its association with one of the world's most famous comedians into the fastest growing festival on the planet.
Kerry greats GAA legend Mick O'Dwyer and RTE 'Today' star Daithi O Se combined to launch the 2014 Charlie Chaplin Comedy Festival yesterday. This year's event runs from August 21-24.