Two in three say buying Irish is key
Two out of three people believe that buying Irish products helps the country. Consumers believe it is now more important to buy Irish goods and services compared to five years ago.
A survey for the Guaranteed Irish group shows that people want Irish firms to highlight their nationality so they are easy to identify. Some 41pc of the 1,000 people questioned by Amarach Research said they bought Irish goods and services as often as they could.
Woman quizzed over car accident
GARDAI have interviewed a woman in connection with an accident that left a young man fighting for his life.
Patrick Paget (23), from Ballymun, north Dublin, was seriously injured after being struck by a car at around 5.30pm last Friday on Coultry Road, Ballymun. Mr Paget's condition in the Mater Hospital was described as critical but stable.
Garda appeal for missing Charlotte
A 68-year-old woman has gone missing from her home in north Dublin. Gardai have appealed for help in locating Charlotte Fitzpatrick, of Kilmore Close, Artane, Dublin, who has not been seen since 9.30am last Friday.
She is described as having short grey hair, green eyes and is 5ft 3in in height. When last seen, she was wearing black trousers, a black top and a short beige blazer. Anyone with information has been asked to contact Coolock garda station on 01 6664200 or the confidential line on 1800 666111.
Family have lucky escape from fire
A FAMILY -- including two young girls -- had a lucky escape when the apartment underneath them went on fire as they slept early yesterday.
Exploding canisters and alarms woke residents of the apartment block in Arklow, Co Wicklow, and the flat complex had been evacuated by the time the fire brigade arrived. Garda forensic experts are examining the scene to try to establish the cause of the fire.
Broadband for all secondary schools
Plans will be published after the summer detailing how high-speed broadband will be brought to all secondary schools.
Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said he had "positive discussions" with the Department of Finance to roll out the scheme. He added that broadband was key to including information and communications technology (ICT) in teaching. A pilot project involving 78 schools has been completed.