Sunday 26 October 2014

Vodka warehouse find

Staff lock-in on wages

Published 24/05/2014 | 02:30

CUSTOMS officers have uncovered a storage warehouse for counterfeit vodka near the Border.

The find was made following an intelligence-led operation, which also involved customs agencies in the Netherlands and the UK. This resulted in a raid on a shed in Kilcurry, Co Louth. Two local people were questioned about the find but were not detained.

MORE than a dozen activists and former workers locked themselves inside the shut-down Paris Bakery on Dublin's iconic Moore Street last night and vowed to stay there until they are paid what they claim is more than €130,000 in outstanding wages.

Six ex-staff of the former French bakery and restaurant along with members of the trade union Mandate and activists from the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland (MRCI) began the lock-in yesterday afternoon when former owner Yannick Forel arrived to remove fixtures from the site.

HEARTBROKEN Daniel O'Donnell is set to return to his world tour after the death of his mother. Family and friends have urged the country music star to continue his shows following the death of 94-year-old Julia last Sunday.

He will fly to Canada today ahead of a gig in the city of Saskatoon, where he is due on stage in front of thousands of fans at the Sid Buckwood Theatre on Monday night. "It's what Julia would have wanted and it will be an emotional night for Daniel," said a close family friend.

US peace envoy Richard Haass has ruled out returning to Northern Ireland to broker a deal on parades, flags and the legacy of the Troubles.

A visit by the former diplomat to meet Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore in Dublin provoked speculation that he could chair a fresh round of talks between party chiefs at Stormont. However, after his meeting at Iveagh House, Mr Haass said while he remained interested in the process, his formal role has ended.

A PLANNING application has been lodged for the development of one of the country's largest biological waste treatment plants.

However, the plans to build an Anaerobic Digestion facility near the village of Lusk in north Co Dublin has been met with anger by shocked locals, who say it will destroy the area's strong farming reputation.

Irish Independent

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