WEXFORD has been left penniless – as some 200 business owners stop handing out one and two cent coins. The withdrawal of small change is the first step in a trial scheme that could ultimately mean the coins being removed from circulation altogether.
The town has been selected by the Central Bank to operate a 'rounding trial' in which shop customers will have the cost of purchases rounded to the nearest 5c. Starting on September 16, the trial will run for nine weeks.
CHILD ABUSER IN COURT
VICTIMS of child abuser and former Irish Olympic Swim Coach, Ger Doyle, have taken cases against him which will be heard in the High Court within weeks.
Four of Doyle's five victims have taken claims against him and his former employer, New Ross Town Council. Cases are due before the High Court on October 8, in relation to three of the victims. The 52-year-old former National and Olympic coach was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail in July 2012 after being convicted of 35 sex-related offences against children, committed over the space of a decade.
ARREST OVER ATTACK
A 40-YEAR-old man will appear in court this morning in connection with an assault on a garda last month.
The suspect is due before Athlone District Court on number of charges relating to the incident which left the officer with six stitches on August 24. The suspect was arrested by gardai in Ferbane and brought to Birr Garda Station yesterday morning.
MISSING MAN APPEAL
GARDAI are seeking help in finding a man who has been missing from his home in Cherry Orchard, Co Dublin since Friday.
Mark O'Brien was last seen in the Talbot Street area of Dublin last Saturday. He is described as being 5ft 4in in height, approximately seven stone with black hair and brown eyes. When last seen he was wearing navy tracksuit bottoms, a navy and grey jacket and navy running shoes. Anyone who has seen Mark is asked to contact Ballyfermot garda station on 01-6667200 or the garda confidential line 1800 666111
SCHOOLGIRL HIT BY CAR
GARDAI are investigating after a girl, aged seven, was knocked down by a car.
The incident occurred yesterday as the girl was walking to her school with one of her parents. She was struck by a car at Norbiton Hill in Raheen, Limerick. Her injuries are said to be non-life threatening. Gardai at Roxboro Road can be reached on 061-214340.