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€6bn livestock boost

THE cattle and sheep sectors are worth almost €6bn a year to the economy and support 150,000 jobs, a report for the Irish Farmers Association has found.

And there is the potential to add another €1.6bn to that and create an extra 10,000 jobs, if the Government's expansion targets are met.

The findings are contained in a study carried out by UCD Professor of Agriculture and Food Economics Alan Renwick.

There are 4.75 million sheep and 6.6 million cattle in the country.

€25k damages for cut

A YOUNG girl who cut her knee on broken glass while watching a concert at her creche has been awarded €25,000 damages against a recreation centre.

Judge Matthew Deery heard Ellen Hackett (6) had sued through her mother and had been left with a scar. She was aged four at the time of the accident.

The judge approved the Injuries Board's assessment of €25,000 damages against creche owners Artane Beaumont Family Recreation Centre, Kilmore Road, Dublin, plus costs.

Bicycle helmet use

THE use of bicycle helmets is low among disadvantaged children and becomes less frequent as they get older, according to a study in the 'Irish Medical Journal'.

A group of 314 children were surveyed and half reported never wearing the helmet, which is not legally mandatory.

There were seven deaths and 263 hospital admissions among cyclists involved in road traffic accidents over a year, the researchers from Maynooth and Trinity College universities found.

New Macra chief

A SLIGO barrister has beaten off the challenge of a Cork engineer to become president of young farmers' organisation Macra na Feirme.

Kieran O'Dowd (35) was elected yesterday and will take over the post as farmers face the prospect of major reforms of EU farm policy which will be decided in Brussels in the next two months.

'Stab City' no longer

Ireland's State Pathologist says Limerick no longer deserves the title of 'Stab City'.

Professor Marie Cassidy, who attends most of the country's murder scenes, says calls to Limerick have fallen dramatically in recent years.

In 2008, Limerick's rate of violent crime was so high it was dubbed the 'murder capital of western Europe' by some media outlets.

Irish Independent