€7m disaster fund
IRISH retailer Penneys has said it will pay a further €7m to compensate victims in the collapse of a Bangladeshi factory last year that killed more than 1,100 people.
Penneys – which is also known as Primark – has already paid $2m (€1.43m) in short-term financial support and food distribution. It said it would pay out the extra $10m (€7.18m) in long-term compensation with $9m (€6.46m) going directly to the 580 workers of its supplier in Rana Plaza or their dependants.
Marine experts believe Dusty the Doolin Dolphin may be pregnant – which could explain aggressive behaviour she has exhibited recently to humans.
Dusty has become "jumpy" and wary of human contact, in the wake of a number of high profile incidents when two swimmers were hospitalised following separate incidents. One swimmer suffered broken ribs and vertebrae, while the other suffered injury to her kidney after being rammed.
SENTENCE IN SEX CASE
A GALWAY man is to be sentenced at the Central Criminal Court for rape.
The 41-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to rape of a female in a Co Galway town on a date in February 2011. Mr Justice Paul Carney declared the man a sex offender and ordered a victim impact statement to be prepared. He set a sentence date of April 28.
PLEA FOR DEPORTATION
A MAN who sustained a serious leg injury jumping from the roof of a cannabis growhouse in an attempt to evade gardai now wants to be deported to Vietnam.
Tran Hoa (28) pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis without a licence at Clash East, Tralee, Co Kerry, on October 21 last. Judge Carroll Moran adjourned the matter for sentencing to the July sitting of the Circuit Criminal Court.
MOBILE PHONE DRIVE
STUDENTS are being asked to get behind the BUMBLEance in a drive to collect 100,000 phones by the summer.
The student campus in UCC will be abuzz on Thursday, March 27 at 11am, for the appeal. The idea behind the ambulance is to transform what can be an incredibly stressful trip for critically ill children and their guardians into an altogether more pleasant journey. Anyone who donates a mobile phone will be in with a chance to win a brand new Mercedes. You can donate €4 by texting the word BUZZ to 50300.