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Thursday 23 January 2020

Air chiefs on ash alert

THE Irish Aviation Authority has said it remains on alert despite a flight warning over a volcano in Iceland being downgraded from red to orange.

Airspace above the Bardarbunga volcano was closed for a period last weekend after a sub-glacial eruption raised concerns of an ash cloud which could have grounded all flights intending to travel over the area.

A spokesperson said last night that it was continuing to "closely monitor" the situation and would quickly inform the public of any future threats to aviation.

U2 fans stake-out

DIE-HARD U2 fans staked out the Samuel Beckett Bridge yesterday amid speculation that the chart-topping band were filming a music video for their new album.

The rumour mill was sparked after Dublin City Council closed off the city centre bridge for the entire day to allow for filming on a day when the city's streets were already packed due to the Irish Rail strike.

A spokesperson for the council said he didn't know what was being filmed at the site - and it wasn't unusual to close off the bridge on a Sunday for maintenance work. However, social networking site Twitter was ablaze with rumours that it could be the famous foursome shooting scenes for their eagerly awaited new album.

Eight articulated lorries were parked beside the bridge for the shoot, which was screened from viewers' eyes during the day.

Drug addicts' movie

A GROUP of recovering drug addicts have made a film on the scourge of homelessness in Dublin.

A dozen former addicts were given the chance to produce a movie about a topic close to their heart as part of the Community Addiction Programme based in Thomas Street - they selected homelessness and many drew on personal experience.

The short film, 'No Fixed Abode', is a fictional account of Ann Darcy's real-life battle with life on the streets. Ann Darcy (50) ended up living between hostels and sleeping rough in 2012.

Food VAT cut delivers

A CUT of VAT on food to 9pc has led to the creation of 31,584 jobs, according to the Restaurants Association of Ireland.

The group published a report which it said had highlighted the positive impact of the VAT rate, which was introduced in 2011.

It estimated that the jobs were created in the food and accommodation sector.

Irish Independent

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