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Beaches now among cleanest in EU

IRELAND has some of the cleanest beaches in the EU, a new survey has found.

A Europe-wide survey of 21,000 bathing spots ranks Ireland in fifth place overall for meeting strict water quality guidelines.

The European Environment Agency survey ranked Cyprus first with all of its bathing water sites meeting the strict guidelines, followed by Croatia (97.3pc), Malta (95.4pc), Greece (94.2pc) and Ireland (90.1pc). In 2009, Ireland ranked 10th.

Luas line extension to open in weeks

THE extension to the Luas Red line in Dublin will open for business next month.

The Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) said yesterday that the Citywest line will begin operations on July 2, allowing people to travel from Tallaght and the Point to Saggart in west Dublin.

Up to two million extra red line passenger journeys will be made annually on the 4.2km spur line, which leaves the Red line at Belgard, serving five stops -- Fettercairn, Cheeverstown, Citywest, Fortunestown and terminating at Saggart.

BBC apologises over faked footage

The BBC has had to apologise to cut-price fashion giant Primark -- which trades as Penneys here -- after an inquiry found a documentary on the company used faked footage.

The clothing company said the confirmation was "extraordinary" and that millions of people had been deceived by the programme.

An investigation by the BBC into the 'Panorama' special on the retailer's work practices found there were "serious failings" in the making of the documentary. Footage of three boys working in Bangalore in India was "more than likely not genuine", the broadcaster said.

Irish Independent