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Saturday 17 March 2018

Books of evidence served in sex case

Books of evidence have been served on three people in connection with a hundred allegations of sexual assault on a young woman.

A man in his 50s, who appeared at Roscommon District Court on 55 charges of sexual assault and rape of a woman between 2004 and 2007, has been returned for trial to the Central Criminal Court. A 46-year-old woman was sent for trial to Roscommon Circuit Court on November 27 on 42 charges of sexual assault, using a child for sexual exploitation and wilfully ill-treating and neglecting a child in care during 2004 and 2007. Also returned for trial on the same date is a 58-year-old man on three charges of sexual assault between 2004 and 2006.

Laid-off staff want redundancy pay

NINETY staff who lost their jobs following the closure of a poultry plant in Co Cavan are demanding immediate payment of their redundancy entitlements.

Fifteen workers at the Co-operative Poultry Products plant in Cootehill were informed after work on Monday evening they were being made redundant while the remaining 75 staff were informed yesterday. The company was loss-making for the past few years and unsuccessful efforts were made to sell it as a going concern. It cited increased feed prices, rising energy costs, poor market prices and low-quality imports for its closure.

Private firms can't bid for school fleet

BUS Eireann will continue to run the school transport fleet serving 110,000 pupils a day after the High Court ruled that private companies were not entitled to bid for the business.

The court ruled that Bus Eireann did not have a contract with the Department of Education to operate the €150m-a-year scheme, but instead ran it on behalf of the State. The ruling means that two US-based transport companies which part-funded the challenge will not be allowed to enter the Irish school bus market. They are expected to appeal the decision.

Armed gang grabs €5,000 cash box

GARDAI are hunting an armed gang which cornered a G4S security man and escaped with a cash box holding about €5,000.

Up to three men are believed to have been involved in the robbery which happened close to the Marsh Road entrance to the Scotch Hall shopping centre in Drogheda. No shots were fired and no one was injured. The gang sped off in a silver Renault Laguna.

Irish Independent

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