Brown bins by 2016
EVERY home in the country will have a brown bin to dispose of their food waste by 2016.
New rules mean waste companies and households with no refuse collection service must segregate their food waste, and have it properly disposed of in treatment centres or by home composting. The new regulations make it illegal to dispose of food in the black bin.
Wizz quits Cork
CORK Airport has been dealt a blow with news that Hungarian airline Wizz Air will end all services from there in the coming weeks.
The airline, which has operated out of Cork since 2006, already axed services to Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland as well as Vilnius in Lithuania in January. Over the next two months, Wizz will pull the last three remaining services to Gdansk, Poznan and Katowice.
HSE pest bill soars
HOSPITALS in Galway spent over €33,000 eradicating pests last year, it has been revealed.
Rats, mice, ants, pigeons, house flies, midges, blue bottles, flies, greenflies and silverfish were among the pests found at University Hospital Galway (UHG), Merlin Park Hospital, and Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, in 2012. The HSE West also revealed that the cost of hiring pest control company Rentokil for UHG and Merlin Park increased by 38pc last year to €27,553; and Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe spent a total of €6,051 on pest control in 2012, up 72pc on the previous year.
Ryan girl's pop hopes
THE daughter of late broadcaster Gerry Ryan is pursuing her dreams of becoming a pop star – six years after she burst on to the music scene with her girl band.
Bonnie Ryan toured with Westlife and Shayne Ward during her stint in the band Lady Nada when she was 14. But now the 20-year-old music student is one of the young hopefuls bidding to support The Saturdays when they perform a charity concert for St Vincent De Paul in the capital at the end of the month.
Bookshop to close
BOOKSELLER Hughes and Hughes is to close its shop in the biggest shopping centre in the country, with the loss of eight jobs.
The company announced with "great regret" that its store at Dundrum Town Centre in south Dublin is to close on Sunday. Cafe Libro, which is located in the shop, will continue to trade as normal in its current location.