Bus company closes
EIGHTY jobs are to go after Ireland's oldest bus company was wound up. The cross-Border Lough Swilly bus company, operating in Derry and Donegal, will end services this Friday after 161 years.
It began as a railway company in 1853 after an act of parliament, and introduced bus services in 1929. The Unite union said it had met company liquidators and accepted the company couldn't be saved.
IRISH prisons are to adopt a new child-friendly approach allowing prisoners, for the first time in the State's history, to have physical contact with their children during visits.
The scheme is being piloted in three prisons: one in Limerick, one in the midlands and one in Mountjoy. The pilot scheme is part of an early intervention strategy by the Prevention and Early Intervention Network (PEIN).
TEN ON DRUGS CHARGES
TEN men have appeared before Galway District Court on charges of drugs possession and having drugs for sale or supply. They were arrested in a series of raids over the course of yesterday. The arrests were made as part of an ongoing operation into the sale of drugs in Galway city.
All 10 were remanded on bail or with consent to bail to appear again before the courts on June 16 for the directions of the DPP.
NEW MRSA STRAINS
RESEARCHERS have discovered strains of MRSA affecting Irish patients that are more resistant and virulent than more common forms of the superbug.
Microbiologists studied a large sample of MRSA that occurred sporadically in patients with bloodstream infections in Irish hospitals between 2000-2012. The researchers from the Oral Biosciences Microbiology Unit in the School of Dental Science in Trinity College hope their study will help early detection of new strains of the superbug.
HEANEY TRIBUTE NIGHT
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins, actor Gabriel Byrne and American singer Paul Simon will take part in a celebration of Seamus Heaney next week. A night dedicated to the Nobel-prize winner, who passed away in August 2013 aged 74, will take place in the National Concert Hall in Dublin on April 23.
The Dublin event is headlining this year's Dublin One City One Book festival, and preparations have been ongoing since last autumn.