Bus worker helpline
BUS Eireann has plans to set up a nationwide helpline for staff who are suffering from work-related or personal problems.
The 24/7 helpline is part of the Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus's 'Employee Well Being Programme', which aims to provide confidential face-to-face counselling to employees.
ARMED GANG HITS HOTEL
GARDAI are appealing for witnesses following a terrifying armed robbery which took place at the An Grianan Hotel in Burt, Co Donegal.
Three men entered the premises just before 3am yesterday, and at least one was armed with a shotgun. The gang threatened a night porter who was on duty at the time of the incident. The men took a substantial amount of money from the hotel bar before making their escape. No one was injured.
CASTLE GETS DISTILLERY
ROCKSTARS playing to thousands of revellers in the historic 18th-century Slane Castle may soon be supping whiskey home-distilled from the barley grown on the estate.
The green light has been issued to Slane Castle owner Lord Henry Mountcharles and his son Alex for an ambitious project to convert its cut stone stable yards into a €12m-plus whiskey distillery and visitor centre, creating 25 full-time jobs. The family hope the visitor centre will prove an added attraction to the Boyne Valley tourist trail.
CRIME DATABASE CALL
LEADING Australian criminologists have called for a national database of violent criminals to predict 'repeat offenders' – which they believe would have labelled Irish woman Jill Meagher's killer as dangerous.
Australian National University professors Roderic Broadhurst and Ross Maller believe all the factors were in place to identify Adrian Ernest Bayley was at risk of reoffending. The rapist and murderer was jailed last month in Melbourne for a minimum of 35 years. He had been out on parole when he raped and strangled the 29-year-old Co Louth woman.
CLEVER TEEN CELLOIST
AN Irish teenage classical musician who has won a scholarship covering the US$36,000 (€27,600) fees for a performer's diploma at the acclaimed Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas, has vowed not to take any risks.
"I've heard too many horror stories about broken cellos in cargo to risk it," said Sinead O'Halloran (18), from Blackrock in Cork. "I'm flying out in August and I'll need to book an extra seat for my cello."