Saturday 16 December 2017

Celebrity chef urges Government to tackle red tape in food businesses

Ireland's first 'celebrity chef' will appeal to politicians to deal with the "over-regulation" of the food industry.

"I am calling for an audit of regulations," she said yesterday, calling on government departments to tackle the huge amount of red tape involved in running a food business. Darina Allen will be addressing the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly in Leinster House, Dublin, tomorrow on the issue.

"It is a given that we should be operating to the highest standards, but I think Government should be looking at duplication. A lot of different inspectors and different bodies are involved and this means a lot of filling up of forms and that takes time and time is money," she said.

"Ireland has a thriving food industry and the Government should be looking at every way to make it easier for it to operate," she added.

Business leaders taking part in a panel discussion on Tuesday will include Sean O'Driscoll of Glen Dimplex, Patrick Coveney of Greencore and Sally Storey of GlaxoSmithKline.

Unions on collision course with airline

THREE Aer Lingus unions said yesterday they were on a collision course with the airline over the transfer of the lease on the Shannon Airport hangar, which they said threatened 70 jobs. Maintenance workers have mandated Unite, Siptu and TEEU union officials to initiate resistance to the proposed transfer of the lease.

"Our members are appalled at the manner in which this devastating proposal was secretly contrived by airline management," said Brian Gormley, Unite regional officer and chairman of the Aer Lingus Craft Unions Group.

He added: "A group of employee representatives held a hastily arranged meeting with Christoph Mueller this week. They demanded that any decision to proceed be postponed until a consultation process was initiated with the 70 staff who stand to lose their jobs in the Aer Lingus Shannon maintenance base. This appeal was rejected."

Tribute for garda killed during floods

A NEW bridge at Manor Kilbride, Co Wicklow, will be named in honour of late Garda Ciaran Jones on Wednesday next. The 25-year-old was warning people about dangerous flood waters at the bridge, named Ballysmuttan Bridge, when he was swept to his death during torrential rain and storms last year.

Councillor Jim Ruttle, a near neighbour, suggested the tribute and received the full backing of his council colleagues. He also discussed the matter with the Jones family, receiving their full support.

No winner of €2m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €2m Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 3, 13, 14, 21, 35, 42 (bonus 33).

There were no Match 5+bonus winners, but there were 50 Match 5s, who each get €1,447; 112 Match 4+bonus (€162); 2,564 Match 4s (€44); 3,874 Match 3+bonus (€26); and 35,523 Match 3s (€5).

The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 12, 17, 28, 29, 30, 36 (bonus 8) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 1, 2, 15, 23, 25, 35 (bonus 11).

And in the UK draw for stg£4.2m, the numbers were 1, 5, 18, 21, 23, 33 (bonus 20).

Poll shows boost for 'Yes' campaign

THE latest opinion poll has given a boost to the 'Yes' campaign in the fiscal-compact referendum. The poll put the 'Yes' vote at 53 per cent and the 'No' at 31 per cent, while 16 per cent still don't know.

When 'don't knows' are excluded, 63 per cent advocate a 'Yes' vote, with 37 per cent saying 'No'. The figures were compiled by Red C for the Sunday Business Post.

Gilmore pays tribute to late Conroy

Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore has paid tribute to the late Sheila Conroy, a lifelong heroine of the trade union and labour movement.

Ms Conroy was the first woman elected to the executive of the ITGWU in 1958 and was secretary of the People's College, where she promoted education and training programmes for workers. She also served on the Commission for the Status of Women.

"Sheila made a huge contribution to both the trade union and women's movement, dedicating her life to creating a fairer and more equal Ireland," said An Tanaiste Mr Gilmore.

Retired farmer leaves €2.3m in will

Retired farmer William McDonnell, of Ballynockan, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, who died on September 6, 2011, has left €2,297,341 in his will.

Other wills: Jeremiah T Flood, engineer, Rocky Valley Road, Wicklow, €1,686,094; Thomas P Hayes, solicitor, Strand Road, Sandymount, Dublin, €1,554,824; Eugene Coleman, teacher, Marguerite Road, Glasnevin, Dublin, €1,454,630; William Griffin, farmer, Coolkenno, Tullow, Co Carlow, €1,385,951; Gabrielle Mary Paul Byrne, Park Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin, €1,229,000; and David Timlin, newsreader, Leopardstown Park Hospital, Dublin, left €90,395.

The value of wills includes property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.

Sunday Independent

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