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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Celtic Linen talks

Workers at Celtic Linen have engaged in talks with management at the Labour Relations Commission over concerns that as many as 62 jobs will go.

The company this week announced plans for a "major restructuring" plan which will affect operations at their depots in Wexford, Dublin, Cork and Galway. The company's distribution section will be outsourced.

Siptu spokesman Peader Nolan confirmed both parties agreed to enter "a consultation process" in the LRC: "The aim of the LRC process is to agree a plan which maintains the operation of the business as a viable concern while ensuring the maximum number of jobs are saved."

Bacteria on beaches

Swimmers have been warned to avoid two popular beaches in the West of the country following an outbreak of intestinal enterococci.

Galway City Council posted 'Do Not Swim' notices at Blackrock and Ladies' Beach in Salthill.

The alarm was raised when, as a result of routine water testing, elevated levels of intestinal enterococci bacteria were detected.

The warning notice is in place until further notice. Re-sampling has taken place and it is expected results will be available tomorrow.

Results of samples at other beaches in the area, including Silver Strand and Grattan Road beach, were well within guidelines for safe swimming.

Nevin to stand trial

Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin is to stand trial on a charge of violent disorder.

Nevin of St Anthony's Cottages, Mullingar; Joseph Nevin (20) of Grange Meadows, Mullingar; and Christopher Nevin (22) of Grange Park, Mullingar, were all charged with violent disorder at Dominic Street, Mullingar, on April 6. They will appear in court again in October.

Amazon acquisition

Online retailer Amazon has reportedly acquired the former Jacob's biscuit factory in Tallaght, Dublin.

It is understood the firm, which already has one of its main data centres in the area, is set to create more jobs in the locality. It employs 1,400 nationwide.

The Jacob's building on the Belgard Road has been vacant since the biscuit factory closed in October 2008, with the loss of 200 jobs.

The new acquisition was first reported in the 'Tallaght Echo' newspaper.

Irish Independent

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