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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Children trapped by rising tide

Four children had a lucky escape after a rising tide trapped them on a small island yesterday. The four -- a 10-year-old and three teenagers -- were with their father when the drama unfolded at Rinn Point, just off Ballyvaughan in Co Clare.

The children's father managed to raise the alarm. The Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter lowered a crew member to the island to assist the youngsters until they could be rescued by lifeboat. Two were treated for mild hypothermia.

Cyclists take on Tour for charity

A GROUP of amateur cyclists is braving a gruelling 200km stage of the Tour de France in aid of Ireland's only hospice for dying children.

Father-of-three Bernard Carr (40), from Oranmore, Co Galway, is leading the charge of 16 cyclists on July 14 to raise €15,000 for the Laura Lynn Home in Dublin. Additional information on sponsoring the cyclists can be found at

€45,000 award for unfair dismissal

A PACKING supervisor who appealed a decision of the Rights Commissioner ended up being awarded €45,000 for unfair dismissal. Ursula Hedderman of Aylmer Park, Naas, began working for Lily's Limited, trading as Lily O'Brien's Chocolates, Green Road, Newbridge, Co Kildare, in September 1997 and was made redundant in February 2009.

The Rights Commissioner awarded her €15,000 but she did not accept this payment and wanted to be reinstated. Considering reinstatement not the appropriate remedy, the Employment Appeals Tribunal awarded Ms Hedderman €45,000.

Capital 'facing house shortage'

THE capital faces a major housing shortage within a matter of months because of the low rate of new homes being constructed, it was claimed yesterday.

The Construction Industry Federation said just 8,000 new homes would be completed in Dublin this year, compared with 93,000 at the height of the boom.

Sea Sessions correction

Sea Sessions, the annual surf, skate and music festival, which brings thousands of visitors to Bundoran, Co Donegal, is running this year from June 29 to July 1.

This corrects a statement in an article in Saturday's Irish Independent Review, which erroneously suggested that the festival would not run. We regret any confusion caused by this error.

Irish Independent

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