Cliffs of Moher fail in 7 Wonders bid
The organisers of the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition have defended a decision to change the format at the last minute after the Cliffs of Moher lost out. The 702ft-high cliffs had been among 28 finalists, but in Geneva last night they failed to reach the final 14.
Voting ceased at 11.11am yesterday with an expectation that there would be an announcement at 7.07pm. But at 3.40pm, with just 20 minutes' notice, the format was changed and the entrants were told the top 14 would be confirmed ahead of the final announcement. The Cliffs of Moher did not feature in the top 14 when they were announced and so lost out on reaching the final seven.
Power to be cut off only as last resort
ENERGY suppliers have been warned to only cut off householders in arrears 'as a last resort' over the winter.
The Commission for Energy Regulation yesterday issued an "open letter" to suppliers, warning that they cannot disconnect vulnerable customers including the elderly over the winter period and that no one can be cut off over the Christmas period, between December 15 and January 3.
60 jobs at risk for factory workers
UP TO 60 workers at a food factory face being laid off before Christmas. SIPTU met with management at Dawn Fresh Foods Ltd in Fethard, Co Tipperary, yesterday, after the firm announced looming redundancies.
The plant employs 150 people on the Killenaule Road. Staff have already had their working hours cut recently.
Examinership for 11 pharmacy firms
AN examiner has been appointed to 11 companies employing 95 people in the McSweeney Pharmacy Group after a judge ruled they have a reasonable chance of survival.
The petition had been opposed by its largest creditor AIB, which is owed more than €13m of the group's €17m debts.
Payout for family after road death
THE family of a 30-year-old man who died after being struck by a car has received a settlement of €125,000.
Sigitas Kavaliauskas was struck by a car at Celbridge Road, Maynooth, Co Kildare, on October 18, 2007. His widow Rimute Kavaliauskas (34), with an address in Kaunas, Lithuania, and their four children brought an action against Robert Jozpef Kurzeja, of Kingsbury, Maynooth. The settlement was made without admission of liability.