Curtain falls on historic cinema
IRELAND'S first multiplex cinema last night closed its doors for the last time with the loss of more than 50 jobs. The popular UCI cinema has been operating in The Square in Tallaght, west Dublin, for more than 20 years.
However, its landlords Alburn confirmed the lease, which was always due to come to an end this month, would not be renewed. The cinema is believed to need refurbishment costing up to €10m. Management are hopeful a new operator can be found.
Gorse-fire threat to beauty spot
A beauty spot was under threat last night as a gorse fire raged through a section of the Wicklow Mountains. A fire measuring about half-a-mile wide burned close to the Sally Gap and the nearby Coillte-run forest at Ballycrean Upper.
The blaze erupted around 6km from the picturesque town of Aughrim, Co Wicklow, shortly after 7pm. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
McAleese praise for Timor links
PRESIDENT Mary McAleese last night celebrated the strong bond of solidarity between Ireland and Timor-Leste. Welcoming her east Timorese counterpart, Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, the President said both countries shared a special connection.
"Our nations' narratives have many common elements in the history of struggle for human rights, for the rule of good and fair law, for democracy, freedom and self-determination," she said. Mrs McAleese described Dr Ramos-Horta as a champion of peace.
Elderly taximan falls ill at protest
AN elderly taxi driver collapsed during a sit-in protest at the regulator's office last night.
Gardai confirmed that an ambulance was sent to Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin at around 8.30pm for a protester who was feeling unwell. The driver from Cork, who is aged in his 70s, fell ill after he and two other drivers staged a demonstration inside the office. The protest continued.