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Thursday 22 February 2018

Cut road deaths plea

Parents on school runs are asked to pledge safer driving practices in a bid to cut accidents involving children.

With the return to school now just over a week away, a Parents' Parking Promise is being introduced in Mayo.

It commits parents and carers to park responsibly around schools - or consider using other modes of transport such as walking, cycling or the bus. Official figures show that between 1997 to 2012, 52 children were killed and 1,059 were seriously injured on Irish roads.

Panti film seeks funds

A NEW documentary is being made about Irish drag queen Panti Bliss.

The Queen of Ireland follows Rory O'Neill's journey from Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, to strutting his stuff on the world stage.

The film has been worked on for about four years, and this will continue until the proposed same-sex marriage referendum next year.

An Indie Go-Go website page has been set up where the public can make donations to help with funding.

Three injured in crash

THREE men were being treated in hospital last night after a three-car collision.

Gardai say the cars collided on the N17 just outside Charlestown, on the Sligo/Mayo border.

The male drivers of all three vehicles were rushed to Sligo General Hospital to be treated for their injuries.

The N17 was closed for a time.

Hunt for elusive stoat

NUI Galway researchers have asked the public to help in a quest to find out more about the elusive and unique Irish stoat.

One of Ireland's true native species the stoat has been present on the island since before the last Ice Age.

NUI Lecturer in Zoology, Dr Colin Lawton, wants anybody with information on the locations where stoats have been seen, the habitats they most frequently use, or those with any insights into their behaviour, to contact the college.

Direct sales jobs rise

THERE has been a 25pc increase in the number of people earning money through ''Direct Selling'' over the past year with 20,000 now involved.

Direct selling is where goods are sold direct to consumers outside of the standard retail shop.

It allows those involved to effectively run their own micro-business, selling well known product lines with the support of a particular direct selling company.

Irish Independent

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