A MAN is in a critical condition in hospital after an explosion at a factory.
The man, in his 50s, was injured in the incident at a wood processing plant in Summy, Portnoo, Co Donegal this afternoon.
It's understood the explosion was caused by a tyre burst which caused lifting equipment to topple over on top of him.
The victim was flown to Letterkenny General Hospital by the Sligo 118 Rescue helicopter where he is said to be critical but stable.
The Health and Safety Authority has launched an investigation into the incident at North West Wood Products.
Cash in transit raid
A GANG stole a box of cash from a security man at a retail park in Co Louth.
The raid took place at about 2.50pm yesterday outside Heaton's store in the M1 retail park in Drogheda.
The men covered their faces with balaclavas before getting out of a car and demanding that the cash box be given to them.
They then fled the scene at speed.
It is understood a four-figure sum was stolen.
ESB meter explodes
The owner of an Indian restaurant was ordered to pay the ESB almost €4,000 after a investigator had his eyebrows burned off when a rigged electricity meter exploded.
Bettina Adams, of the Spice of India restaurant in Milford, Co Donegal, was charged with failing to stop the interference of a meter.
Letterkenny District Court heard how an electrical contractor received injuries at the premises. His eyebrows were burned while working at the meter on April 19, 2013.
The ESB investigated the issue and found the meter had been tampered with.
Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client was not responsible for the tampering.
His client was only renting the premises.
Judge Paul Kelly said it "graphically illustrates the dangers of such operations".
Mr Gallagher said Ms Adams had agreed to pay the ESB the €4,000 they were owed at €100 per month.