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Saturday 24 February 2018

Farmers diversify

BEEF and sheep farmers may have to look at other options such as forestry or leasing out their land if they keep losing money, the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association (ICSA) has said.

Farmers might need to reduce the number of suckler cows they keep to prevent another beef price collapse next year, its annual conference in Dublin was told.

ICSA president Patrick Kent said that changed specifications by factories here mean the beef farming sector must face up to the reality that either all dairy bull calves are exported or they will have to reduce herd numbers.

Bose plant jobs

Management at the Bose plant in Co Monaghan - which announced it would close resulting in the loss of 140 jobs - have agreed to delay the closure by two months in order to facilitate the discussions about redundancy terms.

Trade union Siptu, which represents many of the workers in the Carrickmacross plant, said the move would allow extra time to examine alternative employment opportunities.

"The closure of this plant, which has been in Carrickmacross since 1978, is devastating for our members, a dedicated and skilled workforce, and for the town and surrounding areas in Co Monaghan," Siptu organiser Jim McVeigh added.

Pensioner charged

AN elderly man has appeared in court charged with indecently assaulting a boy in north Dublin more than 50 years ago.

The accused (75) was granted bail after he was arrested yesterday and brought before Dublin District Court.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell adjourned the case against him for the accused to consider how he intends to plead to the charge.

The defendant, with an address in north Dublin, is charged with one count of indecently assaulting a boy at an unknown location in the north of the city.

The offence is alleged to have happened in the early 1960s.

Andrews picked by SF

Former Fianna Fáil TD Chris Andrews has been selected as Sinn Féin's candidate for the Dublin Bay South constituency in the general election.

The Dublin City councillor, whose grandfather helped found Fianna Fáil, confirmed in 2013 that he was joining Sinn Féin.

He said he wanted to help put money back into "people's pockets".

Irish Independent

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