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Thursday 23 January 2020

Fire Brigade crash

Three people suffered minor injuries when a car was involved in a collision with a fire engine in Dublin's north inner city.

The incident occurred on Amiens Street in the North Strand area of the city shortly before 10pm.

Three people were taken to the Mater Hospital were they were treated for their injuries.

A garda spokesperson said the injuries were minor.

Amiens Street was closed for a period while emergency services were at the scene and the street was reopened around 40 minutes later.

Blaze in Kildare

Fire services were battling a blaze that broke out at an industrial warehouse just outside Naas, in Co Kildare late last night.

At least nine appliances from Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow were dispatched to the scene of the fire, at the Boran Plastic Packaging site, in the Millennium business park in Johnstown, about 2km outside Naas.

One worker was reported to be inside the facility at the time the fire broke out, before 11pm. However there were no reports of any injuries late last night.

An emergency services spokesperson said all other staff had been accounted for.

Cruiseliner U-turn

GALWAY lost out on a tourism bonanza yesterday due to bad weather.

The six-star Crystal Symphony cruiseliner, with 800 wealthy Americans on board, stayed for just an hour yesterday before leaving for Cork.

The ship's passengers were due to go ashore for the day, but left early due to forecast for poor weather last night.

It meant the abandonment of plans to take almost 1,000 passengers and most of the 500 crew members into Galway city on a shopping and lunching expedition.

Brewery extension

GUINNESS parent company Diageo is set to increase its output by a third after securing permission to install a giant barley roaster machine at its St James's Gate brewery in Dublin.

The grain is a key ingredient in Guinness and is said to give the stout its distinctive burnt flavour.

The machine will have an output capacity of 7,000 tonnes a year.

As the three existing roaster machines have a total capacity of 21,000 tonnes, the overall capacity will be 28,000 tonnes a year, after Dublin City Council granted permission.

The latest development will mean the number of barley roasters at the site will have to be doubled from two to four.

Irish Independent

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