Firm moves division
A German electronics firm is moving one of its divisions back home. But workers at the Kostal plant in Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, say there are no concerns about their jobs manufacturing electronics for the car industry.
It is understood that the solar panel division is being moved back to its parent company in Ludenscheid, Germany. The firm, which has been in Abbeyfeale since 1981, is one of the area's biggest employers, with more than 800 staff.
CHILD IN HIT AND RUN
A MOTORIST is assisting gardai with their inquiries after a hit-and-run incident left a seven-year-old boy with critical injuries. The man (42) was arrested after being traced to an address in east Cork. The accident happened shortly after 1pm yesterday when the boy was playing with friends near his home at Ballymacoda in east Cork.
The child suffered multiple injuries and was taken to Cork University Hospital, where he was said to be in a critical condition with head and torso injuries.
€130K COCAINE FIND
Cocaine worth €130,000 concealed in shoes has been seized by customs officers at Dublin Airport.
Officers found the drugs concealed in the soles of the shoes of two men in their 40s and a woman in her 30s. The three, who had started their trip in Panama, were arrested before being handed over to the gardai.
WOMAN ROBBED PRIEST
A 46-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to robbing a priest of €2,000 in cash after he brought her into his home to use a computer in an effort to find her accommodation.
Michelle Byrne of St Mark's, Fair Street, Drogheda, Co Louth, was convicted of stealing the money, which was in an envelope in his office, from Rev Kevin Smith at Kilnacrott Abbey, Kilnacrott, Co Cavan, on March 9. She was sentenced to six months in jail, with three months of the term suspended, at Carrickmacross District Court, Co Monaghan.
WARNING OVER SLURRY
ALMOST a third of child fatalities on Irish farms were as a result of drowning in slurry from 2000 to 2010, according to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney yesterday launched a new DVD, 'Slurry Gas: The Silent Killer on Irish Farms,' which shows how the gases from slurry are instantly lethal.
It includes a testimonial from Galway farmer Noel Tierney, whose son Fergal died while trying to save his father after he had begun choking on the gases.