In Brief: Robinson at festival
FORMER President Mary Robinson, Man Booker Prize-winning author Anne Enright and best-selling novelist Kate Mosse are among the headline acts at this year's West Cork Literary Festival, which kicks off tomorrow.
Hundreds of book lovers are expected to flock to the west Cork town of Bantry over the course of the week-long festival in a bid to get up close and personal with their literary idols.
NEWSAGENTS have accused Health Minister James Reilly of "grandstanding" on the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes, saying there is no evidence it will reduce smoking.
Joe Sweeney, president of the National Federation of Newsagents, said the new measures would only help illegal sellers. "We now expect the illicit market for smaller pouches of tobacco to explode," he said.
RYAN JURY SENT HOME
THE jury in the trial of property developer Michael Ryan was sent home for the weekend because of ongoing legal discussion.
Michael Ryan (60) faces three charges of making corrupt payments totalling €80,000 in 2006 to Fred Forsey, who was a Fine Gael councillor at the time. Ryan, with addresses at Al Eile Stud, Dungarvan, Co Waterford and The Sweepstakes, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, denies the charges.
E.COLI IN WATER SUPPLY
SUSPECTED traces of E.Coli and coliform bacteria have been found in a mains water supply.
Households and businesses in Birr and Crinkle are being advised to boil water before use. The local authority is also asking people not to use unboiled water for washing salad, washing or brushing teeth and all ice cubes should be thrown away.
COUNCIL'S JOB LOSSES
CORK City Council is to seek up to 50 redundancies from its 1,000 staff.
The scheme will only operate on a voluntary basis and is restricted to those who are under 60 years of age and who have a minimum of 24 months' service. Qualifying employees will depart by December 31, 2013.
LUNG DRUG BOOST
PEOPLE suffering from lung fibrosis have won their fight to get access to a new hi-tech drug which slows down the progression of the disease.
Pirfenidone was deemed too expensive earlier this year. Negotiations to lower the price have been ongoing and Health Minister James Reilly has now decided to make it available to suitable patients.