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Jobs safe despite major factory fire

Five units of the fire service from Cork and Kerry spent more than seven hours yesterday trying to tackle a raging fire at a factory.

The blaze broke out at Mid-Cork Pallets and Packaging in the village of Clondrohid, near Macroom, at 7.40am. The warehouse was completely gutted but there was no damage to the production facility and owner John Lehane said there would be no lay-offs.

Call for new law in 'missing' cases

FAMILIES of missing people need a new legal framework to help them cope after a loved one disappears, the Law Reform Commission says.

In a document published today, the independent body recommends they should be able to apply to coroners or the courts for a declaration of presumed death. Figures from the Garda Missing Persons Bureau show there were 53,915 missing persons reports between 2003 and last year. Of these, 381 people remain missing.

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