Wednesday 21 February 2018

Is this a bright idea?

THE Justice Minister is looking for the public's input on whether we should permanently put the clocks forward.

A cross-party committee is seeking submissions about whether we should move to European time for three years on a trial basis. It's part of the Brighter Evenings Bill, which aims to put Ireland on Central European Time and in line with the rest of the continent. Submissions should be sent to the Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality by Friday, September 12.


BBC star Graham Norton will do the neighbourly thing and support the local festival in his adopted village.

The chat show host and comedian will serve as quizmaster for the sold-out charity table quiz in Ahakista in west Cork next Friday. Norton bought a house in Ahakista several years ago.


HOUSES were evacuated and roads closed for almost an hour while an Army bomb disposal team dealt with a viable explosive device that had been discovered by gardai.

Officers found the pipebomb while searching a house in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, yesterday afternoon. The Army arrived on the scene around lunchtime and removed the device, which was later made safe through a controlled explosion. Following further examination by the Army, the component parts of the improvised device were handed over to the gardai.


THE body of a man has been recovered from a lake popular with fishermen.

Gardai were understood to be treating the discovery of the man, who was believed to be in his late 30s, as a tragic incident. He was found shortly after 6pm yesterday evening in the waters of Lough Ramor in Virginia, Co Cavan. Gardai are awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination due to be carried out at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan, Co Meath, later today.


A family was evacuated from their home last night following a suspected gas explosion in a garden shed which caused their house to catch fire.

Six units of Dublin Fire Brigade were still battling the blaze at midnight on Cedarmount Road in Mount Merrion, south Dublin. No one was injured in the blaze. The cause of the explosion is under investigation but firefighters believe a gas canister in the garden shed may have exploded.

Irish Independent

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