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Ryanair to block sites

RYANAIR has the right to block or impose conditions on price comparison websites that mine data from the budget carrier's online database without its permission, the European Union's top court has ruled.

The European Court of Justice said price and flight information linked to Ryanair's website is not covered by a European Union directive on databanks. This means the airline can limit its use by others.

Ryanair urged passengers to use the carrier's own website to book flights.

Chemical leak

Eight people were hospitalised following a chemical leak at a pharmaceuticals plant in north county Dublin.

The incident occurred at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) factory in Swords at approximately 3.30am yesterday.

A spokesperson for the plant said the incident involved "a small localised chemical leak from a manufacturing vessel". Eight members of staff showing symptoms of reactions were taken to hospital and later released.

Hozier honoured

The Hozier's star is continuing to rise, as he has been nominated for a BRIT award. The singer-songwriter, who's real name is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, will take on Pharrell Williams and John Legend in the 'Best International Solo Male' category, at the glitzy awards ceremony due to be held on February 25 in London's O2 Arena. The 24-year-old last night said he was "blown away" by his first BRIT award nomination. "Thanks so much to all involved and congrats to all the nominees, thrilled here,"

Dunnes strike looms

STRIKE action looms at Dunnes Stores outlets around the country after trade union shop stewards voted overwhelmingly for a ballot of workers.

Some 4,000 workers will be balloted as Mandate union says the company has refused to implement a Labour Court recommendation over contracts providing secure hours.

Irish Independent