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Oz visa price doubles

EMIGRANTS hoping to move to Australia are going to have to dig deeper in their pockets, after it emerged the cost of applying for a temporary residence visa is about to double.

The price of four-year 457 visas, which are offered to skilled workers and their dependants who are sponsored by an Australian company, will rise from €350 (Aus $455) to €690 (Aus $900) from July 1. The move is part of a revenue-raising measure introduced by the Australian government in its budget yesterday.

Horns case adjourned

A Traveller facing prosecution in Austria in connection with the theft of rhino horns, has had his case further adjourned at the High Court. John Quilligan (31) of Roches Road in Rathkeale, Co Limerick, is wanted by Austrian prosecutors investigating the theft of the horns which are estimated to be worth €300,000 on the black market.

Mr Justice John Edwards adjourned the case and remanded Mr Quilligan on continuing bail. The case will be mentioned again on June 4.

€90,000 drugs seized

A man and a woman, both in their 20s, are being questioned by gardai in Store Street station, Dublin after two linked drug seizures.

Gardai detained the man at Lower Gardiner Street after seizing cocaine, with a street value of €70,000 during a search. In a follow-up search of an apartment at Christchurch, officers found €20,000 worth of cannabis herb and arrested the woman there.

Boyle notice over bug

Roscommon County Council has issued a boil water notice after a bug was found in the local water supply. The council and the HSE are urging consumers to boil all water for drinking, preparation of salads and for use in brushing teeth.

Sales of bottled water have been rocketing in Roscommon amid concerns that the boil water restriction could remain in place until the system gets a clean bill of health, possibly not for weeks.

Burren app goes live

One of the largest karst landscapes in Europe will in future appear much smaller after a new smartphone app went live yesterday.

The app uses GPS technology and Google Maps and can be used to guide tourists around the world-famous Burren region of counties Clare and Galway. The first comprehensive app for the Burren has been developed by the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark.

Irish Independent