Port traffic up
The port of Cork has confirmed its fifth successive year of increased traffic.
The facility, one of Ireland's main export gateways, confirmed that its traffic increased to 9.12m tonnes last year compared to 9.05m tonnes in 2012.
However, the port has still to match the record levels of traffic it enjoyed in 2007, the year before Ireland's financial crisis, when it handled 10.6m tonnes.
Port of Cork is planning a major expansion of its deep-water facilities in Ringaskiddy.
New ward for hospital
CONSTRUCTION work will begin today on Cork University Hospital's long-awaited new respiratory ward. The 20-bed facility will offer a dedicated ward for those suffering from serious respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis.
The unit has been funded by the Munster-based charity, Build4Life. It is hoped the facility will be operational by early next year.
CORK is to savour a major tourism boost thanks to a top-rated Belgian TV show. The programme, Vlaanderen Vakantieland (Flanders on Holiday), is to broadcast a major feature on Ireland's exciting new tourist route, the Wild Atlantic Way.
The feature involves the show presenters, Tina Maerevoet and Bill Barberis, touring the route complete with car and caravan. Their route ran from Croagh Patrick to Kinsale in Cork.
CORK publicans have been urged to support the Immigrant Council of Ireland campaign against sex trafficking.
The council's chief executive Denise Charlton said it was appealing to hotels, pubs, clubs and bistros to support the campaign by agreeing to stock beer mats that highlight the realities of the sex trade.
The council said it would supply beer mats to any outlet that wishes to support its campaign. "We are asking Cork publicans interested in supporting the campaign to contact us and we will provide a supply of the mats," she said.
Car crash injury
A man remains in a serious condition after a car crash in Donegal. The crash occurred near the Cruckakeehan junction on the main N56 road between Loughanure and Dungloe at 2am yesterday. The male driver and female passenger, both in their twenties, were rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital, where the man remains seriously ill.