Ski slope in pipeline
The country's first artificial all-weather public ski slope is coming to Cork. The Department of Transport and Tourism is to invest €20,000 in the Glen Resource centre, a community-based sports centre in Cork city, with the 30m structure expected to be completed next summer.
The new slope will also create additional local employment on top of the more than 20 part-time staff already working in the centre, which was opened in 2001 and is owned by Cork City Council and run by a local voluntary group.
CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR BAR
ONE bar is set to have a merry Christmas, having been granted a special licence to open at midnight on December 25.
The Donegal club has been granted an exemption that will see it serve alcohol for two hours on Christmas night. Judge Kevin Kilrane "reluctantly" decided to allow Paris nightclub to open after owner Conor McEniff assured him there would be no trouble and he would provide mini-buses to take people home.
MAN KILLED IN COLLISION
A PEDESTRIAN was killed after he was involved in a collision with a car.
The incident happened on the N25 Carrigtwohill to Midleton Road in Cork. Gardai at Cobh have launched a probe into the accident.
The man, who was in his late 60s, died immediately in the collision, which occurred at around 6.45pm yesterday. Gardai have appealed for any witnesses to the incident to contact them.
TAX OFFICE CLOSES
ONE of Dublin's three motor tax offices is to be shut for good as a result of a "significant reduction" in business. Clondalkin motor tax office will close on Christmas Eve -- almost two years after the closure of the Nutgrove office in Rathfarnham.
Dublin City Council has claimed that the decision stems from a major increase in the number of customers availing of tax services online.
FEARS OVER 160 JOBS
FEARS are mounting over the future of 160 jobs at the Irish subsidiary of a global insurance giant. Assurant Solutions confirmed it was now conducting a review of its operations, which could result in the shutdown of its operation on Cork's Model Farm Road.
The firm provides specialist insurance services for the global market and the Cork operation is similar to an office in Windsor in the UK, which is also under review. There are almost 400 workers spread between the two operations.