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Switzerland's embassy shifts consular section to London in reorganisation

THE consular section of the Swiss embassy in Ireland is being moved to London as part of a reorganisation.

The small section looks after Swiss nationals living in Ireland and deals with queries about passport and ID cards, visas, immigration and emigration, citizenship requests and registration of births, deaths and marriages.

However, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs is making the move as part of a reorganisation of its consular network throughout the world.

A statement said that the embassy in Ireland would continue to perform its diplomatic duties, but the consular section was being moved to the Swiss embassy in London. The visa section of the Dublin embassy closed down permanently on April 13 last, it said.

Visa applications for Switzerland for tourism, visits and business will now be processed by the Austrian embassy in Dublin, which is at 93 Ailesbury Road. Visa applications for work, study, medical reasons and residence will be processed at the Swiss embassy in London.

Solicitors to become senior counsel

FOR the first time, solicitors will be able to become senior counsel under new legislation. Justice Minister Alan Shatter also said yesterday at the Law Society's annual conference that under the new Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011 a whistleblowers' provision would protect employees who report professional misconduct.

Under the new law, solicitors and barristers will be allowed to act jointly as advocates in court and other proceedings. Clients will also be able to nominate who should lead their cases where members of both legal professions are involved in a legal dispute.

No winner of €3.8m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €3,883,954 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 3, 12, 18, 25, 41, 42 (bonus 38).

There were no Match 5+bonus winners but there were 56 Match 5s who each get €1,439; 134 Match 4+bonus (€151); 2,415 Match 4s (€51); 2,986 Match 3+bonus (€28); and 40,160 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 11, 13, 15, 20, 28, 37 (bonus 18) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 1, 3, 6, 12, 15, 38 (bonus 43).

And in the UK draw for stg£6.8m, the numbers were 1, 5, 15, 22, 26, 42 (bonus 40).

TD arranges talks in bid to save jobs

A FINE Gael TD has arranged for eleventh-hour talks involving Enterprise Ireland and the management of the subsidiary of a British meat-processing plant in Co Monaghan in a bid to prevent the loss of 70 jobs in a border town.

Cargill Meats' plant at Castleblaney in Co Monaghan announced last week it was to shut down before the end of the month, with the pay-off of all its workers.

Deputy Sean Conlan of Cavan/Monaghan said yesterday that he intended to leave "nothing undone" in an effort to save the industry. Already, the firm has been forced to pay off 60 workers and the remaining 10 are to go with the shutdown of the plant on April 27.

Two held after cannabis is seized

TWO South African males in their mid-40s are being held in Ballymun Garda Station after a joint intelligence-led operation between the Revenue's Customs Service and gardai from Ballymun Drugs Unit, seized 10 kilos of herbal cannabis valued at €120,000 from a Drumcondra address.

The drugs came from South Africa, via Dublin Airport.

Man killed in crash near Mullingar

A 66-year-old man who died when his car was in collision with another car outside Mullingar on Friday has been named as John Quinn of Edgeworthstown, Co Longford.

The crash happened on the N4 outside Mullingar at Knockdrin, and a mother and three children who were in the other car involved were injured in the crash.

The scene of the accident was close where a man in his 80s died in a crash on Easter Sunday night.

Pub-restaurant is gutted by blaze

A WELL-KNOWN pub-restaurant in Bray, Co Wicklow has been gutted by an overnight fire. Fire-brigade personnel fought the blaze at the The Vevay Inn but the premises was extensively damaged. All four units of Bray Fire Brigade were on the scene for about eight hours, bringing the fire under control.

Woman rescued after mountain fall

A MAJOR early-morning rescue operation was mounted yesterday after a 65-year-old woman who was taking part in the annual Maumturks Challenge Walk suffered a fractured ankle about an hour into the event.

The injured woman was with a group which set off shortly after 7am from near Maam in Connemara. About an hour into the walk, she suffered a fall.

The Galway mountain-rescue team assessed the woman's injures and called in the Shannon-based Irish Coastguard. After spending more than three hours on the mountainside, the woman was flown to University College Hospital Galway where she was being treated last night.

Pensioner arrested over pub stabbing

A PENSIONER aged 77 was arrested by gardai after a man was stabbed several times in a pub in Hospital, Co Limerick, at around 6pm on Friday.

It is believed that the violent incident occurred. following a prior dispute between the two men, who are known to each other.

The victim was brought to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick, where he remained yesterday. He is said to be in a stable condition. The arrested man was being questioned at Bruff Garda Station yesterday.

Psoriasis sufferers take to catwalk

A GROUP of people suffering from psoriasis is taking to the catwalk to show off their style and skin and raise funds for the Psoriasis Association of Ireland.

The fashion show, 'Dare to Reveal', will take place on Thursday, May 3, at the Cork International Airport Hotel and the proceeds will go towards establishing psoriasis support groups in Cork and nationwide.

Theresa Tierney-Bugler, one of the show's organisers, said: "We have lived with psoriasis most of our lives and on May 3 we are going to stop covering it up and hiding and show off our style and skin. There will be male and female models, all volunteers who have psoriasis. This is a unique event, it has never been done before."

Tickets for the show are €20. For more details of the show, visit either www.psoriasireland.ie or www.mahonpointsc.ie.

Airline will recruit more staff here

A RUSSIAN airline has confirmed its acquisition of the Air Atlanta Aero Engineering aircraft-maintenance facility at Shannon Airport and said it will recruit additional staff.

The company will now be known as Transaero Engineering Ireland, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Transaero Airlines, which is based in Moscow.

Transaero Engineering Ireland, which already employs 240 highly qualified staff, said it intends to increase staff numbers shortly. The company is certified to carry out MRO (maintenance, repair, overhaul) on the Boeing 737, 757 and 767 aircraft, as well as business jets.

Housewife leaves €858,000 in her will

THERESA Grogan, a housewife of Cortown, Kells, Co Meath, who died on May 9, 2011, has left €858,789 in her will. Theresa Connolly, of Oranmore, Co Galway, who died on April 9, 2011, left €542,851; and Giles Roger Standish Plowden, a retired company director from Pembroke Parish, Bermuda, who died on May 21, 2009, left €120,366.

Sunday Independent