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Town gas explosion

TWO people cheated death in a gas explosion which wrecked a Cork store.

A woman in her 30s and a man in his 50s were injured when the blast occurred as a gas cylinder was apparently being replaced in a popular café and retail outlet in Ballinspittle, Co Cork.

A full investigation is under way. It is understood the man suffered serious burns while the woman suffered burns from flying debris. Both were hospitalised with non-life-threatening injuries.

Referendum warning

FINE Gael campaign director Simon Coveney bluntly warned that securing a 'Yes' vote in the same-sex marriage referendum would not be "a walk in the park."

The warning from the Defence Minister came as an Ipsos-MRBI poll showed support for a change in the Constitution had slumped by 6pc, down to 74pc.

Support for the 'No' vote has risen to 26pc - up 6pc. Same-sex marriage supporters admitted there was concern it might signal a shift in attitudes before the May vote.

€100m Opera Centre

LIMERICK has received the green light for a strategic Opera Centre costing up to €100m.

It is envisaged the project, part of the 2030 Economic and Spatial Plan to create an economic hub on a 50,000 sq metre area in the city, will be home to 3,000 jobs and employ 300 in construction.

Irish Independent