UK discount store to bring 1,500 jobs
THE UK discount chain '99p Stores' is set to create 1,500 jobs here over four years but has admitted it will charge more for its products here.
With the first of its 50 projected stores set to open in Dublin next month, the Irish chain is to be rebranded 'Euro 50 Stores', charging customers a limit of €1.50 per item. The direct currency exchange rate on Stg99p is €1.10, but a spokesman for the store said that the €1.50 price mark was set in order to allow for fluctuations in exchange rates.
Cyclist struck by car dies at scene
A YOUNG cyclist was killed after being struck by a car in a Co Kerry village last night. The 19-year-old man died at the scene of the crash on the Killorglin road at Fossa, just north of Killarney, at around 9.15pm.
The body of the young man, who was from the Fossa area, remained at the scene as gardai sealed off the road for a forensic examination. It is believed he may have been struck by two separate vehicles. Gardai at Killarney Garda Station have asked any witnesses to the crash to contact them on 064 6671160.
O Cuiv 'would go to jail' over EU law
Fianna Fail deputy leader Eamon O Cuiv claimed yesterday he would be prepared to go to jail in protest over new septic tank charges due to be introduced.
The former minister is referring to proposals to bring in charges for homeowners with septic tanks to cover the cost of the waste systems being regularly inspected and maintained. The charges are coming in to fulfil an EU regulation. .
Sale of pill halted over rogue drug
PACKS of an over-the-counter pain medication on sale in Ireland have been recalled after a rogue anti-psychotic drug was found in the packs in the UK. All packs of Nurofen Plus have been recalled here following the discovery of the drug Seroquel XL in three packets of Nurofen Plus sold at three London-area pharmacies.
As a precautionary measure, sales of the drug will be halted.
Bus route culled despite protest
Dublin Bus plans to go ahead with controversial plans to scrap the 19 bus route today despite opposition from local residents.
The route had served the north and south of the city, running from Finglas, to Glasnevin, Phibsboro, the city centre, Crumlin, and terminating in Inchicore. Alternative services will be the number 9, 68, 83, and 122.