Tuesday 10 December 2019

Weather warning

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has warned road users to be aware of the dangers posed by fog, after Met Eireann issued an orange weather warning forecasting widespread fog across the country until noon today.

Motorists are advised to drive with dipped headlights on and to use fog lamps; reduce their speed and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them. They should also open a window a little so they can listen out for other road users.

Pedestrians and cyclists should avoid going out in fog unless it is necessary, advised the RSA.

Garda to go on trial

A garda who has pleaded not guilty to attacking a man in Dublin city centre in 2012 will go on trial in January.

Garda Donal O'Neill, who is based at Pearse Street station, in Dublin, is accused of assaulting a man on Pearse Street during an alleged incident on December 16, 2012.

He is being prosecuted by the DPP on behalf of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission.

Judge Eugene O'Kelly, sitting in Dublin District Court, yesterday set a date for the two-day trial to start on January 27 next. The court has heard that videolink facilities will be required.

Bright new ideas

A new treatment for hearing loss and innovations for portable wind turbines are among the ideas dreamt up by some of the finalists for the inaugural Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur competition.

The 24 finalists were named yesterday as they gathered for a boot camp in Dublin ahead of the national final next month.

Over 1,000 young entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 30 all over Ireland applied for the competition through Local Enterprise Offices.

Jobs go to Romania

Workers at a specialist clothing company which makes garda uniforms and is subsidised by the State announced Christmas staff redundancies last night, after saying it is switching production to Romania.

However, Udaras na Gaeltachta wouldn't say how many of the 34 jobs at SIOEN in the unemployment blackspot of Gweedore, west Donegal, would be going.

The company said SIPTU will take part in a consultation process and work with the employees to ensure that they have the opportunity to seek voluntary redundancy.

Local TD Pearse Doherty said workers were devastated.

Irish Independent

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