Friday 19 January 2018

Whistleblowers' bill

People who expose wrongdoing in the public sector and in private companies are to be legally protected against retaliation for the first time. The Cabinet has approved the publication of a new whistleblowers' bill in two weeks' time.

It will give whistleblowers in the public and private service the right to be protected against retaliation by their employers for revealing wrongdoing. It will apply to gardai and the Defence Forces as well, but there will be restrictions to prevent the disclosure of sensitive security information.

MAN DROWNS IN LAKE

GARDAI are investigating a tragic drowning accident that claimed the life of a 26-year-old man. He was swimming with some friends at Knocknagarton Lake near Virginia, Co Cavan, when he got into trouble at around 10pm on Monday.

The man, whose name has not been released, is understood to be a Polish national who was living in Drogheda, Co Louth.

UNESCO FILM HONOUR

GALWAY is expected to become the country's first ever UNESCO City of Film. The bid by the City of the Tribes to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is due to be outlined next week when the 20th anniversary of the Irish Film Board will be marked in Galway.

The events focusing on the silver screen are in advance of Galway's 25th annual Film Fleadh which will have actress Saoirse Ronan as guest of honour.

NEW GOLDEN DISCS

Some 10 new jobs are to be created as Irish music retailer Golden Discs opens a flagship new store in a former HMV outlet.

Golden Discs will open its new outlet on Patrick Street in Cork in an historic premises which formerly housed a cinema, nightclub and a HMV store. The Irish music retailer last year celebrated 50 years in business and currently has 15 outlets and a workforce of more than 100.

FODDER PLAN TAKES FLIGHT

CORK is the latest airport to provide fodder to farmers still struggling to feed animals. Heavy rainfall and high temperatures have kick-started grass growth.

However, the situation facing farmers in the west remains critical amid fears many may have to massively reduce their stock levels in advance of next winter. Cork Airport revealed that, in light of the crisis, it had decided to offer grass growing along airport runways for silage. Some 10 local farmers have benefited from the offer.

Irish Independent

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