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Toy shop predicts biggest sales day

THE busiest day for buying toys this year will be on Monday week as parents switch to earlier online shopping, a leading toy retailer has claimed.

Current sales rates and historic trends suggest Monday, November 26, will be the biggest toy shopping day, Smyths said. Online shopping was particularly concentrated a few weeks before Christmas as parents were anxious to get purchases delivered well before the holiday to prevent last-minute panic buying, a spokesman said. Stores would be very busy in the immediate run-up to Christmas, but this would often be for stocking fillers and smaller gifts rather than children's main presents, he added.

Protesters occupy council building

A SITTING of a council meeting was disrupted when 100 anti-household charge campaigners briefly occupied a local authority building.

The protesters occupied Waterford City Hall for about 20 minutes and chanted in the empty chamber where the meeting was due to start, but left after gardai arrived. The members of the Waterford Campaign against Household Charges and Water Tax were protesting at City Hall on The Mall in Waterford to appeal to the local authority not to instigate legal proceedings against non-payers.

Garda base moves to army barracks

THE garda barracks in Clonmel is to relocate to the empty Kickham Army Barracks, which was closed last year. The current garda base on Emmet Street has been deemed unfit for purpose.

Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes said: "Significant progress has been made not just in relocating the gardai but for a number of other groups to use the Kickham Barracks site.'' Kickham Army Barracks was one of a number of military barracks closed in the country last year, with most of the soldiers serving there transferred to Sarsfield Army Barracks in Limerick City.

Irish Independent