| 15.8°C Dublin

200 new jobs from gas plan

Two hundred jobs are to be created after energy giant Airtricity announced plans to enter the gas market.

The power supplier, which last year secured 200,000 new customers after offering cheaper electricity, says that the new supply could cut a total of €210 off annual household energy bills.

Jobs will be offered in sales, customer service and billing departments with 100 new positions at its headquarters in Sandyford, Dublin, and another 100 outsourced.

Denise backs Lee's new role

New mother Denise Van Outen turned out to support her husband Lee Mead last night as he took to the stage for his new role in the musical Wicked.

The TV personality, who gave birth to daughter Betsy earlier this month, donned a back maxi dress and leopard print jacket to attend a guest night celebrating the musical's new cast at London's Apollo Victoria theatre.

Mead, who met his wife while appearing in BBC talent contest Any Dream Will Do, plays Fiyero in the show, which won an Olivier award for most popular musical.

Judge clears burger rapper

Not McGuilty was the verdict from a US judge who acquitted a young man of disorderly conduct for rapping an order at a McDonald's restaurant.

Spenser Dauwalder (18) got into trouble in October after he and three younger friends in Utah imitated a rap from a popular YouTube video that begins: "I need a double cheeseburger and hold the lettuce."

The teen said employees told them that they were holding up the queue and needed to order or leave.

Tragic campus 'broke the law'

Virginia Tech university broke federal campus security laws by waiting too long to notify students during a 2007 shooting rampage that killed 33, including the student gunman, a report has said.

Tech disputed the finding, saying that university officials met standards in effect at the time of the shootings and that the US Department of Education's preliminary report is coloured by "hindsight bias".