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Gardai hunt for missing girl (16)

Gardai are seeking the public's help in tracing a missing 16-year-old Kildare girl.

Bernadette O'Connor, from Naas, Co Kildare, has not been seen since the October 9.

She is 5ft 6ins, of medium build, with long brown hair with light highlights.

It is not known what she was wearing when she was last seen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Naas Garda Station on 045 884300, the Garda confidential line or any garda station.

Czech killer

is sent home

A CZECH national convicted of raping and murdering an Irish woman in 2007 will be transferred to a jail in the Czech Republic.

David Brozovsky was jailed for life for the rape and murder of mother-of-two Sharon Coughlan (34), from Longford.

The victim's family has met Justice Minister Alan Shatter to express their concern.

The Department of Justice said the Czech authorities have assured it that Brozovsky will serve at least 20 years in jail.

Fresh worries at Aer Lingus

INDUSTRIAL action was today back on the cards at Aer Lingus after pension talks ended without agreement overnight.

Trade union Siptu, which is involved in the talks with Dublin Airport Authority and Aer Lingus, says such action is now highly likely as the row rumbles on.

The union claimed the breakdown in the talks occurred when it says that Aer Lingus refused to meet unions. Aer Lingus described the Siptu statement as "misleading".

Ireland's hotels

'owe ¤6.7bn'

Irish hotels are carrying a total debt of €6.7bn, with as much as €2.5bn of that needing to be restructured, it's been claimed.

The finding comes in a report for the Irish Hotels Federation carried out by NUI Galway economist Alan Ahearne.

One of the main problems in restructuring the debt is that it is difficult to attract investment for smaller hotels outside the main urban areas.