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In Brief: Last-gasp dash for digital TV

THERE'S s been a late surge in those switching to digital TV, with 50,000 making the changeover in recent weeks before the old analogue signal is switched off.

New figures show 25pc of those who still had an analogue TV service this summer have now switched to a digital service in advance of the October 24 move to digital-only broadcasts.

However, this leaves 150,000 people who still have to make the switch before the analogue signal is switched off.

And TV installers predicted many would leave it until after the deadline.

Soldiers on pay cuts warpath

SOLDIERS have warned the Government they will adopt a strong line over any attempt to axe allowances.

The troops are angry because they say the allowances, which were granted in the 1970s, are now part of core pay and were given to them to thwart their case for overtime.

They say their pay has already been reduced by 20pc due to cuts in the past couple of years.

The troops outlined their anger in Kilkenny yesterday evening at the annual conference of PDFORRA, the representative association for soldiers, sailors and aircrew.

TD pulls out in Wallace row

THE fallout from Mick Wallace's exposure as a tax cheat continued last night when a TD resigned from Joe Higgins' United Left Alliance (ULA).

Tipperary South TD Seamus Healy said his Workers and Unemployed Action Group was leaving the ULA.

Mr Healy directly blamed the alliance's handling of the Wallace affair and its failure to call on him to resign.

Vigil held for

shot woman

POLICE says a woman who was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent in California last week had struck the agent with her car at least twice.

It follows an incident where she fled an apartment after authorities came to arrest someone else,

The father of 32-year-old Valeria Munique Alvarado has demanded answers and mourners held a candlelight vigil in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista last night.