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Oatfield shuts after 80 years

ONE of Ireland's most iconic confectionery brands, Oatfield Sweets, is to shut its doors after nearly 80 years.

Some 15 workers at the Letterkenny factory are being made redundant as the parent company, Zed Candy, moves production to the UK.

"The difficult but unavoidable business decision was made following a detailed review of our manufacturing operation over the past number of years," the company said in a statement. The firm was founded in 1927.

Anglo 'needs €1m security'

THE Commercial Court has reserved judgment on a bid by the former Anglo Irish Bank to compel the family of Sean Quinn to provide up to €1m security in a case.

Mrs Patricia Quinn and her five adult children initiated the proceedings last year contending they are not liable for €2.34bn loans made to Quinn companies.

The bank claims the cost of the "vast" discovery being sought by the Quinn side would be about €1m and it wants orders for the family to provide security for that.

Drug money 'fuels terror'

EVERY euro spent on illegal drugs helps "a revolting trade" which causes death and terror, a judge has said.

Judge Bridget Reilly also said at Dublin District Court yesterday that it did not matter how little people spent on narcotics, this was "enabling drug lords to live in palaces".

Her comments came during the case of a young west Dublin man who was caught with €50 worth of cocaine.

Widow died after taking pills

THE family of a 52-year old mother who collapsed and died after she was prescribed penicillin have settled their High Court action.

Widow Maria Daly collapsed and died at her home in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, in October 2007.

It was claimed that Ms Daly attended now-retired GP Patrick Nugent's surgery complaining of breathlessness. It was claimed that not withstanding the doctor knew she was allergic to penicillin, he prescribed an inhaler and augmentin penicillin tablets.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross heard the settlement was without liability admission.