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Over 300 jobs for food trade

More than 300 new jobs were announced today in the food sector.

Fast food giant McDonald's is to create 250 posts in a €12m expansion, opening three restaurants in greater Dublin and one other outside the capital.

And leading Australian healthcare business Probiotec will take on 70 workers when its European headquarters opens in Dundalk, Co Louth.

Meanwhile, a third investment by Apple computer reseller Compu B is to create about two dozen jobs at a new store in Dublin.

Harry's got the magic touch

JK Rowling's Harry Potter series worked its magic by topping a poll of books people would like to pass on to the next generation to read.

The survey from the organisers of World Book Day, which falls today, asked which best-selling book of the Noughties they would give to youngsters.

Books turned into movies were popular, with Dan Brown's blockbuster novel The Da Vinci Code coming second and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight in fifth place.

No new visa for sacked worker

A sacked Green Isle worker has joined protesting colleagues on hunger strike -- despite being told his visa had not been renewed and he must return home.

Filipino John Recto was dismissed from the Kildare frozen food plant in July with two other staff members for alleged breaches of IT policy. The father-of-three, who has now learned he must leave the country within days, will join co-workers striking over the company's refusal to reinstate or compensate the employees.

Green Isle shop steward Jim Wyse has been living on just water and salt for 15 days and last week former Offaly All-Ireland footballer John Guinan also embarked on the protest.