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15 January 2019 11:50 Marks & Spencer announces UK store closures, putting 1,000 jobs at risk

More than 1,000 jobs at Marks & Spencer are at risk as the retailer announced its latest round of store closures as part of a drastic transformation plan. The retailer released a list of 17 UK stores proposed for closure on Tuesday, in a move which will affect 1,045 employees. As part of an accelerated store closure programme, M&S is on track to close 208

15 January 2019 11:11 China criticises ‘irresponsible’ Trudeau comments in death penalty case

China has expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his criticism of a death sentence given to an alleged Canadian drug smuggler at a retrial. Mr Trudeau should “respect the rule of law, respect China’s judicial sovereignty, correct mistakes and stop making irresponsible remarks”, foreign ministry spokeswoman 209

14 January 2019 18:26 Christmas spending splurge lifts grocery spend to over €10.8 billion for 2018

The five largest supermarkets tapped the lion’s share of the €10.85bn spent last year on groceries, an increase of 2.8% from 2017. The new figures from researcher Kantar Worldpanel cover the important Christmas trading period and also suggest that price inflation has re-emerged on the Irish grocery market landscape. Prices of 30,000 grocery items rose at an annual 188

14 January 2019 10:15 Construction activity hit a four-month high in December

Construction activity growth hit a four-month high in the month of December. The latest Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Manager's Index monitors the sector's monthly performance and showed a reading of 56.3 in the final month of 2018, rising from 55.5 in November. Job creation in the sector also continued to rise for the 64th consecutive month 100

12 January 2019 11:29 Strength of Irish cannabis doubled in a decade

The strength of Irish cannabis has more than doubled over a ten year period. A survey of European seizures of cannabis resin shows its potency has increased significantly in the decade from 2006 to 2016. In Ireland, the strength of cannabis has doubled in that time which has in turn led to a rise in the number of young people looking for treatment for addiction 102

10 January 2019 18:23 Dublin to play two 'double-header' fixtures at Croke Park

Lidl National League Division 1 champions Dublin will play two glamour 2019 regulation fixtures at Croke Park. These games will serve as curtain-raisers and ‘double-headers’ alongside Dublin’s male counterparts at the Drumcondra venue. Dublin, who are also the reigning TG4 All-Ireland Senior champions, will open the defence of their Lidl NFL Division 89

08 January 2019 10:39 Number of patients on trolleys rises as nurses set to announce strike days

There has been another rise in the number of patients waiting for hospital beds across the country today. The INMO's latest report shows 583 are waiting on trolleys and in emergency departments. Cork University Hospital is the most overcrowded with 61 patients in need of a bed. That is followed by University Hospital Limerick and Letterkenny University 84

07 January 2019 15:53 Byton readies futuristic car with 48-inch digital dashboard and AI

Chinese motoring startup Byton is preparing to begin production of its smart intuitive vehicle, fitted with a 48-inch digital dashboard, a touch screen embedded in the steering wheel and support for 5G and Amazon Alexa among its futuristic features. The Tesla competitor provided an update on its plans at CES 2019, the main tech event of the year held in Las Vegas 275

07 January 2019 00:29 Wayne Rooney’s intoxication arrest ‘due to sleeping tablet disorientation’

Wayne Rooney has said his public intoxication arrest came when he was left “disorientated” by prescribed sleeping tablets he took on a flight while drinking. It emerged on Sunday that the former Manchester United and England captain was taken into custody in the US after a flight from Saudi Arabia touched down. Police said the 33-year-old was arrested 110

03 January 2019 06:56 Dietician claims childhood obesity has become a 'major issue'

Parents need to be more aware of how often their children are having fast food. Pediatrics Dietician in Temple Street Children's Hospital, Kizzy Moroney, said it has become a major issue. Figures from the latest Growing Up In Ireland study show that one in four three-year-olds and primary school children are overweight or obese. Ms Moroney says fast food and sweets 78