• herald

    Young mum 'under stress' when she stole set of knives from Lidl

    A young mother was under stress when she stole household goods from a supermarket, a court has heard. Melissa Lawrence (24) was arrested after she took a knife set and food worth €83. Judge David McHugh adjourned the case for payment of compensation to the shop. Lawrence, of St Finian's Grove, Lucan, pleaded guilty to one count of theft. The offence happened at Lidl, on the Maynooth Road in Leixlip, Co Kildare, last August 27. Giving evidence, Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that the accused went to the shop at around 3.47pm on the day in question. She selected household items worth €83 before passing all points of payment, the court heard. Sick She left the

  • The Huffington Post UK

    Donald Trump Hits Out At Reports Harry And Meghan Have Moved To The US

    The couple left their rented home in Vancouver and took a private flight to the US before the border between the two countries closed last week, the Sun reported on Sunday. Harry, Meghan and baby Archie are now said to be living in lockdown close to Hollywood in accordance with the sunshine state's Covid-19 containment measures. A source told the Sun: “Harry and Meghan have left Canada now for good. “The borders were closing and the flights were stopping. They had to get out.” The source added: “But this move was planned for some time. They realised Canada would not work out for various reasons and they want to be based in the Los Angeles area. “They have a big support network there. It's where

  • Irish Independent

    Gardai get checklist of essential jobs

    The government last weekned published list of "essential" workers after a day of confusion over who is exempt from unprecedented restrictions on movement due to the coronavirus crisis. It came as Gardai have mounted a massive operation to ensure the public complies with the strict limits on everyday life that have come into force in a bid to slow the spread of the disease. And in another development last night, Transport Minister Shane Ross confirmed that the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS), the National Car Testing (NCT) service are suspended until further notice. There was mass uncertainly over which workers would be allowed travel to their work places amid the otherwise strict instructions

  • Irish Independent

    Families will fracture under the stress of this crisis, but some will emerge stronger

    I was queuing in a supermarket, more than two metres from the customer ahead of me, when I sneezed into my elbow. The eyes of the lady ahead of me looked, momentarily, fearful and she reflexively pulled her neck scarf over her mouth. It was an extraordinary moment for me, an ordinary customer, to suddenly be seen as a threat to somebody's health and potentially their life. Undoubtedly, this must be the experience of thousands of people around the country as the fear that accompanies the pandemic takes a grip. Modern Ireland is driven by individualism. Will we adjust to becoming a more communitarian society as we not only have to look out for ourselves, but also be focused on the wellbeing of

  • Big News Network.com

    German minister kills himself over 'coronavirus crisis worries'

    Thomas Schaefer, the finance minister of Germany's Hesse state, killed himself apparently after becoming "deeply worried" over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, state premier Volker Bouffier said on Sunday. Schaefer, 54, was found dead near a railway track on Saturday. The Wiesbaden prosecution's office said they believe he died by suicide. "We are in shock, we are in disbelief and above all we are immensely sad," Bouffier said in a recorded statement. Hesse is home to Germany's financial capital Frankfurt, where major lenders like Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have their headquarters. The European Central Bank is also located in Frankfurt. A visibly shaken Bouffier

  • Irish Independent

    Ten more die in Ireland as preparations ramp up for coronavirus peak

    Ten further people with coronavirus have died in Ireland, taking the country's death toll to 46. There were 200 new diagnoses of Covid-19 reported on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,615. The figures were reported hours after it was announced that a Dublin hotel and conference centre will be the first of a series of new coronavirus centres for isolation and stepdown care. The new centres are part of a ramping-up of preparations across the healthcare sector in Ireland for the anticipated surge in coronavirus cases. On Sunday, health chiefs also detailed efforts to increase critical care capacity amid fears that ICU capacity could be overwhelmed at the peak of the outbreak.

  • Irish Independent

    UK minister asks Applegreen's 'essential' food service units to re-open during Covid-19 crisis

    Applegreen's Welcome Break subsidiary in the UK has been asked by the government there to re-open dozens of its food service units during the Covid-19 crisis because the business is deemed an essential service. It could see Welcome Break have to reactivate as many as 1,000 staff members. Applegreen owns 55pc of Welcome Break, which operates 24 motorway service stations in the UK, two trunk road service areas and 29 hotels. The hotels are closed during the pandemic. Applegreen also has almost 200 forecourts and motorway service areas in the UK under its own brand. Welcome Break received a letter last week from the UK Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps asking for its food service areas