Former Clerys workers call for change in law 

Former workers from the Clerys Department Store have called on the Minister for Jobs to change the law, to prevent workers losing their jobs without notice.

They protested outside the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation today, in what they say will be a rolling protest.

They want legal measures introduced that would disqualify company directors, if 30 days notice is not given to employees.

Group targets TDs over wind farms

A group calling itself Protect Rural Ireland has called on the Government to suspend the development of wind farms and all planning applications for wind farms until new guidelines are introduced.

They intend to undertake a national campaign to unseat TDs who support the construction of wind farms and pylons.  

They claim to place the protection of Ireland's landscape, environment and people centre stage and seek to protect tourism, agriculture and equine industries. They are financed by voluntary contributions from approximately 20 local communities. 

The TDS who are so far targeted in their leaflets are Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, Minister for Communications Alex White, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Emmet Stagg, Bernard Durkan and Marcella Corcoran Kennedy.

Over 2,000 households without power in Cork 

Over 2,000 households in the lower harbour area of Cork are without electricity since lunchtime.

A spokesman for the ESB says the outage was caused when a contractor accidentally cut through a 110kv power cable on a construction site at Carrigroe.

Among the areas affected are Ringaskiddy, Haulbowline, Passage West, Monkstown and Shanbally.

Four ESB crews are working on repairing the fault.

Russian police uncover caviar smuggling operation

Russian traffic police have foiled a caviar smuggling operation after stopping a speeding hearse with 500kg of black caviar hidden in a coffin.

The driver of the funeral-home vehicle told police that he was transporting a dead woman to the far-eastern city of Khabarovsk, but upon inspection it turned out that "there was no dead body in the car", regional police said in a statement.

Policemen found plastic containers with caviar under the funeral wreaths and even inside the coffin, with the total haul amounting to 500kg.

The prized delicacy - salt-cured eggs of sturgeon fish that were originally found mainly in the Caspian Sea - fetches around €100 for a 125g jar.

Turkish police detain 30 IS suspects in raid: report

Turkish police detained around 30 suspects from the so-called Islamic State in a dawn raid today, a day after a deadly shoot out between Turkish police and a group of the jihadists, local media reported.

Police launched simultaneous operations against so-called IS cell houses in the conservative central Anatolian city of Konya, the Dogan news agency reported, adding that the operation was ongoing.