Protest over RTÉ coverage of Repeal the 8th march

A number of people gathered outside RTÉ studios in Donnybrook this afternoon to demand more coverage of the Repeal the 8th campaign.

Organisers of the 'RTÉ Recognition 4 Repeal' event say the broadcaster failed to cover properly the demonstrations on 8 March.

On the Facebook event page, organisers said: "RTÉ cannot get away with ignoring us and refusing to show the truth: that we are many and we will not wait.

"We can't lose momentum, demand a referendum. Demand fair media attention. Demand that they show the truth."


ECJ to rule on headscarves in workplace

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will determine tomorrow whether an employer can prohibit staff from wearing the Islamic headscarf in the first case of its kind before the EU's top court.
           
The ECJ will rule on the cases of two female employees in Belgium and in France, who were dismissed for refusing to remove their headscarves, a day before a Dutch parliamentary election dominated by the issue of immigration and integration.

The Islamic headscarf is a contentious issue in several European countries, notably France, which attaches importance to the separation of state and religious institutions and where the anti-immigration far-right National Front party is seen performing strongly in an election this spring.


Appeal for witnesses after Clonakilty assault

An appeal has been issued for witnesses to an incident in which a man was seriously injured during a row at Pearse Street in Clonakilty, Co Cork, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The man had been socialising in the De Barra's pub after Ireland's rugby match with Wales.

He was involved in an incident on the street after he left the pub and was taken to Cork University Hospital, where he is said to be in a critical condition.

Gardaí are appealing to people who were in De Barra's pub or who were on Pearse Street between midnight on Friday night and 1am on Saturday to contact them.


18,000 apply for 250 jobs in Ikea in Serbia

Nearly 18,000 people have applied for 250 jobs at Serbia's first Ikea store, which opens later this year, the company has said.

The Swedish home furnishings giant has tallied 17,775 applications, most from Belgrade locals who would have a quick commute to the big box store being set up just outside the capital.

Belgrade once, and briefly, boasted an Ikea. The store opened in what was then the capital of Yugoslavia, on the eve of the break-up of the nation, and was shut when the Balkan wars began the early 1990s.

Now it says it is investing €70 million in the new site, which it hopes to open by summer and follow with four other locations. Unemployment rate in Serbia, a country of 7.2 million, was 19.7% in 2016, according to UN figures, with 44% of youth out of work.