Updated: 23/05/12 : 09:13:00
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Woman presents herself to gardaí investigating Dublin woman's death

Gardaí have confirmed a woman has come forward to help in their investigation into another woman's death in Dublin at the weekend.

The body of 51 -year-old Phyllis Black was found at an apartment in the north inner city on Sunday afternoon.

Gardaí believe she may have been involved in an assault in the early hours of that morning.

A woman presented herself at Store Street garda station yesterday, it has emerged.

A post mortem is being carried out on Ms Black's remains today, and Gardaí are continuing their appeal for information.


Smartbox to create 70 Dublin jobs

Europe's leading producers of gift vouchers and rewards is creating up to 70 new jobs in Dublin.

Recruiting is already underway for 50 of the positions at Smartbox, as the company transfers its data centre to the city, with the potential for another 20 jobs in the next year and a half.

The new positions will be in areas including IT Infrastructure, software development and project management.


Waterford gardaí upgrade investigation to murder

Gardaí in Waterford city are appealing for information about the murder of a 22-year-old man.

Martin Brophy's body was found at a vacant building on New Gate Street on Monday evening.

The Garda investigation into his death was upgraded to murder last night, after a post-mortem showed he had been assaulted.

Mr Brophy was last seen alive in the Poleberry area of Waterford city last Saturday.


Oireachtas Committee to discuss laws to protect whistleblowers

New laws to protect whistleblowers will be discussed today by unions and politicians at the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform.

It comes as legislation is being finalised to protect people who expose wrongdoing in the public interest from reprisal.

The Bill aims to give legal guarantee to employees that they will not be penalised by employers for voicing their concerns about malpractice.

Today, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the National Union of Journalists will make submissions on the proposed legislation.


Kenny to meet eurozone leaders today

Growth in the eurozone will be top of the agenda when the Taoiseach travels to Brussels later today for an informal meeting of the European Council.

The talks will involve European heads of State, the Council President Herman Van Rompuy, and European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barrosso.

Today's meeting is being held in advance of a crucial EU summit at the end of June.

Ahead of the the talks, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he would actively contribute to the debate on growth and job creation within the monetary union.


Wicklow County Council to face trial in connection with firefighters' deaths

Wicklow County Council is to be tried next year on charges relating to the death of two firefighters in Bray.

Forty-six-year-old father of 15 Brian Murray and 26-year-old Mark O'Shaughnessy died while trying to extinguish a blaze at a disused factory at Adelaide Villas, off the Dargle Road, on September 26, 2007.

The council faces charges in relation to breaches of the Health and Safety Act, including that it failed to provide a system of work at Bray Fire Station, which ensured that firefighters were not exposed to unnecessary risk.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has set May 29 next year as the trial date, after lawyers for the council said there were still outstanding matters to be dealt with.

The trial is expected to last around three weeks.


Moneygall celebrates anniversary of Obama visit

Moneygall is today marking the first anniversary of the visit of US President Barack Obama.

The US President called to his ancestral home on May 23, 2011, putting the Offaly village on a world stage.

Since then, tourists have been flocking to Moneygall.

A mini festival is taking place today to mark the occasion, and staff from the US embassy will officially open the house where Obama's relatives lived.