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Dublin: 5 °C Monday 11 November, 2019

Lunchtime Fix: 6 things to know

Catch up as you refuel.


1. LET’S start with the good jobs newsa total of 270 new jobs are coming with a new manufacturing plant for Ethicon Biosurgery at Plassey, Limerick. Hurray!


2. MORE Garda whistleblowers are coming forward with “serious allegations in relation to malpractice and corruption”, according to Garda whistleblower John Wilson. Now, he says, we need a professional structure to process their claims.

Source: whistleblower via Shutterstock

3. HAVE you a banana in your lunchbox? Enjoy it while you can – the UN is warning of ‘massive destruction’ of the banana crop from a strain of ‘Panama disease‘.

Source: bananas via Shutterstock

4. AND if you did buy a banana today, chances are higher now that you got it in an Aldi or a Lidl - yup, the latest supermarket share research shows how attached we are to the ‘bargain’ outlets.

Source: scuba via Shutterstock

5. A devastating bus station bomb on the outskirts of Nigerian capital Abuja has killed at least 71 people – there are over 120 injured and the death toll may rise.

Source: AP Photo/Gbemiga Olamikan/Press Association Images

6. THIRTY years ago today, the body of a newborn baby boy was found on a beach in Cahersiveen, sparking what became known as the Kerry Babies scandal. Read this stark lookback at one of the most shocking episodes in recent Irish history.

The Kerry Babies 30th Anniversary Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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