Top stories in the papers this week 11 – 18 November 2011

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Saying ‘no’ to Tesco ‘saved 276 local jobs’ say researchers; Newspaper trial for 'look-alike' cover adjourned; Swoop on smugglers sees 15 arrested



17 November 2011

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1. Saying ‘no’ to Tesco ‘saved 276 local jobs’ say researchers

The loss of a possible Tesco store in Ballybofey, Co Donegal, has saved 276 local jobs, say campaigners.  The Donegal Daily  reports the retail giant had promised to create up to 100 jobs , until planners said no to the new store.  When the paper first reported on Tesco’s failure to gain planning permission, it was inundated with comments  – the majority against the new  supermarket  – and these can be viewed online on its website.

2. Newspaper trial for ‘look-alike’ cover  adjourned

After publishing an allegedly misleading ‘look-alike’ version of the defunct  Sunday Tribune, Associated Newspapers Ireland,  owner of the Irish Mail on Sunday, is being trialled at Dublin District Court for breaching consumer protection laws. The Evening Echo reports the group has pleaded not guilty to six charges but if found guilty, could be fined up €18,000 and have to pay the NCA’s legal costs. Judge Conal Gibbons has adjourned the case until 16 December .

3. Swoop on cigarette smugglers sees 15 arrested

Over 100 gardaí as well as officials from Revenue and the Criminal Assets Bureau were involved in a major early morning operation earlier this week which led to 15 arrests and the discovery of 100,000 contraband cigarettes. The Irish Examiner reports the search and arrest swoop took place at 27 locations in Leinster and east Munster and the 13 men and two women detained were held under anti-gang legislation.

4. Cigarette sales fall as smokers cut back

Sales of cigarettes have slumped yet again, with experts pointing to a rise in smuggling and smokers puffing less. The Irish Independent reports Revenue figures show excise was paid on just over 4.1 billion cigarettes in Ireland last year, down by more than 10% from a year  earlier. Sales quantities  are now down by a quarter from 2006, yet demand for rolling tobacco has soared, with sales running at record highs.

5. Pettitt’s celebrates 65 years in grocery business

Wexford businessman Des Pettitt is feeling nostalgic as his family celebrates 65 years in the grocery business. The Enniscorthy Guardian has printed a comprehensive history of the supermarket  group which has Pettitts Supervalu stores in Wexford, Enniscorthy, Gorey, Arklow and Athy.  The story begins with Des’ father Jackie, who was working with the L&N, opening a shop at 75 South Main Street, Wexford, in 1946.


SuperValu hopes Tidy Towns bid will not be binned (Irish Times)

Bord Bia Awards (Irish Times)

Dead bird found in salad (Inside Ireland) 

Mail on Sunday’s Sunday Tribune cover was ‘not unlawful’, court hears (The

Motion – Fuel Laundering  (

Tesco Price Check claim was misleading, says ASA (Guardian, UK)

‘Mail on Sunday’ defends ‘Tribune’ cover (Irish Times)

Asda sales up amid fall in shoppers (Evening Echo)

100 jobs lost as an bord pleanala refuses permission for tesco store (Donegal Daily)

Supermarket price wars help reduce Britain’s inflation rate (Irish Times)

Easons announces pre-tax losses of £1.5m (BBC)

King set to give downbeat forecast of UK growth amid euro woes (Irish Independent)

Lego sales: Irish sales have jumped 81% in the last year (Irish Independent)

Supermarkets begin fuel price war (Belfast Telegraph)

End of era as shop is shut over £120k bill (Belfast Telegraph)

Free shots, free beer, free haircuts: the alcohol price war (Irish Times)

Starbucks branches out into juice sector (Evening Herald)

Online adspend surges ahead to €65m in the first half of 2011 (Irish Independent)

Half of alcohol drinkers ‘damaging their health’ (Irish Times)

WH Smith sales dip fuels festive retail fears (Belfast Telegraph)

Euro 2012 qualification could lift retail spirits of a nation and give economy a bounce (Irish Times)

FF TD suggests over-21 off-licence restriction (RTE)

Boost for Donegal shops as pound heads for critical €1.20 mark (Donegal Daily)

‘Gourmet’ salt is no better for your health than table variety, study finds (Guardian, UK)

Rising turkey prices mean costly Christmas (Inside Ireland)

Morrisons attracts record numbers (Belfast Telegraph)

Part-time women workers earn less than full-time (Irish Times)

Supermarkets ‘confuse’ consumers with product pricing (Guardian, UK)

Predictions that inflation will ease after rise of 2.8% in October (Irish Times)

Young jobseekers told to work without pay or lose unemployment benefits (Guardian, UK)



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