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Survey finds 93% favourable towards Irish

Ninety-three per cent of those taking part in a new survey said they wished to have Irish revived or preserved.

The survey, The Irish Language and the Irish People, by Fr Mícheál MacGreil and Fergal Rhatigan, assesses the attitude of Irish people towards the Irish language, their use of it and their perception of their own competence.

Respondents who were reared in Dublin city and county were the most favourable.

Asked to assess their ability to speak the language, 47 per cent of Irish-born respondents among the 1,015 interviewees claimed reasonable competence. In a similar survey conducted in 1988-89 the figure was 41 per cent.

Man questioned over arms find

A 38-year-old man was being questioned by police in Belfast last night after a suspected arms and explosives seizure in the city.

He was detained following an operation in the Beechmount area of Belfast.

Tesco criticised over advert

Tesco has been criticised by an advertising watchdog for the manner in which it operated a special promotion, writes Mary Minihan.

The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland’s investigated a complaint relating to a promotional offer at Tesco for WeightWatchers products, which stated “buy 2 for €6 WeightWatchers Sausages in Cider Gravy with Vegetable Mash”.

A complainant said when she checked her till receipt she discovered she had been charged €3.99 per meal which came to a total of €7.98 instead of €6. Visiting a Tesco store the following day, she said she discovered the “buy 2 for €6” reference on the packaging had been defaced and was no longer legible.

The ASAI’s complaints committee “requested Tesco to remind their stores that it was not acceptable to remove promotional stickers from products that are subject to special offers”.

MEPs to vote on roaming charges

MEPs will vote today on measures that will cut charges for using mobile internet when roaming in the EU by up to 95 per cent.

This would be the first time that the EU has placed restrictions on the extremely high data prices charged to many Irish roaming customers.

Air-traffic control staffing levels

Manning levels in the main air-traffic control tower at Dublin airport at night should be examined, a report from the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) has recommended.

The call comes in a report from the AAIU, published yesterday, into the apparent near-miss involving a passenger aircraft and a high-rise hotel in Santry.

The incident happened on August 16th, 2007.

Murder inquiry launched in Derry

Police investigating the death of the brother of a Derry GAA football star have begun a murder inquiry.

Conor McCusker (31), elder brother of Derry vice-captain and full-back Niall, suffered serious head injuries in an incident near a nightclub in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, in the early hours of Sunday where the pair had been socialising.

The victim received emergency surgery in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital but his life-support machine was later switched off. PSNI officers have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the investigation.

Residents oppose GAA use of park

Residents of a north Dublin suburb are opposing moves by Dublin City Council to allow a local GAA club to train under-14 players in a public park.

The council intends to give GAA club Na Fianna permission to train school children on a playing area in Griffith Park in Drumcondra, adjacent to the club’s own grounds.

The club currently trains young players in Albert College Park on the Ballymun Road, but is having to decommission some of its pitches to facilitate Metro North.

Hanafin backs cheap school trips

Minister for Social and Family Affairs Mary Hanafin has warned against putting too much pressure on parents to pay for expensive overseas school trips for their children.