The top four things you need to know – Friday April 21st

Organisers of the Kinsale 7’s have erected signs around the town to deter people attending the event from drug use and anti social behaviour.

The event returns after a three year absence next week, running over two days on April 29th and 30th.

The signs are to comply with a court order issued by Judge James McNulty in Bandon District Court in February.

The Judge said there is a history of offending at the event, including public order and drug related issues which meant the warnings were needed.


Gardai will be out in force today, checking for speeding drivers.

It’s part of National Slow Down Day which kicked off a few moments ago and will run for 24 hours.


Ulster Bank will shut all of its remaining branches across the country, permanently, today.

Since the start of this month, customers have not been able to carry out in-branch transactions, other than those related to account closures of mortgages and loans.

The majority of Ulster Bank’s loans have been sold to either Permanent TSB or AIB.


Cost-of-living measures should probably be given out before the budget.

That’s the view of People Before Profit TD Brid Smith in response to comments by the Taoiseach.

Leo Varadkar has confirmed there will be income tax cuts and further cost-of-living measures in the budget this autumn.


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