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Maggots and teeth in served food

Hundreds of  diners reported finding everything from maggots to teeth in meals bought from food outlets.
 
Among the 3,400 complaints received by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) were reports of chewing gum turning up in sandwich wraps, in scrambled egg from a breakfast buffet and in takeaway rice; maggots in mashed potato, hair in a sandwich; and a tooth in a takeaway dish.
 Pre-packaged food also had some surprise ingredients including rodent droppings in a bag of crisps, larvae in a jar of beetroot, glass in a smoothie, and a wasp in a packet of rashers.
 Unlisted allergens or confusing information about allergens also left a bad taste in the mouths of 103 people — a 42% increase on 2016.
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Fallon and Byrne for Dundrum

Fallon & Byrne is  to open a new flagship food hall, delicatessen and restaurant in the original Dundrum village centre.
The  9,000sq m (10,000sq ft) speciality food hall will enhance the shopping centre’s food and beverage offering, which is already serviced by 15 restaurants and five fast-food outlets.
Fallon & Byrne is now awaiting planning approval to redevelop five two-storey redbrick buildings on Ashgrove Terrace, located opposite the Flye Fit Gym on Dundrum’s main street.
 
 
 
 

Intercon backs The Blues

InterContinental Dublin is the official hotel partner of Leinster Rugby for the 2018/2019 season.  Pictured with GM Nicky Logue, are Director of Sales and Marketing Ciara 

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Hanley, and Sous Chef Daniel Jinariu) with Garry Ringrose Ross Molony and Max Deegan. 
 Ciara Hanley, Director of Sales & Marketing at InterContinental Dublin:
 “We are delighted to welcome Leinster Rugby, whose home ground is literally on our doorstep, so it makes great sense for both parties that we have become partners for the 2018/2019 season. The Hotel has a long relationship with the rugby community and we look forward to working closely with Leinster Rugby staff, the team and supporters over the coming years. For us, the brand alignment with Leinster Rugby is a perfect fit and we wish the team all the best in the upcoming Guinness Pro14 and The European Rugby Champions Cup.”
 
 Mick Dawson, Chief Executive, Leinster Rugby: 
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Law will hit Whiskey Tourism

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The Government’s Public Health (Alcohol) Bill in its current state will hurt Ireland’s fast-growing whiskey tourism industry, according to the Irish Whiskey Association.
 The proposed Bill significantly restricts advertisements which refer to alcohol branding including where alcohol advertisements can be displayed.  The Bill makes no special provisions or exemptions for whiskey distillery visitor centres, which means advertising of visitor centres which include a whiskey (or beer) brand name will be severely restricted and in some cases prohibited.
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Hoteliers seek to sue Council

A couple who allege they were the victims of a corrupt planning decision are bidding to sue Dublin City Council more than 30 years after it refused them permission for a housing development, the Supreme Court heard on Tuesday.
 Dublin City Council and An Bórd Pleanála refused planning permission in 1987 to Clare Manor Hotel Ltd, owned by Gerald and Marie Bresnan, to build around 100 houses on land in Balgriffin where a hotel they had owned had burned down.
 However, the council subsequently granted developer Gannon Homes permission for 700 houses on the same site in 1990, after Clare Manor had sold the land. The Bresnans had sold on the understanding that the area was about to be rezoned for agricultural use, which would have seriously reduced the property’s value.
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