Video: Post-mortems due after drownings in Kerry, Lidl scrap mandatory retirement age

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Kerry drowning

Post-mortem examinations are due to get under way after a brother and sister are suspected to have drowned off Ballybunion Beach, Co Kerry.

Emergency services were called to the beach on Thursday evening after they were alerted that a person had got into difficulty in the water.

It is understood the alarm was raised by a teenage relative.

Gardaí confirmed a man, aged 50, and a woman, aged 62, were pronounced dead at the scene after they were recovered from the water.

Lidl retirement

Staff at Lidl Ireland are being offered the choice to continue working beyond retirement age as the company ditches mandatory retirement at 65.

It comes as Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced major changes to the State pension system are on the way, allowing employees more flexibility regarding retirement to incentivise workers to remain in the workforce to 70.

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Lidl said employees have already expressed interest in the initiative following the announcement.

New current accounts

There were 297,000 personal current accounts opened in 2022, according to the Banking Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI).

On average, about 11,000 personal current accounts were opened each week.

The number of personal current accounts continued to grow through June and into early July, with about 71,000 personal current accounts opened in the four weeks ending on July 8th.

Fuel consumption

Autodiesel volumes were down 2 per cent in June 2022 compared with last year, according to the latest figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Clearances of autodiesel in June 2022 fell to 298 million litres, showing a change from the long-term increasing trend for autodiesel volumes.

Meanwhile, clearances of petrol in June 2022 was at 79 million litres, remaining the same as June 2021, but 10 per cent below June 2019 figures.

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