DUBLIN, Feb 8 These are some of the leading stories in Ireland's newspapers on Thursday. Reuters has not verified these stories and cannot vouch for their accuracy:
THE IRISH TIMES
- The trade union Unite has said it will consider escalating its industrial action at the British embassy in Dublin next week if there is no move to find a resolution to the row over the forced redundancy of three personnel.
- The Labour leader, Eamon Gilmore, expressed strong support for the Lisbon Treaty yesterday but he flatly contradicted the Taoiseach's view that the document was not a revolutionary one by comparison with some of the earlier EU treaties.
- A major U.S. insurance company will today announce the creation of up to 200 jobs through the establishment of a software service centre in Carlow town.
- Hackers are targeting state departments for sensitive information, it can be revealed today. More than 80 government laptops have been stolen or are missing.
- Ladbrokes (LAD.L) has turned up the heat in the Irish betting market with the acquisition of Eastwood Bookmakers, the North's largest bookmaker, for 117.5 million pounds (157.7 million euros).
- Retailers yesterday locked horns with farmers in an escalating row over the amount farms are paid for the produce sold on supermarket shelves.
- A woman gave birth just hours after her husband was murdered in a machete attack as he lay in bed beside her.
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