Blaze treated as arson
EIGHT people were saved from a blazing building by pedestrians. The fire in a house on the North Circular Road in Dublin is being treated as arson by gardai.
A number of passers-by ran into the blazing house and raised the alarm shortly after 7am yesterday. The fire broke out in the terraced property, which is split into flats, near Oxmantown Road junction.
MATERNITY WARD WOES
THE HSE has admitted that more mothers and newborn babies may be forced to endure the sound of maintenance work in the maternity unit of a busy hospital. Floors were dug up and concrete laid down in the middle of the night in the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.
Despite issuing an apology on behalf of the hospital, the HSE last night admitted the renovation work may continue until Christmas week, and said it intended for maintenance crews to continue until December 19 to complete the "essential" work.
RURAL TAXIS PLAN
ISOLATED villages in rural areas will have dedicated taxis from the spring, under plans to improve transport links. New regulations have been passed by the National Transport Authority (NTA) allowing rural hackney licences to be introduced.
The vehicles will only be allowed operate in specific areas and operators must prove there is a transport deficit in the area before being granted a licence. A vehicle licence will cost €50 and a driver licence €20.
AIRLIFT AFTER ROOF FALL
A 52-YEAR-old man had to be airlifted to Galway University Hospital after suffering extensive injuries when he fell off the roof of his house. The incident occurred in Carraroe, Co Galway, around 1pm yesterday when the man fell from the roof of his bungalow.
An air corps rescue helicopter was dispatched to Carraroe GAA Club, close to the scene of the accident. He was airlifted to hospital with back injuries.