Monday 25 September 2017

CIE eyes fare hikes

PASSENGERS could face another hike in fares as unprecedented financial headaches hit CIE.

The company's losses are mounting despite cutbacks in recent months. The net deficit last year was €11.6m compared to a 2012 surplus of €11.7m.

A CIE spokesman said: "It's too early to say specifically if there will be increases. But it is certainly something we would be in discussion with the National Transport Authority about."

SWORD KILLER 'INSANE'

A MAN who killed his elderly father with a World War I sword hours after being released from prison has been found not guilty of his murder by reason of insanity.

Edward Boylan Jnr (31), of no fixed abode, admitted causing the death of Edward Boylan Snr on January 6 or 7 2012. But Boylan, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, pleaded not guilty to the 74-year-old's murder at his flat in the Ravensdale Close retirement complex in Crumlin, Dublin.

BID TO RENAME ST PAT'S

PRISON officers want to rename St Patrick's Institution the Countess Markievicz Unit. The Dublin institution has been used to house young offenders for decades.

Countess Markievicz was a revolutionary nationalist, who became the first woman to be elected to the British House of Commons in December 1918. She did not take her seat and along with other Sinn Fein TDs formed the first Dail Eireann. The renaming call was made at the Prisoner Officers' annual conference.

COURT ATTACK GUILTY PLEA

A JUDGE will be shown CCTV evidence in July in the adjourned case of a young Dublin man who has admitted attacking a senior member of the judiciary and a security guard at the Four Courts.

A guilty plea was entered at Dublin District Court by Eoin McGinn (23) from Liscarne Gardens, in Clondalkin, who faces three charges arising from the attack on Mr Justice Anthony Barr and a security officer. McGinn, an apprentice, remains on bail.

NO ROW WITH RYAN'S EX

THE late Gerry Ryan's partner Melanie Verwoerd has revealed she never met his ex-wife until the radio presenter's funeral.

The former UNICEF Ireland director told Today FM there is no animosity between herself and her lover's former spouse, Morah Ryan.

Ms Verwoerd dated RTE presenter Gerry for two years, until he died suddenly on April 30, 2010.

Irish Independent

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