City centre explosion
Five fire tenders were dispatched to a blaze after a car exploded in central Dublin last night.
The explosion occurred at Long Lane, near Camden Street, shortly before 11 pm.
No one was injured in the explosion. Fire crews extinguished the blaze, caused when a petrol tank in a parked vehicle exploded. The cause of the explosion was unknown last night.
FOUR HURT IN CRASH
THREE young men and a woman were injured in a two-car crash in Co Longford yesterday. The crash happened near Clondra on the Longford to Tarmonbarry Road at 12.05pm.
All four victims, aged in their 20s, were taken to Mullingar Hospital. Gardai said their injuries were serious but not life threatening.
MOUNTAIN BIKER IN FALL
A 40-YEAR-old man has been airlifted to hospital after suffering head injuries in a fall from a bicycle in the Dublin mountains.
The victim was injured when he came off his mountain bike near the Sally Gap area at around 4pm yesterday. The Coast Guard helicopter airlifted the man to St James's Hospital where his condition was not known last night.
TALKS IN AIRLINE ROW
EFFORTS to resolve a long-running pensions dispute at Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority will be ramped up today as an expert panel delivers its views to Government on how to resolve the impasse.
Earlier this month, the Government brokered the set-up of the expert panel to explore solutions. It came as trade union SIPTU threatened to effectively shut down the country's three main airports for four hours over the St Patrick's Day weekend.
BECKETT STORY IN PRINT
A PREVIOUSLY unpublished short story by Samuel Beckett will go on sale next month.
'Echo's Bones', a 13,500-word work, was commissioned as the final piece for his early collection 'More Pricks Than Kicks', but in 1934 was rejected by editor Charles Prentice, who said it gave him "the jim-jams". The new volume, published by Faber & Faber, goes on sale on April 17.
CRUISE HOLIDAY BOOM
IRELAND is on course to record its eighth successive year of cruise liner growth.
More than 100 major cruise liners visited Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Belfast last summer with the trade now worth almost €200m to the economy.