In Brief: Hospital hit by virus
TEMPLE Street Hospital in Dublin has imposed restrictions on visitors after an upsurge in the winter-related RSV virus, which could put sick patients at risk.
The Irish Independent was told the hospital had treated 67 children with RSV in the past two weeks and two with whooping cough in November. Five children were confirmed to be suffering from the winter vomiting bug in the past two weeks.
Family saved from fire
A FAMILY of four was being treated in hospital last night after they had to be rescued from their burning home in Clonroad, Ennis, Co Clare.
The fire is understood to have started in a converted attic in the bungalow. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.
Hurler returns home
A TIPPERARY hurler who was seriously injured outside a London nightclub last July has returned home for the first time since the accident.
Tony Hogan (27) was hit by a black cab as he left the Irish-owned Swan pub in Stockwell in the early hours of July 27 after a night out with teammates from the Pearse Brothers Hurling Club in London. The Lorraha native was a member of this year's London hurling team that captured the Christy Ring Cup.
After being treated for his injuries at Denmark Hill Hospital and St Mary's in Paddington, he has returned to his native Tipperary.
Farm income falls
FARM income will be down 10pc this year, official figures reveal. The fall is mainly down to higher spending on feed as a result of bad weather this summer and lower subsidies.
However, it is much lower than the 22pc drop previously estimated by farmers.
Total income for the year was €2.18bn or €254m less than last year, but it was still well ahead of 2010 figures, the Central Statistics Office's advance estimate of 2012 farm income shows. Farmers earned more for their food than last year with sales of €6.5bn, nearly 4pc more than in 2011 – a record year.