In brief: Man in court over fundraiser melee
A MAN is to appear in court today charged with various public order offences following a bizarre melee that erupted as local councillors were preparing to "sleep rough" last night to raise funds for a local homeless shelter.
The councillors from counties Louth and Meath managed to subdue a distraught man after he dismantled part of the hoardings at the sleep-out site in the centre of Drogheda and began waving it about before smashing the windshield of a passing car as frightened passers-by looked on.
Odds cut on a white Christmas
With just over a week to go before Christmas Day, bookmaker Paddy Power has slashed the odds of there being snow on the ground come December 25.
The latest weather forecasts and a rush of bets have led to the odds being cut to 4-6. The bookmaker now estimates that it's 60pc likely the country will experience the kind of Christmas Day everyone dreams of but rarely experiences.
Hospital limits visitors over bug
VISITORS are being urged to stay away from St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin after an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus there affected 21 patients on five wards.
The hospital last night requested that the public avoid visits if possible and to limit visitors to just one.