Man 'was dragged on ground' in row
GARDAI are investigating an incident in a flats complex in which a man suffered injuries to his face after apparently being dragged along the ground. Officers went to Dorset Street flats in Dublin where they found the man in a confused state. It is understood that no complaint has been made to gardai.
It is understood the injured man, who has an address in Ballymun, was involved in a row with two other men who set fire to some of their clothes in a waste bin. Gardai denied speculation that an attempt was made to set fire to the man or to stab him. The incident happened about 2.30pm yesterday.
Minister warns on transport funds
TRANSPORT Minister Leo Varadkar has warned that public bus and rail services will shut down next year unless CIE implements cost-cutting reforms. He is currently withholding a promised payment of €36m to the semi-state responsible for Bus Eireann, Dublin Bus and Iarnrod Eireann due to their failure to meet his demands for change.
Mr Varadkar told the Dail that even if this additional funding was supplied, it would only give a "very short breathing space" to CIE until the end of the year.
Food charity sees jump in demand
A CHARITY that provides hot meals to the needy has seen a 400pc increase in the numbers availing of its services in the past 18 months. Cork Penny Dinners, which was established by the Quaker community, has been serving meals to people in need since the 1840s.
Volunteer and trustee with the organisation Caitriona Twomey said that up to about 18 months ago they were serving 20 meals a day, but now they are serving meals to over 100 people.