Boom in rail journeys
RAIL passenger numbers have grown for the first time since 2007, new figures show. Some 18.3 million journeys were made in the first six months of the year, compared with 17.8 million in the same period of 2013, a rise of 2.7pc.
The sharpest increase was on inter-city services, particularly the Cork to Dublin route, in part fuelled by events including the Irish Open golf championship.
SF COUNCILLOR RATIFIED
A SEAT left vacant on Monaghan County Council after the election of Sinn Fein's Matt Carthy as an MEP has now been designated to his brother, Colm.
A design technician, the 31-year-old was selected at a Sinn Fein convention and his selection ratified yesterday. He will be officially declared a councillor in Monaghan today.
€1.56M FUND FOR YOUTH
MARGINALISED youth living near the Border are to benefit from a €1.5m reconciliation and local development fund.
The International Fund for Ireland yesterday announced the allocation of €1.56m for 17 rural and urban initiatives on both sides of the Border aimed at steering at-risk youth and adults away from paramilitarism and sectarian violence.
GANG TARGETED BMWS
AN Eastern European crime gang has allegedly stolen 120 BMW cars in a cross-border key cloning racket, the High Court has heard.
Prosecutors said the vehicles were all taken from the greater Dublin area in the past 10 months and moved to garages in Northern Ireland. Four men have been charged following a joint Garda and PSNI operation targeting premises in Co Down and Co Fermanagh.
CINEMAS TAKE KICKING
CINEMAS are taking a kicking as World Cup fever is keeping punters on their couches and barstools.
British cinema chain Cineworld, which operates a 17-screen cinema in Dublin, has blamed a 0.6pc fall in box office turnover in the first half of the year in Ireland and the UK on the month-long soccer tournament.
KILLER LOSES COURT BID
A man who claimed he was acting under duress when he murdered another man over five years ago has failed in a bid to have his case referred to the Supreme Court.
In April 2011 David Patchell (25), with a last address of Rossfield Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin, was sentenced to life after he was found guilty of the murder of Stephen O'Halloran.