Motorists could save thousands a year by switching to public transport, it has been claimed.
Bus Eireann said rising fuel prices meant it was cheaper to use city bus services for a month than fill up a tank of petrol. A survey by the firm also found the annual cost of fuel for travelling by car between Kells and Dublin is around €4,725. "However, if that person was to take the bus using a Bus Eireann weekly ticket, it would cost them €2,702 a year – a saving of over €2,000," a spokesman said.
More scans for jockey
INJURED jockey JT McNamara will undergo further scans in hospital following a fall at the Cheltenham Festival.
McNamara's condition was described as "stable" and he remains in an induced coma in Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, while his wife Caroline is at his bedside. The father of three, who was the first to record 500 point-to-point wins, has already undergone lengthy surgery after he fractured two vertebrae in his neck after a fall last Thursday.
Polish man hit by car
A POLISH man is in a critical condition in hospital after being struck by a car on St Patrick's night.
The 28-year-old was crossing the road at Upper Strand in Youghal, Co Cork, when he was hit by the car at about 8pm. He sustained very serious leg injuries in the incident and was taken to Cork University Hospital where he remained in a critical condition last night. Anyone with information is asked to contact Youghal gardai on 024-92200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
A NEW voluntary group has been set up in Wexford to address the increasing number of suicides in the county.
Emergency and voluntary services have come together to "try and combat a long epidemic of suicides off Wexford Bridge", Wexford Marine Watch said yesterday. Wexford Marine Watch operates 'safety prevention patrols' various nights a week by volunteers.
€65k overtime bill
TWENTY health staff were paid almost €65,000 in overtime to process claims relating to 4,326 people who retired from the Health Service Executive (HSE) last year.
In response to a Freedom of Information request, the HSE has confirmed that it paid 20 staff an extra €64,110 for work over a two-month period. The overtime rate for the top recipient was €35.57 per hour.