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Motorists can pay toll on phone bill

MOTORISTS now have another way of paying to use Dublin's M50 after mobile phone company O2 signed a deal that will allow thousands of motorists to settle tolls through their phone bill.

Existing options for drivers using the country's busiest road include registering an electronic tag, opening a video account or paying in cash at shops, online or by calling a number which incurs a €3 charge. Motorists last year racked up fines of €8m after forgetting to pay the €3 toll.

The Regency Hotel: Clarification

AN article in the Irish Independent on November 7 headlined "Safety orders for food firms hit record high" referred to Regan Developments, which operates the Regency Hotel in Dublin 9.

It has been pointed out to us that a reference to "food poisoning" in the article was inaccurate and did not reflect the issues involved. We are happy to correct the record and apologise for any embarrassment or inconvenience caused.

Going, going, gun – Kelly pistol sold

IRISH-Australian outlaw Ned Kelly is continuing to make headlines from beyond the grave after a gun reputedly belonging to his younger brother fetched almost €100,000 at auction in Melbourne.

An unidentified private collector paid Aus$122,000 (€98,000) for the East India Company cavalry pistol bearing the name of Dan Kelly and the date 1876 engraved on the walnut stock.

Home help cuts save just €1.3m

Cuts in home help services throughout the country have yielded a paltry €1.3m saving – well short of its revised target of €8m after two and a half months.

With six weeks left to the end of the financial year, it is clear that the targets won't be met.

Details of the low returns from the cuts are contained in figures obtained by Fine Gael TD Denis Naughten.

"What is really frustrating is the fact that these cuts have a huge administrative cost," he said.

DNA call to nab dog mess culprits

DOGGIE DNA should be used to track down irresponsible owners who fail to use pooper-scoopers to clean pavements after their pets.

Fianna Fail councillor Kevin O'Keeffe wants cash-strapped Cork County Council to use special DNA testing kits to trace animals that foul pavements and public parks.

He said other countries including Germany and the United States use the technique and Cork should consider the scheme on a pilot basis.

Irish Independent