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Charity cash donations fall

Corporate donations to charities fell by more than a quarter last year.

Fundraising Ireland revealed that, over Christmas alone, charities received just over €9m – a drop of nearly 11pc – from companies, compared to a 4.3pc decline in donations from the general public.

The association warned that the figures were worrying as the festive period is a crucial time to collect money for the most vulnerable.

Chief executive Anne Hanniffy said: "Corporate philanthropy and giving is critical to the lifeblood of Irish charitable work."


Six people were killed when a building that was being demolished collapsed, raining bricks on a neighbouring charity shop and injuring at least 13 others.

Early reports said one woman died in yesterday's accident in Philadelphia. Rescuers using their bare hands to move bricks and rubble kept working through the night.

One woman was pulled from the rubble of the Salvation Army shop two hours after the collapse when rescuers heard her voice, city fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers said.


Three teenage boys were airlifted from rocks at Killiney yesterday evening.

The alarm was raised by a member of the public who spotted the three youths at White Rock near Killiney Hill.

A lifeboat from Dun Laoghaire tried to reach the three but could not gain access to them, which led to the Coast Guard helicopter being called in.


An aspiring half-marathon runner in Minnesota attributed her back pain to a two-hour training session. A day later, she was cradling a 6lb 6oz daughter.

Trish Staine (33) says she had no idea she was pregnant. The mother of three said she hadn't gained any weight or felt foetal movement in the months before. And besides, her husband had a vasectomy.

"I definitely thought I was done having kids," she joked.