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Dublin Bus staff gift €17k to homeless

Kind-hearted Dublin Bus employees have delivered goods worth €17,000 to the Capuchin Day Centre.

The employees were asked to add one or more non-perishable goods to their shopping, that they then donated.

Each department and depot collected different items from toothpaste to baby food for the charity drive.

The goods were then delivered to the centre this month to help people in need.

Procurement manager Chris Quinlan had created a team of eager volunteers across the city to run the appeal.

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"The response from our colleagues has been overwhelming and shows that there is still a strong sense of community at work within the city," said Chris.

At present, 1,800 people a week need food parcels from the centre to feed their families. It has said that "the greatest challenge both physically and financially is to help the increased number of people who need food parcels".

The centre also provides breakfasts and dinners to hundreds of people in need each week.

Meanwhile, Dublin Bus has reported a further increase in passenger numbers last year.

Some 119 million passengers were carried on its 945 buses last year, which is an increase of 4 million on 2013.

"The continued increase in passenger numbers marks a significant step forward for Dublin Bus," chief executive, Paddy Doherty said.

Some 90 new buses will be delivered in the second half of the year.

It comes as 50 more drivers will be employed this year in the third recruitment drive by the company since 2013.

Some 160 drivers were hired last year.


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