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In Brief: Last chance to pay homes tax

THE deadline to register for the local property tax (LPT) was extended last night as 10,000 applications an hour arrived with Revenue.

A quarter of a million homeowners rushed to register for the tax online yesterday before the midnight deadline.

A spokeswoman said Revenue had decided to extend the deadline due to the unprecedented volume of phone calls.

Homeowners now have until 8pm tonight to register.

At noon on Monday, 1.2m had registered, but this figure jumped to 1.44m by last night, a compliance rate of 80pc.

Those who fail to register by tonight's deadline face mandatory deductions from their salaries or pensions.

 

CHECKPOINTS TO SLOW DRIVERS

DRIVERS are being urged to keep to speed limits this bank holiday weekend as gardai launch Operation Slow Down.

The garda operation begins on Friday at 7am and runs for 24 hours with visible speed checkpoints on national primary and secondary roads.

There have been 11 more road deaths than the same period last year, which breaks the trend of a year-on-year drop over the past seven years.

So far this year, 75 people have been killed in crashes. The highest number of deaths have occured on Thursdays and Fridays.

 

DISNEYLAND HIT BY BOTTLE BLAST

AN explosion in a Disneyland rubbish bin, that led to the theme park being evacuated, appears to have been caused by dry ice in a bottle, say officials.

The blast was reported at about 5.30pm last night in the Mickey's Toontown area of Disneyland, Anaheim police spokesman Sgt Bob Dunn said.

Disneyland said there was "a small bang," and "in an abundance of caution, the area was evacuated". The park was reopened after two hours after the bins were investigated.

 

'DAD PUT CRYING BABY IN FREEZER'

a 25-year-old man is accused of putting his six-week-old daughter in a freezer for an hour to stop her crying.

Doctors believe the baby will survive but it's too soon to know potential complications.

The child also had a broken arm and leg and a head injury when police were called to the trailer in Roy, Washington state. Tyler James Deutsch pleaded not guilty to child assault.


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