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Updated : May 1, 2009


Fat Chance

Ryanair will only impose a "fat tax" on overweight passengers if it does not lead to flight delays, the chief executive of the Irish budget airline said Thursday.

"We are not going to introduce a fat tax unless it is easy to administer. If it is going to slow down either our check-in or our turnaround time then we won't do it," Micheal O'Leary told a news conference.

Last week the airline announced it was considering a "fat tax" after 29 percent of the more than 100,000 people who responded to an online poll on cost-reduction measures voted in favour of the measure.

Twenty-five percent of respondents voted to charge travelers one euro to use toilet paper adorned with a picture of O’Leary’s face and 24 percent voted to charge passengers three euros to smoke in a converted toilet cubicle.

Rent A Bike

Hundreds of bicycles will reportedly be available to rent in Dublin in just two months' time.

Reports this morning say work is already underway on 40 rental stations where 450 bicycles will be made available to the public from early July.

The stations will serve as drop-off and collection points for people who want to participate in the scheme.

They will have to pay €10-a-year to join and will have to pay a large deposit when renting a bicycle.

The first half-hour of use will then be free, with the rental rate rising the more time the bike is in use.

The bikes are being provided by the advertising firm JC Decaux in exchange for an estimated €15m worth of outdoor advertising space.

Serious Crime Drop

The number of murders and manslaughters occurring in Ireland has fallen by more than one-third in the 12 months ending in March, according to the latest crime figures from the CSO.

The statistics agency says 54 murders and manslaughters were recorded between March 2008 and March 2009.

This compares to 85 between March 2007 and March 2008.

Elsewhere, the CSO says the number of reported sexual offences fell by 8% , while drugs offences increased by almost 20%.

There were small increases in robbery, burglary and theft offences, while weapons and explosives offences were up 6%.

Of the 14 crime groups for which statistics are given, 10 show reductions - a statistic described as an 'encouraging trend' by Justice Minister Dermot Ahern.

“I welcome many of the positive trends revealed by these statistics on recorded crime for the first quarter," Ahern said.

"They are evidence of the focused deployment by the Garda Commissioner of the resources available to him. As well as ensuring that the level of frontline resources remains high, I am determined to continue with my programme of comprehensive criminal law reform.

"The challenges in crime prevention and detection are evolving continually and our response must recognise these challenges and respond accordingly.”

 

 

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