Irish texts from Hillary

Hillary Clinton is in Dublin today for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe event at the RDS. And while she’s in town she decided to catch up with some of her Irish friends. TheCity’s Kevin Donnellan was privileged to view some of her recent texts.

Worst Christmas present ever!

Have you ever gotten a really bad christmas present? Dublin’s own tell what their worst christmas presents have been!

We also asked you Dubliners what you are most looking forward to this festive season.

Here’s what you said….

By Blaithin Henehan and Gill Stedman

City commuters reach deep into pockets to pay increased transport fares

By: Aidan Knowles

Photo courtesy: Flickr/Steve A

AFTER SATURDAY, 1st December 2012 – cash and leap card fares for Dublin Bus, Luas, Iarnród Éireann and Bus Éireann services will increase.

Prepaid tickets prices will also increase, but this change will not come into affect until early 2013.

The move, approved by the National Transport Authority, was made due to Ireland’s “difficult economic circumstances” and increasing fuel costs – despite cost cutting measures in the industry.

For Dublin Bus, the last fare increases were introduced in January 2012.

What does this mean for the city’s commuters?

Cash paying commuters are the worst affected by the increase. While those using Leap Card and prepaid tickets will still suffer price increases, these options still offer better value over cash fares.

On Dublin bus – the new price adjustment will see cash fares increase by an average of 11%. Meanwhile, leap card fares will be increased by an average of 7%.

For example, a cash paying adult travelling 8 to 13 stages on Dublin Bus previously had to pay €2.15. After December 1st 2012, this same journey will now cost €2.40.

Dubliners availing of the Dublin Bus’  ‘City Fare’ to get around the capital are also affected – with their cash paying fare increasing from €0.60 to €0.65 cent.

How do these new fares compare with nearby European capitals?

Across the pond – London’s bus service charges passengers a flat cash fee of £2.30, or at a discounted fare of £1.35 if using the Oyster Card (similar to Dublin’s Leap Card).

Meanwhile in Paris, the French pay a flat fee of €1.70 per bus journey.

Further South, commuters in Madrid pay a flat cash fare of €1.50 per bus journey.

What adult passengers paid Dublin Bus before the fare increase
What adult passengers are paying Dublin Bus after the fare increase

Young Polish people on Ireland

Census 2011 revealed that the Polish community are now the largest minority in Ireland, with over 120,000 Polish natives now making their homes here.

TheCity spoke to some of these immigrants to find out more on why they came and why they chose to stay.

By Fionnuala Holohan and Jenny McGovern

Copyright of the maps is owned by the European Commission but reproduction is authorized.

Bullying in Ireland

Lynne Swan and Colin Higgins report.

Bullying is a very topical issue in Ireland, especially following the recent Children’s Referendum. Do the people of Dublin feel the issue of bullying is being tackled properly in this country?

We hear from people on the streets about how we can best tackle the issue of bullying as well as discussing the role parents and schools need to play if we are to stamp it out for good.

Awomen being interviewd regarding bullying
A Dubliner being interviewed about her thoughts on bullying