THE number of animals used by universities in live scientific experiments is to drop next year following changes to the law.
From January 1, an EU Directive will mean alternative testing methods should be used if they can produce equally valid results. Health Minister Dr James Reilly has introduced the changes to encourage institutions to explore alternative experimentation.
Carollers sing all night
SINGERS kicked off the Dublin Simon community's annual 24-Hour Carolathon on Grafton Street last night.
Joined by the Gaiety panto's Cinderella herself, Stephanie McKeon, carollers brought some festive cheer to last-minute shoppers. The 24-hour Carolathon kicked off last night at 5.30pm and will run until this evening.
Addict had toy gun
A heroin addict with over 170 previous convictions who held a toy gun to a woman's head and demanded her takings from her hair salon has been remanded in custody pending sentence until March.
Brian Cullen (49) of Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three robberies, an attempted robbery, burglary, possession of an imitation firearm and two charges of taking a car on dates between March and December 2011.
Sexual abuser jailed
A MAN who says he was sexually abused as a child has been jailed for three years after admitting to the sexual abuse of two female relatives nearly 30 years apart.
He pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecently assaulting the first victim at a house in Dublin between August 1982 and December 1984. He also pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the second victim between October and November 2010. Judge Carmel Stewart imposed consecutive sentences totalling five years but suspended the last two years for a period of four years on strict conditions.