A 44-YEAR-OLD man was told by a judge that he was a "lucky man" as he was cleared of brandishing a meat cleaver as a weapon on a Dublin bus.
Robert Fogarty (44), from Cardy Rock Court, Balbriggan, north Co Dublin, had been charged with possessing the meat cleaver as a weapon, being intoxicated in public and using a false bus pass at Atrium Road, near Dublin Airport, on the night of January 27 last.
But he walked out of court yesterday a free man with all charges dismissed after the court heard submissions from the defence legal team.
NEW POTATOES DEBUT
TWO new potato varieties which have had a significant impact on the European market have been released by Irish scientists.
Both the 'Bikini' and 'Casino' varieties came from the Teagasc Potato Breeding programme, and have been described as having "exceptional eating and quality appearance".
Three more varieties are due to be released from the highly successful programme next year, capitalising on the success of the previous varieties.
The 'Infinity' breed, a previous graduate of the Teagasc programme, has now been deemed suitable for the production of chips and has been accepted by several crisp manufacturers.
PRISON TERM EXTENDED
A MAN will serve an extra 32 months in prison for beating his girlfriend while on bail for a previous attack on her.
Terence Russell (41), of Rafters Road, Drimnagh, slapped and punched Elizabeth Gaffney in a lengthy assault.
He also bit her on the nose, stabbed her with a corkscrew and pinched her breasts.
Ms Gaffney has since been forced to move home because Russell knows where she lives and she fears he will come for revenge.
In a victim impact report, she called Russell a vindictive man "who has done terrible things".
NEW US AMBASSADOR
THE United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has approved the nomination of Kevin F O'Malley as the next US Ambassador to Ireland.
The experienced lawyer's name will now go before the full Senate for confirmation.
Mr O'Malley's grandparents hailed from Westport, Co Mayo. The attorney, who is based in St Louis, Missouri, looks set to succeed Dan Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers who retired as ambassador in 2012.