In the editing process of Liz O'Donnell's column yesterday (10/9/13) a sentence was altered to read that during a luncheon in Iveagh House US Envoy and diplomat Dr Richard Haass was a 'businessman and Republican supporter'. The reference was to the then US Ambassador to Ireland and not Dr Haass. We wish to apologise to Dr Haass for the error.
COURT HATCHET ATTACK
A MAN has been attacked with a hatchet outside a courthouse.
The victim, who is in his twenties, was struck in the back of the head at around 1.45pm yesterday as he stood outside Newcastle West courthouse, Co Limerick. The resulting commotion brought lunchtime traffic on Bishop Street to a halt, though the victim was not seriously injured in the assault.
SOLICITOR'S ASSETS HELD
THE High Court has frozen the assets of a solicitor who allegedly used money from his client account to buy a grand piano and pay for personal expenses.
Mr Justice Brian McGovern granted the Law Society a number of temporary orders against the solicitor, who cannot be identified by order of the court. The orders obtained against the solicitor will remain in place until Friday when the matter returns before the court.
CALL FOR COURT SITTINGS
THE time is coming when the Circuit Civil Court should be having more regular vacation sittings, a High Court judge said yesterday.
Mr Justice Brian McGovern said during one of the busiest High Court long vacations that an application before him should have been heard in the Circuit Court. He said the problem of dealing with matters that could be dealt with in the Circuit Court seemed to be arising more and more. He had a similar situation on the previous day and asked how often the Circuit Court sat during vacation.
MRS BROWN WINS AGAIN
BRENDAN O'Carroll's 'Mrs Brown's Boys' has notched up yet another award – Best Comedy at the TV Choice awards in London for the second year in a row.
The smash-hit series saw off competition from the likes of 'Bad Education', 'Miranda' and 'Not Going Out' to scoop the prestigious gong. The popular sitcom, which has already scooped an IFTA, a BAFTA and a BAFTA Scotland award, now has millions of viewers worldwide from as far afield as Canada, Australia and even Romania – where it is the country's most popular comedy.