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Girl settles for €1.3m

A 16-YEAR-OLD girl left blind in one eye after a car crash has settled her High Court damages action for €1.3m.

Beth Cullen was a passenger in her mother Caroline Barrett's car when the accident took place at Nine Bends on the N11 in Co Wicklow 10 years ago.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told Beth also suffered a loss of hearing in her right ear and lost her sense of smell after the accident. Sara Moorehead SC, for Beth, said despite her injuries, Beth was doing well in school.

Through her father, William Cullen, of Ballybawn Cottages, Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow, Beth sued her mother Caroline Barrett as a result of the accident on November 26, 2005.

It was claimed there was an alleged failure to steer, stop, swerve or manage the car and an alleged failure to have any or any adequate regard for the safety of the car passenger.

Fire death probed

GARDAÍ in Kerry are investigating the death of a man at a house in the Glenbeigh area of the county.

The body of the man, in his 40s, was discovered in the living room of the house on Thursday. A fire, confined to the room, had broken out. Emergency services reported smoke damage to the house.

The man was alone in the house at the time. Investigators are treating it as a sudden death.

A post-mortem examination is set to be carried out on his remains. The house - some 10km west of Killorglin - has been sealed off for examination.

Search is called off

Gardaí investigating the disappearance of a mother of seven 30 years ago have called off their search of lands in Connemara after five days of digging.

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Gardaí moved offsite yesterday after searching land around the farmhouse where Barbara Walsh was last seen in 1985.

A Garda spokesperson said the investigation into her disappearance would continue, but the search, which started on Monday morning, has now concluded without anything being found.

Explosives retrial

THE son of a man who was convicted of the 1998 Omagh bombing but later cleared in a retrial, has had his own conviction for explosives offences quashed by the Court of Appeal.

Conan Murphy (29), of Plaster, Mount Pleasant, Dundalk, Co Louth, who is the son of Colm Murphy - a Dundalk man convicted of the Real IRA bombing of Omagh which killed 29 people but later cleared in a retrial following a successful appeal - now faces a retrial.

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