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€115k arson boy remanded

A 15-year-old Dublin boy has been remanded on continuing bail pending sentence for arson of a church's storage building which caused €115,000 worth of damage.

The fire happened after the teenager had been thrown out of his family home and began abusing alcohol, the Dublin Children's Court had heard.

He pleaded guilty earlier to causing criminal damage by fire, at St Brigid's Church, in Killester, Dublin, on July 24, 2008, when he was 14.

What are black holes, daddy?

Parents are being asked to act as experts on a range of subjects from the origin of black holes to whether there is life after death, according to a survey published today.

A range of tough questions from offspring have been revealed following an online poll of 2,500 parents.

The top questions parents struggle to answer include How Is Electricity Made?, followed closely by What Are Black Holes?, What Is Infinity? and even Why Does Cutting Onions Make You Cry?

'Helpful' driver escapes a ban

AN ELECTRICIAN who drove his drunken friend home from a party has avoided a driving ban after a judge said he was just trying to help his mate.

Colm Kinsella (23) said he and a friend were at a Christmas party and that his friend got really drunk.

He said that his friend was intent on getting into his car and driving home but he pleaded with him not to get behind the wheel, saying he would drive the short distance.

The judge said Kinsella was trying to help his friend, albeit foolishly, and said he wouldn't ban him from driving.

Kinsella, of Elmount Close, Beaumont, admitted before Dublin District Court to driving without insurance at Donaghmede on December 26, 2008. He was fined €100.