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266 homes for people in need

Local councils are to buy 266 new homes for families and disabled people in need of social housing.

Housing and Planning Minister Jan O'Sullivan has "found" an additional €32m within her department for the new homes.

She said that through the efficient management of her department's capital budget and extra savings achieved, the money can now be used.

The biggest number will be in the Dublin city area, with 27 new homes, followed by Fingal, with 19 and Louth with 14. Other areas include South Dublin, 7; Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, 5; Meath, 8; Kildare, 7; and Wicklow, 10.


FORMER tennis star Jennifer Capriati is due in court in south Florida in a stalking and battery case involving her ex-boyfriend.

The 37-year-old is accused of punching Ivan Brannan while he worked out at a gym on Valentine's Day and stalking him for months.

Capriati's lawyer has denied the accusations.

She was arrested for shoplifting and marijuana possession in the 1990s.

Capriati is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame who began her professional career at age 13.


SAFETY chiefs are to launch an investigation after a DART driver was mistakenly informed his train doors were closed, despite them remaining open.

Equipment in the cab showed the doors of the train had shut. However, when the driver visually checked he realised they remained open.

The Railway Accident Investigation Unit (RAIU) said the incident occurred at 9.29am at Salthill and Monkstown station in south Dublin last Saturday.


AN actor on the set of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been injured during a performance.

A show spokesman says the actor suffered an injury during last night's performance, which was halted. The actor, who was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a serious leg injury, was not identified.