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Bin firm fined for 'sales pitch'

WASTE firm Greyhound Household has been ordered to pay €1,000 to charity for making an unsolicited marketing call to a former customer.

The company, based in Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to breaking communication regulations. Assistant data protection commissioner Tony Delaney told Judge John O'Neill at Dublin District Court that a Greyhound telesales rep had phoned the former customer and asked if he had moved to another service provider as part of a "sales pitch". Previously the company had given the customer an under-taking that they had deleted his personal data, Judge O'Neill was told.

Test kit to spot kidney failure

Patients at risk of kidney failure could soon be identified using a £10 (€13.60)device similar to a pregnancy test.

A British company is developing a device which relies on nanotechnology to detect protein in the urine. A new report claims it could "revolutionise" the care of patients with chronic kidney disease, which costs the British taxpayer more than £1.4bn (€19.1) a year.

Top politicians 'caught on film'

Two former British foreign ministers denied wrongdoing yesterday after they were filmed offering their services to a fake Chinese company in return for thousands of pounds, reigniting a damaging 2010 "cash for access" row just months before an election.

Malcolm Rifkind, a senior member of prime minister David Cameron's Conservatives who heads a committee scrutinising security policy, and Jack Straw, Labour's foreign minister when Britain went to war in Iraq, have both been suspended from their parties.

Rowling drama spell wears off

The second instalment in the BBC adaptation of JK Rowling's novel The Casual Vacancy has shed two million viewers.

The BBC One drama, featuring residents at war with each other in the seemingly idyllic, fictional English village of Pagford, stars Michael Gambon, Rory Kinnear and Keeley Hawes. Viewers of Sunday's episode peaked at 5.3 million.