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Boy remanded on bridge attack

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy who allegedly threatened to throw two teens from a Luas bridge during a mugging has been remanded in custody.

Yesterday, at Dublin Children's Court, Judge Clare Leonard said reports indicated that the boy had a good personality and, having completed the Junior Certificate, that he was bright.

But she added that he was "still committing offences and taking drugs".

He is charged with robbing two boys aged 12 and 14, at Charlemont Street, in south Dublin, on January 17 last and is also awaiting sentence for possessing a knife in public at Sandymount, south Dublin, on December 18 last, which he admitted.

Three held on IRA charges

THREE men have been charged with IRA membership at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

Desmond Donnelly (57), of Drumall, Lisnarick, Co Fermanagh, Gerard McGarrigle (45), of Mount Carmel Heights, Strabane, and Jim Murphy, for whom no age or address was available, were charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on February 22.

The court heard that the three men were arrested at Letterkenny and Milford in Co Donegal. They were remanded in custody.

More top brass face jail for plot

A Turkish court has charged more ranking officers for allegedly plotting several years ago to topple the Islamic-rooted government, increasing the number of officers jailed to 20 -- including five admirals and three generals.

The court ordered the jailing of eight more officers, including five active duty officers and two generals, pending trial today.

Elvis hair goes up for grabs

A strand of Elvis Presley's hair is expected to fetch up to £600 (€680) at auction in England today.

The piece of the King's hair is being sold by a music fan who bought the strand "on a whim" through a TV auction. The item of memorabilia is set to make between €480 and €680.