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Cancer-causing gas warning

Only 5pc of homes believed to have high levels of a cancer-causing gas have been identified, experts warned today.

About 5,000 of the 91,000 houses estimated to have potentially dangerous readings of radon have been discovered by authorities.

The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland said counties in the west, south-east and south returned the highest rates of homes with high levels of the gas.

Garda assault case dismissed

A YOUNG garda has been fully cleared of an allegation that he assaulted a man in an incident in north Dublin.

Garda Michael McGrath, of Fitzgibbon Street Station, had the case against him dismissed when he came before Dublin District Court.

The officer had been charged with common assault on Mark McCarthy at Clonliffe Road. The incident had been alleged to have happened on April 3, 2008.

But when the case came to Dublin District Court the presiding judge said there had been conflicting evidence in the case and dismissed it.

79 slaughtered dogs seized

Police seized 79 slaughtered dogs apparently being delivered to restaurants in the Philippines.

Police Officer Renato Niturada said the 400 kilos of dog meat in 10 sacks were confiscated on Sunday from a van at a checkpoint in northern Pangasinan province.

Mr Niturada said the van driver was charged with violating animal welfare law. He faces up to two years in jail or a fine of up to €76.

Call for France to ban face veil

A parliamentary panel that wants Muslim women to stop veiling their faces recommended that France ban such garb in public facilities, including hospitals and mass transit, and refuse residence cards and citizenship to anyone with visible signs of a "radical religious practice".

The report contains a panoply of measures intended to dissuade women from wearing all-enveloping veils in France. However, there is no call to outlaw such garments in private areas and in the street.