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Challenge to Children's vote

A CHALLENGE against the State's alleged use of more than €1.1m of public money on an information campaign about the Children's Referendum will be heard by the High Court early next week. The action has been brought by Mark McCrystal who claims the Government has been using information in its campaign that is not neutral and is designed, intended and likely to promote a "yes" vote.

Mr McCrystal, of Kilbarrack Road, Dublin, has brought proceedings against the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, The Government of Ireland, Ireland and the Attorney General.

On Friday Mr McCrystal secured permission to serve notice of his proceedings against the State, which is opposing his action.

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy fixed the hearing of action to Tuesday of next week.

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Heroin addict stole iPhones

A 27-YEAR-OLD heroin addict who stole iPhones to fund his drug habit, was given two five-month suspended sentences at Dublin District Court. Father-of-one Jonathan Beatty, from Gloucester Place, Dublin 1, already had 105 criminal convictions and pleaded guilty to stealing two phones, on June 6 and May 17 last.

Judge Murphy imposed the consecutive sentences but suspended them on condition he does not re-offend within the next 12 months.