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Dispute won't delay theatre

A legal dispute over payment for fixtures and fittings at the new Grand Canal Theatre will not affect its opening in March, the Commercial Court has heard.

Ramford Ltd, a company controlled by developer Joseph O'Reilly, is claiming €2.9m off O2 co-owner Harry Crosbie, who has the lease for the Dockside venue.

The figure was disputed in July last year by Mr Crosbie after Ramford had spent €9.4m developing the theatre. Ramford claimed yesterday that agreed conciliation procedures were not followed.

Murder trial jury sworn in

A JURY has been sworn in, for the trial of a Cork man accused of murdering his father, in the Central Criminal Court yesterday.

David Hyland (27), of Auburne, St Francis's Avenue, off College Road, Cork, pleaded not guilty to the murder of his father John Hyland (69) at the same address between July 11 and 12, 2008.

The trial, which is expected to last one day, will start on Friday before Mr Justice Paul Carney and a jury of six men and six women.