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Fleeing driver lands in prison

AN uninsured and unlicensed motorist who was caught by gardai after he abandoned the car he was driving has been jailed for four months.

Patrick Healy (28) was sentenced after Dublin District Court heard he had 25 previous convictions.

Healy, of Knockree, New Street, Wicklow town, pleaded guilty to driving without insurance or a licence at Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow, on August 22.

Healy, a heroin addict, was also banned from driving for two years.

Grandparents left with baby

Grandparents are playing a vital role in helping parents return to work by looking after their children, often for free, new research shows.

A survey of 2,000 working parents, mainly women, showed that almost half depended on their own mothers and fathers to help out with childcare.

Two out of five mothers said the cost of childcare was preventing them from returning to work. Just 4pc of those surveyed employed a nanny, with almost half of grandparents looking after children for free.

TV host axed in 'assault' case

Australian actress Rachael Taylor has taken out a restraining order against her boyfriend, X Factor TV host Matthew Newton, accusing him of violently assaulting her while the couple were on holiday in Rome.

In a statement, Taylor said her action followed a series of "gravely serious incidents" in Australia and two violent assaults in Italy on August 13 and 14.

The statement said that the 26-year-old actress is receiving medical treatment in Los Angeles.

Australia's Seven Network said that Newton had been replaced as host of The X Factor.

Lisbon offers best bargain

Cash-strapped tourists should look to Lisbon for the best city-break holiday, according to a new survey.

The Portuguese capital came top in a city index based on priorities including value for money and weather.

Dublin came in 10th, ahead of Paris and Berlin.