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HSE contacted on girl beggar

THE HSE is to be contacted after a 17-year-old Romanian girl, who has been living in Ireland without her parents, was arrested for begging in Dublin city centre.

The teenager has been in Ireland for about five months while her mother and father are still in Romania, the Dublin Children's Court was told yesterday.

She has been charged with obstructing members of the public while begging, at Johnson's Court, on April 11.

The judge remanded the girl, who did not address the court, on bail to appear again next month and asked for a representative of the HSE to attend the proceedings when they resume.

Film star dog to tell his story

Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier who appeared in the Oscar-winning The Artist, has a memoir on the way.

Gallery Books, announced on Friday that Uggie: My Story will come out in October.

His tale of tails will be transcribed by biographer and presumed dog whisperer Wendy Holden.

Uggie's other films include The Descendants and Water For Elephants -- so look for the inside doggie revelations on George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon and others.

Cousin guilty of sex charge

A man has been convicted by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury of having sex with his mentally impaired cousin.

The 50-year-old Dublin man had pleaded not guilty to eight charges of having sex with a mentally impaired woman aged 44 between 1998 and 2003.

Judge Patricia Ryan remanded the man on bail to appear before the court next month to fix a date for sentencing. She also ordered he be registered as a sex offender.

Syrian leader

lashed by UN

The head of the UN has said Syrian president Bashar Assad's continued crackdown on protests is at an "intolerable stage".

Ban Ki-moon said the UN will try to speed up the deployment of up to 300 monitors. Only 15 are there now.

"The government of Syria must live up to its promises to the world," he said.