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In Brief: 'Boss groped female staff'

A TAKEAWAY owner accused of groping the breasts of three female employees has had the matter adjourned to consider how he will plead.

The man, who is in his 40s, is also alleged to have gotten into bed with an employee who was living above the south Dublin takeaway at the time.

The accused appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with seven counts of sexual assault.

The alleged incidents took place between November 2011 and May 2012.

Gardai claimed the accused slapped the women on their bottoms and groped and touched their breasts.

Judge Bridget Reilly adjourned the matter to a date in June.


IRA accused's wedding bail

A DUBLIN man charged with membership of the IRA has had his bail varied to allow him to attend two weddings over the summer months.

Declan Phelan (31) of Lanndale Lawns, Tallaght, was charged with eight others with membership of Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on March 29, 2013, at the Special Criminal Court. He was granted bail in April.

His lawyers applied to the court to have his bail varied to allow him attend a wedding in Dublin on July 27 and one in Cork on July 28.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the court would permit the variations.

The accused will appear before the court on June 11.


Pair stole from charity banks

TWO friends were caught stealing clothes from charity recycling banks, causing €2,400 worth of damage in the process, a court heard.

Polish nationals Marcin Dorota (34) and Robert Ziga (30), of Huntstown Close, Blanchardstown, took the clothes at Ballymun Town Centre on January 27, 2013.

An adapted crowbar was also found hidden in their car.

They pleaded not guilty at Dublin District Court to theft, possession of an implement in the course of a theft and causing criminal damage.

They were found guilty and had their cases adjourned for probation reports.