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In brief: Postman gets €16k for injury

A judge who awarded a postman and former Balbriggan town councillor €16,000 damages for an injured big toe said he was not satisfied An Post had provided him with protective shoes.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Matthew Deery said that when an engineer visited Balbriggan Sorting Office to investigate the accident he had found a number of workers not wearing obligatory steel toe-capped footwear.

An Post had denied liability and claimed Edward Pyne, of Bremore, Balbriggan, had failed to wear safety footwear which had been provided.

Tot saw three people killed

A three-year-old child witnessed the killing of three people in a remote area of a Crow Indian Reservation and named a family member as the shooter, according to the FBI.

Sheldon Bernard Chase (22) was captured in Washington and made an initial appearance before a judge on Thursday.

Chase was being held on three counts of first-degree murder, and his bail hearing will be held after he is returned to Montana. He faces life in prison if convicted.

Award for Irish people abroad

Irish people abroad are to be honoured in a new annual awards ceremony for outstanding service to the country.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said the system would formally recognise individuals of the Irish 'diaspora' for sustained and distinguished service to Ireland or Irish communities abroad.

"Irish people have rightly taken pride in the achievements of our people abroad and of their contribution to this nation's development," he said.

Conker contest is called off

This year's World Conker Championships have been cancelled because setting up the event would "simply be too dangerous", organisers said.

The annual competition was due to go ahead in England but will not take place this year because recent high winds have made it impossible to set up the conker playing area and marquees.