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Lynn's €54k is grabbed back

THE High Court has ordered that €54,000 paid by fugitive solicitor Michael Lynn as a deposit on a €1.1m property in Mayo should be handed over to the Law Society.

Mr Lynn (40), who has been struck off the roll of solicitors and fined €2m by the High Court, planned to buy the property at Crow Hill, Westport, in September 2006.

He left the country shortly after it emerged in 2007 that he had liabilities of more than €80m. The Law Society applied to the High Court to have the deposit on Crow Hill transferred to the Society which has paid out more than €1m over claims made by clients of the former solicitor.

'My head shop cannabis crop'

An unemployed man who cultivated cannabis plants at his home in order to feed his drug habit and so he wouldn't be "dealing with scumbags" is to be sentenced later at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Gerard Batten (35) of Broadfield Heath in Rathcoole pleaded guilty to cultivating 25 cannabis plants at his home on September 19, 2008.

Batten admitted he bought the cannabis seeds in a head shop in Dublin city centre. Judge Tony Hunt adjourned sentencing until October.

Breast cancer scare for men

Men who carry a faulty gene have a one in 15 chance of developing breast cancer by the time they are 70, researchers said today.

A faulty copy of the gene -- called BRCA2 -- causes hundreds of cases of breast cancer in women every year, and can be passed on to both sexes through the generations.

Previous studies have linked the gene to prostate and pancreatic cancer in men.

Bolivar's lover in hero's tomb

South America's 19th-century independence hero Simon Bolivar was reunited with his controversial and audacious lover at a graveside ceremony.

A coffer containing the symbolic remains of Manuela Saenz, credited with helping Bolivar liberate several South American nations from Spain, was moved alongside Bolivar's tomb in an independence day celebration in Caracas, Venezuela.