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No date set for lesbian appeal

A DATE has yet to be set for a lesbian couple's appeal against a High Court ruling that they do not have the right to marry here under our constitution.

The appeal by Dr Katherine Zappone and Dr Ann Louise Gilligan was mentioned briefly yesterday before the Chief Justice John Murray in the Supreme Court.

The judge adjourned the matter to allow legal submissions to be made in advance of the appeal, but no date was fixed.

The couple are appealing the 2006 landmark judgment of Justice Elizabeth Dunne who ruled that marriage is understood under the 1937 Constitution to be confined to persons of the opposite sex.

Liz Taylor stays in hospital

Elizabeth Taylor is still in hospital in Los Angeles.

Her publicist Jamie Cadwell said there had been no new developments in the 79-year-old actress's condition.

She has been in hospital for more than three weeks for treatment of congestive heart failure, a condition she disclosed in 2004.

Taylor celebrated her 79th birthday last Sunday in the hospital, where she watched the Academy Awards.

Tributes paid to tragic Dean

The world of football was today paying tribute to former Wolves and Spurs defender Dean Richards who died last month aged only 36.

Richards' funeral was being attended by many of the colleagues he played alongside in a career which saw him star for a number of top clubs.

Wolves and ex-Ireland boss Mick McCarthy was to lead the tributes for Richards after his death following a long illness on February 26.

Richards was forced to retire from the game at the age of 30 in 2005, when he was suffering from dizzy spells and headaches.

500ft wheel for Las Vegas

A 500FT Ferris wheel, which would be the tallest in the western hemisphere, may be built in Las Vegas.

A developer has won permission to construct the wheel as the centrepiece of an amusement park and retail centre planned for a vacant plot of land on the Strip, opposite the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.