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Three years for posing as garda

A MAN who posed as a garda so he could burgle a pensioner's home has been jailed for three years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Father-of-three Jason Davidson (40) was wearing an official Garda hat and told the victim he was working undercover.

Davidson, of Corduff Cottages, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty to burglary at a Sutton address in Dublin on January 24, 2011. He also pleaded guilty to robbery of a pharmacy in Kilbarrack on January 22, 2011.

Judge Martin Nolan imposed sentences of 18 months for the burglary and robbery to run consecutively.

President to visit London

President Michael D Higgins will make his second official visit to London this weekend.

During the trip Mr Higgins and his wife, Sabina, will celebrate Irish heritage with engagements at a GAA club and at the official opening of DruidMurphy, three plays telling the story of Irish emigration.

The President and Mrs Higgins will return home on Sunday morning.

Haiti bus death toll mystery

A bus has overturned in the rain-swollen Glace River in southern Haiti.

President Michel Martelly's office said civil protection officials have recovered the bodies of 40 people and are still searching the area.

But Norman Wiener, an official from the Grand'Anse department, said the bus owner told him that there were 27 people on board and that only eight are missing.

Actress pushes for EU cow law

The health and welfare of dairy cows should be protected with standards that span Europe.

Actress Joanna Lumley is championing an attempt to bring in EU-wide rules to safeguard dairy cows, which campaigners say are often kept tethered or without sufficient space or outside pasture, and suffering a poor diet and ill health.

The Supporting Better Dairy campaign hopes to mobilise a million consumers through the European Citizens Initiative, which allows the public to propose EU legislation.


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