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Woman admits stashing drugs

A woman has admitted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to allowing the possession of drugs at her home.

Sharon McManus (38) pleaded guilty that being the occupier of Grange Abbey Crescent, Donaghmede, she allowed the possession of a controlled drug at that address on October 21, 2008.

Judge Desmond Hogan remanded McManus on continuing bail and adjourned the case to next October for sentence when all evidence will be heard.

College in court over contract

ATHLONE Institute of Technology has urged the High Court to clear the way for it to award a contract to refurbish its science buildings in time for the new college year in September.

Mr Justice George Birmingham has been asked to determine the exact nature of the contract as a preliminary issue in a legal challenge by QDM Capital Ltd, an electrical and mechanical systems installer, of Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, to the manner in which the contract was offered.

Japan PM plan to step down

Japan's prime minister Naoto Kan said he will consider resigning once Japan's efforts to recover from its earthquake and tsunami disaster take firm hold.

Mr Kan told members of his party today that he felt responsible for carrying through with leading the recovery. He made the comments ahead of a no-confidence vote in parliament.

Mr Kan, who became prime minister just a year ago, has been criticised for delays in construction of temporary housing for evacuees, lack of transparency about evacuation information, and a perceived lack of leadership.

Police hunt for missing leopard

A male leopard has been stolen from a zoo in Paraguay where authorities had put it after seizing it from animal traffickers.

Zoo director Carlos Miranda said the leopard is very attractive and has a good size and that could make its pelt worth between $6,000 and $10,000 on the black market. Mr Miranda said the leopard went missing from its cage and police are investigating.