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Dad who held drugs is jailed

A DUBLIN father-of-four who was forced to hold nearly €200,000 drugs and a firearm to pay off a debt has been sentenced to five years in jail.

Keith Doyle (28), formerly of Palmers Court, Palmerstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing cannabis, cocaine and MDMA tablets worth €191,426 for sale or supply on March 21, 2012.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing a revolver containing live ammunition.

He claimed he had been threatened in October 2011 after he became indebted to a gang for a small drug habit.


GREECE is to close down all its state-run TV and radio stations with the loss of 2,500 jobs.

A government spokesman described Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, or ERT, as a "haven of waste" and said its TV and radio signals would go dead early on Wednesday.

He said its 2,500 employees will be compensated and the company will reopen "as soon as possible" with a smaller workforce.


A DISPUTE involving a county councillor and his brother over alleged misappropriation of €400,000 from a company they own has been settled.

The action had been taken by Dublin-based businessman Edward Garry, who claimed money was taken from the accounts of Abbey Contractors Ltd, which he co-owns with his brother Oliver, a FG member of Clare Co Council.

It was claimed that €400,000 was withdrawn without authorisation by Cllr Garry and his sons Colin and John. Cllr Garry and his sons denied all the allegations of wrongdoing against them.

The main dispute was later settled, the High Court heard.


MUSIC City has snared another star: Ed Sheeran.

The British singer-songwriter turned popstar says he has moved to Nashville.

Sheeran said he wanted to live somewhere that incorporates a lot of music, has a lot of countryside and a relaxed atmosphere.

"And Nashville is full of very, very nice people," the 22-year-old said.