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Disabled boy's €1.5m payout

A 10-year-old boy who sued for damages that occurred during his birth at the Coombe Hospital in Dublin has settled his action and will get an interim payment of €1.58m.

Jamie Patterson, who has cerebral palsy with spastic quadriplegia, is not able to talk and can only communicate through facial expressions and body language.

Jamie, of Galtymore Park, Drimnagh, Dublin, had sued the hospital through his mother, Teresa, for alleged negligence at the time of his birth in November 2002.

The settlement, which provides for an interim payment for a period of two years, was without admission of liability.

US clampdown on students

Every foreign student entering the US is to be checked for a valid student visa, the Homeland Security Department has ordered.

The new procedure is the government's first security change directly related to the Boston bombings.

It follows revelations that a student from Kazakhstan, who is accused of hiding evidence for one of the Boston bombing suspects, was allowed to return to the States in January without a valid student visa.

Van driver hurt at blackspot

A van driver was in a serious condition in hospital last night after a crash at an accident blackspot in west Donegal.

The man in his 40s was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital after his vehicle hit a hedge on the N56 in Gweedore.

The crash happened in the townland of Meenaciung, where a mother and daughter out walking were killed five years ago. Martina McLernon (45) and her daughter Louise (15), from Co Antrim, died when they were struck by a car at the same spot in May 2008.

Top award for Python's Palin

Michael Palin, who made his name as a founder of comedy group Monty Python, is to receive one of the British entertainment industry's highest accolades.

Palin, who turns 70 this month, is to be presented with an Academy Fellowship at the annual TV BAFTA awards on May 12.

He won a BAFTA for best supporting actor in the 1988 comedy film A Fish Called Wanda.