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e5.6m centre for Bluebell

A NEW €5.6m community and youth centre was officially opened in Bluebell today.

Funding for the new centre was provided mainly by Dublin City Council, with €250,000 raised by locals.

Bluebell Community and Youth Centre is a multi-functional building designed by Fionnuala Rogerson Architects. It includes a fully-fitted sports hall, two meeting rooms and six kitchens.

Dublin Lord Mayor Andrew Montague said that the centre marks a milestone in the area's history.

"The provision of community and youth facilities is a key priority for Dublin City Council," he added.

Sect challenges Nigeria leader

THE leader of a radical Islamist sect in Nigeria has challenged the nation's president in an online film.

The video featuring Imam Abubakar Shekau came as authorities blamed gunmen from the Boko Haram sect for killing two civilians in north-east Nigeria.

The 14-minute video posted to YouTube showed Shekau in a white robe, with gunmen holding Kalashnikov rifles around him, saying President Goodluck Jonathan would be unable to stop the group's attacks.

NAMA in deal on sport fields

NAMA is acting as the go-between in negotiations to turn vacant greenfield sites into football pitches and other facilities for sports clubs.

A National Assets Management Agency (NAMA) spokesman last night confirmed that negotiations are underway between receivers and debtors and the GAA and other sports clubs to lease or buy 10 parcels of vacant land.

"Sports clubs have made approaches about vacant land and NAMA is acting as the facilitator," he said.

Dutch cheese sells for E6k

A 24lb world-beating Dutch cheese has been auctioned for $8,400 (¤6,376), or $350 (¤265) per pound.

The wheel of Vermeer, a low-fat Gouda-style cheese, scored a mild upset at the World Championship Cheese Contest last month, beating two cheeses from Switzerland and preventing the Swiss from capturing a fourth straight title.