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Garda sent to alcohol clinic

A GARDA charged with attempted robbery has a serious alcohol problem, a court was told.

Garda Mario Boersma was remanded on bail to reappear in court tomorrow in order to confirm that he has now entered a special rehabilitation centre for treatment for his alcohol problem.

Boersma (38), of Rosebay Drive, Forest Hill, Carrigaline, Co Cork is charged with the attempted robbery of Susan Stenning at Kilmoney Stores, Carrigaline on Saturday last.

Entrepreneurs turn to food

More than 1,000 aspiring entrepreneurs asked about starting up a new food business last year, it emerged today.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said that as unemployment soared in 2009 there was a 50pc increase in numbers hoping to carve out a new career in the sector.

Prof Alan Reilly, FSAI chief executive, admitted the rise was possibly a reflection of the downturn in the economy and people looking for new opportunities.

Teen escapes

drug sentence

A TEENAGER whose use of a false name led gardai to his cannabis stash along with his drug dealing paraphernalia has been spared a criminal conviction and a sentence.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty at the Children's Court earlier to criminal damage to a door at the Central Hotel, on Exchequer Street, in Dublin, and possessing cannabis for sale or supply at his Dublin home, on April 17 last year.

Judge Bryan Smyth applied the Probation Offenders' Act, which leaves him without a conviction.

Shoppers hide guilty secrets

Shoppers are resorting to secrecy and lies to hide their splurges and are plagued by guilt each time they indulge, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by comparison website uSwitch.com, found more than one third of shoppers (35pc) feel bad after splashing out and suffer from "post-purchase blues".