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Haulier admits role in deaths

A HAULAGE company has admitted its part in the deaths of two women.

Nolan Transport, of Oaklands, New Ross, Co Wexford, pleaded guilty at Wexford Circuit Criminal court yesterday when its load of heavy steel coils, which were not secure, caused the deaths of Vanessa McGarry and Mary Lonergan and injured James Furlong, Louise Lonergan and Gerard Corcoran.

The tragedy happened near Thomastown on July 19, 2007,

The matter was adjourned to January 15 to set a date for the hearing.

Vanessa McGarry had only been married to Kilkenny hurling star James McGarry for six months before she was killed.

DSK poised for vice-ring ruling

A French court is deciding whether to drop preliminary charges of aggravated pimping against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The case revolves around a suspected luxury prostitution ring in northern France. A court in the French town of Douai is expected to decide whether to maintain the preliminary charges. Strauss-Kahn's lawyers say he attended "libertine" gatherings but didn't know some women present were paid.

Rocker's child sex charges

Lostprophets vocalist Ian Watkins is to appear before magistrates charged with child sex offences, police have said.

Officers said the Welsh rock star - whose hits include Last Train Home - had been arrested as part of a continuing investigation.

Police added that two women, aged 20 and 24, have been charged with "similar offences"and are also due to appear in court.

Dr Who has love interest

Love is in the air for the stars of the Doctor Who Christmas Day special.

The Snowmen sees the Timelord, played by Matt Smith, reunited with his new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. The actress, who made a surprise appearance in an earlier episode Asylum Of The Daleks, admitted that the Christmas Day show was a "bit of a love story", but also that it has "quite a dark" edge.