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HSE told to pay for fire damage

THE HSE has been held liable in damages for the burning down of a house next door to where it had placed a vulnerable teenager known for her reckless behaviour.

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan decided in a High Court judgment that Teresa Ennis, whose home at Percy Cottages, Athlone, was gutted by fire, was entitled to recover damages against the HSE.

He said it was foreseeable that the property would be damaged once Ms A had been left unsupervised in No 10. It followed that Ms Ennis was entitled to damages in respect of the loss and damage.

Magic moment for Potter fan

A harry potter fan is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of memorabilia was named the world's biggest.

Menahem Vargas, of Mexico City, has spent 15 years hoarding all things related to the boy wizard series of books and films.

His collection includes everything from wands and figurines to replica Quidditch brooms. Guinness World Records has recognised it as the world number one at 3,097 pieces.

1 in 3 workers paid for hobby

A third of workers are earning money from cooking, gardening, photography or other creative pursuits outside of their main job, a new study has shown.

A survey of 1,000 workers showed an increasing number were turning hobbies or other skills into money-earning ventures.

Print and design company MOO said its research showed half of those making money from a creative venture wanted to make it their main job.

Gay rugby star up for award

The story of how Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas came out as gay has been nominated for a £25,000 (€32,000) book prize.

The sportsman, who captained his national team and was the first Welshman to win 100 international caps in rugby union, came out in 2009.

His autobiography, Proud, is on the long list for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award along with a new biography of England football captain Bobby Moore and a history of tennis.