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In brief: €20k for girl hurt in pool

AN 18-month-old girl who cut her leg on shards of glass at the bottom of a paddling pool at a Florida resort has been awarded €20,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Leah Mooney McGrath, who is now aged three-and-a-half, had suffered two lacerations to her left leg.

Siobhan Gaffney, for the family, said Leah, of Sycamore Drive, Bray, Co Wicklow, was holidaying with her parents at the Enclave Suites Hotel in Orlando in January 2011.

Leah had been playing in the children's pool when her leg had been cut by glass on the bottom. She had to have the wounds sutured.

Judge Matthew Deery heard that Sky Resorts had agreed to indemnify the Irish tour operator, Panther Associates, for the full €20,000 settlement offer and costs.


Burton gets Hollywood star

SCREEN star Richard Burton is to be given a place on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame almost three decades after his death – next to Elizabeth Taylor, the movie siren he married twice.

The Welsh actor will be given the accolade on March 1 – St David's Day.

It follows a campaign by Welsh newspaper the Western Mail to secure recognition for the film great.


Boy 'had blade in his phone'

A DUBLIN youth arrested after a garda spotted him taking part in a suspected drug transaction was found with a blade concealed in his phone, a court has heard.

The 17-year-old has been charged with possessing cannabis and cannabis resin worth about €100, as well having a Stanley blade as a weapon, following his arrest in Summerhill in Dublin 1.

Judge Ann Ryan at Dublin Children's Court ordered the boy to appear again on February 22 when he has other charges listed at the court.


Airbus drops ion battery

AIRBUS is dropping lithium-ion batteries from its new A350 plane following the uncertainty surrounding them that has led to the grounding of Boeing's 787.

The European plane-maker said today that it had decided to revert to nickel-cadmium batteries. The plane is expected to make its first flight this year.