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In Brief: Anglo trio will not be in court

A further mention date has been set at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in the case of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean Fitzpatrick and two former directors.

Fitzpatrick (64) of Whitshed Road, Greystones, William McAteer (62) of Auburn Villas, Rathgar and Pat Whelan (50) of Coast Road, Malahide have been charged with 16 counts of allegedly providing unlawful financial assistance to individuals to buy shares in the bank.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring yesterday set a mention date of June 5. The three men are excused from attendance at court until further order.


Albert Square regular back

Michael French is heading back to EastEnders to play womaniser David Wicks.

The actor briefly returned to Albert Square last year to film scenes around the departure of Pam St Clement, who played his on-screen mother, Pat Butcher.

His character's on-off relationship with childhood sweetheart Carol Jackson, played by Lindsey Coulson, is likely to feature again.


Nuns shouldn't be 'old maids'

pope Francis has told nuns from around the world that they must be spiritual mothers and not "old maids."

He also warned them against using their vocations for personal ambition, saying priests and sisters who do so "do more harm to the Church".

Francis has complained frequently about such "careerism" in the Church – a buzzword that is frequently used to describe Holy See bureaucrats.