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In Brief: Builder loses tribunal battle

DEVELOPER Owen O'Callaghan has lost a legal challenge to the Mahon Tribunal which found he was involved in making corrupt payments to councillors over the rezoning of lands where the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre was built.

Mr O'Callaghan (71) had claimed the findings were based on vague and uncertain definitions of corruption and the tribunal gave him no opportunity to address the findings before its final report was published.

The tribunal decided that Mr O'Callaghan paid lobbyist Frank Dunlop IR£70,000 (€88,900) in 1992 for which the primary purpose was to fund payments to politicians associated with the Quarryvale/Liffey Valley project.

 

21 KILLED IN IRAQ BOMB ATTACKS

Car bombs hit Shiite neighbourhoods of Baghdad in a series of attacks across the country that left 21 people dead.

One blast hit a bus and taxi stop during yesterday's rush hour in the city's Sadr City neighbourhood.

Nine people were killed, including a seven-year-old child, and 16 were wounded.

Another car bomb hit a small market at a taxi stop in Baghdad's eastern suburb of Kamaliya, killing three civilians.

 

SURGERY CLINIC IS WOUND UP

THE High Court has ordered the winding up of a cosmetic surgery clinic that is being sued by women claiming it fitted them with allegedly defective silicone breast implants.

The Harley Medical Group (Ireland) Limited, Herbert Place, Dublin, petitioned the High Court for a winding up order and appointment of a liquidator on grounds it is insolvent.

The company ceased trading last autumn.

 

SPACE MISSION

 

IN DEEP TROUBLE

NASA's first telescope dispatched to hunt for Earth-like planets has lost use of its positioning system, threatening its mission.

Launched in 2009, the Kepler space telescope revolutionised the study of so-called exoplanets, with discovery of 130 worlds orbiting distant stars and 2,700 potential planets still awaiting confirmation.


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