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In brief: Builder plans austerity walk

AN anti-austerity protestor embarking on a 'long walk' to Dublin over the next three weeks has compared his campaign to the Civil Rights marches in the North in the Sixties.

A group of protestors from Donegal are embarking on the walk from Malin Head to the capital.

Joe Murphy, an unemployed builder, who came up with idea of the walk says that he was "inspired by the Burntollet civil rights march in 1969" from Belfast to Derry.

That march was later attacked by members of the B Specials.

Jeweller hurt in armed raid

JEWELLER Donal McGuigan required medical treatment yesterday after he was pepper-sprayed by criminals who escaped with thousands of euro worth of jewellery from his store.

Three men, armed with pepper-spray and a sledgehammer, entered the shop on Main Street, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, at around 12.05pm.

They broke into the glass display cases and stole jewellery, including a number of diamond rings.

Mail squabble

in Moneygall

An Post has insisted President Barack Obama's ancestral home Moneygall is "undeniably in Offaly," after attempts to regularise the village's postal system caused some annoyance.

The issue arose when villagers received stickers on their mail warning of delays to post addressed to Moneygall, Co Offaly, as opposed Moneygall, Roscrea, Co Tipperary. It was described as "a storm in a teacup," by President Obama's eighth cousin Henry Healy.

Writer backs axed Sheridan

A former writer on Desperate Housewives has contradicted testimony by the show's creator that he decided to kill off Nicollette Sheridan's character months before the pair had an on-set fight.

Lori Kirkland Baker told Sheridan's wrongful termination trial that she first heard the actress' role was being eliminated in December 2008, not in May of that year as creator Marc Cherry has testified.

The case continues.