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In brief: Bus company wins challenge

A PRIVATE bus company has won a High Court challenge over competition on a route also operated by Dublin Bus.

Swords Express challenged Transport Minister Noel Dempsey's decision that there was no competition between it and Dublin Bus on a route between Swords and Dublin city centre via the Port Tunnel. The decision meant the State company could subsidise the service it was providing.

Mr Justice Bryan McMahon yesterday said that the minister had erred by concluding that there was no competition between the Dublin Bus and a service operated by Digital Messenger Ltd, trading as Swords Express, Lower Grand Canal Street, Dublin.

Freed by DNA after 27 years

Imprisoned for 27 years for a rape he did not commit, Michael Anthony Green walked out of a US jail today a free man.

Accompanied by his lawyer, Mr Green walked out of jail and into the arms of about 20 family members who cheered him.

"Live life," Mr Green said, when asked what he is going to do now.

Mr Green (44) was released after new DNA tests showed he did not commit the 1983 rape of a woman who was abducted.

Airlift for heart attack victim

AN elderly man who suffered a suspected heart attack on board a luxury cruise liner off the Waterford coast was airlifted by helicopter early today.

The Coastguard S-61 chopper from Waterford took the man from the Ocean Princess 30 miles off Dungarvan and flew him to Waterford hospital just before 3am.

Hamas rocket maker killed

Hamas said a senior commander of its military wing was killed in an Israeli air strike.

Israeli warplanes launched missiles against five Hamas targets late yesterday and early today, in response to a rocket attack on the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon.

Hamas identified the dead man as Issa Batran, a commander of its military wing in central Gaza and a rocket maker.