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In Brief: Clerys killer is free man again

Convicted murderer Michael Gibbons (63) has been released from prison by the High Court.

A temporary release on licence from his life sentence had been revoked last month after he got into trouble.

Gibbons, of Oranmore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin, was part of a three-man armed raid on security staff returning to the Clerys store in O'Connell Street with the firm's €52,000 payroll in 1982. Security man Gerard Crowley (59) was shot dead and a colleague was wounded.

Remy Farrell, had applied on Gibbons' behalf for his release under Article 40 of the Constitution on the basis he had been unlawfully been detained by the Governor of Mountjoy Prison after serving a two months' sentence there.



17 killed in bus river plunge

Seventeen people died when the bus they were travelling in plunged into a river in western India.

The bus was crossing the Purna river in the Buldhana district of Maharashtra state.

At least 10 passengers were injured.



Quake shakes Alaskan islands

A strong earthquake has jolted Alaska's sparsely populated western Aleutian islands.

There are no immediate reports of injury or damage from the earthquake, which happened yesterday. Its magnitude was initially reported as 6.9, but officials later revised that to 6.4.


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