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In Brief: Grandad jailed for drugs sale

A DUBLIN grandfather has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail for possessing drugs for sale or supply.

Edward Maguire (50), of St Attracta Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of drugs worth €31,000 on February 10, 2012.

Gardai searched Maguire's house after they had received complaints of drug dealing and found thousands of blue diazepam tablets stuffed into a cigarette box, a cannabis grow tent, and small amounts of cannabis and heroin.

Judge Martin Nolan accepted that Maguire had become involved with drug dealing out of fear, because he owed money and also because of his own addiction.



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Players most fond of the "header" suffer changes similar to those seen in patients with traumatic brain injury, scans show.

Researchers in the US studied the brains of 37 amateur soccer players.

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The 42-year-old, who played Frank Foster in the popular soap, was found not guilty of four counts of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy, dating back to 1994.

Lancel was cleared by the jury after just 29 minutes, following a week-long trial.