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In Brief: Herald clarification

On May 1 the Herald published a column which stated that European authorities imposed a gagging clause on the Department of Finance over the release of documents relating to the liquidation of IRBC.

The Herald accepts that this is not the case and that any such decision rests solely with the Department of Finance.


Guilty plea in sex assault

A Kildare man pleaded guilty on the morning of his trial to the aggravated sexual assault of a woman two years ago.

The man pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court yesterday to sexually assaulting the woman in a manner involving injury, humiliation and degradation of a grave nature in Kildare on January 31, 2011.

Mr Justice Barry White ordered that the man be registered as a sex offender. The accused, who is in prison for a separate offence, will be sentenced next month.


Measles cases across Wales

Measles cases outside the Welsh region battling a major epidemic are rising faster than at the centre for the first time.

The number of cases across Wales has outstripped the rise in the greater Swansea area, where a massive vaccination programme is still under way.

Health chiefs are warning that the 10-18 age group in Wales needs vaccination protection as a "matter of urgency".


Cruise couple go missing

Authorities were conducting an air and marine search today off Australia's east coast for two cruise passengers who were discovered missing after their ship docked in Sydney Harbour at the end of a 10-day journey.

The 30-year-old man and 27-year-old woman were discovered missing after the Carnival Spirit docked at Sydney's Circular Quay this morning, said New South Wales state Police Superintendent Mark Hutchings.

"We believe they have gone overboard," he told reporters.

"This is a tragic event at the moment, but we're holding out hope we might be able to find these people alive," Hutchings said.