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In Brief: Kicked garda awarded €11k

A 39-YEAR-OLD garda who was kicked and spat on during a "vicious assault" has been awarded almost €11,000 compensation in the High Court.

Garda Brian Murphy said that on April 12, 2004, he and a colleague called to a house at Dillons Cross, Cork, over a domestic dispute.

Garda Murphy said a man in the house was being verbally abusive towards a woman.

When the officer asked the man to leave, he knocked Garda Murphy to the ground and kicked him.

He had to use his baton to arrest the man, who had also spat in his face.

The attacker was later sentenced to three months.



AER Lingus and Ryanair have cancelled a number of flights to and from France due to a strike by air traffic controllers there.

Travellers are advised to check airline websites to see if their flight is affected.

Other flights passing through French airspace are also at risk of disruption.

Aer Lingus said it was forced to cancel six flights to and from France today.

"Customers who had been planning to travel will be re-accommodated on the next available flights," a spokeswoman said.



A WOMAN was rescued from the River Liffey in Dublin late last night.

Gardai saw the woman struggling in the water near the Samuel Beckett Bridge around 11pm.

Members of the fire brigade launched a rescue boat and pulled the woman from the river.

The woman was taken by ambulance to the Mater Hospital, where she received treatment.



A SINGAPORE court jailed a Lebanese referee for six months on Tuesday for accepting sexual favours to fix a soccer game, a day after two fellow countrymen were jailed for the same offence amid an international investigation into soccer corruption.

Ali Sabbagh, a FIFA-accredited referee, had admitted having sex with a woman hired by accused Singapore match-fixer Ding Si Yang, who has denied wrongdoing.