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In brief: McNamara's action ends

NAMA learned developer Bernard McNamara had filed for bankruptcy in the UK on the same day the agency lodged notice of its intention to ask the Commercial Court to fast-track proceedings for €27.5m summary judgment orders against him, it emerged yesterday.

Given Mr McNamara's adjudication as a bankrupt in the UK on November 6 last, National Asset Loan Management Ltd (NALM), a company of NAMA, had decided to discontinue its summary judgment proceedings here, counsel Niamh Hyland, said.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly directed that Mr McNamara, with an address at Yeats House, Brackley Terrace, Chiswick, London, be called in court. When there was no appearance, the judge said he would grant the application to discontinue.

Luther King balcony open

The balcony where Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, is now open for visitors for the first time since the National Civil Rights Museum opened in 1991.

Visitors were able to stand on the spot where Dr King was shot dead on April 4, 1968. The balcony will be open temporarily, probably until renovations to the museum end in 2014.

Lawyer sacked over tweet

A Kansas appeal court lawyer has been sacked after using offensive language in a tweet about the state's former attorney general.

Sarah Peterson Herr posted her comments about former attorney general Phill Kline last week. She tweeted: "Why is Phil Klein (sic) smiling? There is nothing to smile about, douchebag."