THE Government is considering a 150-cell expansion of Cork Prison as a cut-price alternative to a €100m super-prison.
The Irish Prison Service has proposed the new block -- within the prison on Cork's Rathmore Road -- to deal with chronic overcrowding.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter will examine the proposal which, if adopted, will be a U-turn on previous policy, which was to close Cork Prison and reduce Limerick to a remand facility.
rapist to stop
A man has been convicted of the oral rape of a middle-aged woman who begged him to stop because she had a child his age.
The 25-year old rapist -- who cannot be named for legal reasons -- had denied the oral rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment of the woman on May 23, 2011, in a Cork field.
A Central Criminal Court jury convicted him on all four charges yesterday after deliberating for three hours.
A majority verdict was reached on the oral rape charge while all three other charges were unanimous.
Ray smashes penalty record
WHO put the 743rd ball in the Tallaght net? Ray Houghton of course.
The former Ireland international helped break the world record for the most penalty kicks in a row yesterday.
Houghton was asked by the College Football Association of Ireland to take the record- breaking kick at Tallaght Stadium, breaking the previous high of 742 in the Major League Soccer in the US. David Beckham was among the penalty-takers on that day.
In total the previous record was almost doubled yesterday, with 1,401 penalties taken by school children and former sports stars.