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In Brief: Redmond gets priority hearing

FORMER assistant Dublin city and county manager George Redmond is to get a priority hearing of his appeal against an order halting his action aimed at overturning corruption findings made against him by the planning tribunal.

Seeking priority in the Supreme Court, Angus Buttanshaw, for Mr Redmond, said the matter was urgent on grounds including that his client is aged 88.

Patricia Dillon, representing the tribunal, supported the application for a priority hearing and Mr Justice John Murray said he would list the case in the court's priority list.

Conmey battle case adjourned

AN application to decide whether a man's conviction 40 years ago for the manslaughter of a young woman was a miscarriage of justice has been adjourned by the Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA).

Martin Conmey, of Porterstown Lane, Ratoath, Co Meath -- whose conviction for the manslaughter of 19-year-old Una Lynskey was overturned in 2010 -- is seeking a declaration of a miscarriage of justice.

He completed a three-year sentence for manslaughter but, following a long legal battle, his conviction was quashed on grounds including important witness statements were not disclosed to the defence. Those statements proved his innocence, he said.

35 killed in mosque blast

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan, killing 35 people and wounding at least 70.

The attack in the town of Maymana, capital of northern Faryab province, came as people were gathering at the mosque to celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday.

One in four out of work in Spain

One in four Spaniards are now officially out of work.

Spain's National Statistics Institute says the country's unemployment rate rose around 0.4pc in the third quarter on the previous three months to 25pc.

The institute said 85,000 people more joined the ranks of the unemployed between July and September, taking the total to 5.78m.