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In Brief: Rovers 'mob' attacked bus

A soccer fan was part of a Shamrock Rovers 'mob' who attacked a bus full of Linfield supporters before the start of a Setanta Cup match, a court heard.

Patrick Tierney (22) also threw an object at the bus and was shouting at the Linfield supporters on board.

Judge John Coughlan fined him €500.

Tierney, of Fortunestown Close in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place at Belgard Square South in Tallaght on March 4.

On the night in question Shamrock Rovers were playing Belfast team Linfield at Tallaght Stadium in the second round of the Setanta Cup.

Garda Tom O'Riordan said Tierney was part of a 'mob' who attacked a bus of Linfield supporters.


UN troops held by Syria rebels

Syrian rebels said yesterday they were holding a group of Filipino UN peacekeepers on the ceasefire line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights after clashes in the area had put them in danger.

The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade made the announcement in a statement on Facebook.

The rebels said they "carried out an operation to secure and protect elements of the UN".

They said the heavy presence of Assad's forces posed a danger to the peacekeepers.