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In Brief: Women settle in house claim

TWO women have settled a High Court action in which they claimed they were unable to sell their four-year-old house because of alleged serious structural defects.

Claire Moloney (38) and Patricia Feeley (37) sued Erris Homes Ltd, Belmullet, Mayo, for negligence and breach of contract in the construction of the house at Summerfield, Dublin Road, Castlebar, Mayo.

They also sued engineer James Maloney, of Childers Heights, Ballina, Mayo, for negligence. The defendants denied the claims.

Yesterday, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy was told the case had been settled. She struck out the proceedings.

Dam operator in flood probe

A review of last year's deadly floods in Australia said the operator of a major dam that controlled the release of water from a swollen river broke its own rules during the disaster.

Critics have questioned actions by engineers of Seqwater, the water authority in charge of operating the Wivenhoe Dam, which controls the release of water from the Brisbane River.

It has questioned whether they improperly managed the flow, worsening the inundation of Brisbane and Ipswich.

Dialysis firm in contract battle

A DISAPPOINTED bidder for an €80m contract to operate satellite kidney dialysis units has been granted a temporary High Court injunction restraining the HSE from awarding the contract to another company.

Fresenius Medical Care (Ireland) Ltd was also given leave to challenge the decision of the HSE. Fresenius, of City Junction Business Park, Dublin, claimed the HSE inaccurately marked its tender for the renal units for Dublin Northeast and Dublin Mid Leinster in May of last year.

The case will come before the court again on March 25.

New deal for

Bond books

Ian Fleming's estate has signed a 10-year deal with the Random House Group to publish the James Bond backlist both in print and e-book format.

Random imprint Vintage Books acquired the rights to the 14 Bond books, as well as two non-fiction titles.