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Irish drivers ranked 10th

Irish road users have been ranked the 10th safest in an international study.

Road deaths dropped by almost a third in recent years, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

However, serious concerns were raised that young people, especially 18 to 20-year-olds, are still three times more likely to be victims of a traffic collision.

The report revealed that despite the number of vehicles on the road quadrupling between 1970 and 2008, fatalities almost halved.

Deaths turned mum to drugs

A MOTHER turned to drugs to numb the pain after she suffered the deaths of two of her children, a court heard.

Michelle Keogh (39) said her children's deaths had a great affect on her, and she ended up on "a huge amount of tablets". Keogh admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to two counts of possession of drugs as well as one count of sale or supply. The incident took place at her home in Rathvilly Park, Finglas on July 23, 2008.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell adjourned sentencing to a date in April.

Beer can be good for bones

Beer is a rich source of a nutrient that can help prevent weak bones -- but it depends what type you drink, researchers said today.

As one of the nation's favourite tipples, beer is a rich source of dietary silicon, which can help cut the chance of developing diseases such as osteoporosis, they said.

However, not all beers are the same, with those containing malted barley and hops having higher silicon content than beers made from wheat.

Banned driver drove to pal's

A BANNED driver got behind the wheel of his car and drove to his friend's house to pick up furniture for his son's bedroom, a court heard.

Father of two, Mark Shields (25), with an address at Moeran Road in Walkinstown, admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence on April 14 last year.

The judge fined Shields €500 and ordered him to complete 220 hours community service. He was also banned for two years.