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Judge hits out at non-nationals

A DISTRICT court judge has claimed non-nationals were "flouting" bail laws here.

Judge James O'Connor, who presides over the district court in Kerry, made the remarks while dealing with the case of a foreign national accused of theft and burglary who was in breach of his bail conditions.

Viliam Simonic (28), of Pinewood Estate, Killarney, but who is originally from the Czech Republic, is charged with theft.

The father of four had breached his bail conditions a number of times, the court heard. Judge O'Connor remanded him on bail on his own bond of €1,000. He will appear again in March.

Football chief sorry for gaffe

The head of the British footballers' union has apologised after he compared the Ched Evans controversy to the Hillsborough disaster.

Gordon Taylor's comments came after it emerged that rapist Evans' proposed move to Oldham Athletic had collapsed.

He said: "He would not be the first person to have been found guilty and maintained their innocence. If we are talking about things in football, we know what happened, what was alleged to have happened at Hillsborough. And it's now unravelling."

Former leader of Poland dies

Jozef Oleksy, a communist-era party leader who in democratic Poland served as a left-wing prime minister until he was forced to resign over unproven accusations of spying for Russia, has died. He was 68.

An official with Oleksy's Democratic Left Alliance party said he died after a long, serious illness.

Raised as a Catholic, Oleksy was a prominent communist party leader.

Gospel legend Crouch dies, 72

Andrae Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and movies such as The Lion King, has died. He was 72.

Crouch died after suffering a heart attack, said his publicist, Brian Mayes.

Crouch and his sister, Sandra Crouch, lived in the Pacoima area of Los Angeles.