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Man denies €7k lotto theft Garda fights to sue over injury Brides-to-be in website scam

A man has gone on trial charged with stealing €7,200 from his local GAA club in an alleged lotto scam more than four years ago.

Michael Kirk (49) of Tullyallen, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of theft from Magheracloone GFC, two charges of falsely representing that Thomas McGuinness and P Kelly had genuinely won the club's lottery, one charge in relation to altering a cheque that had been in favour of Mr McGuinness, and a charge of using an altered cheque with the intention of making a gain for himself on dates between March 30, 2005 and July 31, 2005.

The trial continues.

Garda fights to sue over injury

A garda, injured while on machine gun training in Co Wicklow, has challenged a bid by the State to strike out his €38,000 damages claim for personal injury.

County Registrar Susan Ryan was asked to strike out the claim by Garda David Kelly on the grounds of inordinate delay since the accident on March 24, 2005.

She heard that Garda Kelly (42) of Beech Lawn, Johnstown Wood, Navan, Co Meath, had injured his lower back when he slipped on a path of wet railway sleepers.

The defendants, the Minister for Defence, the Minister for Justice and the Commissioner of An Garda Siochana, had asked the County Registrar's Court to strike out Garda Kelly's claim for want of prosecution. Ms Ryan adjourned the State's application until April.

Brides-to-be in website scam

Thousands of brides-to-be were scammed by a website advertising a fake bridal show billed as the "biggest and most extravagant".

A site called The Boston 411 invited would-be brides and potential sellers to a non-existent Spring Home and Bridal Show at the Hynes Convention Centre at the weekend, police in the Massachusetts city said.

The site, created using a free online event registration and marketing service at eventbrite.com, had been taken down by early today. Eventbrite.com did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

Police and the FBI's Cyber Crime Unit are investigating.