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Man put on bets with stolen cash

a man has pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to using money stolen from a bank to place large bets in a bookmaker's.

David Vickery (26), of Sycamore Drive, Kingswood Heights, Tallaght, admitted having €10,000 in stolen money at Boylesports, Terenure, on January 15, 2010.

Defence counsel Conor Devally SC said Vickery was not involved in the theft of the money.

Judge Patricia Ryan ordered that a probation report be prepared and remanded Vickery on continuing bail until December 17.

Italians to pay taxes with art

More Italians may pay their taxes using paintings after moves by the government to revive a system of transferring treasures to the state in lieu of tax.

As well as historical works of art, the government will accept donations of property that has archaeological value, contemporary artworks, antique books and villas.

Donating artworks to the state instead of paying inheritance tax is an established practice in other European countries.

Vets nurse car park seal pup

Vets are nursing a baby seal back to health - after finding it in a car park.

Officials from the RSPCA found the pup in a poor state outside the RNLI's boathouse in Borth, west Wales. Collection officer William Galvin said he believed the seal had come up from the beach, crossed the road and then into the car park.

He said: "It had a few injuries. It was obviously in distress and looked very thin. There were no signs of its parents looking for him."

France's Tirole awarded Nobel

French economist Jean Tirole (61) has won the Nobel prize for economics for research on market power and regulation that has helped policy-makers understand how to deal with industries dominated by a few powerful companies.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Tirole had made contributions in a range of research areas, but it highlighted his role in clarifying "how to understand and regulate industries with a few dominant firms".