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Man stole €660 Lourdes purse

A burglar was wearing a Yankees baseball cap he had stolen from a priest's house when gardai arrested him.

Michael McDonald (44) also had a purse with the word Lourdes on it and €660 inside.

McDonald, of Cloonmore Park, Tallaght pleaded guiilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary at The Parochial House, Cherry Orchard Avenue, Cheery Orchard on August 15, 2013.

Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned sentencing to next July and ordered McDonald to keep the peace and engage with victim empathy programmes.

McDonald admitted everything to gardai that nigt and apologised to the priest.

He has 27 previous convictions and was sentenced to three years for robbery and assault offences in 2002.

Most work even when feeling ill

Employees are working while they are ill, returning to the office early after being off sick or not taking any time off at all, according to a new study.

A survey of more than 2,000 adults found that just over half went back to work before they had recovered from an illness, often feeling guilty for being off sick or worrying that their boss would hold it against them.

Ten die from poisoned water

At least 10 people died and another 80 have been taken to the hospital after drinking poisonous water from a well in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, a city official said.

Most of victims who died were children, Ali Seeko, a spokesman for the Mogadishu mayor's office said in a phone interview from the city. The incident happened in the Yaaqshid neighbourhood, home to thousands of families, he said.

Water wells previously run by the state have been transferred into private ownership since 1991.

Ingredient for a fuller feeling

British scientists have developed an ingredient that makes foods more filling, and say initial tests in overweight people showed that it helped prevent them gaining more weight. The ingredient, developed the University of Glasgow, contains propionat, a stimulant which tricks the brain to reduce hunger pangs.


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