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Manslaughter suspect on bail

A 25-YEAR-OLD man charged with the manslaughter of a Nigerian taxi driver in Dublin last year was remanded on continuing bail.

Moses Ayanwole (41), who had been living in Ireland for 15 years, had been working in the city centre when he sustained head injuries during a row at Pearse Street.

William Keegan, of Pearse House, in Dublin 2, who has surrendered his passport, had been granted bail and appeared at Cloverhill District Court yesterday.

Gas explosion kills toddler

A suspected gas explosion reduced a house to smoking rubble, killed a two-year-old boy and left a man seriously burned in Oldham, northwest England, police and rescue workers said.

Police were not linking the explosion to terrorism, but said they were treating the child's death as "suspicious".

Superintendent Neil Evans said detectives were looking into reports of a domestic disturbance in the area the night before the explosion.

Ferry company awarded ¤92k

THE High Court has awarded an Aran Islands ferry operator €92,000 damages over harbour fees which should not have been imposed on the company, one of whose boats were seized and impounded for almost 50 days.

The award was made to Island Ferries Teoranta which last year won its High Court challenge against the new and increased charges introduced in 2005 for the use by the company's vessels of Rossaveel Harbour in Co Galway.

Two of the companies vessels operated services between the harbour and the Islands.

Mum of two dies in collision

A MUM-of-two was killed in a car crash on her way to work yesterday morning.

Marie Johnston (48) died in the collision at Tinnock, Oulart, Co Wexford, at around 8.30am yesterday.

Mrs Johnston, from Monamolin, Co Wexford, was driving to her workplace at a solicitor's firm in New Ross when tragedy struck.

Three vehicles were involved in the collision which also left two other drivers with minor injuries.