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Mother abused casualty staff

A MOTHER-of-three was so drunk and abusive to staff at a hospital A&E department that she had to be carried out by gardai, a court heard.

Margaret Rodgers (55) had been treated at the hospital when she began hurling abuse.

She was fined €250 after she admitted a public order offence in the incident.

Rodgers, of Chianti Park, Brittas, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to causing a breach of the peace at St James's Hospital on September 30, 2012.

Judge Victor Blake fined the accused €150, and another €100 for an unrelated public order incident in 2008.


hits Montreal

An earthquake shook the Montreal area of Canada, waking some people but causing no injuries or damage.

Natural Resources Canada reported on its website that the magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck shortly after midnight with the epicentre in the Longueuil area just south of Montreal.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Pilots face

new crash trial

Two American pilots of a business jet will be retried for their role in a 2006 airline crash that killed 154 people on an airliner in Brazil.

Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino, both from New York state, were allowed to leave Brazil two months after the crash, but were convicted last year and sentenced to 52 months in prison, commuted to community service in the United States.

The pilots deny keeping the aircraft's vital anti-collision system turned off for almost an hour, causing the fatal accident.

Officer sacked

after cuddle

A police officer who admitted cuddling a suspected shoplifter has been sacked for gross misconduct.

The police constable was fired following a disciplinary hearing which found he inappropriately touched an arrested woman in Stockton-on-Tees in 2011.

The police watchdog said the officer's behaviour implied he would help the suspect if she accepted his sexual advances.