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Murder suspect still being held

A MAN was still being held today by detectives investigating the gun murder of a man in Dublin.

The suspect, in his 30s, was arrested yesterday by detectives probing the death of Anthony Cannon (26), who was shot in the head last July.

He was the 12th victim of a gangland feud on the southside of Dublin, although he was not regarded as a major player in the Crumlin-Drimnagh warfare.

He was gunned down near the junction of St Mary's Avenue West and Phoenix Street in Ballyfermot on July 17.

Famine letters go to archive

A collection of hand-written letters giving a poignant account of the Famine is to be donated to an archive and ultimately made available for academic research.

The documents were due to go under the hammer tomorrow but Adams Auctioneers, which was organising the sale, said they are to be kept together.

The letters came from a private collector and had originally been found in the archives of Dublin law firm Stewart and Kincaid, which acted as agents for landlords on a large scale.

Skywalker's comic turn

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is aiming to be a force to be reckoned with as a movie director -- adapting his debut film from his own comic.

The 58-year-old, who played Luke Skywalker in three of George Lucas's movies, is to bring to life his comic book mini-series The Black Pearl.

He announced the project, a live-action film, at the Cannes Film Festival.

Doubts cast on organic food

The nutritional benefits of organic food were questioned today by research which shows wild garden birds prefer conventional seed to that which has been organically grown.

Researchers at a UK university discovered birds were able to discern between the two, and preferred the more protein-rich, conventional food.

Analysis of the wheat found conventionally grown seeds have an average 10pc higher protein content than organic seeds.