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News in brief: Irishman dies in Oz railings fall

An Irishman who fell from a pub railing in Australia has died.

PJ Kearney (24), from Arklow, suffered severe head injuries in the early hours of yesterday morning when he toppled from the top of a railing outside the pub in Brisbane after losing his balance. He fell 13 feet (4 metres) and landed on his head in the incident outside the Beach House Bar and Grill at around 2am.

His family in Ireland have been notified of the tragedy, police in Brisbane told the Herald today. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Frenchman 'in love' with girl (8)

A 33-year-old Frenchman, who claimed he was in love with an eight-year-old child, avoided a jail sentence when he agreed to leave the country within 24 hours.

Hubert Noditza, originally from Normandy in France, was found guilty of trespassing at the child's home and assaulting her father. A judge at Killarney District Court imposed a seven-month sentence on the trespass charge and a nine-month sentence for assault causing harm to her father last month. He suspended the sentence when Noditza agreed to leave the country within 24 hours and not to return before March 2019.

Man jailed for €23k heroin

A man who hid €23,000 worth of heroin under a cornflakes box in his kitchen has been given seven years in jail with two suspended.

Francis Connorton (31) of Whitestown Gardens, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at his home on November 24, 2008.

Bernard Condon, defending, said his client has not come to garda attention since.

Machu Picchu train restored

Peruvian officials said they expect train services to historic Inca ruins will be restored on March 29.

Fierce rains in January washed out the rail link to Machu Picchu, the only terrestrial means of arrival other than by foot. Tourists will be able to take a bus from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo, then go by road to the rail link.