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Power firms to face a grilling

Electricity firms are to be called to account for the difference in household bills between the Republic and Northern Ireland, it was disclosed today.

Energy providers ESB, Bord Gais, Airtricity and the Commission for Energy Regulation will appear before a group of cross-party politicians tomorrow.

Joe McHugh, Fine Gael's spokesman on North-South co-operation, said :"Those companies will be forced to explain why customers in this State are being forced to pay 14.4pc more per year than customers across the border."

"Businesses on this side of the border are struggling to compete because of these higher costs. This price difference is completely unacceptable."

Katie hit with driving charge

Katie Price will go on trial today accused of a driving offence.

The 32-year-old glamour model is charged with not being in proper control of a vehicle in Sussex, south-east England, on February 19.

Price, married to cagefighter Alex Reid, was pulled over by police officers while at the wheel of her pink horsebox.

Mayor and aide killed in Mexico

A small-town mayor and an aide were found stoned to death in a drug-plagued western state, the fifth city leader to be murdered in Mexico since mid-August.

The bodies of Tancitaro mayor Gustavo Sanchez and city adviser Rafael Equihua were discovered in a pick-up truck abandoned on a dirt road.

Tancitaro, a town of 26,000 people in the west of the country, is in a region where soldiers have destroyed more than 20 meth labs in the last year.