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Solicitor loses bid for appeal

A SOLICITOR who last year failed in a legal battle against his ex-lover for the return of jewellery and an oil painting has been refused an extension of time to appeal an order granting a bank repossession of his former family home.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane said Matthew Wales had agreed to the order made on July 5, 2012, by the County Registrar granting ICS Building Society possession of the €1m property at 50 Whitethorn Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin, against him and his ex-wife, Mairead.

She told barrister Ann Lawlor, for ICS Building Society, that the County Registrar had allowed a six-month stay on the order.


Rugby international Jamie Roberts has been tackling a different kind of pitch – as he joined rock act Manic Street Preachers on stage.

The Welsh star had a conversion from sport to music when he played guitar with the band as they played at Melbourne's Festival Hall.

The band had lined up a series of concerts Down Under to coincide with the British and Irish Lions tour.

Roberts (26) posted a photo of himself performing.


A French prosecutor has asked for charges to be dropped against former President Nicolas Sarkozy in an investigation into his campaign finances.

Sarkozy is accused of "abuse of someone in an impaired state" over allegations he took donations for his 2007 presidential run from L'Oreal cosmetics fortune heiress Liliane Bettencourt, who is in her 90s.

After a request by the Bordeaux prosecutor's office, a judge still needs to decide if the case will be dropped.


US officials have finally identified the culprit behind a 20-hour internet and mobile phone outage last week in northern New Mexico – an eager beaver.

The beaver chewed through the fibre line. The evidence was discovered by contractors who worked to repair the outage.

More than 1,800 internet users were affected by the blackout.