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Teen appears on rifle charge

A TEENAGER has appeared in court charged with unlawful possession of a semi-automatic rifle in Dublin.

Gavin Quinn (19) was remanded on continuing bail after he was charged with having the weapon in Drimnagh earlier this year.

He was put on a curfew as part of his bail conditions pending trial on the charge when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Quinn, of Keeper's Road, Drimnagh, is charged with two offences related to possession of a sawn-off .22 semi-automatic rifle at Benbulbin Road on April 2 last.

GALLERY THIEF

TOOK DONATIONS

A RECOVERING drug addict was one of two men who stole €300 in public contributions to the National Gallery of Ireland by carrying the donation box to a room in the premises and prising it open.

Michael Mahony (43) went to the gallery during opening hours and broke into the large perspex box used to collect visitors' donations.

At Dublin District Court, Judge Michael Walsh said he would order Mahony to carry out community service instead of a jail sentence, if he is found suitable.

Mahony, of Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty.

FREE COMPUTERS FOR PRISONERS

The Netherlands' justice minister has proposed putting a personal computer in every prison cell in the country.

However the computers will be stripped-down machines with no email and little or no internet access.

The main reason for installing them would be to reduce the amount of time worked by guards. Prisoners would use computers to fill in their food, visiting and exercise schedules.

DEAFNESS LINK TO

SMOKING MUMS

Teenagers are more likely to have hearing loss if their mothers smoked during pregnancy, according to a new study.

Researchers said that although the link was "relatively modest," even limited hearing loss can have implications for kids' learning and social skills – so it's important to reach out to those who might need help.


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