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Top cyclist sues over crash Gunpoint rape trial continues M2 to impact Bru na Boinne Jackson estate fights dad bid

A TOP cyclist stopped competing in the sport as a result of a collision with a French team's service vehicle during an international event, the High Court heard.

David Geary (27), Ballyhobart, Youghal, Cork, is suing French cycling club Velo Club de Pomme, among others, for damages arising out of the accident.

The accident left him with multiple scarring and a back injury, it is claimed. It occurred on the road at Glenmacnask, Co Wicklow, on August 12, 2000.

The defendants have denied the claims. The case continues.

Gunpoint rape trial continues

The trial of a man accused of raping his ex-partner at gunpoint has continued in legal argument in the absence of a jury.

The man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to a series of sex offences including rape and false imprisonment.

The accused pleaded guilty in December 2008 to assaulting the woman but denies hitting her with the gun. All the offences are alleged to have occurred at her Clare home on September 9, 2007. The trial will resume on Monday.

M2 to impact Bru na Boinne

The ancient Bru na Boinne site around Newgrange may lose its World Heritage status if the proposed M2 motorway goes ahead, it was claimed.

The National Monuments Forum warned that, if changes are not made to the motorway plans, the area in Co Meath is likely to lose recognition from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

Dr George Eogan, from University College Dublin, said the new motorway will have a considerable impact on the surrounding landscape.

Jackson estate fights dad bid

Michael Jackson's estate is opposing a bid by his father to receive a monthly allowance, saying it would take money away from the singer's young children.

Lawyers for estate administrators John Branca and John McClain filed papers yesterday opposing Joe Jackson's efforts to get more than $15,000 (€10,600) a month from his son's estate.