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Travellers take council to task

A NUMBER of Traveller families have brought a High Court challenge to Galway City Council's alleged failure to provide two additional residential halting sites.

The sites were allegedly identified by the local authority itself as necessary to meet the accommodation needs of Travellers in its area.

But an amendment to the Traveller Accommodation Plan 2009-2013 disregarded the council's own assessment of the housing needs of some 133 Traveller families, it is claimed.

The judicial review proceedings opened yesterday before Mr Justice Bryan McMahon and continues today.

€9k for cleaner after glass cut

A cleaner has been awarded €9,000 in damages by the Circuit Court after she injured her hand while washing glasses in a sink full of dirty water.

Frances Boylan sued South Dublin County Council for injuries suffered in the Greenhills Community Centre where she worked as a cleaner seven years ago.

Mr Justice Matthew Deery reduced the damages award by 25pc because Ms Boylan had failed to wear rubber gloves supplied to her.

Locals charged up for bull fest

Spain shrugged off its economic woes with tens of thousands of Spaniards and foreigners jamming a historic city plaza and spraying each other with wine as a firecracker rocket blasted off to launch the famed San Fermin bull-running festival.

Today daredevils will race just ahead of huge bulls running along Pamplona's cobblestoned streets and gorings are assured.

"There's a crisis in Spain, but there isn't today in Pamplona and everyone is partying," said David Marcilla (16).

Police hunt for flight risk thief

Police are scouting a tourist island for a fugitive pilot who vanished after wrecking a light aircraft in the Bahamas.

The single-engine Cessna that crashed in shallow waters off Abaco island was apparently stolen more than 1,000 miles away in Bloomington, Indiana.

By the time rescuers arrived on Sunday, nobody was inside.