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Unesco backs city literature

Dublin has become only the fourth city in the world to be named a Unesco City of Literature.

Tourism Minister Mary Hanafin said the honour would give the city a huge boost with an influx of cultural visitors.

Dublin now follows in the footsteps of Edinburgh, Melbourne and Iowa with the permanent title.

Man Booker prize winner Anne Enright welcomed the designation, saying: "In other towns, clever people go out and make money. In Dublin, clever people go home and write their books."

Hijacker made death threat

An alcoholic who forced a university student out of her car and threatened to kill her if she didn't hand over the keys will be sentenced later for this and robbery of a bookmakers.

Robert Boyle (44) stopped the car, which was moving slowly through traffic, and sat in the driver's seat as Michelle Murray jumped out.

Boyle, of Fassaugh Avenue, Cabra, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the charges. He also pleaded guilty to robbing €394 from a Cabra Ladbrokes in January, 2009.

Judge Katherine Delahunt adjourned the sentencing until later this year.

Singer ponders presidential run

Wyclef Jean is considering a run for president of Haiti -- but has not decided whether to seek a five-year term as leader of the quake-ravaged nation.

There have been rumours for some time the Haitian-born entertainer might enter the 2010 presidential contest.

In a statement e-mailed to reporters, the musician's family said: "If and when a decision is made, media will be alerted immediately."

Gleeson in Budget fight

A beverage supplier has brought a High Court challenge to an alleged refusal to allow it recover the 20pc reduction on alcohol excise duties in last December's Budget.

M&J Gleeson and Co, Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary, claims it lost more than €830,000 after it passed on the reduction to customers.

Mr Justice Michael Peart made the matter returnable to October.