€1m owed on mortgage
Ulster Bank has asked a judge to direct that Wexford accountant Alan Hynes, and his wife Noreen, hand back a €1m investment property they bought in Blackrock, Co Dublin, four years ago.
Judge Jacqueline Linnane heard in the Circuit Civil Court yesterday that the couple, of Solaris, Coolree, Larkinstown, Co Wexford, had bought the property through a €960,000 First Active Building Society mortgage in April 2008. The court was told there was now more than €1m due on the mortgage which Ulster Bank took over when it bought First Active.
Judge Linnane adjourned the application until February 21 next.
Actress kicks off gay debate
Actress Cynthia Nixon has moved to clarify remarks that got her in hot water with fellow gay rights activists.
The Sex And The City star's personal life became an exercise in the politics of sexual orientation when she was quoted saying that, for her, being gay was a choice.
Nixon has been in a relationship with a woman for eight years. Before that she spent 15 years and had two children with a man. Nixon said: "What I have 'chosen' is to be in a gay relationship."
Scientists' step to 'telepathy'
A first step has been taken towards hearing imagined speech using a form of electronic telepathy, it has been claimed.
Scientists believe in future it may be possible to "decode" the thoughts of brain-damaged patients who cannot speak. In a study described by one expert as "remarkable", US researchers were able to reconstruct heard words from brain wave patterns. A computer programme was used to predict what spoken words volunteers had listened to by analysing their brain activity.
Bomb blast kills 3 soldiers
Three Iraqi soldiers have been killed in a bomb blast north of Baghdad, an Iraqi official said today.
The attack came hours before the nation's parliament is to reconvene after Sunni-backed politicians ended their boycott in protest at persecution of Sunni officials.