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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Court win for stroke victim

Lawyers for a British stroke victim who wants help to end his "intolerable" life can continue to act on his behalf without fear of prosecution or disciplinary action after a High Court ruling.

They successfully urged two judges in London to grant them a declaration which will protect them and third parties during preparations for a "landmark" judicial review action brought by a man with "locked-in syndrome".

The claimant, who cannot be named, suffered a "massive" stroke three years ago at the age of 43.



Egypt in ban



on NGO travel

Egypt's ruling Military Council has imposed a travel ban on several foreign non-governmental organisation (NGO) workers -- including the son of the US Transportation Secretary.

The ban forms part of a wider campaign of intimidation that the Egyptian government is accused of waging against civil society in recent months.



Hurt to receive BAFTA honour

Veteran actor John Hurt will receive a career award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts next month when its annual movie awards are announced.

Hurt (72), who lived in Wicklow for many years, is best known for his performances in movies The Elephant Man and Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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