Girl denies she beat Spaniards
A 17-YEAR-OLD girl has denied beating up two Spanish women in Dublin's Temple Bar after they refused to give her a cigarette.
The girl, who is in care, has been charged with assaulting a woman at the Central Bank Plaza, in Dublin city centre on July 9 last.
She is also accused at Dublin Children's Court of assaulting two Spanish women at Curved Street, in Temple Bar, on April 9 last year.
She pleaded not guilty to both the charges and was remanded on continuing bail pending a hearing at the Children's Court in March.
faces 10 years
A serial thief faces 10 years in prison for a string of heists at New York luxury hotels, including a theft of $250,000 worth of valuables from the hotel room of a woman from the United Arab Emirates.
James Bennett (45) pleaded guilty to the burglaries. His defence said Bennett regrets the thefts. He said his client was struggling with cocaine and family deaths. Prosecutors say about $35,000 worth of stolen items were found in Bennett's home.
McWilliams' Oz crash 'rubbish'
CLAIMS by economist David McWilliams that Australia faces an Irish-style property crash have been rubbished.
Stephen Koukoulas, a former adviser to Australian prime minister Julia Gilliard, said a housing crash was unlikely.
"Should incomes remain weak for a sustained period, house prices would likely be flat to low over that time. But a crash? That is very unlikely."
He was responding to the doom-laden predictions by McWilliams about Australia, where the econonomy appears to be thriving and thousands of Irish people have gone there in search of jobs.
25 years of hits
POP princess Kylie Minogue is celebrating 25 years in music by re-recording some of her old hits.
The singer, who released her debut single The Locomotion in Australia in 1987, recorded an acoustic version of her 1992 hit Finer Feelings at Abbey Road Studios. More tracks will be released throughout the year.