In Brief: Abuser dentist drops appeal
A DENTIST convicted of sexually assaulting a dental nurse at his surgery has withdrawn his appeal against a decision erasing his name from the list of registered dentists.
Father-of-three John Tait was found guilty by a jury at Cork Circuit Court last May of sexually assaulting the then 19-year-old woman at his surgery at St Patrick's Terrace, in Douglas, Cork, on December 20, 2006.
Tait (61), of Glen House, Upper Rochestown, Cork, had denied the charge. In June, Judge Raymond Fullam imposed a 15-month suspended jail sentence.
Afghan teen held at airport
AN AFGHAN youth who claimed to be a minor following his arrest at Dublin Airport is 19 years old, a court has heard.
Rajmeet Singh, who has no fixed address in Ireland, arrived in the country on December 12 and was about to get another flight out when he was stopped.
The youth was arrested and brought to Ballymun Garda Station, where he was charged with possession of a false British passport.
At the Dublin Children's Court, Judge Ann Ryan ordered that he be remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison. He is to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on December 28.
Assange makes balcony speech
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will deliver a message from the Ecuadorian embassy today to mark six months since he sought refuge inside the building.
The Australian is set to step on to the embassy's balcony for only the second time since he suddenly arrived on June 19 as part of his campaign to avoid extradition to Sweden, where his wanted over allegations of sexual assault.
This is the train route to hell
The busiest train route in terms of crowding is the 7.44am Henley-on-Thames to Paddington in London, new figures show.
That train, taking people from the Oxfordshire town into the British capital, has a load factor of 180pc. From January 2, Henley season ticket holders will see their annual fare rise 4.18pc to £3,388 (¤4,165).