Two men face IRA charges
Two Dublin men have appeared before a late sitting of the Special Criminal Court charged with firearms and IRA membership offences.
Robert Nolan (44) of Elmdale Park, Ballyfermot, and Dermot Gannon (45) are both charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State, namely the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on January 11.
Gannon, of Wellview Crescent, Mulhuddart, is also charged with the unlawful possession of a Webley revolver in Limerick on the same date.They were remanded in custody.
Journalists in secrecy battle
Senior judges are to decide whether some journalists can remain anonymous when giving evidence to the UK's Leveson inquiry into press standards.
The publisher of two of Britain's most popular newspapers have questioned whether journalists giving evidence to the inquiry should be allowed to remain anonymous.
Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday, told the High Court that its reputation could be unfairly tarnished by anonymous evidence which could not be fully tested or challenged.
They challenged a ruling on the admissibility of anonymous evidence by inquiry chairman Lord Justice Leveson. The judges reserved their decision.
writer (75) dies
Reginald Hill, the author of the Dalziel and Pascoe crime novels, has died of cancer at the age of 75.
Hill was born in Hartlepool, England, in 1936 where his father was playing professional football for the town's team.
The author of more than 40 books, Hill he won the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger in 1995 for his lifetime contribution to crime writing.
Connick's flop show is axed
Harry Connick Jr's latest Broadway venture is ending earlier than he hoped.
Producers of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever said that the musical will play its final performance on January 29.