Friday 20 July 2018

€15k for boy in 'abuse' claim

A 15-year-old boy with special needs, who was allegedly sexually assaulted while attending St Michael's House, has been awarded €15,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister Aisling Mulligan told the court that the teenager was allegedly sexually assaulted and battered last year by another disabled person within the organisation.

The boy, through his aunt, sued St Michael's House, which has its registered office at Willowfield Park, Goatstown, Dublin, on the grounds of negligence in that they had failed to adequately supervise him.

Ms Mulligan told Judge Sarah Berkeley that St Michael's House had made a €15,000 settlement offer, without admission of liability.

The judge approved acceptance of the offer.

Mars rover breaks record

Nasa's Mars rover Opportunity has broken the distance record for off-Earth travel.

Opportunity's odometer hit 25.01 miles over the weekend and Nasa said if the rover hits 26.2 miles it will reach the next major investigation site - that scientists refer to as Marathon Valley - because it will by then have travelled the distance of a marathon.

Libyan fighter jet in crash

A Libyan fighter jet has crashed in the eastern city of Benghazi amid fighting between Islamist-led militias and forces loyal to a renegade army general.

A spokesman for the so-called National Army, says the fighter crashed due to a "technical failure" and that the pilot escaped by parachute.

However, the Facebook page of The Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, an umbrella group for Islamist-led militias there, claimed responsibility for
 the "downing" the fighter jet.

Tracey's bed back in Tate

Artist Tracey Emin's €3.2m bed - complete with empty bottles, cigarette butts and discarded condoms - is returning to London's Tate more than 15 years after it caused shockwaves at the gallery.

The artwork's new owner, who bought it at auction, announced the long-term loan to the Tate for no less than 10 years.

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