Baseball bat to sort out row
A woman who broke into a house armed with a baseball bat was arrested by two gardai who were in the house investigating an earlier incident, a court has heard.
Linda Mansfield (39) of Kiltalown Way, Tallaght told gardai she was in a dispute with the owner of the house, Ashling Hooper, and she wanted to "sort her out once and for all".
Mansfield, a married mother of three, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to aggravated burglary at Jobstown, Tallaght on December 28, 2010.
The court heard that Mansfield was swinging a bat at Ms Hooper and shouting: "I will kill you." Judge Martin Nolan imposed a suspended sentence of three years.
Children's vigil for ship parents
The children of a couple missing in the Italian cruise ship disaster are still waiting for word about their parents.
The family of Jerry and Barbara Heil of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, posted on their blog that they continue to wait.
Searchers found two more bodies in the capsized Costa Concordia, 10 days after the ship's hull was gashed by a reef. So far, the bodies of 15 people have been found and 17 people remain missing.
Sick drug man dodges jail
A father-of-two caught with over €10,000 worth of cannabis and ecstasy pills has avoided jail because of his ailing health.
Aidan Casey (49) of Grove Park, Rathmines pleaded guilty to possession for sale or supply of €4,920 worth of ecstasy tablets and €5,730 worth of cannabis herb at Grove Park on October 16, 2010.
He got a five-year jail sentence, but it was suspended after the court heard that Casey had been told he may have cancer.
won't fight seat
The husband of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords said he has ruled out running for her seat.
Retired Nasa astronaut Mark Kelly reiterated to an audience at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that he will not seek the seat in 2012.
But Mr Kelly left open a window to seek public office later, after focusing on his shot wife's recovery.