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Challenge to Shell rejected

THE Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to the validity of compulsory acquisition orders for the Shell pipeline project in Co Mayo.

The court yesterday ruled that four opponents of the project -- Philip McGrath, James B Philbin, Willie Corduff and Brid McGarry -- did not bring their challenge within prescribed time limits.

In 2007, the High Court's Ms Justice Mary Laffoy ruled the four were not guilty of delay to bring their action under court rules to the construction of the Corrib gas line

Yesterday, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, on behalf of a three-judge Supreme Court, made an order dismissing the challenge on the grounds that it was out of time under court rules.

'Prison officer attack' trial

A YOUTH accused of attacking a prison officer at St Patrick's Institution will go on trial at Dublin Children's Court next month.

The 17-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty to assaulting prison officer Carl Dineen at the detention centre for young offenders on July 13 last.

Yesterday, accompanied by his mother, he was ordered by Judge William Early that the trial would take place on February 15. The teenager was further remanded in custody.

Russians beat adoption ban

SOME of the Russian children caught in limbo by their country's ban on adoptions by Americans have left for the US with their new parents.

The US Embassy in Moscow did not say how many children had been allowed to leave but said it was clear that all the adoptions could now happen.

The ban was rushed through in retaliation for a US law targeting Russians said to have violated human rights, but the adoptions had already been approved.

Oliver hot stuff in chilli record

CHEF Jamie Oliver has proved he is hot stuff by setting a new world record -- for chopping raw chillies.

The TV chef sliced up 10 in 30 seconds during a live broadcast while fellow chef Gennaro Contaldo set a new record for making ravioli.

Their record attempts were staged during a live launch for Oliver's YouTube channels online last night.