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€13k pay-out after store fall

A 50-year-old housewife who fell on her chest in a Dunnes store has been awarded €13,000 damages.

Joan Lynam, of Turnberry, Baldoyle, Dublin, told judge Matthew Deery she was concerned because she had an earlier operation to remove a tumour from her left breast.

She said on August 13, 2010, she had been shopping with a friend in Dunnes Stores in Kyle Shopping Centre, James Finton Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise, when the accident happened.

The following day she had attended the VHI Clinic in Swords, Dublin, for treatment.

The store denied negligence.

Facebook stock hits new low

Facebook's stock hit a new low after it reported second-quarter results that disappointed investors.

The stock was down $3.58 (¤2.89), or 13pc, to $23.26 (¤18.85) as trading opened yesterday. Facebook's initial public offering of stock was priced at $38 (¤30.8), and its previous low had been $25.52 (¤20.68).

In its first financial report as a public company, Facebook said revenue grew 32pc to $1.18bn in the second quarter.

¤100k for child sex abuse victim

THE High Court has ordered a 45-year-old Dublin man to pay €100,000 in damages to his nephew who he sexually abused on a number of occasions almost 30 years ago.

Keith Battersby (36), of Kill Fada, Co Meath, sued his uncle John O'Neill who he said committed 12 sexual assaults on him between 1982 and 1984. It commenced when Mr Battersby was just six.

In 2010, O'Neill, of Sarsfield Park Lucan, Co Dublin, was convicted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of sexually assaulting his nephew. He was given a two-year suspended prison sentence.

One in four out of work in Spain

The number of people out of work in Spain shows no sign of dropping, with almost one in four people unemployed and half of those under the age of 25 jobless, said the National Statistics Institute.

The recession-hit country's unemployment rate rose 0.19pc in the second quarter on the previous three months to 24pc. The rate is the highest among the 17 nations that use the euro.