€212k solicitor bill is quashed
A SOLICITOR'S €212,000 legal bill for a client was artificial and irrational, a judge has said.
High Court president Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns made the comment when overturning a court official's decision to allow a general instruction fee of €212,000 to Keane Solicitors, Eyre Square, Galway.
It included a €14,000 bill for what were called "suicide abatement" emails and calls to their client, Scott Bourbon.
Mr Bourbon was seven when he was injured crossing the road in Galway, in 1993, and he later sought compensation from the driver in an action brought by Keanes.
Keanes had argued that Mr Bourbon was suicidal and working through his depression required great skill by the handling solicitor.
The appropriate costs will be determined by the judge or returned to a Taxing Master.
Top journalist dies in Syria
JOURNALIST Anthony Shadid has died while covering the conflict in Syria.
Initial reports indicated that Mr Shadid, a writer with The New York Times who had won two Pulitzer Prizes, suffered an asthma attack.
He was believed to be carrying medication for an allergy to horses -- the means of transport along routes that have to be used by reporters seeking to enter the country while avoiding the Syrian forces.