Boy sentenced in tourist attack
A YOUTH has been given a six-month suspended sentence for his part in an unprovoked gang attack on a 16-year-old Finnish tourist in Dublin city centre.
The 16-year-old had pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the young tourist, who was repeatedly punched and kicked during the attack at James's Walk on July 18, 2010.
Dublin Children's Court heard that the youth had no memory of the attack, which was captured on a CCTV camera, because he had been under the influence of drink and drugs.
Argentina pans Thatcher film
MerYl Streep may have been nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, but Argentine critics panned the film during its premiere in Buenos Aires.
The film opened in Argentinian cinemas amid a furore over the Falkland Islands, over which Britain and Argentina fought a brief war 30 years ago.
In the movie, prime minister Mrs Thatcher is shown ordering the sinking of the Argentine warship Belgrano, which killed 323 sailors.
Assessment for teen attacker
A TEENAGER who repeatedly kicked a youth after he was already beaten semi-conscious will be sentenced next month after he has been psychologically assessed.
The 17-year-old boy has pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to assault causing harm to the youth (18) at James's Walk, in Rialto, Dublin 8, on June 5, 2010. He had also pleaded guilty to less serious assaults on two of the victim's friends, a teenage girl and boy.
100 new homes set to be built
One hundred new houses will be built in disadvantaged parts of Limerick this year under the city's regeneration scheme, the Government said.
Housing Minister Jan O'Sullivan said the homes would be in Vizes Court, Wallers Well, Southill, Lord Edward Street and College Avenue, Moyross.
Last month, Environment Minister Phil Hogan admitted it was "a scandal" that not one new house had been completed under the regeneration plan.