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Tower graffiti attack denied

A TEENAGE boy who denies spraying graffiti on a historic building has been remanded on bail until July.

The 16-year-old has pleaded not guilty at the Children's Court to causing criminal damage to the Martello Tower, in Blackrock, in south Dublin, which is owned by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, on September 20 last

"It is alleged he graffitied it," said arresting Garda Rachel Joynt, adding that the tower is a "listed building."

Judge Clare Leonard granted legal aid to the schoolboy.



Teen accused of drug deals

A 17-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to dealing crack cocaine.

The teen is accused of having the drugs for sale or supply, at two locations in Ballymun, in Dublin, on November 5 and August 30 last.

Garda Trevor Bolger told Judge Clare Leonard that the street value of the drugs was €550.

The boy, who denied the allegations, was remanded on bail until his hearing in June.



Home kits to detect cancer

Women who are too embarrassed or busy to attend smear tests could be helped by home kits to detect early signs of cervical cancer, research suggests.

Scientists found posting a self-sample test to women who had not responded to two previous notifications was more effective than another letter reminding women their test was due.

Of the 96 women out of 1,500 who used the human papillomavirus (HPV) detection kits , eight tested positive for HPV and one was found to have an invasive cancer.



Darkness plan



festival reunion

The Darkness are getting back together to play the Download Festival at Donington Park five years after splitting up.

The rockers, who had five top 10 hits, including I Believe In A Thing Called Love, are appearing as special guests of headliners Def Leppard on Friday, June 10.

Frontman Justin Hawkins said: "The idea of playing Download terrifies us. We played in an early slot on the main stage in 2003 and we were frightened then.

"It's reassuring to know that nothing has changed."