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Friday 15 December 2017

Hospital owner sues the State

THE owner of the former Richmond Hospital in Dublin, a protected structure, has sued the Commissioners of Public Works and the State over alleged failure to properly maintain the property while it was operating as a courthouse.

The Richmond, in North Brunswick Street, housed five of the Dublin District Courts until last September following the opening of the new Criminal Courts of Justice.

The case being taken by Rory O'Meara, Avonmore, Seafield Road, Killiney, Dublin, was transferred to the Commercial Court yesterday by Mr Justice Peter Kelly, who was told the defendants wished to rely on an arbitration clause in the lease.



Report sexual abuse -- Vatican

Catholic clergy must report paedophile priests to police, a top Vatican official told the Holy See's first conference on the sex abuse crisis. But victims' groups demanded the Vatican face up to its past and publish its files on abuse.

Pope Benedict called for a "profound renewal of the Church at every level" in a message delivered to senior churchmen summoned to discuss the Church's handling of sex abuse cases and accusations the Vatican had encouraged secrecy.



Liberian war chief out of US

A man who led a faction accused of killings and recruiting child soldiers during the Liberian civil war has been ordered out of the US by an immigration judge in western New York.

George Boley Sr led the Liberian Peace Council during the 1990s conflict.

He was arrested in 2010 while working as a state school administrator.



Brown to sing at Grammys

Chris Brown will perform at this year's Grammy Awards, the event where his career almost ended three years ago.

Brown admitted to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna at a pre-Grammy party in 2009 and is serving five years of probation for the felony attack. A source said that Brown will hit the stage at Sunday's show. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because Brown's performance has not been officially announced.

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