In brief: €100k payout for dream home
A COUPLE were awarded €100,000 in High Court damages over problems in their newly built 'dream' home.
Patrick McHale and Adrienne Paley, of Derryharrow, Longford, sued Frank O'Reilly, Construction Ltd, of Knockloughlin, Longford, and supervising engineers, Midlands Design Services Ltd of Church Street, Longford.
Judgment had earlier been secured in default of a defence and yesterday's hearing, which also went undefended, was for assessment only.
The court heard the couple had serious problems with their sewage and central heating systems in the house.
EU told to halt overfishing
The EU will lose credibility as a leader on the environment if it does not take urgent action to halt overfishing, European politicians warned.
The EU commission and governments are being urged to live up to their commitments on the marine environment, made at the 2002 Earth Summit, to ensure that European fish stocks are sustainably managed by 2015.
Olympian Lewis wins primary
Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis has won an uncontested Democratic primary in a New Jersey state Senate race.
He still has legal hurdles ahead before he can appear on the general election ballot in November against incumbent Republican state Senator Dawn Marie Addiego.
Republicans say he doesn't meet New Jersey's four-year residency requirement.
A federal court ruled Lewis should stay on the primary ballot while the dispute is being sorted out.
23 dead as Haiti ravaged by rain
Heavy rain has hammered southern Haiti for a seventh straight day, triggering floods and mudslides and causing houses and shanties in the capital to collapse.
The official death toll was 23 but could rise as remnants of the storm lingered.
Haitian authorities listed six people as missing.
Runoff from the rain sent rivers surging and flooded many homes as people scrambled to their rooftops.