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Saturday 16 December 2017

IN BRIEF: Council loses eviction fight

A LAW which allows local authorities evict to tenants without having to hold an inquiry breaks human rights, the Supreme Court ruled.

The case arose out of a 2008 High Court decision which found Dublin City Council's termination of the tenancy of a man's house in Bridgefoot Street was in breach of his European Convention rights.

That decision was appealed by the council to the Supreme Court which yesterday upheld the High Court finding.

The five-judge court's decision was delivered yesterday.

The court will publish a detailed judgment later.



Oily fish stops brain shrinking

Diets lacking an essential nutrient found in oily fish may hasten brain shrinkage and mental decline, a study in the US has found.

Brain scans carried out on 1,575 people with an average age of 67 showed a greater rate of brain shrinkage in those who lacked docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is thought to help nerve cells communicate with each other. The richest source of the nutrient is oily fish.



Test flight for space tripper

Virgin Galactic, an offshoot of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, expects to test fly its first spacecraft beyond the Earth's atmosphere this year, with passenger trips to follow in 2013 or 2014.

Nearly 500 customers have signed up for rides on SpaceShipTwo, a six-passenger, two-pilot spaceship.

The suborbital flights, which cost $200,000 (e148,000) each, will reach an altitude of about 68 miles (109 km), giving fliers a chance to experience zero gravity and glimpse Earth from space.



Romney's fury over 'robocall'

US presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused his main rival Rick Santorum of pulling a "dirty trick" by sponsoring a computerised phone call urging Michigan Democrats to vote against him in the state Republican primary.

Mr Santorum shrugged off the criticism of the 'robocall', saying he was trying to attract the Democratic voters he would need in a General Election campaign.

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