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In Brief: Legal debate in bus crash trial

THE trial of a vehicle testing firm charged in relation to a fatal school bus crash in Offaly over six years ago has continued in legal argument.

The bus went out of control on a bog road just outside Clara, Co Offaly, on April 4, 2006 after the rear drive axle came off. Schoolboy Michael White (15) died in the crash.

David O'Reilly, for vehicle testing firm O'Reilly Commercials Ltd of Ballinalach, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four charges of failing to note or verify defects on the bus on August 5 and 6, 2005.

Judge Margaret Heneghan said that the trial would resume today.


Voyage song row settled

SINGER-songwriter Johnny Duhan has settled a long-running legal dispute with RTE and a Dutch TV production company over the performance of his song The Voyage by the Three Tenors.

In 2002, Mr Duhan sued production companies Radius Television Production Ltd, TV Matters BV, of Amsterdam, and RTE Commercial Enterprises Ltd.

The defendants denied the claims.

Yesterday at the High Court, Mr Duhan told Ms Justice Mary Laffoy that the action had been resolved.


Gas caused restaurant fire

A FATAL explosion and fire at a Kansas City restaurant were caused by natural gas vapours

The Kansas City Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the cause of the February 19 blast at JJ's restaurant was the "accidental ignition of natural gas vapours that accumulated" inside the restaurant.

The explosion and fire injured 16 people and killed a 46-year-old woman.


Fans try to dig stadium tunnel

A GROUP of Galatasaray fans were caught trying to dig their way into Schalke's Veltins-Arena in a bid to see their team training in preparation for a Champions League encounter.

Stewards discovered them trying to create a passage under the perimeter fence using only their bare hands, but with the ground frozen they did not get very far.