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In Brief: Loan lawyer is struck off

A SOLICITOR who failed to obey a restriction on his professional activity has been struck off by the High Court.

Greg Casey, of Casey and Co. Solicitors, North Main Street, Bandon, Co Cork, claimed to be a partner in the firm when he gave an undertaking to a bank on a €127,000 loan, the court heard.

He had been restricted to operating as an assistant solicitor, rather than as a partner, when he gave the undertaking to ACC Bank in 2001 "as a partner in the firm of Casey & Company" for the loan to buy 100 acres of land at Allihies, Beara, Co Cork.

High Court president Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said the Law Society's view was this was a particularly serious case that required the ultimate sanction.

A-list Latinos in Washington

A-list stars Antonio Banderas, Rosario Dawson and Marc Anthony are among entertainers who will celebrate Latino culture on the eve of President Barack Obama's inauguration.

Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria will host the event in Washington on Sunday.

Latinos showed their growing political strength during the presidential election, and San Antonio mayor Julian Castro, who gave the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, will speak to the crowd.

Israel plans Herod show

Israel's national museum is preparing an exhibition on King Herod, the Jewish ruler under Roman occupation two millennia ago.

The display, billed as the world's first, includes a reconstructed tomb and sarcophagus of Herod, known for huge building projects.

Palestinians object to the exhibition because it displays artefacts from West Bank sites.