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In Brief: Man in court on IRA charge

A MAN has appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with membership of the IRA.

Michael Kiely (42), of Abbeyvale, Corbally, Limerick, was arrested following a garda investigation in to the activities of dissident republicans in the Limerick area.

He was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation on January 6.

Detective Garda Oliver Foley said that Kiely, who appeared before the non-jury court dressed in a black jacket and navy tracksuit bottoms, made no reply when the charge was read over to him.

Mr Justice Paul Butler remanded Kiely in custody to appear again on January 22.

Clinton's Libya attack hearing

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton will give evidence next Wednesday on the deadly September 11 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

She will be questioned by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Senator John Kerry chairs the committee, and has also been nominated to be the next Secretary of State, so Senator Bob Menendez will preside over the hearings.

Pudsey goes Gangnam style

DANCING dog Pudsey is going to bust a move Gangnam Style at the UK's National Television Awards.

The Britain's Got Talent winner, with owner Ashleigh Butler, will perform at next week's event at London's O2.

The dance craze, which made South Korean pop singer Psy a worldwide star led to hundreds of copycats.

The awards will see Doctor Who and Sherlock go head to head for two prizes.

Teacher had 'child phobia'

A FORMER teacher is suing the US school where she used to work, saying she was discriminated against because she has a phobia of young children.

Maria Waltherr-Willard (61) taught Spanish and French to teenagers in Ohio since 1976.

She was transferred to another school with younger pupils in 2009 and said they triggered her phobia, caused her blood pressure to soar and forced her to retire.