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In Brief: Sky pours €1bn into Irish service

Sky plans to spend €1bn ramping up its business in Ireland over the next five years.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially opened the company's new headquarters in Dublin, where 500 jobs have been created since last year.

Another 300 roles are to be filled over the coming six months at the customer contact centre at Burlington Plaza.

Sky will also be expanding its shops nationwide and investing in new broadband services.

Plumber's €13k award halved

A 27-year-old plumber who fractured his left ankle after he tripped on a wire saw a €13,500 injuries award slashed in half in the Circuit Civil Court.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke said that the wire should not have been left in the way but he added, Barry McGrath "had also an obligation to keep his eyes open".

Mr McGrath, of Grovewood, Finglas, Dublin, had been working at a site at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, Co Dublin, when the accident happened. He was off work for several weeks.

Django movie toys scrapped

The Weinstein Co film studio has asked a toy maker to discontinue a line of Django Unchained action figures after receiving complaints that they were offensive.

The movie Django Unchained is about a freed slave who becomes a bounty hunter. Civil rights groups argued that the toys trivialised the horrors of slavery.

New delay in child porn case

Sentencing of a man for possession of one of the largest collections of child pornography ever uncovered has been adjourned for a third time.

The 135,555 images and videos found on James Clarke's computer included images showing severe child sex abuse.

Yesterday the sentence hearing was adjourned until February 22 because a psychiatric report wasn't ready.

Clarke (58), of Devlis Cottage, Ballyhaunis, Mayo, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the offences.