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Friday 15 December 2017

Legal challenge on rent benefit

a UNIVERSITY graduate has brought a legal challenge over a decision refusing a supplement towards his monthly rent of €450.

Liam Ward, who earns €208 weekly on a community employment (CE) scheme, says it is "near impossible" to get accommodation in Dublin city below the €350 monthly limit for rent allowance payments. He sought the €350 rent allowance payment towards his €450 monthly rent for his shared two-bed flat in Summerhill in the north inner city.

In High Court judicial review proceedings against the Minister for Social Protection, Mr Ward claims he is at risk of homelessness and says the supplement refusal breaches ministerial guidelines aimed at helping tenants hold onto their accommodation.

Citizens dodge US cyber spies

Thirty per-cent of adults in the US have taken steps to hide their information from government surveillance programmes monitoring phone and electronic communications, a Pew Research Center survey has found.

About 22pc said they had changed use of various technology platforms "a great deal" or "somewhat" since Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, disclosed the surveillance programmes in mid-2013.

Guilty plea in Fiennes attack

A mentally ill man has pleaded guilty to stabbing a member of the famous Fiennes family to death with a pair of scissors.

Nicholas Hunter (37), did not know James Fiennes before he killed him at The Tapestry bar in Mortlake, south west London, on April 22 last year. The 49-year-old father of two was stabbed three times in the unprovoked attack. He was a cousin of the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Crow 2 is first film at studios

The follow-up to cult 90s film The Crow will be the first movie to be made at Pinewood's new studios in Cardiff.

The blockbuster is a reboot of the 1994 horror flick whose lead actor Brandon Lee - son of martial arts star Bruce Lee - died during filming.

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