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No Seanie trial until late 2014

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick will be unlikely to stand trial until the end of 2014, on charges of failing to make disclosures to the bank's auditors about loans he received.

The 64-year-old is facing 12 charges in connection with financial irregularities at the bank over a six-year period. He has yet to enter a plea.

He appeared at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today for the first time after being sent forward from the District Court earlier this month.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring adjourned the case until July 8.

Princess gets a new grandchild

Princess Caroline of Monaco is a grandmother.

A baby boy was the latest addition to the jet set family, born to her eldest son Andrea Casiraghi and his fiancee.

The Monaco palace said both the child and mother, Colombian heiress Tatiana Santo Domingo, are in good health.

It was announced last July that Casiraghi and Santo Domingo were engaged.

Ex-paper chief wins damages

THE former CEO of a provincial newspaper is entitled to damages for wrongful dismissal, a High Court judge ruled.

Former Roscommon Herald boss Brian Nerney had claimed he suffered financial loss and reputational damage after Thomas Crosbie Holdings (TCH) informed him by letter on July 17 that he was being made redundant from his €80,000-a-year job.

He was told he was not to re-enter the newspaper office where he had worked for 28 years after that day.

Chef jailed for cooking wife

A chef who told police he cooked his wife's body in boiling water has been sentenced in Los Angeles to 15 years to life for second-degree murder.

David Viens said the story he told police about cooking the body was a lie.

He said he was disoriented at the time after having surgery for injuries he suffered when he jumped off a cliff.

The 49-year-old Viens was convicted in September of killing 39-year-old Dawn Viens in 2009. Her body was never found.