Pub compo claim dismissed
A COMPANY director claimed in the Circuit Civil Court he "couldn't eat" over Christmas following a pub assault.
Frank McGuinness (55) said that on Christmas Eve 2007 he had been drinking with his wife in Birchalls Pub in Ranelagh, Dublin, when he had been punched in the face by another customer.
Mr McGuinness, of Roebuck Park, Goatstown, Dublin, sued Mia Taverns, trading as Birchalls Public House. Conor Kearney, for the pub, told the court that staff had no warning of the assault.
Judge Jacqueline Linnane, dismissed Mr McGuinness' €38,000 damages claim.
e18k payout for crash trauma
TWO children, who suffered 'psychological trauma' from a car accident, have been awarded €18,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.
Wafiq Ibrahim (7) and his sister, Tazimat (5) were not hurt when their father's car was rear-ended in 2008.
But barrister Louise Fogarty said that the children, required treatment for sleep disturbance patterns.
Through their father, Mudashir Ibrahim, they sued motorist Anthony Brennan, of Patrick's Well Court, Finglas, Dublin, whose insurance company, Axa, had offered Tazimat compensation of €8,000 and Wafiq €10,000.
Judge Matthew Deery approved the payment.
Mexico travel ban 'ridiculous'
MEXICO'S top domestic security official said a US State Department travel warning was "ridiculous".
Interior secretary Alejandro Poire said million of tourists visited Mexico without incident. The US issued a travel warning on February 8, urging travellers to "defer non-essential travel" to 14 Mexican states due to drug-related violence that has cost 47,500 lives since 2006.
Oz MPs agree to tax the rich
AUSTRALIAN MPs have narrowly approved tax increases for the wealthy that the government says will help it meet its pledge to deliver a budget surplus next year.
The bill will cost top earners a total of AUS$2.4 bn (¤1.9bn) over three years.
The bill scraped through the House of Representatives by 71 votes to 70.