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Rachel and John Prenter

In an article in our edition of May 28 2009 we reported on the acquittal at Dun Laoghaire District Court of Sallynoggin man John Prenter on a charge of assault.

Solicitors for Mr Prenter and his wife Rachel have contacted us to suggest that the article could have been read as inferring that Mrs Prenter had engaged in an extra-marital affair and that the assault charge against Mr Prenter was dismissed in part of the basis of this having been the case.

We are happy to clarify that no such inference was intended and we apologise to Mr and Mrs Prenter for any confusion which may have arisen.

As we reported at the time, the criminal charges against Mr Prenter were dismissed by the judge sitting on the basis that the prosecution failed to prove any case against him.

Visits to Ireland suffer 20pc fall

Overseas visits to Ireland were down more than 20pc in the first half of this year, new figures revealed today.

The country played host to more than 2.6 million foreign visitors between January and June, with a drop of around a quarter in tourist trips from the UK and other parts of Europe.

Meanwhile, visits by Irish people to foreign countries were down by almost 10pc.

Bail for man on air rifle charge

A DUBLIN man accused of possessing an air rifle without a licence has been granted bail at the District Court.

Anthony Dooley (20) of Mayestone Square, St Margaret's Road, Finglas, appeared in court charged with having the gun at his home on August 26. The prosecuting garda said he made no reply when charged.

Judge Patrick Clyne granted bail in the defendant's own bond of €1,000, and an independent surety of €1,000.

All loo needs is love -- and €1.2k

John Lennon's toilet is due to be among the highlights of a Beatles memorabilia auction today. It is expected to fetch up to £1,000 (€1,200).

Lennon told builder John Hancock to keep the toilet and "use it as a plant pot" after he installed a new one.

It was stored in a shed at Mr Hancock's home for 40 years until he died recently.