Wednesday 13 December 2017

School wins legal challenge

A SCHOOL has won a High Court challenge to a decision that it has to take back a Junior Cert student it expelled for selling cannabis.

Mr Justice John Hedigan ordered the Department of Education and Science to set up a new appeals committee to deal afresh with the decision to expel the now 15-year-old boy.

Costs were awarded against the secretary general and the appeals committee, but the school said it was not applying for costs against the parents.


George Zimmerman, who was cleared of all charges in the Florida shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, has been stopped for speeding, officials said.

Police stopped Zimmerman on Sunday near Dallas.

A police dashboard camera video shows an officer interacting with Zimmerman after pulling him over.

He was released with a warning.


A Meath man who stabbed a shop worker with a syringe, leaving him in need of 24-hour care, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, for this and a string of armed robberies.

Father-of-one Ruadhan Tracey (31) held up nine shops, eight within a five-week period around Christmas 2011.

Tracey, of Lagore, Dunshaughlin, pleaded guilty to 20 counts of robbery, attempted robbery, possession of a syringe and using a syringe to threaten at different locations in Dublin and Meath.

Padraig Dwyer SC, defending, said his client accepts full responsibility for the incident and has expressed remorse for Mr Butt.


Several passengers who became ill on a Qantas flight from Chile to Sydney have been met by ambulance officers at Sydney airport.

The airline said today that the passengers were part of the same group and were suspected to have contracted their gastrointestinal illness before they boarded flight QF28 in Santiago.

Nine Network television news said 20 passengers were treated by ambulance crews on arrival at Sydney.

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