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Monday 11 December 2017

Traffic cops in blackspot blitz

Traffic gardai have launched a checkpoint blitz targeting high-risk accident blackspots.

Operation Focus sees high-visibility 24-hour patrols on 19 of the most dangerous stretches of road in Dublin.

The one-off clampdown around the capital -- between 6am today and 6am tomorrow -- is to be repeated around the country. Officers are carrying out roadside tests for speeding, drink and drug-driving, dangerous driving, seat belt use and mobile phone use behind the wheel.

Garda Assistant Commissioner John O'Mahoney said: "It's not just about catching people. We are trying to change driver behaviour. "



Wire star Idris plays Mandela

The Wire star Idris Elba is set to portray Nelson Mandela on the big screen.

The actor revealed he will take on the role of the former South African president in the big-screen adaptation of Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom.

The actor, who currently stars in Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, added: "That's where my head is geared to this summer."



Four youths on sex abuse trial

FOUR youths are to stand trial accused of sexually assaulting and having under-age sex with a 14-year-old girl.

It is alleged she was abused by six youths, whose ages range from 17 to 19, on four dates in March and February 2010, at three locations in Co Kildare.

Four of the youths, who are aged 18 and 19, appeared again at Dublin District Court where they were served with books of evidence. Judge Bryan Smyth then made an order sending them forward for trial on indictment at the next term of Naas Circuit Court, in June.



Costner court fight over art

a case involving actor Kevin Costner and bronze sculptures of bison and American Indians is to be heard in court.

The Dances With Wolves star is said to have commissioned the sculptures for a resort in South Dakota's Black Hills that still has not been built.

The sculptor wants more cash because she anticipated selling copies at the resort.

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