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David Beckham has been given a six-month driving ban

The former England captain previously pleaded guilty to using the device while driving his Bentley in central London on 21 November last year.

A court heard he was photographed by a member of the public holding a phone as he drove in "slowly moving" traffic.

Beckham, 44, received six points on his licence to add to the six he already had for previous speeding matters.

He was also fined £750, ordered to pay £100 in prosecution costs and a £75 surcharge fee within seven days.

District Judge Catherine Moore said she acknowledged the slow pace of the traffic but told him there was "no excuse" under the law.

Bromley Magistrates' Court heard Beckham was seen "operating a handheld device at knee level" while driving along Great Portland Street in the West End.

Prosecutor Matthew Spratt said:...

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Miriam O’Callaghan suing over fake Facebook ads

The intended defendants have been identified following a court order by Facebook, which, along with Instagram, was used to host pages with advertisements containing allegedly defamatory statements about her in order to sell skincare products.

The advertisements used attention-grabbing false headlines such as “Miriam sacked from RTÉ” which results in the ads appearing in Facebook users’ “news feeds”, it is claimed.

When the user clicks on the ads, he or she is directed to pages on which the user is encouraged to buy skincare products falsely stated to be endorsed or owned by Ms O’Callaghan, it is claimed.

Ms O’Callaghan has nothing to do with the skincare range and is distressed at being associated with what she says is a...

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Fundraising campaign has started for #Tallaght local

Originally from Templeogue and now living in Tallaght, Hughie Smith (34) was involved in a serious accident while competing in a sidecar racing event in Mondello on April 6.

A self-employed tree surgeon, Hughie now faces another three months in Tallaght University Hospital before being transferred to a rehabilitation unit.

“Hughie is in good spirits but he knows he has a big challenge ahead of him”, Stewart told The Echo.

“Hughie has always been a super fit guy and always up-and-going, and he is going to do everything he can to make his life as normal as possible.”

Stewart also told The Echo that Hughie and his wife are due their third baby in the coming...

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Teacher who suffered severe head injury all set for 1000 mile cycle

A former school teacher who suffered a life changing head injury two years ago is set to embark on a 1000 mile cycle.

Nathaniel Spring was diagnosed with concussion and later developed post-concussion syndrome after falling while he was on a school trip to Dirleton Castle in 2017.

As a result he has been unable to return to teaching, and experiences memory loss, sensitivity to light and noise and severe fatigue.

However he is now all set to embark on a 1000 mile cycle around Scotland in a bid to raise awareness of debilitating head injuries.

The 50-year-old, who is from North Berwick, has set himself a challenge of cycling for 40 consecutive days – starting in his home...

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€3,500 payment to customer mistaken for a drunk

A licensed premises has agreed to pay compensation of €3,500 to a customer with a brain tumour after he was mistaken for a drunk when asked to leave the premises.

The man was in the pub celebrating the end of rehabilitative treatment for his brain injury. His condition causes a limp, and this was interpreted by staff as signs of being drunk. Despite explaining his disability directly to staff, the man was asked to leave the premises, which he said “caused him significant distress and embarrassment”.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) provided direct legal representation to the man in his application to the district court for redress under the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003. The matter was settled without court...

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David Beckham court date postponed after guilty plea to driving with mobile phone

David Beckham's scheduled court appearance has been postponed until next month, after he previously admitted to using his mobile phone while driving. 

The former England captain was charged last month with the driving offence after a member of the public spotted him on the phone while driving his Bentley. 

His case was originally going to be dealt with by way of the Single Justice Procedure on March 19 but was sent to Lavender Hill Magistrates' Court to be heard today (Weds) for sentencing.

Source: Irish Mirror

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French court finds Bayer’s Monsanto liable for farmer’s sickness

A French Court has upheld a guilty verdict against chemical giant Monsanto over the poisoning of a farmer who suffered neurological damage after using one of its weedkillers.

This is the latest legal setback for the company over its controversial pesticides.

Cereal farmer Paul Francois has been fighting Monsanto, a former US company which was bought by Germany’s Bayer last year, for the past 12 years.

In the first ruling of its kind against Monsanto anywhere in the world, a French court in 2012 found it guilty of poisoning Francois.

He said he began experiencing symptoms including blackouts, headaches and loss of balance and memory after inhaling fumes while using the now-banned weedkiller Lasso.

Monsanto appealed and...

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Over €100k in compensation to two families of prisoners

Over €100,000 has been paid out in compensation to two families of prisoners who had died from self-inflicted injuries while in custody in recent years.

That’s according to a document provided to the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by the Department of Justice, seen by 

The document showed that between the years of 2014 and 2018 a total of €2,359,145 was paid in compensation to prisoners. 

Another €5,913,695 in associated legal costs were borne by the State in defending these claims. 

Compensation payouts were highest in 2016, standing at €647,167, followed by 2018 at €502,646 and 2017 at €492,126. 

2015 saw €468,059 worth of compensation payouts, while payouts in 2014 stood at €249,137. 

Miriam O’Callaghan files High Court case against Facebook

Miriam O’Callaghan has filed High Court proceedings against Facebook.

O’Callaghan told the Sunday Times newspaper in January that she was planning to sue the social media giant, alleging that fake advertisements using her name and photo were being promoted on the platform. 

These advertisements featured false adverts for a face cream, and her solicitor had been complaining to Facebook about the ads since last June, she said.

Callers into the RTÉ Radio One’s Liveline with Joe Duffy last summer said they’d seen the advert and had bought the product believing it had been endorsed by O’Callaghan. 

The case was filed by O’Callaghan on Friday, and she is being represented by solicitor Paul Tweed. There is no...

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High Court action over One Direction song is resolved

The other defendants were Simco, the production company behind The X Factor; Big Deal Music, a publishing company that in 2013 Mr Ryan allegedly signed a contract with; Universal Music Publishing; EMI Music Publishing and Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd.

The case was briefly mentioned before the High Court today.

Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds was due to fix a date for the hearing of a pretrial discovery motion brought by lawyers acting for the plaintiff.

However, the court was informed that a hearing date was not required and with the consent of all the parties the entire proceedings could be struck out.

Source: RTE

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