Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard novel psychoactive substances were distributed at a shop on Gresham Street between October 2013 and July 2014 in a substantial commercial operation taking in £50,000 a month. File photograph: Stephen Kelly/PA Wire

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District Judge George Conner at Belfast Magistrates Court said the burglary and theft offences warranted a prison sentence. Giving the defendants credit for their guilty pleas, he  suspended the five-month jail terms for 12 months. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two men have been given five-month suspended prison sentences for stealing £700 (€980) worth of sex toys from a shop in Belfast. Gary McCann (26), and(...)

The Rockwell College squad celebrate their Munster Schools Rugby Senior Cup Final victory over Ardscoil Rís at Thomond Park. Photograph:    Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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Fred Talbot was found guilty of abusing two boys when he worked as a teacher. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been found guilty of indecently assaulting two schoolboys when he was a teacher.Talbot (65), a regular on the floating w(...)

Ryan Andrews and Seána Kerslake in The Bruising of Clouds. Photograph: Pat Redmond

The Bruising of CloudsAxis, Ballymun**The title of Sean McLoughlin’s third and final play for Fishamble is a little misleading. (It is his final play (...)

While we wait patiently for Shane Meadows to make another proper film – any time now, dude – this study of Manchester’s The Stone Roses will do well e(...)