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Man claims he was slashed while in prison

The High Court will rule later this month on an action for damages by a former prisoner at Wheatfield Prison who claims he was slashed with a Stanley-type knife by a fellow inmate.

The action has been brought by Peter Creighton (30), Murphy Lawn, Clondalkin, Co Dublin, who was serving four years at the time of the incident.

He was released in 2006 and is employed.

Reserving judgment to April 20th, Mr Justice Barry White said this was perhaps the “most serious” incident to have occurred in a prison here.

Murder accused further remanded

The book of evidence in the case of a man charged with the murder of Shane Geoghegan (28) in Limerick is near completion, a court heard yesterday.

Barry Doyle (23), Hyde Road, Limerick, is charged with the murder at Clonmore, Kilteragh, Limerick, on November 9th. He appeared before Limerick District Court yesterday, where he was further remanded in custody to May 1st.

Fourth charged over Tipp shooting

A fourth man appeared in court yesterday in relation to an incident in which a man was shot and another stabbed in the back in Co Tipperary earlier this week.

Liam Kelly (20), St Mary’s Park, Limerick, appeared before Nenagh District Court charged with affray at Glencourt, Emly, Tipperary, on March 31st.

Judge David Anderson adjourned the case to Roscrea next Wednesday.

Ross Buckley (21), Kieran Keane (19) and Tyrone O’Connor (20) were remanded in custody when they appeared at the last sitting of Roscrea court last Thursday.

Real IRA suspect granted bail

A Real IRA suspect who was arrested after the discovery of pipe bombs in Dublin was granted bail by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday.

The discovery was made during Garda investigations into dissident republican activity.

Ciarán Cahill (35), Glenville Drive, Blanchardstown, was charged on Tuesday with the unlawful possession of five pipe bombs at Ulster Street, Phibsboro, on March 26th.

He was also charged with membership of an unlawful organisation on March 29th.

The court remanded Mr Cahill until the end of May.

Price case against publicans in June

A legal action by the Competition Authority against two publicans’ organisations for alleged breach of court orders in their announcement of a drinks price freeze will be heard in June.

The authority claims a price freeze, especially during a recession, is likely to result in substantial consumer harm, is banned under competition law and breaches undertakings given to the court in settlement of earlier proceedings.

BT cafe operators fail to get order

The operators of the Kitchen Cafe in Brown Thomas’s store in Dublin have failed to get a High Court order preventing the termination of their concession to run the restaurant.

Relax Food Corporation Ltd, Castleknock, Dublin, had sought an order restraining Brown Thomas from early termination of a five-year agreement from March 2005 for the operation of the restaurant.