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Friday, 27 January 2006

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ALEX HIGGINS

Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins was one of the most loved and controversial sports stars that Ireland has ever produced. Twice he was World Snooker Champion in 1972 and in 1982 and he became the biggest box-office draw the game has ever known. He has been in many public battles with the sport, the media and his own demons; however, his most recent battle has been with throat cancer. Today, aged 56, Hurricane Higgins is making a comeback and is back playing again. Alex spoke to Pat about beating cancer, the comparisons between him and the late George Best, and his plans to form the Make Politicians History Party.

SENTENCING

The fallout from the Wayne O'Donoghue trial continues: charged with murder, convicted of manslaughter, he was sentenced to four years for taking the life on eleven-year-old Robert Holohan. With good behaviour Wayne O'Donoghue will be free in two years or so. The Judge said that his hands were tied by precedent and by the higher courts. But the whole country is consumed by both the detail of this case and by the sentence handed down. Did the Irish judicial system get it right? Or do we, through our legislators now need to look afresh at sentencing in this country?

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