The mother of the author of "Ugly: the True Story of a Loveless Childhood" - an autobiography of a traumatic childhood which has sold nearly 600,000 copies - has sued her daughter, Constance Briscoe, and publisher, Hodder & Stoughton for libel. She accuses her daughter of writing a "piece of fiction". Click here to see report in the Guardian on 18 November 2008.
Dublin Children's Court has placed a parental supervision order on the mother and father of a 17 year old offender who had been arrested for handling a stolen laptop. The youth's parents were ordered to make sure their son does not commit further offences at the risk of being held in contempt of court and facing penalties. It was the third time that Dublin Children's Court had made this type of order against parents. Click here to see the Irish Times report in its "In Short" column on 8th October 2008. (You may need to scroll down the Irish Times page a little to see the report).