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Crowd control fears overruled plans by the Irish soccer team to parade through the centre of Dublin after their defeat in the World Cup to Spain. Garda and government officials ordered an alternative alcohol-free event to be held in the Phoenix Park to the west of the city because of fears for the safety of crowds, expected to match the one million fans who greeted the team home after losing a quarter final to Italy in 1990.

Axle failure on a goods wagon is being blamed for a derailment on Monday on the West Coast Main Line near Gretna in the Scottish Borders.

Freight operator English Welsh & Scottish Railway said that an axle bearing failed on a 14 wagon timber train, closing the tracks to mainline passenger services to Glasgow.

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