• News
    Irish Independent

    Ballinskelligs siblings facing 20 years in jail for fraud

    Brother and sister Donal and Helen O’Sullivan from Ballinskelligs are facing 20 years in jail in the US after both were found guilty of fraud and embezzlement last week following a three-week trial in New York. Donal (60) is the founder, owner and president of Navillus, one of New York's City’s largest construction firms, and Helen O’Sullivan is a payroll administrator in the company, which was founded by the O’Sullivan family in the 1980s when they emigrated to the US.

  • Health
    Irish Independent

    'In my heart of hearts, I knew there was something serious there' – Charlie Bird on motor neurone disease diagnosis

    Mr Bird said that although it had not been officially confirmed until recently, he knew deep down that he had motor neurone disease at the start of October. He described how he had had issues with his voice as far back as St Patrick’s Day. I’ll never forget the first issue I had with my voice,” Mr Bird said.

  • Entertainment
    Irish Independent

    Oh, how the other half lives! Heathrow's 'royal suite' just another reminder that William and Kate aren't that relatable at all

    The Mirror has reported that relatable royals William and Kate had checked into the luxurious and top-secret ‘Windsor Suite’ at Heathrow Airport en route to their mid-term family holiday. The suite is so confidential that the reporter was unable to reveal the exact whereabouts – presumably it’s accessible only through underground tunnels and a network of secret doorways hidden in bookcases. But it is there and, by gum, is it posh!

  • News
    Irish Independent

    'Clever and conniving' John 'The Coach' Traynor died with blood of many men and a journalist on his hands

    John Traynor, who died on Sunday in Kent, was part of a troika who changed the face of organised crime in Ireland. Despite the fact he came from a respectable, comfortable background, Traynor had been involved in crime from his early teens. In 1977, he received his most serious conviction when he was jailed for five years for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

  • News
    Irish Independent

    Arrest warrant issued after woman who admitted coughing on flight attendants in air rage incident failed to appear at court

    It was heard however that McGuire had not engaged with probation appointments, turning up “under the influence of alcohol” for one and late for another. McGuire, whose young son was tragically killed in a road traffic accident, was arrested after she “lost her cool” when asked to put on a face mask on an Easyjet flight to Edinburgh on October 18 of last year. She coughed on one member of ground staff while being ejected from the flight.

  • Entertainment
    Irish Independent

    Gardaí called to protest outside home of RTÉ broadcaster Joe Duffy

    Gardaí were called to an anti-Covid-19 vaccine protest outside RTÉ broadcaster Joe Duffy’s home this afternoon. A Garda spokesperson confirmed to Independent.ie that officers responded to reports of a small group of people staging a protest outside a private residence in Clontarf, Co Dublin, at around 4pm today. The spokesperson added: It’s understood the group involved had dispersed without incident prior to the arrival of gardaí.

  • Politics
    Irish Independent

    More than 40 direct ferry routes now bypassing UK to deliver goods to Ireland in wake of Brexit

    There are now 44 direct ferry routes from Europe to Ireland that are now bypassing UK ports in the wake of Brexit, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said. Mr Coveney told BBC Radio Wales that this is up from “less than a dozen last year”. This is due to the frosty trading relationship between the EU and the UK and the impact of Brexit.