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  • Islamic State posts video of men being strung up and burnt alive

    THE ISLAMIC STATE group strung up four Iraqi Shiite fighters with chains and burned them alive, according to footage posted online, the latest gruesome execution video from the jihadists. The victims — identified as fighters in the pro-government Popular Mobilisation forces from southern Iraq — were suspended from a swingset by chains attached to their hands and feet, then set on fire. IS, which overran large parts of Iraq last year and still controls much of the country’s west, said the murders were in revenge for the alleged burning of four men by pro-government forces. “Now retribution has come, for today, we will attack them as they attacked us, and punish them as they punished us,” a masked militant says in the video, which was not dated and did not say where the burnings took place. q
  • Coleman to cut the mustard at Bayern and all today’s transfer news

    Dante’s inferno: 31-year-old Bayern Munich defender Dante has agreed to sign for Wolfsburg according to The Guardian. The 19-year-old Juventus starlet was linked to both clubs at the start of the summer but he has joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal instead. Jelavic of a deal: Sky Sources (!) say West Ham have agreed a deal to sign Nikica Jelavic from Hull.

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  • Horror cruelty probed as dog has its four paws cut off

    A DOG had its four paws cut off while it was still alive in a case which is under garda investigation in west Cork. The matter has been reported to vets and gardaí in west Cork.The story is revealed today as animal welfare workers report that five files about animal cruelty incidents in Cork are currently being considered by the Director of Public Prosecutions. The three puppy farms were discovered in the past three months in different areas of the county, according to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The society’s inspector for Cork, Lisa O’Donovan, said she could not reveal specific details but she said that in one case, 13 dogs were removed from a premises.

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  • The Most Dangerous Man In Ireland

    The targeting of Paul Murphy TD and the surveillance of Irish Water protesters are part of a Europe-wide attempt to criminalise dissent. Last week, we heard about yet another example of political policing in Ireland, which is certainly not the only country not to respect its citizens’ right to protest. The Irish Daily Mail revealed that Gardai have been secretly spying on water protesters for six months, under the codename Operation Mizen. The Operation was established following the Jobstown protests last November. q
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  • Family struggling with costs after son (20) breaks his back diving into Ibiza pool

    A BELFAST FAMILY are seeking the public’s help to stay by the bedside of 20-year-old Sean Paul McCabe who broke his back when diving into a swimming pool in Ibiza. A Go Fund Me page has been set up by the family who say that he only booked the holiday two days before he left and did not buy travel insurance. In an interview with Belfast Live from San Antonio, his mother Edith says that the father-of-one is still in danger. Edith says that her son’s two-year-old son Rhiley is set to travel to Ibiza to see his father. q
  • EXCLUSIVE: Crack SAS squad kill ISIS mastermind in daring raid in Iraq - Irish Daily Star

    THE EIGHT-man SAS squad tracked the jihadi fanatic for days before calling in an air strike. Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was one of Islamic State’s most senior officials and used to be a colonel in Saddam Hussein’s Army.He was number two to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and was responsible for moving weapons, explosives, vehicles and people between Iraq and Syria. Earlier this month the SAS received intelligence that Hayali, also known as Hajji Mutazz, was visiting terrorist strongholds in northern Iraq. Hayali’s convoy was tracked as it left a town in Mosul after a meeting of ISIS commanders on August 18.

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  • While we sip lattes, kids are drowning in the Mediterranean

    GO mbeannaí Dia daoibh agus bhur gcéad fáilte isteach chuig The Bluffer's Guide to Irish.

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  • Mary Hannigan: Frantic finale ensures pundits can overlook forgettable fare

    From “a big load of shite” to “absolutely brillint!”, the RTÉ panel travelled much the same journey as ourselves yesterday, losing the will to draw breath while watching the first 65 minutes of Dublin v Mayo, but then getting hiccups from hyperventilating in the last five. Until that lively climax, the game was decidedly pukey, more pulling and dragging than you’d see in your average Greco-Roman wrestling tussle, with a few dollops of unpleasantness thrown in, like Johnny Cooper’s brush with Diarmuid O’Connor that would have had Alf-Inge Haaland thinking, ‘hmmm, been there’.

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  • “Obviously something went wrong”: pilot makes emergency landing on motorway

    Passing drivers helped the pilot move the craft off the road and onto the hard shoulder. q
  • The most litter-strewn town in Ireland is…

    A NEW SURVEY has found that certain litter blackspots in Dublin and Cork are not as bad as they used to be. An an overall trend nationally was also seen to be positive, with 75% of areas found to be at least ‘as clean as European norms’. The survey has been carried out by An Taisce on behalf of the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) alliance, and has taken a look at 40 towns and cities across Ireland. Areas are ranked on a scale relative to the European norms, ranging from ‘littered’, up to ‘cleaner than the European norms’. q
  • X Factor 2015: Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini emotional as Josh Daniel sails through

    X Factor judges Simon Cowell, Rita Ora and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini lost composure as they watched aspiring singers audition. The TV mogul appeared visibly affected by 21-year-old Josh Daniel’s emotional rendition of Jealous by Labrinth, which also moved Cheryl to tears. Cowell bit his lip and appeared to wipe away a tear during Josh’s performance which got a standing ovation and three yeses from the judging panel (Rita Ora was absent due to a schedule clash). The X Factor auditions at Event City in Manchester were postponed after the death of Simon’s mother Julie Brett, 89, on Sunday July 5. q
  • Builders of one-off homes can opt out of regulations from Tuesday

    Builders of one-off houses can from Tuesday opt out of building control regulations introduced last year to protect homeowners from shoddy construction work. Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has decided to remove the mandatory requirement for “statutory certificates of compliance” with building standards to be produced for single unit development or home extensions. The regulations, introduced in March of last year by Mr Kelly’s predecessor, Phil Hogan, required builders to have assigned certifiers – registered architects, engineers or building surveyors – inspect building works during construction and certify that a finished building complied with building standards.

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  • Monday match reports

    Morning all. I hope the heart rates are beginning to return to normal levels and that the voices are starting to recover. As my post-match audio will confirm, my own voice was well shot at full-time yesterday but it should be okay, I reckon, by around

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  • Makeover time for This Morning: see Holly and Phillip’s new look

    ITV’s flagship daytime programme This Morning is to return with a makeover to its logo, titles and studio, as well as reuniting presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. Phillip hailed Holly’s return from maternity leave and the changes to the show. Viewers will see the mother-of-three getting out of a taxi before stopping to buy a magazine, while Phillip walks to a coffee shop where he has a “selfie” with customers which is sent to Holly, who is now getting ready in make-up.

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  • 17-year-old girl found safe and well

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  • Plea made to save last remains of oldest bog road

    Conservationists are pleading for emergency action to stop destruction of the country’s oldest known bog road. Much of the 3,000-year-old wooden roadway or togher, discovered intact at Mayne Bog in Co Westmeath in 2005, was destroyed during commercial peat extraction over the summer. An Taisce has criticised the National Monuments Service for failing to secure a preservation order for the Bronze Age site and is now calling on Heather Humphreys, the arts and heritage minister who has responsibility for the service, to make an urgent order on what’s left of it.

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  • Islanders ‘stunned’ at withdrawal of Aer Arann service

    The Government has been accused of ignoring the concerns and wishes of Aran Islands residents by withdrawing the air service contract for the islands from Aer Arann. Earlier this week, Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh announced that Executive Helicopters, based in Woodford, Co Galway, was the “preferred tenderer” for a four-year air service agreement. The company will offer daily return flights by helicopter between the islands and Galway Airport from October to September 2019, ending the Aer Árann Islands which has operated uninterrupted since 1970. Cathy Ní Ghoill, from the Coiste leis an Seirbhís Aeir a Chosaint (Save our Air Service committee) said islanders were “stunned” by the decision and said that offering a service from Galway Airport made no sense.

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  • Two dead after cage carrying workers plunges into River Shannon

    Two men have been killed in a catastrophic disaster on the River Shannon this evening. The men were carrying out structural works to Thomond Bridge when a cable attached to a crane that was holding a cage in which they were standing in snapped. Limerick City and County Council has confirmed the deaths. The council released a statement saying: "It is with deep regret that Limerick City and County Council can confirm that two employees of a firm contracted to undertake remedial works to Thomond Bridge in Limerick City have died in a workplace incident this afternoon.

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  • Kevin Kilbane explains GAA rules to Ruud Gullit -

    While the GAA's TV deal with Sky Sports continues to divide opinion, there can be no denying it has opened up Gaelic football and hurling to a whole new audience.

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