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  • Daughter with Down Syndrome was 'shaking like a leaf' after alleged rape, court hears

    A woman has told a jury that her daughter was “hysterical and shaking life a leaf” when she came home after allegedly being raped in Dublin city. Her daughter, who is aged in her 20s and has Down Syndrome, claims a man brought her back to his apartment after she became separated from her mother while out running. The man is accused of raping the woman in his Dublin home in June 2013. He is also accused of sexual assault and having sex with a mentally impaired person. During her cross-examination via video link this afternoon, the woman held a pink teddy-bear close to her and answered questions about the moments leading up to the alleged rape. She said she remembered some kissing before they went q
  • I'm A Celebrity 2015: It all started kicking off, and Lady C threw some serious insults

    People were talking about the arguing right from the trailer at the start of the show. When Lady Colin Campbell, Chris Eubank and Kieron Dyer returned to Croc Creek, Lady C announced they were not going to tell anybody who supported Tony and Jorgie about their sleepover. Then when asked why she picked Tony Hadley and Jorgie Porter to be their staff at the Jungle Hotel, Lady C started getting angry at pretty much all of the camp. Basically everyone started arguing (George Shelley stayed pretty quiet). And then Lady C went off on one…yes, there was something about verbal diarrhoea. At one point, she even called Duncan Bannatyne a vain old goat. Everyone on Twitter was discussing Lady C’s choice q
  • Lotto Winner's Champagne Fail Is Priceless

    One of the lucky workers took it in the face! OUCH! First off, well done to the syndicate of workers from the Kerry Foods factory in Charleville, Cork who walked off with nearly €4 million after scooping the Lotto jackpot. They appeared on the Six-One news last night celebrating their win outside the Lotto Headquarters. In the photoshoot the winners nominated one of the ladies to pop the champagne...she just didn't get her face out of the way in time! Although with her share of the €3.88 million working out at a cool €350,000 she will have plenty of practice with future bottles of champs! (scroll to roughly 55 secs in for the money shot)

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  • Man paid friend to make hoax bomb call to Intel to avoid work

    A former sub-contractor for Intel who asked his friend to make a hoax bomb call to the company because he didn’t want to go work may be ordered to carry out community service. Aaron O’Neill (20) had been out drinking and taking tablets with his friend Colin Hammond (21) when he decided he did not want to go in the next day. He paid his friend to make the call from a payphone outside Hammond’s home. The resulting 999 calls shut down a motorway, disrupted air traffic control and prevented 4,000 Intel staff from going to work. Garda Eamonn McFadden said that at a “conservative estimate” the incident lost Intel 6,000 hours of production. Mr O’Neill of Chieftains Drive, Balbriggan and Hammond of Bath

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  • WATCH: Conor McGregor tells Donald Trump to 'shut his big fat mouth'

    Conor McGregor has told American presidential candidate Donald Trump to “shut his mouth” in regard to UFC matters. MMA star Rhonda Rousey lost her women’s bantamweight title to Holly Holm earlier this month and the US businessman was critical in the aftermath of the fight – calling her “not a nice person” on Twitter. The 27-year-old, who has flown to the US ahead of his Jose Aldo fight, was asked at Los Angeles International Airport for his thoughts on the criticism Rhonda received from Donald Trump. “Donald Trump was talking trash? I didn’t know Donald Trump was talking trash,” he said. “It’s easy for someone who isn’t in there to comment, it’s different when you are in there, the emotions are

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  • This year has been my happiest in Dublin, but it’s time to leave again

    In August 2008 on the advice of my ma, and lent redundancy money of my da, I travelled to Durango, Colorado, where I had been accepted to study at an affordable college with a good football programme. I was an angry boy. I felt suffocated in secondary school in Ireland, and my attempt at study was half-hearted. I mistakenly blamed the educational system for my failings in the Leaving Cert. I landed in Colorado with a suitcase. I had no friends, no family, no phone and no idea where I was. All I knew was that I was lucky enough to be there and that I couldn’t fail again. Fort Lewis had a beautiful college campus, tucked up in the Rocky Mountains. The drive from the airport to the hotel I stayed

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  • Woman awarded damages against Dunnes over fridge fall

    A 27-year-old hospitality worker, who needed to use a scribe to complete her college exams after crushing her right wrist in a fridge door, has been awarded damages against Dunnes Stores in the Circuit Civil Court. Alison Leavey told the court that in May 2010, she had been working in Dunnes Stores, Portmarnock, Co Dublin and had gone to get a box of doughnuts in the bakery walk-in fridge. Ms Leavey told her barrister, Jim McArdle, that she had been leaving the fridge, holding the sliding door with her right hand while carrying the box in her left, when she slipped on a puddle of water and fell. Her body had landed outside the fridge and her right wrist was crushed when the door closed back on

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  • VIDEO: We have the body of Russian pilot 'and we will see what to do with it', say rebels

    A Russian pilot whose plane was shot down by Turkey was dead upon landing, a spokesman for the rebel group that captured him has claimed. UPDATE (3.36pm): A Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman later said that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has cancelled a planned trip to Turkey in the wake of the incident. The meeting between Mr Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart had been scheduled for Wednesday. Mr Lavrov was quoted by news agency Interfax as saying that Mr Putin “directly said that (the downing) cannot but affect Russian-Turkish relations. In this regard, I decided to cancel the meeting, which was planned for tomorrow”. UPDATE (1.42pm): A spokesman for the Syrian rebel group that captured

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  • Judge dismisses 15 cases of drink-driving

    Fifteen motorists accused of drink-driving, including one driver facing two drink-driving charges, had their cases dismissed by a District Court judge yesterday. At Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan dismissed the cases as a result of the High Court judgment in September which ruled the results of alcohol breath tests must be supplied in English and Irish to suspected drink- drivers, in a case relating to a Romanian national. The Director of Public Prosecutions is mounting a legal challenge. However, Judge Durcan dismissed the cases at the District Court after Garda Insp John Ryan admitted the State “was in difficulty” in relation to the prosecutions. Judge Durcan did not make any comment

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  • Baz Ashmawy: It was all down to his Mammy

    How brilliant is it that an Irish Mammy has just won an international Emmy? And how unlikely is it that she has won one for staring deadly Burmese pythons in the eye, rubbing shoulders with deadlier Filipino drug lords, wrestling alligators and flying through the eye of tornadoes on terrifyingly flimsy sea planes all in the name of fun. Nancy Ashmawy is 70-years-old and a retired nurse from Dublin who has not just broken the mould of the Irish Mammy, she has pulverised it with a machine gun and scattered its tiny shards across the Nevada dessert while leaping from a tiny plane and pulling the rip cord on her parachute. When 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy first aired on Sky One last autumn, its undoubted

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  • Man who left bag of heroin behind in Garda car is jailed

    A father-of-one who left behind a bag of heroin in a Garda patrol car while en-route to the station for questioning has been jailed for 18 months. Ross Gleeson (29) was arrested after he was spotted by gardaí­ getting into a car that had been under surveillance as part of a drugs operation in the Crumlin area of Dublin called Operation Creeper. He was placed into a Garda car and taken to Sundrive Garda station to be searched. It was on arrival at the station that over 34 grammes of heroin, worth €5,250 and bagged into individual street deals, was found in the foot-well of the car. Gleeson of Stanaway Road, Crumlin, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs

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  • Coronation Street's villainous Pat Phelan is back - as actor Connor McIntyre returns to Weatherfield

    The villainous Pat Phelan will be back in Weatherfield as actor Connor McIntyre rejoins Coronation Street. The lecherous builder made himself scarce after swindling the Windass family and blackmailing Anna Windass (Debbie Rush) into sleeping with him. He left town in April 2014, heading to Dubai where he planned to live off his ill-gotten gains. But now he’s back, will he be terrorising the Windasses again? A show insider told the Radio Times: “January’s episodes of Corrie will see a penniless Pat returning to his old haunts and getting a job working for Kevin Webster. “But what will Anna make of Phelan’s reappearance? And what will the repercussions be for Anna’s fledgling romance with Kev?” q
  • New €20 note with improved security enters circulation - The Sunday Business Post

    Currency comes with innovative portrait window New €20 notes have entered circulation across the country today. The third in the ‘Europa Series’ of banknotes is the same size and similar in appearance to the existing note comes with enhanced security features. The currency can be checked using the ‘feel, look and tilt’ method and has raised lines along the sides of the note, a shiny emerald colour number and a portrait hologram of Europa. The note has has an additional security feature known as the portrait window. When you look at it against the light, the window near the top of the hologram becomes transparent and reveals a portrait of Greek goddess Europa with rainbow-coloured lines on both

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  • DCU named in league table of top ‘young’ universities in the world

    Dublin City University has secured a position in a league table of the top 50 young universities in the world. The QS Top 50 Under 50 ranks colleges established in the last half century on the basis of factors such as academic reputation, employer reputation and faculty-student ratio. DCU has achieved a placing of 46th place, after falling out of the rankings last year. Professor Brian MacCraith, president of DCU, said he was delighted that the rankings had recognised the quality of the university’s graduates. “The ranking has a significant impact on our ability to develop international partnerships and to attract international students and staff to DCU,” he said. “This success has been achieved

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  • Girl (14) settles case over injuries at birth for total of €11.6 million

    A girl who has cerebral palsy as a result of injuries caused at her birth at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise has settled her High Court action with a final payment of €9m. The payment increases to a total €11.6m the settlement amount for 14-year-old RóisínConroy who previously received an apology from the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the constultant obstetrician who treated her, plus an interim payment of €2.6m. Róisín is permanently disabled with dyskinetic cerebral palsy, can only communicate with her eyes and needs a wheelchair to get around. Through her mother Mary Conroy, Dysart, Portlaoise, the child had sued the HSE and a consultant obstetrician, John P. Corristine, attached to Portlaoise General Hospital, now the Midland Regional Hospital, as a result of injuries sustained at the time of her birth on November 14th 2001.

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  • X Factor 2015: Who is hoping to nail Adele's Hello, and who is taking on the Jackson 5? Viewers' song choices revealed

    The next X Factor live show will see a Jukebox round, where the five remaining contestants are tasked with singing a song chosen by the general public. And after a poll on Twitter, it seems that viewers are big fans of Adele and Justin Bieber – picking popular songs from the charts for their favourites to sing. Nick Grimshaw’s remaining contestant, Che Chesterman, will be taking on the anthem of the moment and seeing how his voice stands up to Adele’s as he sings her smash-hit single, Hello. Cheryl’s girl group, 4th Impact, will be performing I’ll Be There by the Jackson 5. Reggie n Bollie will be singing “Watch me whip / Now watch me nae nae” as they perform Silento’s debut hit, Watch Me (Whip/Nae q
  • No effort was made to save Protestant orphans from neglect

    Conal Ó Fátharta’s indepth article (Irish Examiner, November 23) exposed the scandal of child mortality in Bessborough mother and baby home during the 1940s.  He showed how the state had to battle with the Roman Catholic Church to bring in reforms. Ó Fátharta demonstrated how even Bessborough’s medical officer, Dr O’Connor, tried to justify death and illness, because the children were ‘illegitimate’. Dr James Deeny became Chief Medical Advisor of the new Department of Health in 1944. It was he who raised the storm between Church and State. He detailed visiting Bessborough in ‘To Cure and to Care’ (1989, p85’). “I… could not make out what was wrong; at last I took a notion and stripped all the

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  • Drumm’s bankruptcy setback could weaken him in extradition fight

    Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm is in a bigger fight to stop his extradition to Ireland to face criminal charges, but he has just lost a smaller one: his bid to walk away from his debts. Eleven months after a US bankruptcy judge denied him a discharge from bankruptcy because he lied and fraudulently and knowingly failed to disclose €680,000 in cash transfers to his wife Lorraine, the 49-year-old Dubliner has lost his appeal against that withering ruling. Massachusetts Judge Leo Sorokin, sitting in the same US District Court that is mulling whether to grant Mr Drumm bail while he fights extradition, said he was left “with the most definite and firm conviction that no mistake

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  • New €20 to enter circulation from Wednesday

    Crisp new €20 notes with enhanced security features will enter circulation in Ireland and the euro area from Wednesday. The Central Bank unveiled the new notes in Dublin on Tuesday. It said it had engaged closely with all those in the “cash cycle”, including the banking industry, cash in transit companies, credit unions, banknote equipment manufacturers, machine suppliers, transport companies and government bodies to ensure the smooth introduction of the notes. The note is the third in the ‘Europa’ series of banknotes which are gradually replacing the original series of euro banknotes introduced in 2002. The Europa €5 was issued in May 2013 and a new €10 note followed in September last year.

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  • Tension grows between José Mourinho and Diego Costa as Chelsea win in Israel

    Maccabi Tel Aviv 0 Chelsea 3 A second successive win in a campaign littered with unexpected setbacks would normally leave a team buoyed and enthused, but this is Chelsea. José Mourinho’s side departed Haifa joint top of Group G and with rare momentum in the group, but with their captain, John Terry, having sustained ankle damage before Sunday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur and with the manager embroiled in an ugly argument with Diego Costa on the stroke of half-time. The striker’s lack of movement infuriated the Portuguese, Costa’s instincts dulled perhaps by a lack of confidence. There is tension in that relationship, even if Mourinho has no like for like replacement to offer the Spain international

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