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  • Ireland's most popular tourist counties and attractions have been revealed

    Source: Rolf Haid/PA Images TOURISM IS IRELAND’S largest indigenous employer and last year visitors to the country spent €4.6 billion, according to Fáilte Ireland. That huge spend is spread out across all Ireland’s regions but the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) has collated the figures to see which areas benefit most from tourism. Unsurprisingly, most of the tourist money spent in Ireland is spent in Dublin. Tourist expenditure in Dublin accounts for 43% of all the money spent here and in monetary terms comes it comes in at just under €2 billion. What’s striking about Dublin’s share of the tourism pie is that it has grown each year over the past three years from 38% of the total

  • German girl arrested in Iraq is missing Linda Wenzel, say authorities

    A German girl who was believed to have been fighting for Islamic State in Iraq when she was arrested last week is the missing 16-year-old Linda Wenzel, German authorities have confirmed. Wenzel’s parents had been searching for their daughter since she disappeared from her home in the village of Pulsnitz, near Dresden, in July last year. She is thought to have converted to Islam after being groomed on social media. Wenzel, whom German authorities named only as Linda W, is receiving consular assistance from the German embassy in Iraq. Lorenz Haase, a prosecutor in Dresden, would not confirm reports that the teenager had been fighting for Isis in Mosul. “Our information ends with the girl’s arrival

  • Column: 'Is it possible to be Catholic and a feminist?'

    A FORMER NORTHERN Ireland football international was ordained into the priesthood at Dublin’s Saint Saviour’s Church on July 8. The Belfast native footballer, Fr Mulryne, said a special Monday night mass at St Oliver Plunkett Church to a congregation of friends and supporters. A Laois-born priest will arrive in Dublin from her parish in Florida to say a different type of homecoming mass on August 6. This mass will be held at St Andrew’s Community Centre in Dublin and this priest’s ordination was celebrated with official excommunication by the Catholic Church in 2002. Dr Meehan’s Roman Catholic liturgy will be celebrated in a community centre because Dr Meehan is Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan. Vatican

  • Trump: I have ‘complete power to pardon’

    US president Donald Trump declared on Saturday he has “complete power to pardon,” as his administration confronts ongoing investigations of possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia. In a series of early morning Twitter messages, Mr Trump aired renewed frustration with his attorney general, the special counsel leading the Russia investigation, and Republicans in Congress who are struggling to advance his legislative agenda. But Mr Trump’s comment about pardons, tucked into an attack on the media, raised the possibility that he was considering his options if the investigations do not turn out the way he hopes. Mr Trump did not specify who, if anyone, he might consider pardoning. His tweets

  • Two blue ticks from Ronaldo and 'whatever the f**k you do, don't shut your eyes'

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  • 'Left with €15 after bills': The week-to-week struggle of a single parent in Ireland

    CHILDREN’S RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS this week highlighted a number of measures for government ministers which they believe would help pull some 139,000 children in this country out of poverty. Children in one parent families are particularly at risk - they are 3.5 times more likely to be poor than children in two parent families. One Family, an organisation which works with one parent families, said this week that the government needs to ease the pressure on single parents. To help demonstrate how their suggestions would impact on theses families, they shared one woman’s story: Mairead, a now 36-year-old mother of one, had managed a clothing store which closed down in 2008. As she had worked there

  • What unites a taoiseach, an archbishop and Chelsea Clinton? U2, of course

    Fans from across the globe flocked to see U2 perform at Croke Park as part of the band’s The Joshua Tree tour with a host of famous faces in the crowd on Saturday night. Former US President Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea and her husband Marc Mezvinsky were among those spotted at Croke Park It is understood the couple flew in especially for the concert after being invited by Bono. During the Croke Park concert, Hillary Clinton’s image flashed by on screen - part of a compilation of images of trailblazing women - during the band’s hit Ultraviolet. Journalist Nell McCafferty, the anti-apartheid striking Dunnes Stores workers, Veronica Guerin and Mary McAleese were among the Irish figures honoured