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  • You can take kids nowhere – not even Pippa Middleton's wedding

    BEING a mother of young children can be stressful. Kids don't always adhere to the rules of normal civil society and can let you down a bag full, regardless of where you are and who you are with. There was a Royal wedding at the weekend. Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William, was maid of honour to her sister Pippa, who was tying the knot with hedge fund manager and heir to a Scottish fortune, James Matthews. It was a glorious affair which drew the great and the good from all corners of aristocratic England. There were thousands of pounds spent on outfits, thousands more on flowers and thousands on the fancy food and champers for the reception. But despite all the money and finery on show a few q
  • Bodybuilder withdraws €60,000 claim after video evidence

    A champion bodybuilder and fitness coach, who claimed he had difficulty pulling on his socks and lacing his shoes following a car a crash last year and sued a motorist for €60,000 personal injury damages, dramatically withdrew his claim following video evidence. Relu Gauca (37) of Old Burrin, Carlow, told Circuit Court president, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, on Monday he still has to ease himself out of soft low chairs because of ongoing pain in his lower back. He told barrister Shane English, counsel for the insurers of David Naughton, Millford Park, Ballinabranna, Co Carlow, that despite continuing weight lifting and bodybuilding coaching in a local gym he still suffered pain in his lower back.

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  • Varadkar says landlords 'should be treated like any other business'

    Update 10.18pm: Fine Gael leadership candidate Leo Varadkar has said the "punitive charges" against landlords must be reversed so they are treated "like any" company and allowed to "offset" losses against their "business", writes Fiachra O Cionnaith, Irish Examiner Political Correspondent. Speaking at a grassroots event in Wicklow tonight, Mr Varadkar said in modern Ireland it is "almost a bad thing" to be someone who owns and rents out a number of properties. He said landlords "really should be treated like any other business" in that "if you have a loss you can offset against your business". During the same meeting, Mr Varadkar also said people who have vacant properties in areas with "house

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  • Fewer people will need to file a tax return following change in Revenue rule

    Fewer people will have to file a tax return this October - and in the process will pay less tax on earnings of less than €5,000 - as a result of a change as to who is subject to the self assessment regime. The move makes it easier for Paye workers to earn up to the new threshold without being subject to the full rigours of having to file a Form 11 with the Revenue Commissioners. The change was first signalled in Finance Act 2015, and kicked in on January 1st 2016, but has only come on to people’s radars now, as they prepare their 2016 tax returns ahead of the October 31st deadline. Typically, if you pay tax in the PAYE system, you are not obliged to file a tax return. However, if you have additional

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  • Burglar sat down to have scrambled eggs with victim

    A burglar who sat down to have scrambled eggs with his victim, after lunging at the man with a knife and stealing his phones, will be sentenced next month. Stefan Boyle (28) was spotted by Ali Yassine hiding under a table in a Dublin mosque and was told to leave. Boyle then lunged at him with a knife, nicking the victim before he tried to escape out a window. Mr Yassine, a caretaker in the mosque in Dundrum, kicked the burglar in self defence and told him to relax. He then made him scrambled eggs and sat down with him while Boyle told him his life story. Garda Seán Duignan told Séamus Clarke BL, prosecuting, that Mr Yassine didn’t realise until after Boyle left that he had stolen two phones from

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  • People are thankful they'll never be interviewed by Andrew Neil after watching him challenge Theresa May

    Andrew Neil demonstrated why he’s one of TV’s most notorious interviewers after giving Theresa May a thorough grilling in the first of his Andrew Neil Interviews series. He called her plans “half-baked,” told her to be honest about the reasoning behind the social care cap U-turn and stated: “This must be the first time in modern history that a party's actually broken a manifesto policy before the election.” When asked three times by Neil where the extra £8 billion for the NHS will come from, May failed to give a straight answer. Neil’s tough questions and determination to get them answered has earned him lots of praise from viewers who were not in the least bit envious of where May was sat. Some q
  • Halawa sisters complain of delay in deciding if husbands can join them in Ireland

    Two sisters of Ibrahim Halawa – an Irish citizen who has been detained in Egypt without trial for almost four years – are suing the Minister for Justice over a delay of 18 months in deciding applications to have their husbands join them in Ireland. Omaima and Somaia Halawa, both Irish citizens, have, along with their husbands – Mohamed Abdo Mahmoud Aly and Emadelin Mohamed Arab respectively – taken judicial review proceedings against the Minister in the High Court. Both men are Egyptian nationals currently residing in Turkey. Omaima Halawa said she and her husband are expecting their first child in August, but, despite having applied for a Join Spouse visa in October 2015, they have yet to receive

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  • Number of homeless families in Dublin hotels to be nearly halved

    Almost half the homeless families currently living in hotels in Dublin are to be moved to nine “family hub” emergency accommodation centres across the city and county. The facilities, which have been leased by Dublin City Council for five years, will cater for approximately 380 families with services including homework clubs, play spaces, laundry, cooking and dining facilities, in addition to bedrooms. Just one of the hubs is a former hotel, Lynam’s Hotel on O’Connell Street, with the remaining eight including buildings owned by religious institutions, large family houses, and former industrial premises. More than 1,000 families are currently in emergency accommodation and 815 of those are living

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  • Gerard Manley Hopkins, a terrible teacher who hated UCD

    To a non-Irish observer like myself, it does Ireland immense credit that the country has taken Gerard Manley Hopkins so enthusiastically to its heart. It is Ireland, not his native England, that honours the Victorian poet with an annual festival, houses the world’s leading Hopkins archive and gives an annual set of awards in his name. This is more than fair, considering that Hopkins himself did little but grouse about the “hard, wearying, wasting, wasted years” he spent on Irish soil. Of the 28 poems he wrote in Ireland, the six known as the Terrible Sonnets are the most arresting. For anyone who has known depression, the gut-wrenchingly bleak No worst, there is none, which ends with the crumb

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  • South African hunter, who specialised in using hounds to hunt leopards, killed by elephant

    A South African hunter has died after being trampled by an elephant in Zimbabwe. Theunis Botha was with a client near Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park when he "unknowingly" walked into a herd of elephants on Friday, wildlife officials said. Simukai Nyasha, a spokesman for the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management authority, said Mr Botha, 51, was on a 10-day licensed hunt. The hunter ran a firm, Theunis Botha Big Game Safaris and Hounds. On the company's website, Mr Botha is described as a specialist in using hounds to hunt leopards.

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  • Teenager who dragged garda to floor by her hair avoids jail

    A girl, who lunged at a garda and dragged her to the floor by her hair during a vicious attack in a Dublin station, has been spared a custodial sentence. Then aged 16, she had been missing from care when she attacked a garda who was trying to help her get back to her accommodation. The young woman – now aged 18, but who cannot be named for legal reasons – had pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children’s Court to assault causing harm to Garda Aoife Moroney at Mountjoy Garda station. After the attack, Garda Moroney suffered pains in her back, chest and arms and had some bruising. She suffered headaches, and pins and needles around the area where her head had been pulled. She said she had nightmares

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  • Australian mining magnate gives away €266 million in 'act of love'

    Iron ore mining magnate Andrew Forrest gives a speech at Australia's Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, earlier today. Iron ore mining magnate Andrew Forrest gives a speech at Australia's Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, earlier today. AUSTRALIAN MINING MAGNATE Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has made the biggest single philanthropic donation in Australian history. Forrest gave away Aus$400 million (€266 million) to a variety of social and scientific causes. The Australian founder and chairman of iron ore giant Fortescue Metals Group said he and his wife Nicola were making the donation as an act “of love”. “We’re doing it because it’s very timely in all of the fields which we’re donating q
  • Ballymaloe’s LitFest will not be back in 2018

    The shop closed signs went up on the Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe in Co Cork on Sunday night. Festival director, Rory O’Connell explained the reasons behind the decision not to run the event in 2018: “LitFest is demanding – physically, emotionally, philosophically and financially, and the effort to keep the quality of what we do at a level that we are happy with is a challenge. “So we are taking a break in 2018 – there is a baby to be raised [festival manager Rebecca Cronin is expecting her first child] and we need to regroup, recharge and research. “We will be back in 2019 – in what shape and form, that is still to be determined. We will not be going away, and we will keep

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  • South Circular Road redbrick with 60ft garden for €675,000

    Tucked away off the Dolphin’s Barn stretch of the South Circular Road is a beautifully presented 160sq m property, just a block or two from the Grand Canal.   The Victorian redbrick terrace opens into a hall of polished wooden floorboards, a feature that runs throughout the reception rooms. The formal sitting room overlooks the front, with an original fireplace and two openings in lieu of fold-back doors leading through to the formal dining room where a cast iron fireplace has been painted the same colour as the walls.   The property’s original features such as fireplaces, floorboards and coving are all intact. Fold-back double doors with leaded panels lead from the dining room to the kitchen

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  • How the swastika became a confederate flag

    The easy-listening white supremacists who surged out of the shadows during the presidential campaign are no less dangerous than their white power survivalist or raving skinhead counterparts. But they are hoping to rebrand themselves by wearing business clothes and attempting to sound reasonable as they advance a racist agenda. The debate about removing monuments to white supremacy that were built throughout the South a century or more ago is tailor-made for this tactic. The white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, this month over a plan to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general, shows how this is likely to go. The marchers feigned civility. But a closer look

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  • 'If I didn't have sport, I could have gone down many bad alleyways'

    NOT MANY LADIES footballers are known by their first name across the country. Then there’s Cora. Currently in her 23rd season, Mayo’s Cora Staunton has grabbed headlines throughout her career, and established herself as a true legend of the game. She’s renowned for her prolific scoring, while she’s won four senior All-Ireland titles in green and red. Before the league kicked off this year, there were doubts surrounding her return, but she’s well and truly back. The 33-year-old spoke to former Cavan goalkeeper Alan O’Mara on the latest Real Talks podcast about how hard the decision was, and how Andy Moran was one of the many who advised her to return. “This time it was definitely 50/50, even a q
  • Garda wins order quashing ‘resign or be sacked’ decision

    A Garda has won a High Court order quashing a decision that he either resign or be sacked for breaches of discipline arising from allegations including of an inappropriate sexual relationship and harassing a woman by phone. Mr Justice Michael Moriarty has directed the Garda Commissioner should reconsider the appropriate sanction in line with the court’s findings. Garda Colm O’Flaherty, now stationed in Togher, Cork, sought judicial review after the then Garda commissioner, Martin Callinan, decided in 2014 he either resign or be dismissed after Garda O’Flaherty made certain admissions before a Garda board of inquiry into alleged breaches of discipline. Garda O’Flaherty, who denied the allegations against him, had claimed, following negotiations, he entered into an arrangement with a Garda superintendent, a member of the board of inquiry, that, if he made certain admissions, he would get a monetary fine only.

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  • 5 cars with serious off-road credentials

    SOMETIMES YOU JUST need a car that’s a bit more rugged and a bit more capable than the others. Perhaps you need more ground clearance or all-wheel drive or just some extra cladding to help protect the car from the rough terrain. So, if you need a rough and tough off-roader to get you off the tarmac and back on again, here are five vehicles with decent off-road capabilities. The Range Rover is the ultimate in off-road luxury. It is a very accomplished and polished machine with an impressive engine, super chassis, superior build quality. It handles great for a 4x4 and is jam packed with sophisticated technology including adjustable and long travel air suspension and a computer-controlled Terrain q
  • Zebo's sensational try shows Munster's attacking confidence is growing

    WHEN YOU ASK Peter O’Mahony how nice it was for Munster’s forwards to see the backline create and finish Simon Zebo’s stunning try against the Ospreys, he closes his eyes for a second. The image of Keith Earls, Francis Saili, Conor Murray, Andrew Conway and Zebo combining appears to flash into O’Mahony’s mind and he exhales as if remembering how fatigued he was in those moments. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO The try came after an intense period of Munster pressure in the Ospreys’ 22, the forwards having hammered at the tryline as the attempted to crack the Welsh defence and genuinely break the game by extending their 8-3 lead. But replacement centre Jaco Taute was stripped of the ball in contact q
  • Here are the 88 beaches and marinas awarded Blue Flag status

    Three popular beaches have been forced to lower their coveted Blue Flag. However, Ireland still managed to hit a new record high for the quality and cleanliness of coastal waters despite the dip in standards at Lisfannon in Donegal, Killiney in south Dublin and Balcarrick, at Donabate in north Dublin. A total of 88 Blue Flags are to be raised at 81 beaches and seven marinas this summer. An Taisce said it awarded three more than the 2016 season with Portumna in Co Galway and Greencastle Marina in Co Donegal hoisting the international hallmark for the first time. Elsewhere, the South Promenade in Bray, Co WIcklow will fly the Blue Flag for the first time since 2000 after improvements in sewage

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