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  • ‘Tell my wife I’m sorry, I just can’t do it anymore’, said man before cliff jump

    The widow of a 37-year-old man who jumped off the Cliffs of Moher on the ninth anniversary of the death of their two-day-old baby girl has told an inquest that her husband was “an amazing father who adored our three boys and myself”. At the coroner’s court in Ennis, the woman said “we had a very happy life together” but said her husband was “fed up” at work and had been working too hard. The Dublin man worked as human resources manager at a pharma firm and was off sick for six weeks due to “burn out” and was due back to work on July 20. Giving evidence of the last communication from her husband on the day, the woman said that she got a text message at 7.50pm on July 20 saying, “I love you and

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  • Tim Wonnacott quits Bargain Hunt in the wake of suspension rumours

    Tim Wonnacott has stepped down from the BBC’s Bargain Hunt after reportedly being suspended from the show. The 62-year-old TV presenter and antiques expert is believed to have had a showdown with BBC bosses on September 11, and according to a report in The Sun at the time, the decision was taken to suspend him pending an investigation. In September, a BBC spokesperson said: “Tim is not currently in production on Bargain Hunt and we are using guest presenters. We wouldn’t comment on individual staff matters.” The BBC confirmed that Tim had not taken part in any further filming for the show, with his final episodes set to air in early 2016. Tim, who joined the show in 2003, said: “I am pleased q
  • 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
  • Child suffered massive trauma in Cork crash

    A mother wept yesterday as a jury returned a verdict of accidental death in an inquest into the death of her only child in a road crash in West Cork. The inquest into Zoe Scannell’s death near Rosscarbery in 2014 also heard she was sitting on her mother Alisha’s lap in the back seat of a car, sharing a seatbelt, when their car was hit by an out-of-control car driven by an unaccompanied teenage learner driver. The driver pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and received a two-year suspended jail sentence earlier this year. Garda Ray Sweeney, a forensic road traffic collision expert, said seatbelts are designed to be worn by just one person. He said if seatbelts are being shared at

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  • QUIRKY WORLD ... Spelling mistake catches wife with poison in mind

    ENGLAND: A British woman who tried to kill her husband by poisoning his Christmas drink with anti-freeze was jailed for 15 years after being undone by a spelling mistake and a trail of text messages. Following family arguments, Jacqueline Patrick, aged 55, twice tried to kill her husband Douglas, 70, in October and on Christmas Day 2013, by spiking his cherry Lambrini. “Perhaps most shocking of all was the note she gave to the London Ambulance Service purporting to be from her husband, stating that he did not wish to be resuscitated,” said Detective Inspector Tracey Miller, of London’s Metropolitan Police. The couple’s daughter Katherine, 21, was sentenced to three years in jail after admitting to inciting her mother to poison her father, while her mother pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder at the family’s south London home.

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  • Ronan Keating savouring second taste of married life

    Ronan Keating has described married life as “incredible” and said he and his wife are “living the dream”. The Irish singer tied the knot with Australian TV executive Storm Uechtritz in Scotland in August in front of guests including his Boyzone bandmates Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham and Keith Duffy. Ronan, who has a new album out on February 12 next year, told the Press Association: “We’re living the dream, we had an amazing wedding and an amazing honeymoon, and we’re back, we’ve hit the ground running, working hard, both of us together. But it’s great, it’s really nice, it keeps us rolling and it’s nice to be busy in the run-up to Christmas like this.” He described married life as “incredible”,

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  • WATCH: Dashcam soon sorts out argument after car accident

    These days, it seems you need have all your bases covered when it comes to modern life - especially when it comes to driving. Dashboard cameras are becoming all the rage with drivers - and they can definitely prove useful if you have an accident. One driver in New York tried to prevent himself being hit by a driver rolling back towards him in an SUV by honking his horn, but he was too late. As they get out to inspect the damage, the driver in the SUV brazenly accuses the other driver of rear-ending him. After going back-and-forth with the blame game, the SUV driver can be seen to leave the scene fairly quickly after being told it was all on video. Someone may be getting a higher insurance premium q
  • Russia halts gas supplies to Ukraine

    Russia’s state-controlled gas company is halting supplies to Ukraine. Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller said Russia sent the last shipment to Ukraine at 10am local time on Wednesday and would not send more because Ukraine has not paid for future supplies. Russia resumed gas shipments to Ukraine less than two months ago after the two countries signed an EU-brokered deal ensuring supplies through March. Past gas disputes between Russia and Ukraine have led to cut-offs. One stand-off in 2009 caused serious disruptions in shipments to EU countries in the dead of winter. Temperatures in Ukraine, where most homes rely on piped gas for central heating, were below freezing on Wednesday morning. Ukraine's q
  • The Corrs surprise Dubliners with secret gig

    Dublin pub goers got a shock tonight when The Corrs turned up at a popular pub. The famous family band surprised pub goers at Doyle’s – during their Ruby Sessions. Fans took to Instagram and Twitter to share photos from the gig. Ed Sheeran famously played the Ruby Sessions last year. The post The Corrs surprise Dubliners with secret gig appeared first on q
  • Luke Shaw thanks PSV Eindhoven fans for classy gesture to injured defender

    Luke Shaw probably imagined that he’d never have a positive thought about PSV Eindhoven ever again. The Manchester United defender suffered a double leg break when the two sides met in Holland in September thanks to a wild challenge from Hector Moreno. As the two teams played out the reverse Champions League fixture at Old Trafford, the PSV fans hadn’t forgotten that moment – and they had a message for the England full-back. Shaw himself was given permission not to attend the match as he continues to recover from the traumatic events in Eindhoven. Nevertheless, some pre-match publicity about the banner found its way to the former Southampton man, who expressed his thanks on Twitter. Everyone 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
  • What happened when HIV-positive guys read hurtful messages sent on a dating app?

    “You’re a walking disease mate” and “Sluts like you deserve it” were among the messages this group of HIV-positive guys read on the dating app Grindr. Gay Men’s Health Charity asked the men to read and react to the hurtful and ignorant messages to help highlight the stigma and misunderstanding around the condition. The guys’ responses to the mostly nasty, some totally absurd, messages range from incredibly honest and educational, to hurt or surprisingly amusing. But the overall message is incredibly powerful.

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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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  • TV3's Toy Show ratings plummet by over 200,000 has revealed today that TV3 nearly lost half of their viewers for their annual Toy Show. Now in it’s third year, the festive show reached 472,100 viewers last year when Xpose’s Karen Koster and Brian McFadden hosted. However in ratings seen by, we can reveal last week’s show lost out on 209,000 viewers, with just 264,400 tuning in. Halved: TV3 lost over 200,000 viewers Viewers hit out at the show this year, taking to Twitter claiming that they were just trying to “rip off the Late Late Show”. Hosted by Maria Walsh and Brian Ormond, Maria told this morning that she was happy with the show and that TV3 were happy with the ratings. “On Twitter there was a lot of mixed [reactions], q
  • Putin sends air defence missiles to Syria over Turkey warplane incident

    Vladimir Putin has ordered state-of-the-art air defence missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey. The S-400 missile systems, which will be sent to the Hemeimeem air base in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia, located just about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of the border with Turkey, are capable of targeting Turkish jets with deadly precision. The Russian president’s move raised the threat of a military confrontation between his country and Nato member Turkey. If Russia shot down a Turkish plane, Nato would be required to intervene. It comes after Turkey downed a Russian Su-24 bomber on Tuesday, saying it crossed into q
  • Kelly Leslie missing from Cork

    Gardaí in Cork are appealing for help in tracing a missing man in his 30s. 32-year-old Kelly Leslie has not been seen since leaving his home at Maryborough Hill this morning, it is believed he is driving a gold coloured Opel Astra with an 08 D registration. Kelly is described being 5 foot 3 inches in height, with receding brown hair, when last seen he was wearing a grey zip up jumper and blue jeans. q
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  • BREAKING: Pat Smith’s €2m severance package revealed

    It was revealed on Wednesday evening at an emergency meeting of the IFA’s executive council that Pat Smith’s severance package totalled €2m. The package comprises a €1m upfront payment followed by a €100,000 payment every year for 10 years. This would be a total payment of €2m. It is understood that IFA president Eddie Downey took it upon himself to negotiate the terms of the exit package for Smith. Smith resigned last week after details of his remuneration were revealed. The agreement was signed by Downey and Smith but not by treasurer Jer Bergin, nor financial controller Ken Heade, nor deputy president Tim O’Leary. These men are understood to have expressed major reservations regarding the q
  • Monaghan minor hurlers dismayed by unequal treatment after jersey dispute

    The Monaghan minor hurling panel have expressed their anger and disappointment at their unequal treatment by the Monaghan County Board. In a letter to the Board’s chairman that was released online today, the Farney hurlers complained about the uneven distribution of training gear compared to the minor football team, culminating with the hurlers being asked to return their jerseys at the end of the year. The letter claims that their football peers in the county were allowed to keep their jerseys. One passage of the statement, issued on the panel’s behalf, read: “Unlike the minor footballers we were given less training gear (two items compared to their six) and told to return our county jerseys after our final competition. q
  • Two Irishmen have died in Perth

    Two Irish men have been killed while working on a building site in Australia. The accident happened in East Perth where an apartment complex was being built, the construction company involved said. Jaxon said the firm’s thoughts and condolences were with the relatives and friends of the two dead men, both of whom are believed to be from the North. The accident happened at about at about 11.30am eastern Australian time, 3.30am in the morning Irish time. It is believed the men were trapped under a large concrete slab which came off a lorry as a crane attempted to remove other slabs. The construction site on Bennett Street in the city was closed following the incident and the local coroner has taken q