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    Ireland's longest-serving prisoner to appeal failed High Court bid for limited release

    The State's longest-serving prisoner is seeking extra time to appeal his unsuccessful High Court bid for two days temporary release per year. English national John Shaw (aged 73) has been in custody in Ireland since September 1976 when both he and another English man, Geoffrey Evans, were arrested for the abduction, rape, torture and murder of Elizabeth Plunkett (aged 22) in Wicklow and Mary Duffy (aged 24) in Mayo that year. Shaw and Evans were both given life sentences at the Central Criminal Court on February 9, 1978. Evans died in 2012 from an infection after spending more than three years in a vegetative state. He had been at the Mater Hospital, under round-the-clock guard by prison officers,

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    Laura Linney reveals real-life heartbreak while filming Love Actually

    Laura Linney has said she and her Love Actually co-star Rodrigo Santoro were both heartbroken while making the 2003 romantic comedy. The American actress, 54, and Westworld star Santoro, 43, starred in Richard Curtis' film which has become a Christmas favourite. The pair play colleagues who are in love with each other and have a brief romantic moment. Linney told The Graham Norton Show: “It (the film) was so much bigger than I thought it would ever be and I had the best ever kiss in that movie with Rodrigo Santoro. “We were broken-hearted at the time as we'd both been dumped, so all day we made each other feel a lot better!” Mary Queen of Scots star Saoirse Ronan is also a guest on Norton's red

  • 'Take a day off work or school' to see total eclipse of the Moon, says Astronomy Ireland founder

    The founder of Astronomy Ireland has urged people to take "a day off work or school" to see the best lunar eclipse that will be seen from Ireland for the next 14 years. According to the Editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine, David Moore, the total eclipse of the Moon this weekend will be the best that will be seen from Ireland until 2032. Mr Moore said: "There will be other total lunar eclipses between 2019 and 2032 but they will happen as the Moon sets or rises from Ireland thus spoiling the view. "This Total Lunar Eclipse on the morning of Monday, January 21st, will be entirely seen in Irish skies from start to finish so we are recommending everyone take a day off work or school and watch this

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    Fermoy man, 33, settles action over hospital's alleged failure to pick up pancreatic tumour during CT scan

    A 33-year old man with cancer who had sued claiming there was an alleged failure at Cork University Hospital to pick up on a pancreatic tumour during a CT scan fourteen months ago has settled his High Court action. Ben McGuire claimed his scan taken in November 2017 was reported as normal but three months later he had another CT scan in Lithuania which revealed a tumour. When the case came before the High Court today Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told the case against the HSE had been settled without admission of liability. Mr Justice Cross congratulated the side on the settlement of what he called a difficult case. Ben McGuire, The Loft, Strawhall, Fermoy, Co Cork had sued the HSE. It was claimed

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    'Excruciatingly embarrassing' Garda Commissioner press conference was too long, says former Garda

    Retired Garda Detective Chief Superintendent John O'Brien has said that while it was appropriate for Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, to acknowledge the failings that occurred with the failure to prosecute thousands of crimes, it should be done with “a sense of perspective and proportionality”. Mr O'Brien was commenting after it emerged 7,894 criminal offences committed by 3,489 child suspects were not progressed because of “Garda inaction” over a seven-year period. Some 57 of the suspects are now dead, with most dying after they turned 18. Garda Commissioner Drew Harris described the debacle as a “failure” on the part of his force, adding it was “embarrassing” and “professionally humiliating”.

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    High Court deems house with sauna and jacuzzi, apartment and €72k cash are proceeds of crime

    THE HIGH COURT has ruled that a house with a jacuzzi, sauna, and bulletproof glass windows in Finglas, an apartment in Bulgaria and approximately €72,000 in cash are the proceeds of crime. The orders were sought by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) who claim the properties were beneficially owned by alleged illegal drug-trafficker Jason Boyle, but were registered in the names of his parents Laurance (Larry) and Rosaleen Boyle to conceal their son's involvement. The Boyles opposed the application and rejected CAB's claims the assets were acquired in part or in full by monies derived from Jason Boyle who denies he is involved in trafficking drugs. In her ruling today Justice Carmel Stewart said

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    Britain's Prince Charles 'always worried' about Prince Philip's driving in later years

    Britain's Prince of Wales raised concerns about the Duke of Edinburgh's driving five years ago when his father was still travelling around the capital in his famous black cab. Charles told the son of a D-Day veteran about his fears when he met the pair in France in June 2014, during commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the Second World War offensive. At the time Philip, who is 97, was approaching his 93rd birthday, celebrated on June 10, and would drive around the capital in relative anonymity in a black taxi. During commemorations in the Normandy town of Bayeux the prince met Ivor Thomas, a former Corporal in the Royal Engineers from Gloucester who landed on Gold Beach on D-Day. Philip