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  • Parents attacked daughter for photos

    Judge Olann Kelleher read a victim impact statement on behalf of the injured party, who was 15 years old when she was assaulted by both parents. Sentencing of the mother and father had been adjourned until yesterday to allow time for the preparation of a victim impact statement. This was presented in writing and read by Judge Kelleher without being opened to the court. The victim, who has since turned 16, was present for the case in Cork District Court yesterday. Judge Kelleher said he was concerned to read in the victim impact statement that while the teenager was no longer living at the family home, she had not been in communication with her siblings. “You don’t see your brothers and sisters?”

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  • Twins found dead at White Cliffs of Dover on New Year's Day 'had ashes of parents', inquest hears

    Twins whose bodies were found at the White Cliffs of Dover in England on New Year's Day had rucksacks containing the ashes of their dead parents, an inquest heard. A coroner said Muriel and Bernard Burgess, 59, had been struggling to come to terms with their parents' deaths, particularly their mother's in 2014. The siblings fell more than 200ft in an area known as Langdon Cliffs in Dover, Kent, and were found by rescue teams searching for Gulf War veteran Scott Enion, 45, whose body was also recovered. One rucksack recovered near the twins contained ashes with their mother's name, and it emerged a second rucksack had their father's ashes inside. An inquest in Maidstone, Kent, into all three deaths q
  • A bathroom mix-up caused a Sligo train to be held up for 40 minutes

    TODAY, A TRAIN travelling from Connolly Station to Sligo was delayed for 40 minutes while waiting for gardaí to arrive to collect CCTV footage. A tweet sent out by Iarnród Éireann indicated that something serious had happened. Iarnród Éireann received a call from a man who said that his bag had been robbed while on the train. He emerged from the bathroom to find that his bag was gone and a man walking off the train with his bag in hand. The gardaí were called and the 11.05 train from Connolly Station to Sligo waited in a lay-by at Enfield for gardaí to collect the CCTV footage. A couple of hours later, a cleaner came across an unaccompanied bag while tidying the train. It turns out the man’s q
  • Here's how drinking vodka Red Bull and Jagerbombs might affect you

    Next time your mate comes through with another round of Jagerbombs, you might want to risk your pride, politely turn his offer down and order something else. That’s because a new study has suggested that mixing alcohol with energy drinks will not only make you feel like you can stay out all night – and ultimately buy more booze – but this combo can actually be dangerous. Published on the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (JSAD), the study concluded that mixing alcohol with highly caffeinated soft drinks can increase the risk of injury on a night out – whether that be falling over or getting into fights or worse. Drinkaware said that the combination can make you experience physical and psychological q
  • Investigators say Rescue 116 could have hit rocks at lighthouse

    AIR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS say that the missing Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 may have hit rocks at the Black Rock lighthouse. The Dublin-based helicopter has been missing since last week after going missing while preparing to refuel at Blacksod in Mayo. Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was recovered from the wreckage and died later in hospital but her crewmates Captain Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith remain missing. In a statement this evening, the Air Accident Investigations Unit (AAIU) extended its sympathies to the families and friends of the crew of R116. Chief Inspector Jurgen Whyte, in consultation with Investigator-in-Charge, Paul Farrell this evening released q
  • Australian teen who jumped into river for dare escapes crocodile attack by punching it in the head

    AN AUSTRALIAN TEENAGER is lucky to be alive, paramedics said yesterday, after he reportedly escaped the jaws of a crocodile by punching it in the head during a late night swim in a river. The 18-year-old, named in local media as Lee de Paauw, suffered extensive injuries to his left arm after he was attacked in Johnstone River on Australia’s northeastern coast early Sunday morning, the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) said. He had jumped into the river as a dare while “revelling with friends”, QAS Cairns senior operations supervisor Neil Noble told reporters. “He’s very fortunate that he survived this incident and was able to be rescued… (he’s) due to undergo surgery for extensive injuries to q
  • Nearly 4,000 people sign petition calling for end to Fair City kidnapping storyline

    Fair City fans have been growing impatient with an ongoing story about a kidnapped girl being held hostage in a garage. The plot has been ongoing since May 2016, and fans have had enough. One such fan, William Thomas, even set up a petition on two days ago calling for the storyline to be wound up. "Last May a girl called Katy O'Brien went missing in a soap called Fair City in Ireland. We eventually found out in September she was being held captive by a masked man and then it was reveled to be the most obvious person called Ciaran," he writes. "Ciaran was introduced a few episodes just before Katy went missing and almost became part of the O'Brien family. He instantly became part of q
  • Limerick lads make Forbes Rich List but Bill Gates takes the top spot

    For the fourth year in a row, Bill Gates has been named the richest person in the world, but according to Forbes Magazine he has increased competition. It was a record year for the wealthy with a large jump in the number of billionaires on the planet. 233 billionaires were welcomed to the list this year and for the first time ever Forbes counted over 2,000 people with fortunes to fit the very big bill. Bill Gates has claimed this title 18 out of the past 23 years with a current fortune of $86bn. The title of second richest went to Warren Buffet, who made an impressive $14.8bn increase in worth over the past 12 months. Last year's second richest person in the world, Spanish clothing chain Zara

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  • Ireland defender Shane Duffy tweets response to criticism over Martin McGuinness tribute

    Ireland and Brighton defender Shane Duffy tweeted his sympathies this morning after news broke of the death of Martin McGuinness. Duffy said on the social media site: "More tragic news this morning, RIP Martin McGuinness a true hero for many of us." The tweet generated a mixed response. Many felt it was inappropriate considering where he plays his football - Brighton. Brighton was one of the areas targeted during The Troubles when five people died at the Conservative party conference at Brighton’s Grand Hotel in 1984 after an IRA bombing. Some referred to the tweet as shameful, while one stated it was "a truly ridiculous tweet considering who he plays for." Duffy was quick to respond, however, q
  • Teenager 'sexually assaulted on Facebook Live'

    Police in Chicago are searching for five or six men or boys suspected of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on Facebook Live. Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said detectives had found the girl and reunited her with her family after she went missing on Sunday. Mr Guglielmi said about 40 people viewed the attack on Facebook while it was happening, but none of them reported it to police. He said Superintendent Eddie Johnson was leaving a station in the Lawndale neighbourhood on Chicago's West Side late on Monday afternoon when a woman approached him with photographs of her daughter apparently being sexually assaulted on Facebook. He said Mr Johnson immediately ordered an investigation and the department q
  • Calls for Roscommon council to build mosque

    A Longford-based Pakistani businessman has called on the Government or Roscommon County Council to build a mosque in Ballaghaderreen. Muhammad Aslam has also claimed that estate agents discriminate against Pakistanis and that bringing Syrian refugees to Ballaghaderreen “is punishment for them”. Mr Aslam expresses most of his opinions in a new monthly freesheet Leader News, 12,000 copies of which have been circulated in midland counties. Most of its content is in Urdu with some in English. Seen by The Irish Times, under the heading “Ballaghaderreen News”, he claims to have met Government officials in Dublin seeking a leisure centre in the town as youth there “are losing their moral (sic) which

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  • Man (27) dies after being hit by a truck in Dublin

    A 27-year-old male pedestrian has died after being struck by a truck on the M1 in Balbriggan, Co Dublin. The man’s body was removed to Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. Sections of the M1 were closed late on Monday night while Garda forensic collision investigators examined the scene of the incident. Gardaí investigating the incident have appealed for anyone travelling on the M1 at the time of the incident to contact them in Balbriggan on 01-8020190, the Garda Confidential Line on 1 800-666111 or any Garda station.

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  • Roy Keane's advice to schoolgirl footballer raises a smile

    Roy Keane raised a smile when he offered a schoolgirl footballer a little advice on her future career. Two youngsters were given the chance to question the Republic of Ireland's assistant manager before his press conference at Abbotstown today as part of the FAI's Soccer Sisters initiative. Asked by one what she should do to become a professional, Keane responded: "Train properly, be on time for training, listen to your coaches - and when you get a bit older, keep away from the boys, okay? Good girl, well done!" Keane was also asked if Ireland boss Martin O'Neill, under whom he has worked since November 2013, was his best friend. He replied: "Is he my best friend? No, probably not. There are q
  • School allowed to challenge decision on boy’s enrolment

    A secondary school has been given permission by the High Court to challenge a decision which requires it to enrol a boy in first year following an appeal by his parents. The west of Ireland school is challenging the decision by an appeals committee, established by the Department of Education and Science under the 1998 Education Act to deal with appeals over matters such as enrolment refusals. The school claims the committee’s decision was wrong in law because it gave undue weight to evidence by the boy’s parents they had a reasonable expectation of an offer of a place for him once they switched him to a particular primary school in the year before he sought a place in the secondary school. The school denies any undertaking was given to the parents but says they were told they would be in a better enrolment position if the child was in the feeder school.

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  • Tape of garda threats to man’s wife and child collapses trial

    A trial has collapsed after the court heard a taped a conversation in which gardaí told the accused his wife would be arrested and his child would go into care if he did not accept responsibility for possessing firearms and silencers. Eimantas Valteris (33), was arrested in 2013 as part of an ongoing operation to counter dissident republican activities in the Border area. Mr Valteris, of Park Vale, Grange Rath, Drogheda, Co Meath, had pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of a semi-automatic pistol at Balmoral Industrial Estate in Navan, Co Meath on June 10th, 2013. The prosecution decision not to proceed with the trial came after the court heard a “voir dire”, or trial within a trial.

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  • Teachers preparing for second walk out over pay

    THOUSANDS of teachers are to walk out on strike again this week as part of a long-running pay dispute. Members of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) are also planning to protest at Stormont. It is the second time the 7,000-strong union has staged strike action. All main teaching unions are angry, having rejected a pay offer that would see staff receive no across the board pay rise for 2015/16, and a 1 per cent cost of living uplift for 2016/17. Hundreds of schools from all sectors are expected to be affected by Thursday's action. Members of other unions, who are also involved in industrial action, will refuse to cover for their absent INTO colleagues. This half day strike will begin q
  • ‘Brazen’ Enda Kenny to stay until July and knows he can’t be pushed

    A “brazen” Taoiseach Enda Kenny intends to stay in office until the summer recess following his “successful” trip to Washington DC last week, senior Fine Gael ministers have said. Mr Kenny was originally due to declare his intentions this week to the members of Fine Gael parliamentary party but this is not expected to happen for at least two weeks. Finance Minister Michael Noonan, speaking in Brussels, gave Mr Kenny’s desire to remain a significant boost last night by saying he should remain until at least June. Mr Noonan said the Taoiseach will lead Ireland into the opening of the key Brexit talks at EU leader level, which will happen in late April or early May and continue into the second phase of talks in June.

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  • WATCH: These Cork open water swimmers in their 60s and 70s will put you to shame

    A trio of open water swimmers from Cork have been viewed over 200,000 times after a video they appeared in, went viral. The inspiring video features open water swimmer Tom McCarthy of Sandycove Island Swim Club and Myrtleville Swimmers alongside Mairead Ni Mhaoileoin and Tom Bermingham, who are also members of Myrtleville Swimmers. The three enjoy swimming all year round at different times of the day from different spots around the Cork coastline. Their perspective on life sends out a powerful positive message about how challenging conditions can empower both mind and body. Tom McCarthy, who usually swims alone but sometimes brings his dog with him, says the ocean is "far more refreshing than q
  • Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller dies, aged 101

    Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller, former head of Chase Manhattan Corp and patriarch of one of the most famous and influential American families, died on Monday, a family spokesman said. He was 101. Rockefeller, who reportedly gave away nearly $2 billion in his lifetime, “died peacefully in his sleep” of congestive heart failure at his home in Pocantico Hills, New York, spokesman Fraser Seitel said in a statement. One of the few remaining links to the US “gilded” era of robber barons, he was the son of John D Rockefeller jnr, who developed New York’s Rockefeller Center, and was the last living grandson of oil tycoon John D Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil and the family dynasty.

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  • Tiger Woods' new book paints a grim picture of racism endemic in golf

    It is sad a reminder of Tiger Woods’s brilliance arrives at a point when his career has never been clouded in more doubt. With little over a fortnight to go until the Masters, the 41-year-old still cannot confirm his participation as he battles recurring back problems. Still, there was an upbeat Woods in Manhattan on Monday as he launched The 1997 Masters: My Story. Woods’s decline has not diminished the level of focus on his every move as exhibited by disappointment at the book store when fans were limited to one copy per person. Twenty years ago Woods was not so much at the peak of his powers as offering a sign of things to come. He prevailed at Augusta by a dozen shots to claim his first major,

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