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  • Pay €2 or stop whinging: Michael O'Leary tells complaining customers

    Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary was  in top form on RTE’s Today with Sean O’ Rourke this morning when a discussion about Dublin Airport’s proposed second runway segued into customers complaining about seat reservation charges. Mr O’Leary did not hold back when the show’s host read out a tweet which critcised what the tweeter described as "Ryanair’s rip-off seating policy". Disgruntled passengers have been flooding the airwaves in recent weeks to air their grievances about the policy which can see members of the same family seated separately unless they pay for reserved seats. In a no holds barred response the Ryanair boss admitted there had been some controversy surrounding the seating policy but

  • A couple who disappeared 75 years ago have been found 'perfectly preserved' in a Swiss glacier

    The Diablerets glacier and mountain range. The Diablerets glacier and mountain range. A SWISS COUPLE that disappeared in the Alps 75 years ago has been found preserved in a receding glacier, ending decades of uncertainty for their family. The bodies were found lying near each other in the Diablerets massif in southern Switzerland on Thursday, along with backpacks, a bottle, a book and a watch, according to Le Matin daily. A DNA search has been planned to definitively establish their identities, but Maryline Dumoulin told AFP that police were “99 percent” certain the remains were of her grandparents, who went missing on 15 August, 1942. Marcelin Dumoulin, a 40-year-old shoemaker at the time, and

  • Last night’s thunder and lightning had everyone shaken

    Unless you’re a particularly heavy sleeper (and lucky you), you probably saw or at least heard last night’s spectacular storms. Thunder and lightning came in almost cartoonish proportions, proving that loud bangs at night are just as scary now as they were when you were younger. Even if you weren’t hiding under the covers quivering in fear, it’s unlikely you managed to get very much sleep. In case you either weren’t in the UK or Ireland, or *somehow* managed to sleep through the ruckus, here’s what you missed. The lightning really wasn’t playing about. A yellow weather warning is in place throughout the day for large portions of England and Wales, with the Met Office predicting a month’s worth

  • Young children crash family car after taking it for a spin

    Authorities in West Virginia say a five-year-old and a two-year-old took their mother's car for a three-mile ride before crashing it. Reports say the boys took the car from their mother's house on Monday. One child steered the vehicle while the other child pushed the accelerator and brake pedals. The ride ended when the car crashed into a ditch. Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said deputies did not find the children's mother until nearly an hour later. He said she thought the boys were playing in the front yard. The children were taken to the hospital to be checked out, but had no injuries. No charges have been filed against the mother, but Mr Deweese says authorities are working with the

  • Trouble sleeping? You need to read this before bed

    “There are few health issues that cause more stress and anxiety than sleep problems and few that are as innocuous and treatable.” So writes sleep expert Dr Chris Winter in the opening chapter of his new book, The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It (Scribe Publications). Dubbed as the sleep whisperer by US writer and entrepreneur Arianna Huffington, Dr Winter works with athletes and sports teams around the world to improve their performance.  He says he set out to write a primer on sleep - in contrast to all the technical, fact-driven books on sleep or the ones that offer you a hundred tips on how to sleep better. But starting by calling sleep problems “innocuous and treatable”

  • 'So, what are you?': BBC presenter under fire for questioning if Konta is truly British

    'I’m a British citizen, and I’m incredibly proud to represent Great Britain.' 'I’m a British citizen, and I’m incredibly proud to represent Great Britain.' BBC PRESENTER JOHN Humphrys has been criticised for questioning if tennis star Johanna Konta - a British citizen and Team GB athlete - is truly British. The 26-year-old, who reached the semi-final stages of Wimbledon last week, was interviewed on the Today programme on Radio 4 earlier. When questioned, Konta clarified that she had lived in the country for half of her life, and that she had represented Team GB at the Olympics. “We talk about you as being British, but you were born in Hungary, Australian citizenship,” Humphrys said to the British

  • ‘I’m proud of being an Irish actor’ says Cillian Murphy

    Cillian Murphy has managed to make his name in Hollywood and maintain his film integrity. Over a year since Murphy returned to Ireland from London, it appears he’s returning to his roots mentally too. Whether blockbuster or indie, most of his films, like 28 Days Later, The Dark Knight Trilogy and The Wind That Shakes The Barley, have been critically acclaimed, and his forthcoming film, The Delinquent Season by Mark O’Rowe (Intermission, Howie the Rookie), suggests that will continue closer to home. “It’s fine to look back if you want to retire, but I still feel young and I still have a lot of energy.” Indeed: not six months since the prolific actor fought against Nazis in the Sam Ellis-directed Anthropoid, he’s on the right side of history again as we meet to discuss Dunkirk.