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  • My disunited kingdom for an Irish passport

    Take it from a Brit living here: my fellow nationals have made a deeply reckless choice While renewing my passport last summer, I had a choice: I could either quickly replace the British one I had happily held since I was 18, or apply for an Irish one. I made some initial inquiries at the passport office, where I flaunted my Irish bona fides – Irish grandparents, proof of living here since 2002, an Irish wife and two Irish children. Myself and the guy at the desk shared the usual jokes: “Sure, you could play football for us, but a passport . . . I dunno.” We both laughed because, frankly, given how far we’ve come in modern-day Ireland, and because I was a European citizen, it didn’t really matter. q
  • Ooh-la-la! Mariah Carey stuns in saucy suspender outfit

    Singer Mariah Carey has always been very good at showing off best assets. And her latest fashion choice is no different. The singer stepped out in a racy ensemble in Las Vegas, where she was due to be a guest DJ at a club. Wearing fishnet suspenders, a leather jacket and corset-style leotard, she oozed glamour. Just hours earlier she posted a photograph of herself and her fiance, Australian businessman James Packer, on Twitter. The singer also delighted fans during her own Vegas show by bringing model and entrepreneur Blac Chyna, who is engaged to Kim Kardashian’s brother Rob, on stage. Thanks for the entertaining times, Mimi. q
  • Why does Boris look so sad after Brexit? This reader says he knows

    One reader's incisive comment has been widely shared as the enormity of Brexit is digested. The comment was posted underneath an article in the Guardian that reported on the crisis that Jeremy Corbyn's Labour is facing. Corbyn's leadership has been plunged into dire straits as a string of shadow ministers have resigned over their lack of confidence in Corbyn's ability to win a general election. This is the comment: "If Boris Johnson looked downbeat yesterday, that is because he realises that he has lost. Perhaps many Brexiters do not realise it yet, but they have actually lost, and it is all down to one man: David Cameron. With one fell swoop yesterday at 9:15 am, Cameron effectively annulled q
  • Brexit: Ten reasons to be fearful after Brexit

    Yes, you should be worried. And here’s why... Anyone who tells you that Brexit is not something to worry about is spoofing. It may all turn out for the best, in that it provides us with opportunities to exploit, particularly in attracting inward investment. Or it may have limited impact compared to the forebodings of doom. But a sober assessment of the available information suggests that, for us in Ireland, this may be very bad news indeed. How bad? Who knows? Some of the consequences will be immediate, even before Britain begins negotiations with the EU over its departure terms; and the others will only become clear as that deal is completed and then executed. But let’s pick ten things, in no q
  • BoI and Topaz appoint receivers at oil firm

    Creditor Topaz was main supplier to McCormack Fuels Topaz and Bank of Ireland have seized control of McCormack Fuels, the Sligo-based home heating oil and other fuels distributor with a turnover of €50 million. The fuel retailer and the bank have both appointed receivers over various parts of the Sligo company in an effort to shore up money they are owed from the business. Tom Lyons is Business Editor and Associate Editor of the Sunday Business Post. Lyons was previously senior business correspondent with The Irish Times, deputy business editor with The Sunday Independent and business editor of Newstalk. An award winning investigative journalist, he is the co-author of two books: ‘The FitzPatrick q
  • Tom McGurk: Brexit may have saved European democracy

    The Leave vote was the British people’s version of A Nation Once Again They should have seen it coming, but they didn’t. Once again the metropolitan elite have been caught with their trousers down. Something of a people’s revolution has been going on for some time now, and it’s been overturning all sorts of political establishments. It has already wreaked havoc across Europe. In the US, it has produced the electoral phenomenon of Donal Trump. Now, it’s ambushed David Cameron. Millions are deeply angry and frustrated with their political institutions and on Thursday in Britain they dropped a bomb on the great new European political project. Friday morning dawned on not just on a different Europe, q
  • Margot Robbie gushes over dream leading man Domhnall Gleeson

    He’s one of our most successful actors and Margot Robbie is just one of Domhnall Gleeson’s many fans. The pair starred together in About Time and are teaming up again for Goodbye Christopher Robin and Margot, 25 – who has worked with A-Listers including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto and Will Smith – says Domhnall’s charm won her over. “I learned so much about acting from him, probably more than anyone else because it was one of my first movies and also because he’s so genuine and one of the good ones,” she gushed to the Irish Sun on Sunday. Irish charm: Margot Robbie says Domhnall is one of her favourite leading men  He’s so unbelievably talented it’s insane. It’s really nice working opposite q
  • 13 examples of how the Ireland fans will be remembered for their time in France

    The Republic of Ireland are out of Euro 2016 - but Irish fans can consider themselves champions of the tournament after a fortnight spent winning over the people of Europe. The fans have been endearing themselves to locals and other supporters through random acts of kindness, their sense of humour and perhaps also a dash of Irish charm. In between matches they have sang lullabies to a baby on a train, changed a tyre for an elderly couple, and have had the craic with smiling French police officers. Here are just a few examples of how the Irish will be remembered for their time in France at Euro 2016. Frenchman Olivier Sauton, a 38-year-old author and actor who lives in Paris, said Irish fans are q
  • Patrice Evra: ‘All the Irish people should be proud of their team’

    France full-back Patrice Evra has said that Irish fans should be proud after their performance in losing to the hosts 2-1. Evra told ITV Sport: ''It was difficult, that's why I want to congratulate the Irish team because they were tough and it was a great game. They played a good tournament and all the fans and the Irish people should be proud of their team. "We knew it would be difficult, no one game is easy in this tournament and I knew it would be difficult today and with the win I am really happy with my team-mates but as I say I congratulate all of the Irish players. "In the first half we didn't play our football, so in the second half we said 'we are at home, we can't go out of this tournament q
  • "Thanks Dad..."

    EARLIER THIS MONTH, senior healthcare managers gave a standing ovation to say thanks and goodbye to Gerry Collins. Some knew him personally. Some did not. Regardless, he had touched the lives of everyone there – and inspired many more hundreds of thousands people he had never even met. Gerry’s daughter Lisa spoke movingly in memory of her father at the event but had a special message for him: “Thanks Gerry, thanks Dad.” What had this ordinary man done that was so extraordinary? Gerry Collins passed away in early 2014. This was not his funeral, but another way of honouring this unique man – who inspired many Irish people to extend their own lives by giving up smoking for good. Gerry’s story with q
  • McNamee case shows real cost of Revenue’s tax avoidance clampdowns

    “Schroders’ losses” took external expertise and years to unravel Hailed as an “extremely important judgment” by Revenue chairman Niall Cody, last week’s Supreme Court decision in the McNamee case shows the true cost of reining in sophisticated tax avoidance schemes. The potential yield to the exchequer in capital gains tax was estimated at €110 million, but “Schroders’ losses” – as it became known to tax inspectors – took external expertise and years to unravel. q
  • Dublin rental deposit start-up eyes up a Big Apple expansion

    Deposify to also launch technology in Boston by end of year Deposify, the Dublin-based fintech start-up, is launching its rental deposit technology in the capital by the end of the month and in Boston by the end of the year. The company is also eyeing up New York as its second US city. This will push out its product to a market with an estimated worth of €10 million in rental deposits between the three cities, said Deposify founder Jon Bayle. Leanna Byrne is a news reporter with the Sunday Business Post. Byrne was previously editor of The University Times, Ireland's largest student newspaper, in Trinity College Dublin. Under Byrne's editorship, The University Times won Student Publication of q
  • Dubai Duty Free planning new €15 million Irish Village

    New 20,440 square metre complex features kilometre-long waterfront Dubai Duty Free, one of the world’s largest retailers, is spending €15 million on a second Irish-themed leisure district in Dubai. The new 20,440 square metre Irish Village will be part of Dubai Parks, a new theme park which is set to open in October and that features a kilometre-long waterfront. Leanna Byrne is a news reporter with the Sunday Business Post. Byrne was previously editor of The University Times, Ireland's largest student newspaper, in Trinity College Dublin. Under Byrne's editorship, The University Times won Student Publication of the Year. In 2014, she was selected to participate in Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie q
  • Des Cahill elected Lord Mayor of Cork two years after losing business

    A politician who lost his business and came through the “difficult and chaotic” personal insolvency process was celebrating last night after being elected the Lord Mayor of Cork. Fine Gael Cllr Des Cahill, 45, said his journey over the last two years is an example of how things can turn around for people in financial difficulty. Mr Cahill, from Ballintemple, and who represents the south-east ward, was nominated by Fine Gael Cllr John Buttimer and seconded by Fianna Fáil Cllr Terry Shannon. Speaking afterwards, he praised outgoing mayor, Cllr Chris O’Leary, and called on the developers of the city’s stalled events centre to resolve the outstanding issues which are preventing construction work from starting.

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  • Twitter split over Ellie Goulding's Glasto set

    Ellie Goulding’s looks and outfit got plenty of love when she took to the stage at Glastonbury – but her music didn’t quite get the same. The singer performed a one-hour set on the Pyramid Stage, and fans on Twitter were divided about how she did. Most agreed that she looked great. And many thought she delivered a dazzling performance. However, others suggested Ellie was just “gap filler”. q
  • Ouch! Top Gear fans are calling for 'Chrexit'

    Chris Evans felt the harsh tongue of Twitter once again tonight, with Top Gear fans calling for ‘Chrexit’. The host of the BBC Two motoring show has failed to charm viewers since taking over from Jeremy Clarkson and co, and it seems the EU referendum has given the audience some ideas … Social media was buzzing with the usual criticism of Chris – that he tries to copy Jeremy and is too loud and shouty – but many viewers have started to stray into commenting on his clothes. The main question was whether the star was wearing the same outfit for every show. But while Chris is still getting the thumbs down, his co-host Matt LeBlanc is getting plenty of love. It has led many fans to suggest ditching q
  • UK ‘not a great place to be’ after Brexit, says Irish business woman

    Today, we are devastated. We all knew the referendum was going to be close, even though polling had suggested a narrow Remain victory. Like many I stayed up most of the night. By 4am it was obvious the vote was heading towards Brexit. The rest is history. The last poll of opinion of the Irish International Business Network, the largest global network of senior Irish business leaders and entrepreneurs was definite - 95 per cent of our members wanted the UK to remain in the European Union. This referendum, like so many in Ireland, was about issues that had little to do with the EU. In the last few weeks, it was clear that it was about trust, or despair. Mostly, it was about immigration. In some

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  • €150 to check in bag on flights to Lyon

    Some Ryanair customers, travelling on the specially scheduled flights to and from Lyon for today's match, have been charged €150 for a single item of check-in luggage. However, an airline statement on their website said these are hand baggage only flights. Despite this, customers booking seats on the extra flights were given the option to pay to check in a bag, at the cost of €150. A Ryanair spokesperson told the Irish Examiner last night that the cost was to deter people from checking in a bag: “These flights are hand baggage only and this charge was to deter people from booking checked-in bags.” Airlines and travel agents are experiencing record demand from Irish football fans desperate to

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  • McGregor could ask for stake if $4bn UFC sold to new owners

    Coach John Kavanagh has raised prospect of MMA star seeking equity John Kavanagh, the coach of Irish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor, has said he expects that the sport’s breakout athlete would ask for a stake in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) if it was sold. With rumours circulating of a $4.2 billion UFC sale, Kavanagh raised the prospect of McGregor seeking equity from any new owner. “Conor will have thought of this and I am sure, when he is sitting down with his new overlords, he will have that conversation,” Kavanagh said. McGregor is among the most popular fighters with the mixed martial arts promotion company, with 3.7 million likes on Facebook and 1.8 million followers q
  • Boy, 6, playing with gun kills brother, 4, at their US home

    A six-year-old boy playing with a gun killed his four-year-old brother by shooting him in the head at their home in the US. The Essex County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey said the children were at their home in East Orange when the shooting occurred at about 11am local time on Saturday. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly said the child was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4.26pm. He said the shooting was apparently an accident, and that the boy's mother, 22-year-old Itiyanah Spruill, has been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and a weapons violation. Bail was set at $310,000 and the mother was jailed, pending arraignment. A city spokeswoman q