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  • Iconic musician Tony MacMahon is planning his assisted suicide

    Iconic accordion player Tony MacMahon said he is planning his assisted suicide will have “a whale of a time” attending his own wake. The 77-year-old announced in 2014 that he was unable to perform live any longer due to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. However, speaking to Liveline yesterday, he revealed that after a battery of further tests, this diagnosis was incorrect and he was now in much better health. Currently in India working on a memoir of his life, Mr MacMahon said he was planning an assisted suicide, surrounded by friends, family, and relatives. “I’ve now decided on what the last chapter of my book will be. It will be on my assisted suicide but not in Dignatas in Switzerland in

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  • WATCH: Conor McGregor tells Donald Trump to 'shut his big fat mouth'

    Conor McGregor has told American presidential candidate Donald Trump to “shut his mouth” in regard to UFC matters. MMA star Rhonda Rousey lost her women’s bantamweight title to Holly Holm earlier this month and the US businessman was critical in the aftermath of the fight – calling her “not a nice person” on Twitter. The 27-year-old, who has flown to the US ahead of his Jose Aldo fight, was asked at Los Angeles International Airport for his thoughts on the criticism Rhonda received from Donald Trump. “Donald Trump was talking trash? I didn’t know Donald Trump was talking trash,” he said. “It’s easy for someone who isn’t in there to comment, it’s different when you are in there, the emotions are q
  • Christmas bonus to be paid next week, Burton says

    The Christmas bonus will be distributed to recipients next week, Tanaiste Joan Burton has said. Ms Burton signed an order on Monday allowing for pensioners, people with disabilities, carers and lone parents to receive a bonus of 75 per cent this year. About 1.2 million people are to benefit from the payments. The Tánaiste said this was one of the cruellest cuts made by the previous Government. The bonus was cut completely in 2009 and restored to 25 per cent last year. She said: “The people of this country deserve immense credit for ensuring that social solidarity remained intact throughout the crisis, when it fractured in other countries. “ That solidarity is based on a simple concept – that

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  • You'll never guess the 'deep, larger than life meaning' behind Kaley Cuoco's new tattoo

    You might know Kaley Cuoco better as Penny, from the Big Bang Theory. Kaley recently got a new tattoo, a giant butterfly at the top of her back. And when sharing the picture with the world, she also shared its significant meaning. Are you ready? It… “covered the last one”. We think that’s as good of a reason as any. And if you were wondering, Kaley’s previous tattoo was her wedding date. You can probably guess that the marriage didn’t go well. The Big Bang star, 29, also shared another snap. This one was captioned “note to self – do not mark your body with any future wedding dates #under30mistakes”. Sound advice Kaley. q
  • 11 killed in Tunisia as blast hits bus carrying presidential guards

    An explosion has struck a bus carrying members of the presidential guard in the Tunisian capital, killing at least 11 people. The blast occurred on the tree-lined avenue in the centre of Tunis, the interior ministry said. It was unclear what had caused the explosion, which came 10 days after authorities increased the security level in the capital and deployed security forces in unusually high numbers. Earlier this month, Tunisian authorities announced the dismantling of a cell it said had planned attacks at police stations and hotels in the seaside city of Sousse, about 150 kilometres (95 miles) south-east of Tunis. A luxury beach hotel in Sousse was hit by an attack last June that left 38 people q
  • This Morning's Phillip Schofield 'broke' his co-host Holly Willoughby by giving her too much tequila

    Phillip Schofield has “broken” his This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby by taking her out for a tequila lunch. He admitted Holly was less keen to party with him “these days”, explaining: “She had a bit of maternity leave, and I took her out for a tequila lunch – and now she doesn’t like the taste of tequila. “So I’ve actually broken Holly – but we’ll fix her, she’ll be fine.” Holly, 34, gave birth to her third child in September 2014 and took a break from presenting This Morning. Holly and Phillip will both be taking part in the Text Santa telethon on December 18, alongside stars including Paddy McGuinness, Alesha Dixon, and Olly Murs. Phillip explained: “We just love being together, it’s good q
  • Scientists think they know the reason why you feel so full (and tired) after a meal

    Feeling tired after that lunch? Gut bacteria may have something to do with it, research suggests. Scientists believe microbes in your gut may be taking over our appetites and dictating how much we eat. Their research suggests the bugs decide when they have had enough nutrients and send chemical signals to the brain that cause us to feel full. The findings, from a study of rats and mice, highlight the close relationships animals – including humans – have with the microbes living in their digestive tracts. Lead researcher Dr Serguei Fetissov, from Rouen University in France, said: “We now think bacteria physiologically participate in appetite regulation immediately after nutrient provision by multiplying q
  • Trad musician from Dublin jailed over cannabis offences

    A traditional Irish musician who travelled around to various festivals in his camper van was caught with €41,000 worth of cannabis resin. The 57-year-old Dubliner who admitted having the cannabis for sale or supply in Mayfield and at Kyrl’s Quay, Cork, was sentenced to six years with the last three-and-a-half suspended. Judge David Riordan imposed that sentence on Henry Nolan of 391, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin, at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. The judge said that there had to be a custodial element to the sentence because of the amount of drugs involved but in mitigation the judge took into consideration the plea of guilty and the fact that the accused had never served a jail term before. He admitted

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  • Meat consumption must be cut to avoid 'dangerous' climate change, experts say

    Everyone knows that too many bacon sandwiches are bad for your health. A worldwide shift towards lower-meat diets, which would be healthier for people, would also help close the gap between emissions cuts pledged by countries and what is needed to curb temperature rises to prevent the worst impacts of global warming, a report has said. The report from Chatham House recommends governments take action to curb meat consumption, which could include taxing meat and giving schools and hospitals incentives to push healthier diets. As well as causing the same level of greenhouse gases as the exhaust pipe emissions of all the vehicles in the world, increasing meat consumption is bad for people’s health and has been linked to cancer, heart disease, obesity and spread of antibiotic-resistant disease. q
  • Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael reveals Lady Edith will take centre stage in the Christmas special

    Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael, who plays mournful aristocratic daughter Lady Edith Crawley, is set for a starring role in the Christmas special. The show airing on Christmas Day will be Downton’s last episode, as the show wraps up after six series – and viewers find out whether Lady Edith finally gets her happy ending. The end of the previous episode saw Lady Mary walk down the aisle for a second time. But Lady Edith was last seen visiting the grave of her sister Sybil as she mulled over an uncertain future. Speaking at an orchestra recording of the finale, she told the Radio Times that she would have a crucial scene with Samantha Bond, who plays aunt Rosamund: “Today they’re scoring the final q
  • Cork solicitor jailed for stealing client funds

    A former solicitor was jailed for two years yesterday for stealing money from his clients to prop up his ailing ventures in the pub trade. “It is nothing short of outrageous to treat his clients like this,” Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. “He got this money in the course of his work and used it to pay for his bars. He breached every tenet of the profession he joined and he could have stopped it a lot earlier,” he said. Mark Cronin, 40, of New Street, Macroom, Co Cork, was sentenced to four years in prison with half of the period suspended. Four sets of clients, three couples and one individual, who were purchasing houses through Cronin, as their solicitor, had over

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  • Jose Mourinho and Diego Costa were 'screaming at each other' at half-time in Israel

    Everything seemed to be going well on the much-maligned pitch for Chelsea at Maccabi Tel Aviv – but apparently Jose Mourinho saw things differently. The Blues were 1-0 up at half-time in their Champions League game with their opponents down to 10 men, but their Portuguese boss clearly had other things on his mind – namely the performance of Diego Costa. It’s certainly true that Costa has not been at his best this season, and he was peculiarly static in Israel. This is the kind of thing that got Mourinho so riled up. And it wasn’t only Mourinho who was unimpressed. And it didn’t look great for Costa as the break progressed, either. Surprisingly, he did come out for the second half. Things didn’t q
  • Limerick school belatedly accepts father’s request for daughter to opt out of religion class

    A father has "welcomed" a decision by his daughter's secondary school to allow her to opt out of religion class, but she must remain in the class under supervision while the subject is taught. Paul Drury, originally from England but living in Limerick, told RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Monday morning, how Castletroy College had rejected his request last week, to allow his daughter, a first year student at the school, opt out of religious studies, despite her and her father being non-religious. After the Minister for Education, Jan O'Sullivan, spoke to school's co-patrons, the Education and Training Board (ETB) about the matter, and after telling reporters that parents had a legal right to allow their child not study religion in school, Castletroy College board of management called a meeting to discuss the matter further.

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  • Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan resigns from party

    Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan announced his shock resignation from the Fine Gael party on radio this afternoon. Mr Conlan announced his resignation from the party live on the Wider View Programme on Northern Sound radio. Mr Conlan has said he resigned because people at the top in Fine Gael wouldn't listen to him on North South Interconnector, which is an issue of huge concern to local people. A party spokesman told the Irish Examiner that he had no comment but it is understood Mr Conlan did not informed party bosses of his decision before he went on air. Mr Conlan is now expected to stand as an Independent candidate in the forthcoming General Election, and his departure will relieve party bosses of q
  • Janet Devlin: 'The X Factor is more concerned about headlines than music'

    Janet Devlin has slammed the X Factor as “more concerned about headlines” than music. The former contestant, who came fifth in the show in 2011 behind winners Little Mix, admitted she had not watched the current series but warned Simon Cowell that the show had become like a soap opera. Asked what advice she had for Simon as the current series continued to lose viewers, Janet replied, “I think take it back to what it was. I haven’t seen it this year but it’s very gossipy now. It’s more concerned about the headlines and the press. “When I used to sit down and watch it with my family, it was about, ‘Oh, that person can sing, that person’s good’. It’s like Emmerdale sometimes now. I miss it being q
  • Two men arrested after machete murder in Meath

    Gardai investigating the murder of a man last week have arrested two suspects for questioning. Christopher Nevin, a 27-year-old married man, was fatally assaulted in Navan, Co Meath, last Thursday afternoon. Gardai believe a machete was used during the attack that took his life. Two men were seen at the scene of the incident on Tailtean Rd, Winetown, and got into a silver car which was then driven off in the direction of Navan town. Mr Nevin was taken by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, but died from his injuries. Gardai had appealed for anyone who was at or near the scene when the attack occurred at about 2.15pm to come forward. The murder investigation has continued in recent

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  • Quadruplet lambs have been born in Cornwall (yes, in November) and they're adorable

    If you thought lambing season didn’t start til the spring, think again. The unseasonably mild recent weather means sheep in Cornwall have been giving birth earlier than usual. These incredibly rare and incredibly cute quadruplets were born at Olde House farm in Cornwall, only the fourth set in 23 years. All of this means an early Christmas present for fans of gambolling… …capering… …and, of course, frolicking. q
  • Star Wars fan? Try typing 'a long time ago in a galaxy far far away' into Google

    If proof were needed that Star Wars will try to permeate every corner of our lives ahead of the release of the new film next month, Google has kindly obliged. Just try typing “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away” into their search engine. At first you’ll get a mystifying starry sky a bit like this: Which seems nice, if a little pointless. But then… this happens! The entirety of your Google search appears like the classic Star Wars title card crawl. And we have to admit, reading it was actually more enjoyable than reading the prologue to The Phantom Menace. “Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute. Hoping to resolve the q
  • TV cameras are entering one of the country's busiest hospitals to reveal assaults on NHS staff

    Television camera crews have been granted access to one of the country’s busiest hospitals to highlight some of the tens of thousands of assaults committed against NHS staff each year. Footage set to be broadcast by the Channel 5 documentary – A&E: When Patients Attack – shows staff being spat at, a man hurling chairs across a treatment cubicle, and security officers dealing with a scuffle in a waiting room. The documentary charts security and clinical staff’s efforts to cope with violence and threats made by both patients and other visitors to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Footage from the 28-monitor CCTV network covering the hospital’s 33-acre site shows one patient becoming abusive after apparently urinating in a sink. q
  • Dunnes Stores in dispute over car park works at Square in Tallaght

    A dispute arising from the proposed €30 million redevelopment of the Square in Tallaght has come before the Commercial Court. The action against Dunnes Stores Dublin Company has been brought by Square Management Ltd (SML), which manages and owns the freehold of retail units at the centre; National Asset Property Management Ltd (NAPML), which owns the car park lands; and Indego, which has permission for redevelopment and construction of new buildings at the centre. It is alleged that Dunnes, which has operated at the centre under a lease since the 1990s, refused earlier this year to recognise a notice from SML that common areas including car parking spaces would be redeveloped. It is claimed Dunnes

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