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  • So… Katie Hopkins may have just won Ed Miliband the election

    With one tweet, Hopkins may have changed the course of the British general election. q
  • Germanwings co-pilot calm as he flew jet into mountains

    The Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin delivered a chilling account of the final 30 minutes of Germanwings flight 9525, concluding that the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, deliberately crashed the aircraft into a mountain range in southeastern France, killing himself and 149 other people. Robin’s shocking revelation was based on analysis of the cockpit voice recorder which was found by a rescue worker six hours after the crash.

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  • Conflict over events leading to death of teen from peanut allergy

    A pharmacist who refused to dispense an epipen without prescription to the mother of a teenager who died from an allergic reaction told an inquest the “dynamic” would have been different if he had known it was for her daughter. David Murphy told Dublin Coroner’s Court that when 14-year-old Emma Sloan’s mother came into Hamilton Long Pharmacy on O’Connell Street on December 18th 2013 to request the pen, he was not told it was for her daughter.

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  • Zayn Speaks Out About One D Exit

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  • Any threat to Saudi Arabia will evoke reaction from Pakistan - Irish Sun

    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asserted that any threat to Saudi Arabia territorial integrity would evoke a strong response from Pakistan. q
  • Ailing €14m replica Famine ship is worth just €150k

    The replica Jeanie Johnson famine ship, which cost the taxpayer €14m, is now valued at a paltry €150,000, with the visitor attraction haemorrhaging money on an annual basis. Significant water damage to the vessel was discovered in 2011 but was left berthed at its permanent position in the Dublin Docklands for a further three years before repair work was carried out. The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) claims it did not have the funding to dry dock the vessel for a number of years despite annual revenues of €30,000 being earned from the tourist amenity. Repairs of €50,000 were finally carried out on the replica of one of the most iconic symbols of the Great Famine, with taxpayers paying for €25,000 to €30,000 of additional work since then.

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  • Irish airlines require two in cockpit at all times

    Irish airlines Aer Lingus and Ryanair require two people to be in the cockpit at all times for the last number of years, while European regulations do not require two on the flight deck at all times during the flight. “The purpose of this is to deal with circumstances where a member of the flight deck crew may become incapacitated or security-related issues,” it said. The authority said the policy applied to all aircraft where European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations require a locked cockpit door.

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  • ESRI must wake up to reality | Irish Examiner

    For those who have chosen to believe that the economy would never emerge from its calamitous collapse after 2008, these continue to be challenging times, writes Jim Power. This week, the latest prognostications from the IMF and ESRI are pretty upbeat on the prospects. The ESRI is clearly concerned by recent suggestions from Mr Noonan and other ministers that Budget 2016 will contain a mixture of generous tax cuts and expenditure increases. Given that the economic cycle is now on a firm upward trajectory, the worry is that fiscal stimulus would just serve to push the economy back into overheated territory.

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  • Dublin man charged with IRA membership - Irish Sun

    A Dublin man has been charged with membership of an unlawful organisation at a late ...

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  • Passenger bus falls through sinkhole into underground river in Brazil — and then splashes to the surface intact - Irish Sun

    Passengers hurriedly disembarked from a bus sinking into a dirt road minutes before it was ... q
  • Property prices decrease for second month in a row

    Residential property prices have fallen for the second consecutive month in the wake of new lending restrictions imposed by the Central Bank. Despite this fall, residential property prices remained up 14.9% on an annual basis. In Dublin, the fall in February was even steeper, with property prices down by 0.7% in the month. Outside of Dublin, residential property prices were unchanged in February.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo wraps teammate's car in silver foil like his shoes

    Cristiano Ronaldo has played a prank on his Portugal teammate Ricardo Quaresma, by covering his car in tin foil to make it look like his new boots. The Portuguese footballer went at Quaresma's place in the recent media stunt and covered his car with a silver foil and sprayed 'CR7' logo on it just like his brand new shiny silver coloured Nike Mercurial football boots, the Mirror reported. q
  • Irish taxpayers foot €1m bill for firetrap apartments | Irish Examiner

    Taxpayers have paid out €1m to cover the initial cost of ensuring the safety of residents in the Longboat Quay apartment block which was found to be a firetrap last year, the Public Accounts Committee heard yesterday. The development in the Dublin docklands was built in 2006 by developer Brendan McNamara whose company has since been put into receivership saddling the State with the bill for repairing and upgrading the complex, as revealed by the Irish Examiner last week. Appearing before the PAC yesterday, representatives of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) — which is in the process of being wound down — told the committee that €1m had been spent to date, including on the provision of fire marshals and upgrading the fire alarm system. DDDA financial adviser John Crawley said that a dozen fire wardens had been hired at a cost of between €400,000 and €500,000 with the numbers gradually reducing from July of last year until last month as the alarm upgrade progressed.

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  • New rules mean boys will not leapfrog girls to rule UK

    A shake-up of the rules of succession to the British crown has now come into force, removing male bias. If Prince William and Kate Middleton's new baby is a girl, she will now not be overtaken by any future younger brothers. A member of the Royal Family can now also marry a Catholic and become monarch, but a Catholic royal still cannot be king or queen. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg confirmed the Succession to the Crown Act had come into force in a written ministerial statement. q
  • Former Coca-Cola chief in Dublin to oversee plans for Epic Ireland at CHQ

    Neville Isdell, the former Coca-Cola chief executive who owns the CHQ building in Dublin, says work will soon begin on transforming the underground vaults of the centre into the proposed €12 million Epic Ireland diaspora-themed visitor attraction. Mr Isdell, who retired as Coke chief executive in 2008, was in Dublin yesterday to oversee plans for Epic Ireland.

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  • ‘Gilmore is weak and may lose his seat, which would serve FG’

    Fine Gael has outlined the strengths and weaknesses of its own TDs – as well as their opponents – in internal strategy documents prepared for the general election. The constituency profiles, considered by the Fine Gael national executive this week, lay out the favoured approach by local activists, but offer blunt assessments of deputies and candidates. The document says the party would benefit if former Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore lost his Dáil seat. Dún Laoghaire, a four seat constituency, has two Fine Gael TDs: Ceann Comhairle Séan Barrett and Mary Mitchell O’Connor, along with Mr Gilmore for Labour an People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett.

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  • Rescued American soldier facing desertion charges says he was tortured during five years he was held captive - Irish Sun

    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban, beaten with a copper cable as he spent months blindfolded and chained spread-eagle to a bed. Tough military charges against Bergdahl have revived the questions and controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's decision to swap five Taliban detainees to secure his release, as well as the wisdom of the White House fanfare that followed. Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday with desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy. The latter charge as it applies to Bergdahl carries a sentence of life in prison. q
  • Good news! It’s not too late to get that summer body. Here’s how…

    With the days getting longer and the clocks changing this Sunday, we’re all getting excited about the summer. But if you, like us, ate far too much recently then read on because it isn’t too late to shake off that extra winter layer in time for the

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  • Row over Sunday home game for Northern Ireland

    Michael O'Neill and David Healy of Northern Ireland when they played Romania in November in their last Qualifier. Religious protests have been planned in opposition to Northern Ireland’s first ever home Sunday fixture against Finland. The national side have played overseas on a Sunday in the past, most recently in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Hungary, but this weekend will break new ground in Belfast. The Irish Football Association has been careful in the past not to arrange Sunday fixtures, and once had an article of association enshrining such a policy, but was powerless to act once UEFA introduced its ’week of football’ blueprint for the current qualifying campaign. q
  • Tanaiste: 'Deeply problematic' to take water bill from dole

    Tánaiste Joan Burton has told the Labour Party that it would be “deeply problematic” to deduct dole from welfare claimants who are unwilling to pay water charges. Mr Kenny’s comments come following an admission by Irish Water that the utility will issue thousands of bills to the wrong houses over the coming months. “The majority of people who have signed up as customers of Irish Water and will continue to sign up want to know that their neighbours, including the deputy, will make their contribution to the cost of production of quality Irish water in the coming years,” he said.

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