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  • Inquiry showed once gung-ho Taoiseach to be a weak performer

    IMAGINE for a moment that it is April 2007 and the leaders of Fine Gael and Labour are hosting a joint press conference. It is two weeks before the general election and they have just announced their intention, if elected, to put us on a surer economic footing. Enda Kenny and Pat Rabbitte tell the assembled journalists that it would be their intention to widen our tax base by introducing a property tax and water charges, and that they are planning to introduce a law to stop Irish people buying property in utterly daft locations, either here or abroad, in an effort to save them for themselves. Remember how, back then during his long period in opposition, Enda Kenny, often seemed to be hanging on to the Fine Gael leadership by the skin of his teeth.

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  • Galway pensioner wins battle with bank over 1975 deposit

    A Galway pensioner has won her battle with Ulster Bank to honour a lodgement made by her late husband more than 40 years ago. Teresa Scahill (89) spent two years trying to access the money after finding a receipt for a £1,000 punts deposit when going through old documents at her home in Dunmore, Co Galway.

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  • Guy Ritchie and Jacqui Ainsley marry in star-studded ceremony

    Director Guy Ritchie has married his long-term girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley. He said ‘I do’ to 33-year-old model Jacqui at their country home in Wiltshire. Jacqui’s stepsons David Banda and Rocco, from Guy’s marriage to singer Madonna, were also in the photo. Both David and Victoria Beckham took to their social media accounts to congratulate the couple. q
  • Aldi set to pay €7,500 to girl after store manager's 'tinker' remark

    An instruction by an Aldi store manager to a security guard “to keep an eye on the tinkers in aisle three” yesterday cost the German retailer €7,500. At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Keys approved the award to a 17-year-old Traveller girl arising from the incident at the Aldi store in Ennis on November 5 last. Patrick Quinn, counsel for the Ennis girl, said Aldi offered the €7,500 but has made no admission of liability in the defamation action being brought by the girl. Mr Quinn said the girl was at the Aldi store on Francis St with her infant brother, accompanied by an adult member of the Traveller community who was with her own infant son.

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  • Aer Lingus flight forced to swerve in take-off to avoid jet

    The crew of a Dublin-bound Aer Lingus flight had to take evasive action to avoid a private jet that had entered the runway while they were taking off. The Aer Lingus pilot confirmed to air traffic controllers afterwards that they had “enough room to take a right around the traffic” following the incident at Geneva Airport in Switzerland last Friday morning. Aer Lingus flight EI-681 had been cleared for immediate take-off while a British Airways (Airbus A320) was on final approach and due to land soon afterwards. As the Aer Lingus jet raced down the runway for take-off, an alert air traffic controller spotted a Cessna Citation jet about to enter the same runway and made a frantic radio broadcast instructing its crew to “hold position here”.

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  • Family who suffered past tragedies left in shock by deaths of couple

    When Jim and Marie Quigley moved from Dundalk to its rural environs, they named their new home after their son who tragically drowned as a child. Now, San Aidene (Saint Aidan) is at the centre of another appalling family tragedy, after Marie, aged 68, was subjected to a fatal assault there on Monday afternoon. Sources said that Marie (née Beagan) had been “bludgeoned” to the head and gardaí are satisfied her death came at the hands of her husband. The murder-suicide has devastated the Quigley and Beagan families, not least the couple’s four surviving children.

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  • Post worker stole €103k from savers

    A “trusted” An Post worker pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing over €100,000 in funds from account holders, before putting the money back into their accounts. Mary Patricia Kerin, of Vernon Crescent, Westbury, Co Clare, was charged with 86 counts of theft and forgery totalling €103,000. The State accepted Kerin’s guilty plea to over a dozen sample charges. Presiding judge Tom O’Donnell described the case as “extremely disturbing” after hearing money had been stolen from “vulnerable” customers.

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  • Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez refuses to bite after Mourinho weight jibe

    Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez has said he will “only speak about football” after Jose Mourinho’s criticism of him and his wife. Chelsea boss Mourinho had hit back with a remarkable jibe about his rival manager’s weight after Mrs Benitez, Montserrat Seara, suggested she and her husband were going around “tidyig up the mess” left by the Portuguese at Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

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  • Why are we getting spam on Viber and WhatsApp as Gaeilge?

    Have you received spam messages on Viber and WhatsApp this month? If you have, you’re not alone, as these messages are everywhere

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  • 'EU exposed lie at the heart of Irish Water'

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been called on to urgently outline what the Coalition plans to do after Irish Water failed a crucial European test to keep the utility’s debt away from public-spending calculations. Members of the Coalition scrambled to defend Irish Water’s position after the Eurostat negative ruling added an extra €500m to the country’s deficit. The EU statistic agency’s criticism of the water-charging system also spurred opposition figures into calling for Irish Water to be abolished and for the billing scheme to be reviewed. The Eurostat ruling means the Government must include Irish Water’s debts on its public-spending calculations because less than half its funding comes from non-state sources, including the public.

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  • Hard Right

    *swerve* Last night. Dame Street, Dublin. Plate from Vinkovci, Croatia, foreign reg fans. Thanks Sorcha q
  • €4.5bn valuation for Limerick brothers' Stripe

    An online payments start-up founded by Limerick brothers Patrick and John Collison is continuing its rapid Silicon Valley ascent with another round of funding that values the company at $5 billion (€4.52bn). Credit card powerhouses Visa and American Express as well as venture capital fund, Sequoia Capital are among the investors involved in Stripe’s latest funding round. Although Stripe declined to confirm the exact amount of funding they received on this occasion, the company indicated it was less than $100m.

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  • Allen thought Soon-Yi relationship 'would just be a fling'

    Woody Allen thought his relationship with Soon-Yi Previn would "just be a fling". The legendary director has been married to 44-year-old Soon-Yi since 1997 but has admitted he thought it wouldn't be serious at the beginning. q
  • Ricky Gervais and Cara Delevingne lead pack of celebrities horrified by Cecil the Lion shooting

    Cara Delevingne, Ricky Gervais and Sharon Osborne are among the celebrities who have expressed their outrage at the shooting of Cecil the Lion by American dentist Walter Palmer. Walter paid £35,000 to hunt Cecil in Zimbabwe earlier this month. The 13-year-old lion was renowned in Zimbabwe for his friendliness, but was shot to death by the American, who was accompanied by local guides. Since then, Twitter has exploded in anger, and celebrities have taken to the social networking site to express their anger at the hunter and sadness at the loss of Cecil. q
  • Mission Impossible star beat vertigo and held her breath for six minutes for role of a lifetime

    Mission Impossible Rogue Nation is almost ready to explode into cinemas and while it's definitely a Tom Cruise film it's a little-known Swedish actress who steals the spotlight. 31-year-old Rebecca Ferguson only has a couple of feature credits to her name (including a part in 2014's Hercules) but there's no doubt that she's going to be a star, bringing a huge amount of presence and energy to her part as the mysterious Ilsa Faust. It all started with the training and the stunt support team which works with co-star Tom Cruise: "Vertigo training – so they’d put me in a harness and pull me up a meter and work themselves up." And she also had backup if she ever felt like she wasn't able for a stunt: "I knew I had this great stunt team and stunt double Lucy who is incredible. q
  • EastEnders’ Richard Blackwood reveals Claudette Hubbard’s gangster roots

    EastEnders star Richard Blackwood has revealed Vincent Hubbard’s mother Claudette is responsible for making him the villain he is. Teachers star Ellen Thomas joined the BBC soap earlier this year as Vincent’s mum Claudette, and Richard has told Inside Soap viewers will soon see that she has shaped his character’s dark side. Richard said: “I want to know what made him go dark.

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  • Arsenal Transfer News: Wenger's shock Barca plot, striker signing, five-year deal offered - Irish Daily Star

    Arsene Wenger is considering an ambitious move for Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, according to Spanish daily Sport. The Arsenal boss is on the lookout for a new defensive midfielder and it is claimed he sees the Barca star as offering more to the team than Francis Coquelin. Busquets recently signed a new contract with the Nou Camp giants until 2019. Arsenal have signed Dutch striker Donyell Malen, the Metro report.

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  • Singer to be jailed if he fails to finish community service

    A 31-year-old country and western singer who uses a wheelchair faces jail if he does not complete a community service sentence or get a medical report as to why he cannot do it. Daniel Coyle was jailed for four years and disqualified from driving for 20 years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of his cousin Hugh Donegan in 2009. Coyle was before Judge O’Hagan again yesterday after the probation services revealed the singer, of Clar, Redcastle, Co Donegal, had completed just 20 hours of the service. Probation officer Yvonne Lennox said her office had given Coyle numerous offers of ways to complete the community service but many had not been taken up.

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  • Three graduates sue Rolling Stone magazine over retracted gang rape story

    Three university graduates profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story have filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article’s author. The three University of Virginia graduates, George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford and Ross Fowler, filed suit in US District Court in New York on Wednesday, court records show. A lawyer for the men, who were members of a fraternity, said they suffered “vicious and hurtful attacks” because of inaccuracies in the November 2014 article, which was written by journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely. q
  • Exploration firms start bidding for new seismic data

    A number of exploration firms are lining up to buy newly available seismic data on key offshore basins ahead of September’s deadline for applications in the Government’s latest licensing round. Australia’s Searcher Seismic has completed a long-offset broadband 2D seismic survey covering three key basins off the west coast: The Porcupine Basin, Slyne Basin, and Goban Spur. A number of leading players — including Providence Resources, Cairn Energy, Kosmos Energy, and Europa Oil & Gas — are active in the area.

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