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  • Fintan O’Toole: Irish people do not get to elect a government

    When it comes to Irish elections, the bloody obvious is usually wrong. The most obvious thing about this election is that, on February 26th, the Irish people will go to the polls to choose a government. And it is simply not true. We don’t get to elect our government. We elect a parliament which in turn votes a government into office. Once we’ve cast our ballots we have absolutely no control over this process. So when we’re told over and over that we must think very carefully about which government we choose, it’s a big lie. If that’s what you think you’ll be doing on February 26th, you are suffering from delusions of grandeur. The honest reality is that none of us really knows what our elected

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  • Kerry driver guilty of crash perjury

    A woman twice testified in court that she was injured in a car crash in Cork despite the fact that she was probably 100km away in Kerry at the relevant time and yesterday she was sentenced for perjury. Remona O’Leary-Quilligan, of 35, Hazelwood Drive, Killarney, Co Kerry, gave evidence in Cork Circuit Court on October 12, 2011, that she was injured in a car crash in January 2009 involving her husband, from whom she since separated. Judge Séan Ó Donnabháin dismissed that claim in 2011. The dismissed case was appealed to the High Court where Mr Justice Eamon DeValera also dismissed the action in February 2012. Questioned by gardaí in April 2014 about the evidence she had given in the two court

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  • Galway gardai appeal for information on missing woman

    Gardaí in Galway have appealed for information on the whereabouts of a 35-year-old woman who was reported missing last week. Margaret (Mags) Berry, originally from Co Mayo, was last seen on February 3rd in Galway city. She is believed to have walked from Salthill to Renmore, and the last signal from her mobile phone was traced to Renmore that same evening. It is understood that she was due to meet a friend for a meal and failed to turn up. Gardai are not treating the case as suspicious at this stage, but are keeping an open mind, and have asked for the public’s assistance. Ms Berry is described as 160 cm (5 ft 3 ins) in height, of slim build and with a sallow skin and freckles on her face. She

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  • Think of Connolly’s words before you vote

    Now that the General Election date has been set, and those elected will shortly pay tribute to those Irish men and women who took part in the rebellion of 1916, I suggest people should consider the words of James Connolly when he said: “If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. “England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole army of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs.”

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  • Hutch shooting: ‘I’d be afraid of me life, no one is going to say anything here’

    A crowd of about 50 people gathered at the corner of Poplar Row and Annelsey Place on Monday night across from the modern four-storey apartment block where a man in his 50s was shot dead. The man was named by local people as Eddie Hutch, a brother of Gerry Hutch, also known as The Monk. He was shot at about 7.45pm inside the block of apartments and duplex housing. Several residents from the local authority flats opposite had rushed from their homes, many in nightclothes, after hearing shots fired. Dublin gangland shooting 1: Portland Row, where one man was shot dead on Monday at 7.45pm 2: St Patrick's Parade: suspected getaway car found 3: Regency Hotel, scene of Friday's attack by up to six

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  • Homeless man who shares €1.5m fund seeks part payment

    A homeless man, who shares a €1.5 million trust fund with his sister, is to ask a judge to make him a part payment of €4,500 to “keep a roof over his head” pending a trial to determine his full entitlement. Barrister Paul Howard told Judge Jacqueline Linnane in the Circuit Civil Court on Monday that she had earlier directed that €4,500 be paid to Declan Heffernan to provide him with shelter during the cold spell over Christmas and New Year. Mr Howard, who appeared for Mr Heffernan with solicitors CN Doherty and Co, said the earlier payment had been used to pay for hotel accommodation for him but that money had run out.

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  • Garda attacked by pit bull terrier awarded €207,000 damages

    A member of An Garda Síochána, who thought he would die when attacked by two pit bull terriers, has been awarded €207,526 damages against the State. High Court judge Mr Justice Bernard Barton said in a reserved judgment he was satisfied that Det Garda John Leahy suffered an exacerbation of a degenerative condition in his back and left hip which required surgery after the incident. The State claimed it accepted the incident may have exacerbated Det Garda Leahy’s back condition, but denied it was sufficient enough to require surgery. Det Garda Leahy (52) told a Garda Compensation hearing that in June 2008 he was a member of the Divisional Drug Unit in Galway and had been patrolling in a car with Garda Orla Keenan when they noticed two known drug users near Wolfe Tone Bridge.

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  • A Limerick teen is standing up to cyber bullies with this powerful video

    13-year-old Limerick filmmaker/vlogger Luke Culhane has created a new video highlighting the need to #CreatNoHate on social media in a stand against cyber bullying. The video makes an important point - cyber bullying affects real lives. The powerful message is highlighted by showing the young teen getting physically injured with each message of online abuse. Luke is a 1st year student at Castletroy College, Limerick, and has spent over 40 hours on the video between planning, filming and editing the project. The video's release comes in time for Safer Internet Day 2016 (Tues Feb 9th) and Luke said his inspiration for the video came from having been a victim of cyber bullying. "I have been cyber-bullied

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  • Shane Lowry laps it up in Phoenix as 600,000 fans put on the pressure

    Darren Clarke might have missed Shane Lowry revving up the crowd at the Waste Management Phoenix Open but if the European Ryder Cup skipper was looking for a sign the Clara man is up for a fight in September, he got it on Sunday. The world No 21 arrived at the signature 16th making a late run at what turned out to be a tied sixth finish at TPC Scottsdale, and another raft of Ryder Cup qualifying points via the world rankings. With 20,000 fans at the 16th chanting U-S-A, U-S-A and ready to jeer him if he repeated his third round bogey, the Offaly star whipped a nine iron in to 15 feet and as chants to U-S-A continued as he hulked over the putt, Lowry stroked it towards the hole and dared to turn away, cupping his hand to his ear in expectation.

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  • Taoiseach and Adams clash over Dublin hotel attack

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called on Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams to clarify if weapons used in an attack at Dublin’s Regency Hotel last Friday were previously owned by the Provisional IRA. Mr Adams said the Continuity IRA had admitted responsibility for the fatal shooting in Drumcondra, adding: “They are not the IRA. The IRA are gone and their weapons are gone. Enda Kenny knows that.” Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald yesterday confirmed a second Special Criminal Court will open on April 4th and condemned the shooting, in which one man was killed and two others were wounded, as “vile, audacious and highly sinister”. Mr Kenny repeated his criticism of Sinn Féin’s call for the original non-jury

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  • Rudy Giuliani blasts Beyonce’s half-time performance at Super Bowl 50

    Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani blasted Beyoncé’s half-time performance at Super Bowl 50 as “outrageous” due to its apparent allusions to the Black Lives Matter movement and black power imagery. “This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive,” Giuliani said on Fox & Friends. Beyoncé’s single, ‘Formation’, brims with cultural and political references to the struggles of the black community. The video for the track opens with Beyoncé crouching atop a New Orleans police cruiser, up to its tires in flood water. A young boy in a black hoodie —

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  • 5 expert tips for perfect pancakes from a head chef

    It’s Shrove Tuesday, the one day of the year when many of us try and sometimes fail to make homemade pancakes. If you usually buy a ready-made mix, drop your pancake mid-flop or always manage to produce a thick stodgy mess, we’ve got some top tips from head chef at 5* hotel The Arch London, Gary Durrant. So you really can’t go wrong this year. Here are his pearls of pancake wisdom. 1. Pick a pancake style Almost every country and culture has its own version of pancakes, from a Malaysian ‘Lempeng’ made with banana and coconut, to a French crepe, fat Canadian pancake stack, or classic British pancakes served with sugar and lemon. The mixture for pancakes differs depending on the country’s readily

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  • Man accused of asset transfer fraud in Dublin

    A businessman has allegedly attempted to frustrate the enforcement of a €6.9 million judgment obtained against him three years ago by fraudulently transferring properties which could be used to satisfy the debt, it has been claimed in the Commercial Court. John Meagher, who owned the properties in Dublin’s Charlemont Street, is still their beneficial owner because he provided money to a man to buy them in a rushed off-market transaction before a bank moved against Mr Meagher over his debt, it claimed. Charlefort Investments Ltd, which is part of property developers, the Clancourt Group, says in December 2014, one of its related companies took legal assignment of the €6.9m judgment obtained against Mr Meagher by Danske Bank in February 2013.

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  • The Survivalist: The Irish sci-fi about to hit the big screen

    An Irish sci-fi script was chosen as one the hottest in Hollywood in 2012. As it hits the big screen this week, Ed Power talks to its writer and star ACH December, a countdown of the year’s hottest new movie scripts is circulated around Hollywood. Argo, Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech are among the smashes to have featured on the quasi-mythical ‘Black List’. Should The Revenant win best picture at the Oscars this month, it will be fourth Black List pick to claim the accolade in the past eight years. Behold the closest thing in Tinseltown to a crystal ball. The list is typically crammed with tent-poles and awards season bait. However, in 2012, space was found for a low-key science fiction

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  • Labour senator calls for Oireachtas dress code

    A Labour senator has called for an Oireachtas dress code to be introduced following the general election due to the “unprofessional” attire of some deputies. Senator Lorraine Higgins said it was “unacceptable that members of Dáil and Seanad Éireann would enter the chambers of our national parliament dressed in unsuitable attire”. “In 2011, the Oireachtas Committee on Procedures and Privileges drafted a proposal requesting TDs and Senators wear ‘appropriate business attire’ in their function as legislators. This has clearly not been heeded and a small cohort of deputies continue to dress in an unprofessional manner, unbefitting of our national parliament. “I am calling today on the Taoiseach and

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  • Professor Green on his new documentary and why he's seen 'both sides of the coin'

    Professor Green has said his latest documentary on homelessness made him realise that he “no idea of the severity of the situation” or how “difficult it is to get out that situation when you find yourself in it”. The BBC Three documentary titled Professor Green: Hidden And Homeless, sees the singer, whose real name is Stephen Manderson, tackle the issue of homelessness among young people in the United Kingdom. He meets and spends time with people who have found themselves living on the streets or who are ‘sofa surfing’ and living in temporary accommodation. He told the Press Association: “The common misconception, there’s a massive misrepresentation of the homeless and that is just that they

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  • Man who slept outside Burton office to face fitness-to-plead hearing

    A man, who was one of the homeless people prevented from sleeping outside a building used by Tánaiste Joan Burton’s department, is to face a fitness-to-plead hearing, a court has ordered. Patrick O’Sullivan, aged 41, who spent more 20 years as a long-stay patient with severe mental illness before being released from care, had been sleeping rough outside Gandon House on Amien St, in Dublin’s city centre, which is used by the Department of Social Protection. The privately owned building has been leased by the Office of Public Works on behalf of the State. Mr O’Sullivan is currently before Dublin District Court on minor public order and assault charges and has been allowed a preliminary hearing to determine if he is fit to plead.

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  • Oil to stay low ‘for 10 years’ according to Vitol Group chief executive Ian Taylor

    Oil prices will stay low for up to 10 years as Chinese economic growth slows and the US shale industry acts as a cap on any rally, according to the world’s largest independent oil-trading house. “It’s hard to see a dramatic price increase,” Vitol Group chief executive Ian Taylor told Bloomberg in an interview, saying prices were likely to bounce around a band with a mid-point of $50 a barrel for the next decade. “We really do imagine a band,” probably between $40 and $60 a barrel, he said. “I can see that band lasting for five to 10 years. I think it’s fundamentally different.” The lower boundary would imply little recovery for Brent crude, the global benchmark, which traded for $33.38 early

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  • The end is nigh for The Good Wife – it’s still the best thing on TV

    Beloved US political/legal drama The Good Wife is coming to an end. Rumours abounded that it would conclude when its husband-and-wife creators Robert and Michelle King left at the end of the current season, but yesterday an ad during the Super Bowl for the current season confirmed that it would soon be no more. The Good Wife is, seven long seasons in, not quite what it once was. It’s lost some of its power-interrogating momentum as key characters departed (we miss your smirk Will Gardner) and the show became a bit self-parodyingly repetitive. And yet . . . it’s the programme that proved there was still life in episodic network drama and it’s still consistently sharp, witty, morally ambiguous

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  • Closure order served on Earl’s restaurant at UCD

    The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has served a closure order on Earl’s delicatessen and restaurant at UCD’s School of Architecture, at Richview, Clonskeagh in Dublin. The authority also served a prohibition order on Sheehan’s Butchers, Church Street, Caherciveen, Co Kerry. Both orders were made during January when the authority said it also carried out two successful prosecutions against Kelleghan Catering Food Stall, Main Street, Tallow, Waterford, and Millbridge Meats (butcher), Kilmacrennan, Co Donegal. According to the Food Safety Authority, the closure notice was served on Earl’s Delicatessen because there was “likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health”. The authority

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