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  • U2 fan's furious fight for €1,900 Dublin gig tickets

    An American U2 fan, who paid a hefty €1,900 to see U2 in Dublin flew halfway across the world, only to be told that her tickets were “no longer available.” Brooke Bradley paid for the tickets through a secondary outlet of Ticketmaster International called in September, and was promised her tickets would be waiting for her at the hotel she had booked in Dublin. Following the 37-year-old's transatlantic flight and arrival at her Dublin hotel, she was told that the tickets were not available. Dedication: The fan flew halfway across the world to see the rock stars in action | VIPIRELAND.COM Needless to say, she was furious and did what you're supposed to in this situation - she talked q
  • Two jailed for 'savage' attack on passing cyclist

    A second year engineering student and an apprentice electrician have been jailed for a “savage” attack on a passing cyclist. Kenneth Valentine (27) punched the cyclist in the face and Richard McCudden (24) joined in with the beating when the man tried to protect himself by swinging his bike lock. The cyclist, Darren Molloy, told gardaí that he thought Valentine had wanted to know the time when he stepped onto the road and pointed to his wrist. Valentine, an electrical engineering student of Rosemount Glade, Dundrum, Dublin and McCudden, an apprentice electrician of Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Mr Molloy causing him harm at q
  • Social media has exploded over The Late Late Toy Show opening

    The opening of the Late Late Toy Show was an ode to Beauty and the Beast – kicking-off with a medley of the musical’s most recognised songs. Taking on the role of the candlestick Lumiere in the famous Disney movie, Ryan showed off his dance moves whilst singing a rendition of the film’s Be Our Guest. Although the Dubliner was praised for his hard work, it was little Luke O’Connor as Chip who melted viewers hearts. q
  • Woman gets protection from ex-husband who crashed wedding

    A man who interrupted his ex-wife’s wedding to her new partner has been prohibited by the Supreme Court from bringing any more legal actions over family law issues unless he has permission of a court. The man turned up at the wedding ceremony and denounced its legality and claimed he had appealed the divorce decree she had obtained when he had not, Mr Justice Peter Charleton said in a Supreme Court judgment. “The former wife is entitled to be protected from further nonsensical proceedings,” he added. The court was dismissing an appeal by the man over proceedings related to the break-up of the marriage and custody of their three children.  Mr Justice Charleton said this was the 83rd occasion when

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  • Phil Hogan: EU civil liberties to be restricted after Paris attacks

    European citizens’ civil liberties will be restricted in the wake of the Paris atrocities which have been deemed Europe’s 9/11. EU commissioner Phil Hogan emphasised that the Paris atrocities have now “changed everything”. Citizens can expect less privacy and more security from authorities following the attacks which killed 129 people in the French capital, he told TDs yesterday. Speaking at the Oireachtas European Union Affairs Committee, Mr Hogan said: “On civil liberties, in relation to the problems that we have across the European Union on security and migration, I think we’ll have — because of the actions of our terrorists — a little less privacy and a little more security in relation to

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  • Euro at seven month low against the dollar ahead of ECB meeting

    The euro fell towards its weakest levels in seven months against the dollar yesterday as investors speculated the European Central Bank will expand a stimulus programme when it meets next week. ECB president Mario Draghi reiterates officials will do what they must to accelerate inflation that has undershot their 2% target since 2013. The euro is this month’s worst-performing major currency against the dollar, apart from the Danish krone. The euro’s slide underlines the policy divergence between an ECB preparing to ease further and a US Federal Reserve that’s set to raise interest rates for the first time in almost a decade. Investors “should never underestimate Mr Draghi’s commitment to deliver

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  • Rita Ora opens up about painful split from Calvin Harris

    Rita Ora has revealed that she “wanted to crawl in my bed and die” after her painful split from Scottish DJ Calvin Harris. The 25-year-old was in a relationship with Calvin for a year, but the pair ended on acrimonious terms in June 2014. She told Wonderland magazine: “At the time… I just wanted to crawl in my bed and die. But I got out of it the other side, I’m surviving.” Their split was headline news when Calvin announced the news on Twitter. “To address speculation, myself and Rita ended our relationship some time ago. She is a beautiful, talented woman & I wish her all the best,” he wrote. The two have apparently patched up their differences as they’ve reunited to work on Rita’s second album, q
  • 5 pictures of 50 Cent that got us all talking including the weight loss and the stacks of dollars in his fridge

    Bankrupt star 50 Cent has made headlines again with a photo of dollar bills in his fridge posted to his Instagram account. The rapper filed for bankruptcy in August after a court in New York ordered him to pay $7 million (£4.5 million) to a woman who said he’d posted a sex tape of hers online without her permission. In court, the man known as ‘Fiddy’ – who was born Curtis Jackson III – downplayed his wealth saying he rents, borrows or leases expensive items such as jewellery and cars. But the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ rapper has been ranked by Forbes as one of hip-hop’s five richest artists. 50 Cent perennially makes news for matters outside of his music. Here are just five occasions Fiddy got us q
  • Katie Taylor wins first contested National lightweight title

    Katie Taylor has won her first national title in the ring. After years of earning her national titles without a contest, the London Olympic gold medallist scored an impressive victory over Tipperary's Shauna O'Keefe in tonight's lightweight final at the National Stadium. Despite not having her father Pete as her cornerman, Taylor had too much skill and experience for her 21-year-old opponent. Taylor won all three rounds comfortably to step-up her pursuit of back-to-back Olympic titles. In the other big fight of the night at the Women's National Championships, Michaela Walsh beat defending champion Ceire Smith in the flyweight decider. q
  • Tusla report: Migrants in low-paid jobs being ‘exploited’, warn campaigners

    Migrant workers in low-paid service jobs are facing shocking exploitation, campaigners have warned. A survey of those employed in restaurants, security, home care and domestic work found that discrimination is rife, with people putting up with precarious conditions, widespread breaches of employment law and chronic underpayment. The Migrants Rights Centre of Ireland (MRCI) said almost half of those spoken to are paid less than the minimum wage of €8.65 an hour and live on less than €300 a week. Gráinne O’Toole, a workplace rights co-ordinator with the group, said unscrupulous employers are stealing from vulnerable workers. “One of the most interesting findings is that most migrant workers are

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  • Amazon is clearly hoping to sell quite a few tablets on Black Friday

    There’s no harm in being overly-prepared. But for this year’s Black Friday, retail giant Amazon is very confident of selling a lot of tablets – if these new photos are anything to go by. That is a whole host of Fire tablets at the e-commerce and technology giant’s Hemel Hempstead Fulfilment Centre. The reason there are so many is that one of the firm’s Black Friday deals is cutting the price of the already cheap Fire (normally £50) to £34.99. But still, that’s a lot of tablets. Let’s take a moment to acknowledge the poor souls who have to move them around the warehouse. They must hate Black Friday, but they could buy a tablet for £35 – so it’s not all bad. q
  • Andy Murray's potty mouth divides Davis Cup final viewers

    The Davis Cup is no Wimbledon. That was the lesson most people learned watching Andy Murray defeat Ruben Bemelmans in the second match of the tournament’s final. The Flanders Expo in Ghent, Belgium, descended into a pit of jeers, whistles, trumpets and drums. It was more like a Roman gladiatorial fight. Or a darts match. And with all that passion flowing around – and after Britain going down 1-0 to Belgium’s David Goffin earlier in the day – Andy struggled to keep his potty mouth in check. Many viewers thought there was no place for such vocabulary – especially when it was costing Andy points and he was comfortably in the lead. More worryingly, we’ve seen Murray get riled before. And it’s often q
  • O’Donnell alleges ‘code of silence’ over use of funds from his estate

    Retired solicitor Brian O’Donnell claims there has been a “code of silence” by a bank-appointed receiver over what has happened to millions of euro from his now bankrupt estate. Mr O’Donnell, who also represents his wife Mary Patricia in proceedings over their bankruptcy, claims there has been “an omerta where we have been unable to get information from Tom Kavanagh [the receiver] for five years”. Mr Kavanagh was appointed receiver over the O’Donnell assets by Bank of Ireland which in 2011 after it obtained a €71.5 million judgment against the couple for mainly property related debts. Mr O’Donnell, in his latest High Court application, is seeking orders that Mr Kavanagh provide him and his wife with sufficient information to enable them comply with their legal obligations to provide a statement of affairs to the court-appointed official overseeing their bankruptcy, Chris Lehane.

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  • Mick Wallace claims in Dail rejected by Nama

    Nama officials have reacted angrily to fresh allegations made in the Dáil by Independent TD Mick Wallace  about the controversial sale of its Northern Ireland loan book. Mr Wallace accused Nama of misleading him over the sale and said one of its executives was “part of a cabal to seek payment for affecting the biggest property deal in the history of this State”. Nama responded by saying Mr Wallace’s claims were “utterly disingenuous and appear to be a deliberate misinterpretation of Nama correspondence by Deputy Wallace”. In the Dáil, Mr Wallace, who has repeatedly raised concern about the Project Eagle sale, named three individuals in the chamber under privilege saying an independent commission of inquiry is now required.

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  • There's a new Alien trilogy on the way

    Director Ridley Scott just can't keep his mouth shut these days. The filmmaker has been flapping his yap about everything from Blade Runner to his upcoming Alien prequel in recent weeks, and he isn't about to stop. He was in Australia for some chats ahead of the start of shooting on Alien Covenant and dropped the fact that it's the first of a new trilogy. "There’ll be another one and then another one. They'll gradually drive into the back entrance of the 1979 film." Inelegantly put perhaps but he sounds pretty clear on the particulars, and even knows that he's going to shoot all three films in Australia. That's a lot of foward planning, and maybe a bit of a nightmare for the screenwriters who q
  • Wladimir Klitschko: I’ve got heavyweight ego

    Undefeated in 11 years and 22 fights, and heading into his 19th defence of the heavyweight championship of the world since 2006, it is no wonder that Wladimir Klitschko exudes an air of confidence, but, once in a while, ever-so-slight cracks appear in his cool, calm and collected demeanour. Sitting down with the visiting media from Ireland and Britain in Dusseldorf ahead of his world-title bout against Manchester’s former Irish heavyweight champion Tyson Fury tomorrow night, 39-year-old Klitschko was quizzed a number of times about what motivates him to fight on. “This probably sounds selfish, but I have a very big ego. The champion maintained that “ego is the core of any successful person” and his answers were all in keeping with his methodical and driven nature that has led to a 64-3 record with the last of his three losses coming in 2004 to American Lamon Brewster in a defeat he later avenged.

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  • Excrement in plastic bags caused €15,000 of damage to flat

    A man who caused almost €15,000 worth of damage to his rented apartment by storing his excrement in plastic bags there for several months has been jailed for a year. Robert Kummer (36), pleaded guilty to a charge of intentionally or recklessly causing criminal damage to the apartment at Quay House, Fitton Street East, just off the South Mall in Cork city centre, between June and September 2013. Garda Lorraine O’Donovan told Cork Circuit Criminal Court how she went to the apartment in Cork city centre after the letting agent had been contacted by other tenants in the building who had complained about the smell. For three months they had been unable to make contact with Kummer, a German national

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  • I'm A Celebrity 2015: Here's how Twitter reacted to the first celeb leaving the jungle

    It feels like forever that this year’s celebs have been in the jungle, but the time finally came to send the first celebrity home. The public had been voting for who they wanted to save, and Ant and Dec announced that between Chris Eubank and Susannah Constantine, it would be Susannah who was sent packing. Most people on Twitter were sad to see her go. Then again, some agreed with the decision. And some believed that it should have been Chris to go. But perhaps the most surprising reaction of all, was the love felt on Twitter for Lady C. She’s been a controversial character throughout the show, prompting suggestions that she might be the one to go tonight. But the internet seemed to have a lot q
  • Skunk can seriously damage some of the vital nerve fibres in the brain

    Smoking skunk can significantly damage the vital nerve fibres which allow communication between the two halves of the brain, a study has found. Evidence found higher consumption of powerful kinds of cannabis caused more harm to fibres in the “corpus callosum” – the structure that allows communication between the brain’s left and right hemispheres. But what effect it might have on users, and whether there is any connection with psychosis – known to be associated with strong forms of the drug – is still unclear. Potent cannabis strains, commonly known as skunk, are thought to be the most widely used form in the UK today. They contain high levels of the active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) q
  • UFC 194 preview: Can Aldo ground McGregor?

    On December 12th, two of UFC’s most feared fighters will finally lock horns in one of the most anticipated clashes of the year, if not in UFC history. Aldo and McGregor will battle it out for UFC featherweight championship title on the biggest stage, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. McGregor may be the bookies favourite to defeat Aldo, but the Brazilian hasn’t been defeated in ten years and has successfully defended his title on eight occasions. Ciaran O'Flynn ( @ciaranoflynn2) from mmalatestnews.compreviews the highly anticipated clash. This fight has been nearly a year in the making now with the first fight originally arranged for July 11. Unfortunately for UFC fans, Jose Aldo suffered a rib injury

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