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  • 4 billion euros wiped from Irish government deficit

    DUBLIN, Ireland - Four billion euros have been wiped from the Irish government deficit, in one of the most significant changes ever. The underlying Exchequer deficit in 2015 has called from 6.1 billion euro last year to 2.1 billion euro in 2015. The dramatic improvement has been brought out by increased tax revenues, a fall in expenditure, and accelerating non-tax income. Tax revenue collected rose 5.8 percent ahead of expectations. In terms of year-on-year performance, tax revenues are up 2.5 billion euro or 8.7 percent. "Overall, the tax performance for the first nine months of 2015 is ahead of expectations, with a very strong performance across all the major tax heads reflecting better than

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  • Legend actor Alex Giannini has died at the age of 52

    Tributes have been paid to Legend actor Alex Giannini who has died aged 52. The star, who appeared alongside Tom Hardy in the new movie about twin gangsters the Krays, was pronounced dead shortly before he was due to take to the stage in Plymouth. Officials said Mack And Mabel at the Theatre Royal was cancelled an hour before the curtain was due to come up for the start of the show. His agent Felix de Wolfe confirmed Giannini’s death on Twitter. Alex’s most recent film role saw him portray US mobster Antonio Caponigro, known as Tony Bananas, in the hit film Legend. The Chelsea football fan has also appeared in the 2007 royal biopic Elizabeth: The Golden Age and has had numerous TV roles including q
  • Five-year-old boy beheaded in human sacrifice, reports say

    A YOUNG CHILD has reportedly been beheaded in southern India as part of a ‘human sacrifice’ witchcraft ritual. The five-year-old was killed after being abducted while on his way home. Tirumala Rao, 35, is alleged to have seized the child from a nursery in the Prakasam area of Andhra Pradesh in southern India, according to The Indian Express.  Following the killing, locals in the village attacked Rao, doused him in kerosene and set him on fire. He was brought to the local hospital with 40% burns on his body.  The weapon used to killed the child has been recovered by local police, according to the Times of India.  The incident came to light when the child’s mother went to the childcare centre and q
  • Video: Messi ‘watching’ the trailer for Ronaldo’s movie is brilliant

    Ronaldo and Messi chat during an international friendly at Old Trafford. THERE IS A movie coming out based on Cristiano Ronaldo’s life so far, and it looks quite good. Of course with Ronaldo and Messi vying for the title of best player in the world once again when the Ballon d’Or winner is announced in January, people like to think the two don’t exactly get along. The Football Republic have created this fantastic spoof video with imagined subtitles and it makes for very entertaining viewing indeed. Ronaldo will be in cinemas worldwide on 9 November.

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  • WATCH: 45 seconds of awkward silence at the United Nations

    ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu usually uses his annual speech at the United Nations General Assembly to raise the issue of Iran’s nuclear program and the broader challenge of Iranian meddling across the Middle East. As in past General Assemblies, the bulk of Netanyahu’s speech on Thursday was dedicated to the Iranian threat. And as in the past, Netanyahu’s speech included an attention-grabbing rhetorical device. In the opening half of the speech, Netanyahu cited several instances in which Iranian political and military leaders had threatened Israel with destruction. After accusing the UN of inaction in the face of these threats, Netanyahu stopped talking for 45 seconds and glared at q
  • Paloma Faith to blame? It's England V Australia in tweets!

    Then, at 3-3, Australia's Bernard Foley went over for the first try. Another massive blow to England's motivation soon followed... Bloody come on England. As England laboured to break down the Aussies, English fans started thinking outside the box. q
  • Poll: Will water charges be a major election issue?

    Anti water charge protesters struggle with gardaí at an event in Dublin last month. WE’RE COMING UP to the one-year anniversary of the first major march against water charges in Dublin. On 11 October last year, almost 100,000 people turned out in the capital to voice their opposition to the charging regime. There have been more well-attended marches since, but the latest major one drew a crowd only a fraction the size of last October’s. Many activists have claimed this isn’t an indication that the movement is flagging, and said that it’s the campaign of non-payment that will bring Irish Water down. But after the government’s climb-down on charges last November, has the issue gone off the radar q
  • Utmost respect to Michael Darragh Mcauley and Bernard Brogan for this touching gesture

    TWO OF DUBLIN’S All-Ireland winners have followed through on their promise to visit the resting place of the late Harris brothers with the Sam Maguire trophy. Michael Darragh Mcauley and Bernard Brogan visited the grave of Alan and Stephen Harris at Glasnevin Cemetery earlier today to pay tribute to the brothers who lost their lives in a tragic accident in June. Both were avid Dublin fans and Alan was regularly spotted at grounds around the country in his ‘Bluebird Dublin van’. Dublin fans paid a touching tribute to the brothers, as well as the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse, during the Leinster senior football championship win over Kildare at Croke Park shortly after their death. In

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  • McAleese: Church stance on homosexuality simply wrong

    Former president Mary McAleese has ridiculed the concept of 300 elderly celibates coming together to discuss family questions. Addressing a meeting of the Global Network of Rainbow (LGBT) Catholics on the eve of the Vatican’s Synod on the Family, Ms MacAleese said: “In the days when I was president, we had workshops on various issues and if I wanted to look at an issue, I would consult the experts... But look at the Synod, I have to ask the question: If I wanted expertise on the family, I honestly cannot say that the first thing that would come into my mind would be to call together 300 celibate males who, as far we know, have never raised a child... “Let me repeat a question I asked last year

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  • Two men charged over brutal murder of teen babysitter, after 31-year investigation

    Source: PA TWO MEN HAVE been arrested in the 1984 rape and strangulation of a 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl, whose body was found in the woods two weeks after she vanished, police said on Friday. Authorities said George Franz Shaw was high on methamphetamine when he raped and killed Barbara Rowan, a neighbour in the town of Bensalem, a suburb of Philadelphia. At the time, she used to babysit his three-year-old daughter. Robert Scott Sanders, of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania was charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution. A police affidavit said Shaw, now 55 and living in Florida, was questioned repeatedly by police after Barbara’s body was found, and investigators recovered tape from his q
  • How much was this 90-year-old woman fined for having a satellite dish? It’s the week in numbers

    Peg and her daughter Ann Claxton outside court today. EVERY SATURDAY ON, we bring you a selection of the statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed. 20: The number of years Twitter has taken on a lease for two floors of a Dublin building. €4.75 million: The cost of repairs to a Dublin apartment block due to fire safety problems that are leaving residents facing evictions. 16: The number of wheels on a Virgin truck Richard Branson rolled into town on this week. 12: The number of years Dubliners may have to wait for the revamped Metro North project. 120,000: The number of retweets on Edward Snowden’s first tweet within three days of him joining q
  • Defiant Jose Mourinho warns Chelsea not to sack him

    Jose Mourinho claims it would be a mistake for Chelsea to sack in him the wake of their 3-1 defeat to Southampton at Stamford Bridge. The league champions have endured a miserable run in the Barclays Premier League this season, and slipped to 16th in the table after a humiliating evening against Ronald Koeman’s side. With the pressure ramping up on Mourinho, whose previous spell with the club ended in acrimony eight years ago, the Portuguese manager refused to walk away from the job. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I want to make it clear, I don’t run away at all. “If the club want to sack me, they have to sack me because I’m not running away from my responsibility and my team. “I’m more convinced

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  • Mairia Cahill has joined Labour and is set to run for the Seanad

    Mairia Cahill speaking at the Labour Party conference earlier this year MAIRIA CAHILL HAS joined the Labour party and is set to contest the Seanad by-election. This follows the resignation of Donegal Labour Senator Jimmy Harte. A Labour spokesperson has confirmed to that Alan Kelly and Joan Burton have nominated Cahill for the vacant seat. The nomination is expected to be formally ratified early next week. Cahill was awarded the Larkin Thirst for Justice Award at the Labour party’s conference in February of this year. In tomorrow’s Sunday Independent she is set to write about her reasons for accepting the nomination. In an email to the parliamentary Labour party earlier this evening, q
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  • Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Peter Andre quicksteps to the top of the leaderboard

    Singer Peter Andre is top of Strictly Come Dancing’s leaderboard thanks to 30 points on the night for his lively quickstep with partner Janette Manrara. The 42-year-old impressed with his routine to Valerie, made famous by Amy Winehouse. “That was crisp, it was clear and I loved the little variations you put in,” said judge Bruno Tonioli. But fellow panellist Craig Revel Horwood had to find something to pick at: “I thought your knees were way too high in the runs,” he stated. However, even the normally curmudgeonly critic had to admit: “The timing was absolutely excellent and what a showman!” Former ballerina Darcey Bussell added: “You’re so light on your feet.” Meanwhile, head judge Len Goodman q
  • ‘If the club wants to sack me, they can sack me’

    JOSE MOURINHO WAS in typically defiant form after seeing his side lose 3-1 to Southampton at Stamford Bridge tonight. Speaking in the post-match interview with Sky, the Chelsea boss gave a seven-minute answer to one question, saying: “If the club wants to sack me, they can sack me.” Mourinho also lamented the referee’s failure to award his side a penalty after Radamel Falcao was seemingly brought down in the box by Saints goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and claimed officials were afraid to award decisions in the team’s favour. He added that it was a “crucial moment in the history of this club because if the club sacks me, they sack the best manager this club have”.

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  • After shrugging off a Tuilagi tackle, this is an unbelievable flying finish

    IN 2003, WE had slow-mos of Brian O’Driscoll to marvel at over and over again. IN 2015, Japan have Akihito Yamada. The winger produced this excellent flying finish to push the Brave Blossoms out of Samoa’s reach in Milton Keynes. Watch it long enough and you might even feel sorry for Alesana Tuilagi. Look at him there lying with a look of absolute anguish on his face after he fell off a tackle of a winger 14 kilos lighter than him. Here’s the highlights Eddie Jones’ men keeping their hopes alive in Pool B.

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  • Homeless families occupy show house in west Dublin

    The family at the home in Blanchardstown A HOUSE IN the west Dublin suburb of Ongar, Blanchardstown has been occupied by a number of homeless families. The group is accompanied by Anti Austerity Alliance TD Ruth Coppinger and three AAA councillors. The protest began at 3pm this afternoon in the Hansfield estate during what had been a public viewing of the show house. Speaking about the protest, Ruth Coppinger said that it aims to “highlight the gross injustice that that only private and Nama housing was coming onto the market at a massive profit in the midst of a homeless emergency”. Speaking about the fact that 10% or less of available housing is social housing, Coppinger said: This is simply q
  • 11 thoughts Twitter had during the second episode of Strictly Come Dancing

    The nation were treated to two hours of Strictly tonight and frankly Twitter couldn’t get enough. Here are some thoughts we all had throughout Saturday night’s episode. 1. We all love Claudia Winkleman, but tweeters weren’t terribly keen on her makeup look tonight. 2. Jamelia’s ‘bumping and grinding’ was slightly comical. 3. Jay McGuiness had a haircut and people can’t make up their mind whether they like it or not. 5. Iwan’s attempt at breakdancing was incredibly awkward. 6. Ainsley Harriot danced to a song that could have been written by the Cheeky Girls. 7. Everyone loved the umbrella that Carol danced with. 8. Anthony Ogogo’s dance routine brought back some nostalgic 90′s memories. 9. There’s q
  • One of Kilkenny’s most successful clubs will be playing intermediate hurling next year

    Updated at 21.45pm ONE OF THE most successful clubs in Kilkenny senior club history will be playing intermediate hurling next season after losing their relegation play-off this afternoon. Carrickshock, winner of seven Tom Walsh Cups and runners-up in 2010 and 2013, suffered defeat to St Martins at Nowlan Park today. Richie and John Power’s club lost 2-13 to 0-13. Meanwhile, O’Loughlin Gaels prevailed 2-15 to 1-13 in their Kilkenny SHC quarter-final against Dicksboro. In Cork, Sarsfields ran riot to book their place in the SHC final as they emphatically dispatched Erins Own 4-15 to 1-14. Now that the All-Ireland Championships have concluded, the attention has turned to the club championships and

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  • Give Me a Crash Course In . . . Longboat Quay

    Longboat Quay, where is that? In Dublin’s east end, on the south bank of the River Liffey. Longboat Quay is not itself one of the river’s quays; it’s a complex of almost 300 apartments on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, built in 2006. Why is it in the news? Dublin Fire Brigade this week decided that unresolved fire-safety defects with the building had to be fixed without delay and that failure to set out dates and a plan to complete the work could result in almost 900 people being evacuated from their homes. What sort of the fire-safety defects? Initially problems were found with the fire alarm, in both the common areas and individual apartments. These problems were resolved earlier this year, at a

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