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  • How the Late Late Show helped spark a cultural revolution after the ‘bishop and the nightie’ affair

    Challenging the authority of the Church was not easy, but 50 years ago this week, Gay Byrne helped spark a cultural revolution with the ‘bishop and the nightie’ affair, writes Ryle Dwyer FRIDAY marks the 50th anniversary of the bishop and the nightie controversy, which really turned out to be what could be called a game changer in Irish politics. The controversy was sparked by a piece of light entertainment on Gay Byrne’s Late Late Show, which included a segment imitating a popular American TV game show, The Newly Wed Game. This was where husbands and wives were each asked the same questions separately to see how closely their answers would compare. A £5 prize was offered for the couple that

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  • Refugee crisis: Putin’s Russia in race with EU to see which will collapse first

    George Soros says Russian President Vladimir Putin is out to to foster disintegration of the EU by flooding it with Syrian refugees fleeing his bombing campaign THE leaders of the United States and the European Union are making a grievous error in thinking that President Vladimir Putin’s Russia is a potential ally in the fight against the Islamic State. The evidence contradicts them. Putin’s current aim is to foster the EU’s disintegration, and the best way to do so is to flood the EU with Syrian refugees. Russian planes have been bombing the civilian population in southern Syria forcing them to flee to Jordan and Lebanon. There are 20,000 Syrian refugees awaiting admission to Jordan. A smaller

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  • Garda: I was rugby tackled after querying fare in Dublin

    A garda yesterday claimed before the High Court when he was off duty, he was rugby tackled to the ground by other gardaí, handcuffed, and arrested after querying the price of a taxi home. Garda Oliver Cully, aged 55, who has been in the force over 30 years and works on protection duty at Áras and Uachtaráin, said he was left sitting on a Dublin street handcuffed until a Garda van came to take him to a station. He told a jury he felt totally embarrassed to be sitting in handcuffs on the street opposite a pub which is a “Garda haunt”. He had queried a charge of €35 for a taxi to Lucan in after he had left a Dublin city nightclub. He told the High Court he had 10 months later done the same journey

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  • TV review 1916: I’m quite taken with Liam Neeson’s theory on the Rising

    The very name of this three-part documentary is like a proclamation. By calling it 1916 (RTÉ One, 9.35pm, Wednesday), filmmaker Bríona Nic Dhiarmada appears to be declaring that while the TV schedules are cluttered with commemorative programming, all you need to know about the Rising is here. Its landmark TV status is further burnished by Liam Neeson as voiceover and a a full-blooded, atmospheric soundtrack from Patrick Cassidy. While no documentary about an historical event can be viewed as definitive – not least because as an academic discipline, history studies is built on historians contradicting each other – 1916 succeeds superbly on two fronts: it is lucid, accessible storytelling that creates a vivid and vibrant image of the time; and its editorial viewpoint, that the Rising must be seen in an international context, is a convincing and appealing one.

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  • Family of woman killed in Dublin bike crash awarded €37,000

    The family of a woman who died almost three years ago after her bicycle collided with a truck has been awarded €37,905 damages in the Circuit Civil Court for mental distress and loss against an insurance company. Barrister Justin McQuade told the court that the late Louise Butler was 26-years-old when the fatal accident happened in August 2013 at the junction of Frascati Road and Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Louise had been cycling to work at the Avoca Food Market and Salt Cafe in Monkstown, Co Dublin, when an articulated lorry, driven by Stephen Bolger, turned left at traffic lights on the junction and collided with her bicycle. Mr McQuade, who appeared with Hussey Fraser solicitors for the Butler family, said Louise, of Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin, was taken to St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, where she had later died of her injuries.

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  • I’m homesick for friends who have all moved back to Ireland

    Irish expats love to flock together. Whether it’s Paddy’s Day celebrations, Six Nations matches or (more often than not) every Saturday night, we like nothing more than a few scoops with the people who understand the term “to have a few scoops”. Having lived in various European countries over the last 12 years, I’ve been lucky to have met a lot of really cool Irish expats from all over the country. I’m lucky to have never been struck down by homesickness. There was that time in Germany when I nearly fainted as I was shouted at for crossing the street on red, and that other time in Switzerland when I went red with fever as I was told I had stored my paper for the rubbish incorrectly. Even in Amsterdam

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  • Boy with no appropriate adult in his life is jailed in Dublin

    A 16-year-old boy has been imprisoned after a judge said she felt she had no option because of the lack of adult supervision in his life. Judge Melanie Greally heard that the teenager had nobody in court to support him, and has no appropriate adult in his life since his mother died five years ago. He had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary at The Avenue, Belgard Heights, Tallaght, on June 7, 2015. Judge Greally said it was with “deep regret” that she was imposing two and a half years detention. She said she hoped the “level of stability” he would get in a custodial environment would better equip him to deal with life on release. The judge suspended the last 18 months on

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  • Candidate with autism targeted with ‘shocking’ online abuse

    An autistic general election candidate and her autistic children have been targeted by vile online abuse which branded them “inbred mongolians”. Another sick online message suggested that if they “commit mass suicide”, it would free up resources for “the humans”. Outspoken autism rights advocate, Fiona Pettit O’Leary, who has Aspergers, said she plans to report the series of horrific private Facebook messages to gardaí today. But the West Cork-based mother-of-five — two of whom are on the autistic spectrum — vowed last night not to be silenced by the online abuse. “I am a strong woman and I won’t be intimidated or bullied by these kinds of messages,” she said. “I am not going to go into hiding

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  • Colossus Andrew Porter about far more than just raw power

    If you watched Ireland’s U20s take on Wales in Dublin last Friday evening then chances are that the sheer size of the Leinster loosehead prop Andrew Porter stood out every bit as much as the abandon with which Nigel Carolan’s offloading side played. An impressive performer on Ireland’s Junior World Cup team last year, Porter’s performances have had to vie with his sheer proportions for attention with Carolan saying late last month that the player was already bigger than most senior props in the business. So, just how big is he right now? “I’d be about 119kg, getting there,” he said yesterday through a broad smile. Word on the grapevine is he is breaking all sorts of gym records. “Yeah, well I

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  • Donald Trump: Refugee crisis may signal the ‘end of Europe’

    US Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said German Chancellor Angela Merkel was wrong to let in thousands of migrants into Germany and that the refugee crisis could trigger revolutions and even the end of Europe. “I think Angela Merkel made a tragic mistake with the migrants,” Trump told French conservative weekly Valeurs Actuelles, which said it was the billionaire’s first in-depth campaign interview with European media. “If you don’t treat the situation competently and firmly, yes, it’s the end of Europe. You could face real revolutions,” Trump was quoted as saying, according to the French translation. The 69-year-old property magnate also said Brussels had become a breeding ground

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  • Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Irish operator drops into red

    The company that operates the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise across Ireland plunged into the red last year. Documents just filed with the Companies Office by Herbel Restaurants Ltd show that the firm recorded the losses after incurring exceptional costs of €4.4 million relating to the write-off of an inter-company loan and incurring a €5.6m loss on the disposal of fixed assets. The firm — which is owned by Michael Herbert, one of the North’s best known businessmen and who regularly appears on various rich lists — recorded pre-tax losses of €8.76m in the 15 months to the end of March last year. It had profits of €737,426 in 2013. Over the 15-month period, revenues increased to €18.33m from the

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  • Pyongyang executes army chief of staff, according to South Korean reports

    North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported yesterday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader. The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding isolated North Korea after its Sunday launch of a long-range rocket, which came about a month after it drew international condemnation for conducting its fourth nuclear test. A source familiar with North Korean affairs also told Reuters that Mr Ri, pictured above with leader Kim Jong-un, had been executed. Mr Ri, who was chief of the Korean People’s army general staff, was executed this month for corruption and factional

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  • Engineer avoids jail over beating in Dublin

    An Egyptian engineer who says he came to Ireland after his family were killed in a bomb attack has avoided a jail term for beating his flatmate with a belt during a tenancy dispute. Garda Paul Newport said Mina Fanous, aged 35, had turned up at the apartment he had lived in and told the flatmate he had rights as a tenant before hitting her with the belt. His defence counsel submitted he had come to Ireland after his wife and child we killed in a bomb in Alexandria, although there was no documentation to prove this. Fanous, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Jiagua Chen causing her harm, stealing her Samsung phone, and causing criminal damage to her

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  • Wartime sweethearts reunite after 70 years apart

    An 88-year-old British woman has reunited with her wartime sweetheart after more than 70 years apart. Joyce Morris and 93-year-old former US serviceman Norwood Thomas laughed as they hugged each other after Mr Thomas flew from the US to the Australian city of Adelaide to reconnect with his long-lost love. “This is about the most wonderful thing that could have happened to me,” Mr Thomas said, in a reunion broadcast in Australia on Channel 10’s The Project. “Good,” Ms Morris replied with a laugh. “We’re going to have a wonderful fortnight.” She was a 17-year-old girl and Mr Thomas was a 21-year-old paratrooper when they met in London shortly before D-Day in the second World War. After the war,

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  • British MP criticises Enda Kenny’s ‘offensive’ Brexit comments

    British MPs have criticised the Taoiseach’s intervention in the EU referendum debate, condemning as “scaremongering” his warning about the potentially negative impact of a Brexit on the peace process in the North. The chairman of the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs committee, Conservative MP Laurence Robertson, described the Taoiseach’s remarks as “offensive”. DUP MP Ian Paisley said it could be counterproductive for the Irish Government “to try to influence in any way the voting intentions of people in the United Kingdom on this issue”. The committee was hearing evidence from Ireland’s ambassador to London Dan Mulhall on the consequences for Northern Ireland of Britain leaving the

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  • Jamie Vardy really hated his old FIFA ranking

    Leictester City's Jamie Vardy really wasn’t happy with his old FIFA ranking. The Foxes hero has seen his reputation and value sky-rocket as he spearheads his side’s improbable title challenge. So when his player rating was significantly improved in the most recent FIFA 16 update - he took the opportunity to make his feelings clear about his old profile. Not impressed eh Jamie? Better score a few more against Arsenal at the weekend to make sure football fans get the point.

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  • Woman robbed and assaulted by man impersonating garda

    Gardaí in Wexford are appealing for witnesses after a female driver was assaulted and robbed by a man impersonating a garda on Wednesday morning. The incident happened at about 6.25am at Corramacorra Junction, Murrintown, some 10km from Wexford town off the R733 road. The woman, who was making her way to work, was stopped by a man in a dark coloured Ford Mondeo car who was impersonating a garda. Gardaí said she thought it was a garda car because it had a flashing blue light. She was approached by the man who threatened her and took a sum of money. The woman was assaulted during the incident and required treatment at Wexford General Hospital. The man left the scene in the dark coloured Ford Mondeo,

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  • Beaumont Hospital asks patients to stay away unless an emergency

    One of the country's busiest emergency departments is urging people to stay away unless absolutely necessary. Dublin's Beaumont Hospital says it's instigating a number of measures to combat difficult conditions being experienced by patients and staff - due to overcrowding. Management are also asking GPs not to send patients to the ED except in the case of emergency.

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  • Probation for woman who rubbed dog faeces in child’s face

    A mother who rubbed dog faeces on the face of her young daughter and pushed her down a stairs during a five-year period of neglect has been placed on a probation bond. Garda Donna Egan told the child cruelty case at Ennis District Court of the offences committed by the woman (37) against her daughter - who is now in care - while she was aged between five an 10. The woman pleaded guilty to the neglect of her daughter in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering to the child’s health and affect her well-being between February 23rd 2005 and June 30th 2010. In one incident, Garda Egan said that the girl recalled a dog soiling the kitchen floor and being told to clean up the mess by her mother.

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  • Susan Whelan brings that winning feeling to Leicester City

    It is that sort of business, but just as Claudio Ranieri and his Leicester City side of previous unknowns are taking the Premier League by storm this season, so Susan Whelan, the club’s Dublin-born chief executive, is looking like quite a signing. Five years ago, when she was appointed to run the club, she had no football experience. Now, she is something of a seasoned pro, so to speak, and if a New Yorker cartoonist was to portray her at her desk, the turnover chart in the background would have one of those lines that has broken free of the graph and taken off up the wall towards the ceiling. Whelan started her rather circuitous journey to the top of the Premier League by working for her family’s

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