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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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  • Watch: Bus driver crashes while looking at smartphone

    In case you need a reminder not to look at your phone while driving, this video could give you just that. The video shows a man driving a bus on a motorway - he takes his smartphone out of his pocket, and while he’s looking at it, he crashes straight into a vehicle ahead. Luckily the driver looks relatively unhurt by the incident, but his vehicle did not escape so well. The video serves as a shocking reminder about how quickly an accident can occur if you take your eyes off the road, even for seconds. 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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  • Taylor Swift gets broody as she meets new godson

    Taylor Swift has been introduced to her new godson by her pal Jaime King. The Bad Blood singer met adorable baby Leo Thames less than two weeks after Jaime announced the birth of her little boy. Taylor shared a cute photo on Instagram of her looking down on the sleeping little one while Hart of Dixie actress Jaime looked on. Jaime shared the same picture with the caption: “My loves meet. q
  • Water farce continues but the joke is on all of us, not just the Coalition

    The politics of yesterday’s decision by Eurostat are appalling for the Government. Last Sunday a Red C opinion poll put support for Fine Gael at 25% and Labour at 8% — or 33% combined. Add in Fianna Fáil’s 18%, just one point ahead of what it got in 2011, and the old two-and-a-half party system stands at 51%, or just over half of the electorate. My hunch is that a lot of Fianna Fáil’s 18% are payees too.

    Irish Examiner q
  • 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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  • Loyalists allowed to hold parade glorifying notorious UDA killers

    THE PARADES Commission has allowed a loyalist parade through a mixed community to glorify notorious UDA members linked to scores of sectarian murders during the Troubles. Organisers say up to 1,600 people and 35 bands are set to take part in the parade, which is due to begin at 7.30pm on Friday. In its ruling the Parades Commission said it received a "significant number of complaints" from residents following the first march, last year. "The commission has cause to believe that should the parade process without conditions, there will be an adverse effect on community relations," the parades body said.

    The Irish News q
  • Man beat sick dog to death in park

    A man who claimed he could not afford vet bills for his sick dog will avoid a jail term for killing the animal in a park full of children. A witness saw Liam Dowling, aged 44, swing the Jack Russell overhead by its lead and smash it to the ground up to 30 times as he crossed a park by Clonliffe College. Garda Shane Mengessidis said he was seen putting his foot on the dog’s head while it was on the ground and pulling the lead tight. Dowling, of Fitzgibbon Court, Fitzgibbon St, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to killing a protected animal at Clonliffe College on August 19, 2014.

    Irish Examiner q
  • Trump lawyer: 'Impossible' to rape your spouse

    Donald Trump was battling a PR disaster after his lawyer claimed it was impossible to rape a spouse by the “very definition” of marriage. The controversy began when Trump’s presidential-campaign team fired back after The Daily Beast published an explosive story highlighting decades-old comments Trump’s first wife, Ivana, made in which she used the word “rape” to describe one of their sexual encounters. Michael Cohen, special counsel at The Trump Organisation, responded by saying it was impossible to rape your spouse by the “very definition” of marriage. A statement released by Ivana herself, denied that any sexual assault ever occurred during her marriage to Trump.

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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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  • New era for Microsoft as Windows 10 is rolled out

    Windows 10, the biggest update Microsoft has ever made to its computer software, was launched overnight. The new software is the first to work across all Windows-powered devices, from smartphones to tablets and desktop computers, as well as Microsoft’s Xbox One games console. Microsoft is also introducing a new web browser — Edge — to replace Internet Explorer, while the firm’s voice assistant Cortana will also move to desktop computers for the first time. The much-loved Start menu, which was removed in Windows 8 to much public outcry, is also making a return in the new software, as the US-firm looks to modernise and appeal to a new range of customers.

    Irish Examiner q
  • Irish Water: Utility a persistent unmitigated disaster

    Irish Water has run from one controversy to another but now things have got a whole lot worse, writes political reporter Juno McEnroe. “Give it time — give it a fair hearing,” appealed Environment Minister Alan Kelly last November as scandal after scandal surrounded the Irish Water project. The confusion and criticism overshadowing the bonus-driven company; the rushed and muddled charging scheme; and the secret setting up of Irish Water has just got a whole lot worse for Fine Gael and Labour. Eurostat’s ruling that Irish Water has failed its test on being independent means at least €500m will be added to the national debt.

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  • Calvin Harris' 2002 nightclub photo shows he's really gone from geek to chic

    Calvin Harris may be pretty cool these days – dating Taylor Swift and fronting a shirtless campaign for Emporio Armani – but he doesn’t mind looking back on his dorkier younger self. The two are in Jumpin Jaks, a night club in Dumfries which closed five years ago, and Calvin sports a striped polo shirt with a T-shirt underneath. In 2009, when he hit fame with his album Ready For The Weekend, he was still looking pretty geeky. In newly-released photos for an Emporio Armani campaign, Calvin is pictured posing in tight black briefs and showing off his six-pack. q
  • 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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  • New aviation firm to take off in Cork

    A specialist British firm is developing a new business aviation centre at Cork Airport — a move which will boost lucrative executive and private jet and helicopter business. Weston Aviation has signed a long-term contract with Cork Airport which will see it take over a hangar formerly leased by computer storage giant, EMC, for its own private jet — opening the facility up to the market. Weston’s managing director, Nick Weston, said he was excited about the expansion. “We chose Cork Airport as our first international base for a number of reasons — key was the number of global businesses based in the region as well as the growing local economy,” he said.

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  • Hard Right

    *swerve* Last night. Dame Street, Dublin. Plate from Vinkovci, Croatia, foreign reg fans. Thanks Sorcha q
  • Irish economy back at 2007 size, CSO figures show

    The Irish economy grew faster than expected last year, according to official figures from the CSO - and is now at pre-financial crisis size. "What's interesting is that we've now recovered – the size of the economy is now the same size, or in excess of what is was in 2007," said statistician Michael Connolly.

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  • Second post mortem today on body of Antrim man who died in Ibiza

    A second post mortem will be carried out in Dublin today by the State Pathologist, on the body of a Co Antrim man who died in Ibiza 10 days ago. It follows complaints made to the PSNI by seven friends of 21-year-old Alan Drennan, that he was beaten by Spanish Police after he was escorted from a plane after his arrival. Mr Drennan, from Newtownabbey, near Belfast, went out with his friends after the incident but was found dead in his hotel room the next day. An earlier Spanish post-mortem examination concluded he had died from multiple organ failure.

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  • WATCH: In-pedal-ble Hulk as man lifts car out of bike lane - Irish Daily Star

    SURREAL these incredible images show the moment an angry cyclist lifted a car up and out of a cycle lane. The footage of a well-built man lifting up the back of a parked car has gone viral — as YouTube users applauded the man for moving a car which had parked across a cycle lane, blocking his way. The unidentified man was frustrated when he realised the vehicle had parked across the cycle lane – but was determined not to let it get in his way.

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  • Irritated Cara Delevingne is told to "take a nap" in horribly awkward interview

    Paper Towns star Cara Delevingne’s interview with Good Day Sacramento turned into car-crash TV as she became irritated with the anchors, who complained about her attitude and told her to “take a nap”. Things started off on a bad foot when Cara was introduced as Carla, but the interview didn’t get any better when the questions started. The anchors started with some pretty patronising questions about whether the model-turned-actress had found the time to actually read John Green’s novel, Paper Towns, or whether she was “too busy”.

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