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  • Father jailed for eight and a half years for abusing daughter

    A father has been jailed for eight and a half years for sexually abusing and orally raping his 10-year-old daughter. The Central Criminal Court heard that the man (53) told a Probation Services officer that the pleasure he got from his actions outweighed his feelings of guilt. At a previous hearing, the court heard that since his conviction, the man apologised to the victim for not admitting to his crimes and for putting her through the painful experience of a trial. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted of three counts of sexually assaulting his daughter and three counts of orally raping her on three occasions between February 1994 and September 1996. She was aged between

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  • AA warns car buyers about new mileage 'lowballing' scam

    THE AA HAS warned prospective car buyers to be wary of a scam whereby unscrupulous sellers significantly lower the mileage on a car to it can pass its NCT, before raising it slightly to get a good sale price afterwards. This “lowballing” scam would lead motorists to being duped into paying over the odds for cars that have significantly more mileage on the clock. This is “harder to detect than simply reducing the mileage”, according to the AA. Joe Langan, from AA Car Inspections explained: “During one recent inspection, where a customer was interested in buying a three-year-old car with 30,000 miles previously registered in the UK, a background check found that the car’s mileage had been recorded q
  • Penneys deny 'taking inspiration' from Irish designer

    Penneys/Primark have denied "taking inspiration" from Irish designer, Zoel Carol Wong. Dublin based designer, Zoe Carol Wong founded contemporary womenswear brand, Zoe Carol back in 2012. Since it’s launch, the brand has gone from strength to strength and is currently stocked high profile stores such as the Kilkenny Shop, Atelier 27 and Só Collective. Earlier this week, Carol received a photograph of a top in Penneys from a friend. A top that she claims looks exactly like a top featured in her 2016 spring/summer collection. See for yourself: The image on the left is Carol’s design, the image on the right is the top currently stocked in Penneys. Since then, the Galway-raised designer penned an

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  • Tasmanian tiger ‘sightings’ prompt searches in Australia

    “Plausible” possible sightings of a Tasmanian tiger in north Queensland have prompted scientists to undertake a search for the species thought to have died out more than 80 years ago. The last thylacine is thought to have died in Hobart zoo in 1936, and it is widely believed to have become extinct on mainland Australia at least 2,000 years ago. Recent eyewitness accounts of potential thylacines in far north Queensland have spurred scientists from James Cook University to launch a search for the animal long considered extinct. Prof Bill Laurance said he had spoken at length to two people about animals they had seen in Cape York peninsula that could potentially be thylacines, and that they had given plausible and detailed descriptions.

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  • Poll: Do you think the EU is good for Ireland?

    IT IS SIXTY years since the landmark Treaty of Rome, which brought about the creation of the European Economic Community, and therefore its successor, the European Union. This morning, MEPs Nessa Childers and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan have discussed the merits of the union on its 60th anniversary, with Flanagan suggesting the Nice and Lisbon treaties were the stimulus for the issues the EU currently faces (Brexit being the standout), and Childers arguing that the benefits of the European project are easily forgotten with undue focus placed on its shortcomings. But do you think the EU remains a force for good from Ireland’s point-of-view? We’re asking: Do you think membership of the EU is good for q
  • The 5 at 5: Tuesday

    Buddhist monks walk on the Mekong river's bank in Vientiane, Laos (2012). Buddhist monks walk on the Mekong river's bank in Vientiane, Laos (2012). EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day. 1. #WATER CHARGES: Those who “willfully” waste water will face prosecution under proposed new plans. 2. #GARDA COMMISSIONER: Fine Gael have confirmed they’ve confidence in Nóirín O’Sullivan, while Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin have taken the opposite stance. 3. #ASSAULT: Two inmates in Mountjoy Prison have been injured in an attack this morning. 4. #POOLBEG BRIDGE: 34 infrastructure projects across 15 local authorities have been given the green q
  • Bridge to Poolbeg among 34 infrastructure projects worth €226 million given green light

    A TOTAL OF 34 strategic infrastructure projects across 15 local authorities have been given the green light by Government, it was announced today. The projects will cost a total of €226 million with the Government hoping they will result in 23,000 additional homes being delivered by 2021. The projects are aimed at delivering vital infrastructure to areas which would allow homes to be built there, and will be financed by the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF). As part of the Government’s Housing Action Plan, €150 million was to be released by the Exchequer to finance these type of projects (with local authorities providing €50 million themselves). Local authorities had to submit q
  • Bus Éireann dispute based on false business premise

    Why do we expect Bus Éireann to be a commercial entity? We don’t expect the fire brigade to generate a profit. We don’t require our national police force to make money. We don’t insist on the Coast Guard recording a handsome return year after year. Why? Because these are public services and we all agree that they exist for the common good, for the benefit of our society. Why, then, would public transport be any different? Why are we talking about Bus Éireann, the company in danger of insolvency, instead of Bus Éireann, the grossly mismanaged public service? And why do we focus on striking staff instead of looking closely at the antediluvian management practices that keep Bus Éireann and CIE as

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  • Irish situation to be explicitly recognised in Brexit move

    Irish officials expect the letter from the British prime minister Theresa May to the EU, triggering the article 50 process to leave the union, will contain explicit reference to the need to maintain an open border between the Republic and the North, and that this priority will be underlined later this week when European Council president Donald Tusk sends out the draft negotiating mandate to member states on Friday. However, while the maintenance of the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK has encountered little if any opposition in the Government’s campaign so far, the shape of a likely customs border will not be certain until much later in the negotiation process. Much will depend

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  • 'Something has to be done': McCormack misses out on medal to Turkey's Kenyan-born runners

    NOT FOR THE first time, Fionnuala McCormack was unable to hide her disappointment and frustration after being denied a medal by Turkey’s two Kenyan-born athletes at the European Cross Country Championships. Yasemin Can and Meryem Akda — both of whom have neither lived nor trained in the country they represent — stormed to gold and silver respectively in Chia, with McCormack coming home in fifth in a time of 25:28. The Wicklow runner, the winner of this event in Velenje in 2011 and Budapest in 2012, was in contention for a bronze for much of the race but faded in the closing stages to cross 42 seconds behind Can. “The whole race was a bit of a blur and that’s probably what disappoints me,” she q
  • Donald Trump’s boyhood home in NY sells for over $2m

    President Donald Trump’s childhood home in Queens, New York, has been sold, in a deal made by a lawyer who specialises in real estate investments made by overseas Chinese buyers. The identity of the purchaser, who paid more than $2 million for the modest Tudor-style home, was obscured behind a recently created limited liability corporation, Trump Birth House. The sale closed March 23rd. In an email, Michael X. Tang, a lawyer registered as the representative for the corporation, said he was not permitted to disclose any information regarding the transaction. The $2.14 million sale price is more than double the average value of comparable homes in the area, according to the property site Trulia.

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  • Want to feel old? Shaun Wright-Phillips' son, grandson of Ian Wright, called up to England U16s

    Ian and Shaun during Martin Keown's testimonial in 2004. Ian and Shaun during Martin Keown's testimonial in 2004. THERE’S NOTHING LIKE hearing that the son of a footballer you remember watching in his pomp is carving out a career in the game to make you feel old. Well if you think that’s bad, let this sink in for a minute. 16-year-old D’Margio Wright-Phillips has followed in the footsteps of his father, Shaun, and grandfather Ian Wright. The teenager is one of five Manchester City academy players to be called into the England U16 squad for the Montaigu Tournament in France next month. Shaun, now 35, plays in the States with United Soccer League outfit Phoenix Rising. The ex-England winger began q
  • Dog owner fined €2,500 for causing unnecessary suffering to her five pets

    A Tipperary owner of five dogs has been rapped on the knuckles at Cashel District Court for causing unnecessary suffering to dogs. The ISPCA discovered five dogs living in a filthy pen without access to water, food or adequate shelter at the defendant's property on December 7, 2015. The animals were all found to be underweight for their breed and size and two of the younger puppies had a heavy worm burden. All five dogs were signed over to the care of the ISPCA and immediately taken for a veterinary examination. One of the dogs, a Pomeranian, had an extremely badly matted coat and was covered in faeces. His condition was so bad that Inspector Lacey was initially unable to distinguish his breed

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  • Householders who waste water will be prosecuted

    The Oireachtas committee is to agree to prosecute householders who waste water and impose sanctions on them. Legal advice given to the members confirms the 2007 Water Services Act can be amended to ensure compliance with the EU Water Framework Directive. The latest report of the committee suggests householders who waste water should be prosecuted and have sanctions imposed. It says excessive usage should be monitored by district metering and satellite imaging should be used to identify individual householders who waste water. Excessive usage, it says, should be determined by the Commission for Energy Regulation. It is understood some members are reluctant to introduce a scheme where householders

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  • Larne man who stole fire engine admits leaving £1.5m 'trail of destruction'

    A CO Antrim man who caused an estimated £1.5m damage when he got behind the wheel of a fire engine appeared in court today where he admitted a catalogue of offending including criminal damage and motoring offences. During his drive of destruction in the early hours of March 5 last year, Larne man Ross Clarke not only crashed into the fire station wall, and six terraced homes, but also careered into seven parked cars and a lorry. The vehicles were strewn across the road - one flipped on to its roof - with the fire engine, its blue emergency lights still flashing, finally coming to a halt in the front garden of one of the houses in Larne's Glenarm Road. Residents were met with a startling scene when they were awoken around 4.30am by the crashing appliance, previously described by one lawyer like a trailer for the next Hangover movie. q
  • What to wear to work: dress codes decoded

    Remember when work outfits and normal clothes occupied two separate poles in our wardrobes? These days, the work/life style balance has evened out, creating a new era of workwear, with less of a separation between weekend and weekday clothes. With most workplaces having a more relaxed approach to dress codes, it’s opened a whole new world of sartorial options. What counts as workwear has changed almost as much as the way we work now. And it’s this lack of segregation and informality that has also been raised by an Oireachtas committee, questioning the attire of politicians and considering if the Dáil should adopt a dress code. Sartorial choices What we wear to work does matter. It influences

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  • Carpenter who fell off ladder fails in €60,000 damages claim

    A carpenter who fell off a ladder and injured his neck, ribs and back, has lost a €60,000 damages claim against his former employer. Gerard Hyland told the Circuit Civil Court that his fall had been caused by a loose hinge on a three-metre A-frame ladder. Mr Hyland, of Shangan Green, Ballymun, Dublin, sued Limosa Limited which trades as Extraspace, Clondalkin Industrial Estate, Dublin, alleging they had been guilty of negligence. Barrister Kevin Byrne, who appeared with Pembroke Solicitors for the defendant, told the court it was the defence case that the fall happened because the ladder had been improperly positioned by Mr Hyland, who had earlier received on-job training regarding his work.

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  • Reilly to referee Mayo game for first time since controversial 2014 All-Ireland semi-final replay

    Source: James Crombie/INPHO MEATH REFEREE CORMAC Reilly will take charge next Sunday of a game involving the Mayo senior footballers for the first time since the controversial 2014 All-Ireland semi-final replay. Reilly has been appointed for Mayo’s Allianz Division 1 football league game against Donegal in Castlebar. Mayo need a result to make sure they avoid relegation while Donegal are chasing a place in the league final on Sunday 9 April. Reilly needed a Garda escort after an epic match at the Gaelic Grounds in August 2014, with Kerry seeing off Mayo after extra-time. He received strong criticism after the match from Mayo supporters while Mayo players were irate on several occasions during q
  • Man (40s) who was arrested following murder of Nicola Collins released

    GARDAÍ HAVE RELEASED a man arrested in the wake of the killing of 39-year-old single mother Nicola Collins. Nicola was found with serious head and neck injuries at a house on Popham’s Road in the Farranree area of Cork City at 3am yesterday morning. The man, aged in his 40s, was subsequently arrested close to the scene and detained at Mayfield Garda Station in connection with the investigation. A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). q
  • Investigation underway after 'human waste' found in cans at Coca-Cola plant in Antrim

    AN INVESTIGATION HAS been launched after suspected human waste was found in drinks cans delivered to a Coca-Cola factory in Northern Ireland. Production machinery is said to have been clogged when workers discovered what looked like human waste at the plant in Knockmore, near Lisburn in Co Antrim, last week. The company have said that this was an isolated incident and does not affect any products for sale. A Coca-Cola spokesperson told “We take the safety and quality of our products extremely seriously. We are aware of an incident involving empty cans at our plant in Knockmore Hill, Lisburn. We are treating this matter extremely seriously and are conducting a thorough investigation q