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  • ‘Rebellion’ and historical accuracy

    Sir, – The misrepresentation of Éamon de Valera in the RTÉ series Rebellion, as outlined by Siobhan de Paor (February 5th), is nothing new. We all remember how he was portrayed in the film Michael Collins by a sinister Alan Rickman, wandering around the west Cork hill farms like a highly strung version of Gollum, casting spells by his very presence. The poor man made the mistake of surviving. – Yours, etc, EUGENE TANNAM, Firhouse. Dublin 24. Sir, – I was disappointed that Bruce Forsyth, the Beatles, and Clyde, the orangutan from the Clint Eastwood film Every Which Way But Loose, were not included as characters in Rebellion. True, they played no part in the historical events depicted, but surely

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  • Wife facing six years in Italian jail for not doing chores

    A disgruntled husband is taking his wife to court for doing a shoddy job of the housework — and she faces six years in jail as a result. The fed-up 47-year-old Italian from Sonnino, has had his wife charged with “mistreatment of the family” on account of her “poor management of household chores”. According to The Local Italy, the husband has felt “insulted” by his wife’s negligence for more than two years, and has decided to hold her to account for her tardiness. Not only has he been “forced to live in conditions of poor hygiene”, but Il Fatto Quotidiano reports that he’s also been on occasion kicked out of the bedroom.  His wife, 40, will stand trial for these grave offences on October 12. The

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  • Micheál Martin finds FF posters hanging tough in east Cork

    As metaphors go, it was apt – the Fine Gael poster of a gimlet-eyed Enda Kenny urging people to “Let’s Keep the Recovery Going” gradually disappearing from the telegraph poles in Tivoli, at the eastern end of Cork city, and not even making it as far as the Dunkettle Roundabout and points east and north. It seemed to set the tone for the day’s campaign, coming in the wake of comments by Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney, brother of Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, which questioned how so many people had been “left behind” by “the unprecedented economic recovery” . The Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, was in East Cork and all the way down through Carrigtwohill, Midleton, Castlemartyr and Killeagh, Martin’s face smiled down from every pole, with Fine Gael limited to a sprinkling of posters from local TD David Stanton.

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  • Brilliant, cleansing bread soda

    Valerie O’Connor gets spring cleaning with simple ingredients like lemon, vinegar, tea tree oil, and lavender. If you’re trying to detox your environment, household clearers are some of the first things that need to be reduced. Should you let your mind wander to the amount of chemicals you inhale — and probably ingest — from your own home, you might find the Nutri-bullet, green juice is a total waste of time. On a trip to Lisdoonvarna last year, I was unfortunate enough (in the name of journalism I might add), to end up chatting to a young American who kept squirting hand sanitiser onto his hands and rubbing them while talking to me. This was unsettling, firstly because it made me think he believed

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  • Dope cheats changed the course of my life, says Sonia O'Sullivan

    Sonia O’Sullivan said her life would have been different if drug cheats had not robbed her of two gold medals early in her running career. The Cobh-born athlete said she would have been a double world champion in 1993 and a world record holder for the following eight years, with a much enhanced profile. “Having titles to your name, and the status, would have been huge, so in that sense it probably would have made a difference, but it won’t make any difference now,” she said. “The only difference now is the records and the things that are written in the books will be changed.” She said, however, she would be pleased to have the record put straight. “Just knowing something that you questioned,

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  • Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read This

    United States drivers are surprised that they never knew this. If you drive less than 50 mi/day, you better read this...

  • Eye on Nature: Woe betide he or she who fells a fairy tree

    ONE of the first stories I reported on more than 20 years ago as a trainee journalist was about a fallen tree. It had been partially uprooted in a storm and was lying across a footpath and on to the road. Pedestrians had to step out on to the road to get past and even cars had to swerve into the opposite lane to avoid it. It lay there for more than three weeks so I phoned government departments and the local council offices who all insisted that it was someone else’s problem. Finally, I put the question: "Was the reason that the tree had not been moved because the workmen were afraid of being cursed by the fairies?" Needless to say the response was met with bluster, derision and even contempt. q
  • Further bloodshed seems guaranteed in gang feud

    The manner of the shooting dead of David Byrne, and the motive for the violence that claimed his life in the Regency Hotel in Dublin, make his death one of the most significant events in gangland crime since the murder of Veronica Guerin almost two decades ago. The latest murder, at a public event attended by children and where cameras were recording the sporting proceedings and gardaí were patrolling outside, confirms that a simmering gun feud between two of the biggest factions in Irish organised crime has erupted. To understand the significance of the shocking events of yesterday afternoon at a boxing weigh-in in the Regency Hotel on the Swords Road in north Dublin, one must examine closely the killing of an Irish criminal in Spain last September.

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  • Yates: AIB’s pursuit of debt is vindictive

    Former Fine Gael minister Ivan Yates has called AIB “vindictive” for pursuing his wife for €1.6m in debts over the collapse of his Celtic Bookmakers chain after the High Court ruled the bank was entitled to have the money paid to it. Mr Yates, a broadcaster with Newstalk and TV3 who went bankrupt in Wales several years ago, said the action was pointless as his schoolteacher wife, Deirdre, had no assets to hand over. “It was completely unnecessary to seek a judgement against Deirdre because there has never been any suggestion that I transferred any assets out of my name either to Deirdre or any other family member,” he said. “All the assets that I had have been captured by the bank in bankruptcy

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  • New treatment proves there is nothing to stress about when it comes to incontinence

     A new laser treatment offers a cure for urinary incontinence, a condition actress Kate Winslet has helped to highlight by talking about her own experience. Áilín Quinlan reports IT’S more than just an uncomfortable health condition — it’s an affliction which can affect your social life and curtail your fitness regime. Traditionally women didn’t discuss it — after all, urinary incontinence does not make for scintillating dinner party conversation — but it seems the old stigma beginning to fade. Many women took heart from the recent revelation by actress Kate Winslet, admitting she has suffered from urinary incontinence since having babies. “When you’ve had a few children you know, it’s just what

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  • The health, housing, and equality crisis leaves me unable to vote Fine Gael

    If I had a 1,000 votes I would not give even one to Fine Gael for the following reasons: 1). The health service: It is a shambles in spite of all the Fine Gael promises of a few years ago. We now have hundreds of good decent Irish people on trollies every day. 2). The housing crisis: Fine Gael does not accept that we have a crisis. The Taoiseach did not even mention housing while pontificating last week-end. Meanwhile, hundreds of good decent Irish people are being turfed out of the houses. 3). Rich and poor: We have had to contend with a very unfair Government over the past five years. The gap between rich and poor has widened, and now we have the dreadful situation of over 100,000 Irish children

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  • VIDEO: Terrified spectators ran for their lives at boxing weigh-in shooting

    As the child’s father shouts “Follow me, follow me,” they can be heard running from the hotel in a 41-second video that captured the moment in which gunmen opened fire at the Regency Hotel on the Swords Road yesterday afternoon during a weigh-in for tonight’s now-cancelled WBO European Lightweight title fight between Jamie Kavanagh and Antonio Jao Bento. Mel Christle, president of the Boxing Union of Ireland, who was there for the weigh-in, said the venue was packed with members of the public at the time, including small children. “I’d say there were over 200 or possibly between 200-300 members of the public at the weigh-in, including small children, and people were diving for cover [when the gunfire started],” Mr Christle said. Speaking on RTÉ radio’s Drivetime programme yesterday, Mr Christle said he had been in charge of the weigh-in and the last fighter had just been weighed in, when “within seconds there was noise from the back”.

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  • PSNI blame republicans for refusal to explain mine costs

    Police have blamed the threat posed by dissident republicans for refusing to release details of more than £170,000 spent on security measures linked to a gold mining firm in Co Tyrone. The cost of the ongoing operation at the privately-owned Dalradian site near Greencastle is being footed by the public purse. Earlier this week residents voiced concern over plans by Dalradian Gold to use cyanide at a proposed processing plant linked to a mine. Police last night confirmed they escort explosives to the site and provide security at the “point of use”. However, when asked in a freedom of information request to give a breakdown of how the £170,000 has been spent, the PSNI refused to reveal further q
  • Man in sham marriages case to be tried in Circuit Court

    The case of a Mauritian man living in Dublin accused of using bogus documentation to facilitate marriages of convenience is too serious to be heard at district court level, a judge has ruled. Dublin District Court heard Resen Modeley, aged 30, allegedly told gardaí it cost €7,000 for an arranged marriage. He was allegedly involved in 50 of them, which would have amounted to €350,000 but had to use most of the money to cover significant expenses. The father of six was arrested following an investigation by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). He has three counts under the Theft and Fraud Act for using as false instruments two letters from a guest house offering employment to a named man

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  • Pedal to the metal for 11-year-old Kildare petrol head Alyx Coby

    If you’re a fan of motor racing, then remember the name: Alyx Coby. She’s an 11-year-old from Newbridge in Co Kildare, who’s already setting her sights on the F1 starting grid. The prodigious driver is about to embark on her first full season in the IAME X30 Junior class in karting, in which she will be competing against drivers as old as 16. She will also be the only girl on the grid and will be clocking speeds of up to 100kmph as she looks to repeat her success in the previous racing category, in which she was leading the field only to have to pull out because a growth-spurt meant she was too tall for the car. A student at Gaelscoil Chill Dara, Alyx has grown up in a family of petrol heads,

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  • Emmerdale’s new boss said WHAT about Aaron and Robert?!

    There’s only one question that Emmerdale fans want new producer Iain MacLeod to answer: What are his plans for Robron?! They might have more ups and downs than Paddy Kirk’s had hot dinners, but fans can breathe something of a sigh of relief for their favourite couple. When it comes to the relationship between Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) and Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley), it turns out that Iain is as big a fan as us!

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  • Why should a woman have to be brave to admit to having an abortion?

    “Period arrived! That was a long week of OTC pregnancy tests and obsessively checking the times of the boat to England.” I tweeted that yesterday. Depending on your point of view, you will either find it hilarious, utterly inappropriate, or a damning indictment of archaic laws that force 12 women a day to leave this country to terminate an unwanted or unviable pregnancy. For more gems such as these, you can find me on Twitter at @oneilllo (repeat the “l” three times, please. There’s a very patient man in Seattle called Orlando O’Neill who is becoming weary of being congratulated on his “blistering feminist literature”). This isn’t the first time I’ve had “a scare”, as we say, as if the thought

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  • The Pearse family spoke out in the past against the cruelty of hare coursing

    In this the year of the 1916 centenary the aspirations of the brave people behind the rebellion are the subject of scrutiny. Ideas abound as to how we should pay tribute to their heroic attempt to create a fairer Ireland. I would like to suggest yet another way to honour their supreme sacrifice, one that may not, I concede, be the biggest priority right now but deserves consideration. I refer to the scandal of live hare coursing that continues to shame this country after many other jurisdictions have outlawed it. According to the sister of Padraig Pearse, the patriot would have backed a ban on this cruel blood sport. In a letter written in 1967 to actor John Cowley (best known as Tom Riordan

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  • Mayo's mighty Fr Peter Quinn helped carry spirit of ‘51

    And then there were two. The death of Fr Peter Quinn is the removal of another link to Mayo’s back-to-back All-Ireland winning side of 1950 and ’51. Now only two remain — full-back Paddy Prendergast who lives in Tralee, and centre forward Padraig Carney, a doctor in the US. Fr Peter, a native of Quignashee near Ballina, played at right-half back on the all-conquering side of 1950 and on the other wing the following year. His passing has evoked memories of Mayo’s golden years at the top, and it diminishes somewhat those of us who recall the hallowed names of Flanagan, Langan, and Prendergast echoing, through the voice of Michael O’Hehir, round the walls of our kitchens in those lean years of the

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  • Donald Clarke: ‘The Donald’ is ruining a good name

    Thanks a bunch, Donald Trump. Thanks for ruining a perfectly good name. Not only have you soiled a melodic Anglicised variation on a Celtic classic but, by allowing the definite article to precede it, you imply that this incarnation is the deified avatar of Donaldishness. Mr Trump is “The Donald”. The rest of us are indefinite copies. We may have written brilliant, post-beatnik songs for Steely Dan. We may have played the forger in The Great Escape. No matter. A clatter of Donalds mill pathetically before a rough obelisk, upon which the cleverest Orangutan ever to emerge from the Borough of Queens angrily waves bones at distant constellations. I have always been happy enough with my name. Derived

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  • Tusla abuse probes often result in ‘no action’

    Abuse survivor charity One in Four has said Tusla investigations into abuse allegations, it believes to be “entirely credible”, regularly result in no action being taken. The criticism came as the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) report found 177 child abuse cases referred to Tusla were awaiting social workers since last August in Dublin south east and Wicklow. The lengthy waiting list has been blamed on a lack of staff in the system. However, executive director of One on Four Maeve Lewis said it was “very dissatisfied” with the quality of many assessments of retrospective allegations of abuse. “Our experience of making notifications to Tusla is reflected in the Hiqa Report. Cases

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