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  • Man paid friend to make hoax bomb call to Intel to avoid work

    A former sub-contractor for Intel who asked his friend to make a hoax bomb call to the company because he didn’t want to go work may be ordered to carry out community service. Aaron O’Neill (20) had been out drinking and taking tablets with his friend Colin Hammond (21) when he decided he did not want to go in the next day. He paid his friend to make the call from a payphone outside Hammond’s home. The resulting 999 calls shut down a motorway, disrupted air traffic control and prevented 4,000 Intel staff from going to work. Garda Eamonn McFadden said that at a “conservative estimate” the incident lost Intel 6,000 hours of production. Mr O’Neill of Chieftains Drive, Balbriggan and Hammond of Bath

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  • Lotto Winner's Champagne Fail Is Priceless

    One of the lucky workers took it in the face! OUCH! First off, well done to the syndicate of workers from the Kerry Foods factory in Charleville, Cork who walked off with nearly €4 million after scooping the Lotto jackpot. They appeared on the Six-One news last night celebrating their win outside the Lotto Headquarters. In the photoshoot the winners nominated one of the ladies to pop the champagne...she just didn't get her face out of the way in time! Although with her share of the €3.88 million working out at a cool €350,000 she will have plenty of practice with future bottles of champs! (scroll to roughly 55 secs in for the money shot)

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  • This year has been my happiest in Dublin, but it’s time to leave again

    In August 2008 on the advice of my ma, and lent redundancy money of my da, I travelled to Durango, Colorado, where I had been accepted to study at an affordable college with a good football programme. I was an angry boy. I felt suffocated in secondary school in Ireland, and my attempt at study was half-hearted. I mistakenly blamed the educational system for my failings in the Leaving Cert. I landed in Colorado with a suitcase. I had no friends, no family, no phone and no idea where I was. All I knew was that I was lucky enough to be there and that I couldn’t fail again. Fort Lewis had a beautiful college campus, tucked up in the Rocky Mountains. The drive from the airport to the hotel I stayed

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  • WATCH: Conor McGregor tells Donald Trump to 'shut his big fat mouth'

    Conor McGregor has told American presidential candidate Donald Trump to “shut his mouth” in regard to UFC matters. MMA star Rhonda Rousey lost her women’s bantamweight title to Holly Holm earlier this month and the US businessman was critical in the aftermath of the fight – calling her “not a nice person” on Twitter. The 27-year-old, who has flown to the US ahead of his Jose Aldo fight, was asked at Los Angeles International Airport for his thoughts on the criticism Rhonda received from Donald Trump. “Donald Trump was talking trash? I didn’t know Donald Trump was talking trash,” he said. “It’s easy for someone who isn’t in there to comment, it’s different when you are in there, the emotions are

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  • Judge dismisses 15 cases of drink-driving

    Fifteen motorists accused of drink-driving, including one driver facing two drink-driving charges, had their cases dismissed by a District Court judge yesterday. At Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan dismissed the cases as a result of the High Court judgment in September which ruled the results of alcohol breath tests must be supplied in English and Irish to suspected drink- drivers, in a case relating to a Romanian national. The Director of Public Prosecutions is mounting a legal challenge. However, Judge Durcan dismissed the cases at the District Court after Garda Insp John Ryan admitted the State “was in difficulty” in relation to the prosecutions. Judge Durcan did not make any comment

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  • VIDEO: We have the body of Russian pilot 'and we will see what to do with it', say rebels

    A Russian pilot whose plane was shot down by Turkey was dead upon landing, a spokesman for the rebel group that captured him has claimed. UPDATE (3.36pm): A Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman later said that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has cancelled a planned trip to Turkey in the wake of the incident. The meeting between Mr Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart had been scheduled for Wednesday. Mr Lavrov was quoted by news agency Interfax as saying that Mr Putin “directly said that (the downing) cannot but affect Russian-Turkish relations. In this regard, I decided to cancel the meeting, which was planned for tomorrow”. UPDATE (1.42pm): A spokesman for the Syrian rebel group that captured

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  • Woman awarded damages against Dunnes over fridge fall

    A 27-year-old hospitality worker, who needed to use a scribe to complete her college exams after crushing her right wrist in a fridge door, has been awarded damages against Dunnes Stores in the Circuit Civil Court. Alison Leavey told the court that in May 2010, she had been working in Dunnes Stores, Portmarnock, Co Dublin and had gone to get a box of doughnuts in the bakery walk-in fridge. Ms Leavey told her barrister, Jim McArdle, that she had been leaving the fridge, holding the sliding door with her right hand while carrying the box in her left, when she slipped on a puddle of water and fell. Her body had landed outside the fridge and her right wrist was crushed when the door closed back on

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  • New €20 note with improved security enters circulation - The Sunday Business Post

    Currency comes with innovative portrait window New €20 notes have entered circulation across the country today. The third in the ‘Europa Series’ of banknotes is the same size and similar in appearance to the existing note comes with enhanced security features. The currency can be checked using the ‘feel, look and tilt’ method and has raised lines along the sides of the note, a shiny emerald colour number and a portrait hologram of Europa. The note has has an additional security feature known as the portrait window. When you look at it against the light, the window near the top of the hologram becomes transparent and reveals a portrait of Greek goddess Europa with rainbow-coloured lines on both

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  • Garda got drivers to give to charity lieu of penalty points, court hears

    A Co Meath based garda induced drivers stopped for motoring offences to make a donation to the 3T’s suicide awareness and prevention charity as an alternative to receiving penalty points Trim Circuit Court heard today. Mark Egan (37) who is stationed at Dunshaughlin Garda Station pleaded not guilty to three charges of corruptly preventing the issuing of fixed penalty notices, one charge of corruptly getting a fixed penalty notice struck out and four charges of inducing the motorists to disclose credit cards details with the intention of dishonestly making a gain by deception for the 3T’s charity in October 2012. Prosecutor Brendan Grehan told the court the offences had been committed in Ratoath,

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  • Donegal golden eagles starving and at risk of extinction

    Ireland’s population of golden eagles is in a “critical” situation and at risk of starving, the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has warned. The IWT has called on Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys to act urgently to save the State’s golden eagle reintroduction project from failure by introducing a Burren-style farming scheme that could improve conditions in the uplands. The wildlife group warned that time is running out to build a “viable population” of these eagles after the Golden Eagle Trust confirmed there is not enough food in Donegal to sustain the birds. Only two chicks were born in 2015 and neither survived more than

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  • Baz Ashmawy: It was all down to his Mammy

    How brilliant is it that an Irish Mammy has just won an international Emmy? And how unlikely is it that she has won one for staring deadly Burmese pythons in the eye, rubbing shoulders with deadlier Filipino drug lords, wrestling alligators and flying through the eye of tornadoes on terrifyingly flimsy sea planes all in the name of fun. Nancy Ashmawy is 70-years-old and a retired nurse from Dublin who has not just broken the mould of the Irish Mammy, she has pulverised it with a machine gun and scattered its tiny shards across the Nevada dessert while leaping from a tiny plane and pulling the rip cord on her parachute. When 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy first aired on Sky One last autumn, its undoubted

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  • Louis van Gaal gives ‘fed up’ Luke Shaw time off

    Louis van Gaal has given Luke Shaw a few days off to aid his recovery from the broken leg he suffered in Manchester United’s opening Champions League fixture at PSV Eindhoven, partly so he can avoid the potentially upsetting duty of having to watch tonight’s return game. The United manager normally operates a strict policy of demanding every squad player attend every game, injured or not, to support colleagues in the team and show solidarity as a club. Even though he accepts Hector Moreno’s challenge in the first game in September was an accident, Van Gaal still thought the occasion might be too much for a player who will miss most of the season as a result, so he made an exception for his left-back.

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  • Putin accuses Turks of stabbing his country in back and trading with Isis

    Senior Russian politicians warned Turkey to expect economic retaliation after it shot down a Russian jet fighter over its border with Syria, amid international calls for calm and dialogue between the two states. Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, accused Turkey of stabbing his country in the back by shooting down an Su-24 warplane which Ankara claims repeatedly violated Turkish airspace, but which the Kremlin insists only flew over Syrian territory. Mr Putin also accused Turkey of profiting from covert cross-border trade that helps fund Islamic State (also known as Isil or Isis). “We’ve long noted that lots of oil and oil products seized on this territory go to Turkish territory. This is a great

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  • Irish teachers well paid, but work longer hours in larger classes

    Irish teachers are well-paid by international standards, but work longer hours and in larger classes, according to a major new study. Analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has found that teachers are paid more than countries such as the UK, France, and Italy. But they lag behind countries with the best-paid teachers such as Germany and Luxembourg. At second level, teachers starting off in the European Union earn an average of $32, 741 (€30,700), rising to $52, 879 (€49,650). In Ireland, the equivalent figures were $36,612, rising to $63, 774 at the top end of the scale. Teachers’ unions, however, say the data does not capture the pension levy imposed on

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  • Ant bridges can shimmy along walls to span wider gaps

    We all knew, well some of us did, that ants build bridges using their own bodies, creating a structure to help them cross over divides. But did you know these bridges can move? Ants are incredibly interesting things to study, even if just for a short period of time. And now researchers have checked out their bridge building to pick up any clues for future robotics creations. Ants in South America have long been known to build bridges, which is amazing in itself, but the discovery that these constructions can shimmy along walls to help span wider gaps could be significant in the evolution of robotic disaster relief and deep-sea exploration advancements. The bridge keeps shimmying until it stops

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  • The anti-ticket touting campaign gets interesting | On The Record

    This week, it’s a group of high profile managers – and one very high profile act in the shape of Coldplay – who’ve come together to sign a joint letter to the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport warning that “the increasing industrial-scale abuse and insider exploitation of tickets for music, arts and sports events by ticket touts, and their online associates and facilitators” needs to be dealt with. The letter is signed by a range of managers including Marcus Russell, Paul McDonald, Ian Grenfell, Niamh Byrne, Regine Moylett, Chris Hufford, Ian McAndrew, Richard Griffiths, Stuart Camp and others who represent such acts as Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, One Direction, George Ezra, Elton John, Blur, Gorillaz and many more.

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  • Mesut Ozil scored with his head tonight and people are dumbfounded

    There’s nothing unusual about seeing Mesut Ozil creating – and scoring – at the Emirates this season, but there was something out of the ordinary about his goal against Dynamo Zagreb. Arsenal needed to beat Zagreb to stand any chance of qualifying from the Champions League group stages, and the German assist king put them on their way. Following a typically aesthetically pleasing move from the Gunners, Ozil found himself in the box with the ball making its way towards him. What followed was… strange. Yep, the lesser spotted Mesut Ozil diving header. And to think, people used to doubt his commitment to the cause. Ozil had been Arsenal’s best player to that point – as he has been for much of the

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  • DART to start earlier, run more often under new draft timetable - The Sunday Business Post

    Commuters asked by Irish Rail to give their feedback by December 8 Irish Rail have drafted a host of changes to rail timetables to cope with commuter chaos. The mooted changes have been published today and commuters have been invited to give their feedback on the new timetables. The changes include major expansions to DART and commuter routes out of Connolly on the Maynooth, Sligo, Rosslare and Belfast lines. According to Irish Rail, the DART will switch to 10-minute frequency from every 15 minutes all day. Weekday services will start earlier, with the first DART services proposed to operate at 5.50am from Malahide rather than the current time of 6.30 am, 6.00am from Howth rather than the current

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  • Drumm’s bankruptcy setback could weaken him in extradition fight

    Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm is in a bigger fight to stop his extradition to Ireland to face criminal charges, but he has just lost a smaller one: his bid to walk away from his debts. Eleven months after a US bankruptcy judge denied him a discharge from bankruptcy because he lied and fraudulently and knowingly failed to disclose €680,000 in cash transfers to his wife Lorraine, the 49-year-old Dubliner has lost his appeal against that withering ruling. Massachusetts Judge Leo Sorokin, sitting in the same US District Court that is mulling whether to grant Mr Drumm bail while he fights extradition, said he was left “with the most definite and firm conviction that no mistake

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  • Hospitals given 28 days to make plan for antibiotic resistance

    Irish hospitals have been given 28 days to outline what measures they are taking to tackle the problem of growing antimicrobial resistance to commonly used drugs. The Health Information and Quality Authority has announced a national quality assurance review across all 49 public acute hospitals in relation to antimicrobial stewardship. In the first phase of the review, hospitals are being asked to self-assess their use of antibiotics and other drugs subject to growing microbial resistance. Hiqa says last week’s finding from China that a newly discovered gene has made infectious Gram-negative bacteria resistant to the last line of currently available antibiotics has brought into sharp focus the importance of vigilance when it comes to the proper use of antimicrobials.

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