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  • Housing boom masked serious problems

    When did the boom actually end? Seven years ago? Eight? Officially the downturn began in September 2008 when the Republic became the first country in the Eurozone to officially enter a recession. But the writing was on the wall long before then. Perhaps the better question is when do we stop paying for the boom? The legacy of Ireland's collective property madness is still clear to see in sprawling ghost estates, joblessness and rising emigration. Except perhaps the true cost is only just starting to emerge. Last week 900 residents of Longboat Quay apartments in Dublin's Docklands were told that the homes that they had lived in for years, many with young families, were now deemed to be a fire q
  • Trump: mass-shooting gunmen are ‘geniuses in a certain way’

    Two days after a gunman killed nine people at an Oregon community college and then shot himself dead , the Republican presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump, seemed to accept the inevitability of mass shootings in the US. In a rare sit-down interview, for broadcast on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Trump told Chuck Todd: “I have to say, no matter what you do, you’re gonna have problems. “Because you have sick people. They happen to be intelligent. And, you know, they can be sick as hell and they’re geniuses in a certain way. They are going to be able to break the system.” The New York real-estate billionaire, who boasts of possessing a concealed carry permit, said he did not see the need for

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  • Gardaí probe killing of 7ft 6in man

    The 24-year-old ‘giant’ who died after he was found unconscious in the front lawn of a house in Tralee, Co Kerry, had been badly beaten. Gardai upgraded their investigation to murder on Saturday night after 7ft 6in Belarusian national Dimitri Hrynkevich died. Mr Hrynkevich was found by emergency services in the front lawn of a house he was staying at in Killeen Woods, Tralee, at 10.30pm on Wednesday. A party had been taking place in the house at the time. Mr Hrynkevich, with addresses previously in Killarney, was taken by ambulance to Kerry General Hospital, located a short distance away and placed on life support. He died on Friday night. His family was at his bedside at the time. A murder investigation

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  • ‘When you’re out of work, there’s a lack of purpose that pervades every day’

    IN THE THREE weeks after she sat her degree exams in May, Dubliner Kelly Corrigan, 21, applied for 56 jobs. Carefully, she tailored cover letters for admin and catering positions, retail work and unpaid internships. The only two employers who got back to her sent automated rejection emails. By the end of August, she says she realised she “wasn’t getting anywhere” and applied for jobseekers’ benefits. “It wasn’t something I thought I’d need to do after college,” says Kelly, a communications graduate. I thought, ‘I’ve worked really hard for three years – I should be able to get something.’ Now, just over five months after finishing her three-year degree, she has yet to find any work that relates q
  • Terrace Talk: Chelsea - Abramovich must step in and trap Jose’s ‘rat’

    It’s probably not one of my best ideas to write this article immediately after witnessing possibly one of the most gutless performances I have seen for a very long time. In the pub, everyone wants to apportion blame – it’s Ivanovic’s fault, it’s Mourinho’s fault, it’s John Terry’s fault, it’s Eva Carneiro’s fault – it’s all getting a bit heated. I have no idea whose fault it is – but what is evident is that there is something very wrong and whatever it is is not working itself out. Someone has to take control of the situation and make a few tough decisions. Players who won the league last season do not (all) become complete liabilities overnight. They also, one would assume, do not lose faith

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  • This quantum computer breakthrough could change the world - so we tried to make it easier for you to understand...

    Scientists say they’ve taken a “game changing” leap towards building practical quantum computers that could revolutionise the digital world. And, as with everything in the world of quantum computers, it’s a game most of us didn’t even know we were playing… You’re bound to have a lot of questions. So what’s new? An Australian team has paved the way for production of the first quantum computing “chips” by building a logic gate using new technology based on silicon. Stop. What’s a logic gate? Logic gates are the fundamental building blocks of computer circuits – the logically controlled “switches” that allow calculations to be made. A logic gate acts like a doorman who is instructed to allow people

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  • Student denied grant may have to drop out of college for third time in four years

    A CO CLARE student has spoken of his frustration at being denied a maintenance grant for the third time in four years. Raymond, 21, who asked that his surname not be used, says his latest grant application was rejected earlier this year as he was deemed not be “progressing” in enrolling on a level five course in the UK. Student Universal Support Ireland (Susi), which processes grant applications, only approves funding for students with prior third-level education when they are advancing to a higher-level degree than their previous course. Students who withdraw from a level eight course after a year, for example, are not eligible to receive funding for the first year of another level eight course, unless there is a five-year break in their studies. q
  • Ireland will be feeling the force of Skellig Michael shoot

    The filming of ’Star Wars’ should have a knock-on effect that will boost the film and tourist industries, writes John Daly THE publicity blitz surrounding the shooting of the Star Wars franchise on the Skelligs could transport Ireland as a destination into the stratosphere. Glowing in the limelight, the film industry will look to cash in on all the good PR and develop our reputation abroad. The recently finalised deal for a multimillion-euro production studio in Limerick marks the latest chapter in Ireland’s booming film industry. Following the decision by Limerick City and County Council buy the 350,000sq ft former Dell factory at Plassey Technological Park, the new facility will result in an

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  • Cork woman who lost family after crash with suicidal driver says she’ll never return to crash scene

    ELBER TWOMEY LOST her husband, infant son and unborn daughter when a suicidal driver hit their car during a holiday in Torquay, England, three years ago. Elber’s husband Con lost his fight for life ten months after the accident, while her little boy Oisín died in surgery immediately after the crash. Elber herself sustained life-threatening injuries, and did not regain consciousness for three to four weeks afterwards. The Cork woman now campaigns to raise awareness about suicidal drivers, and works with police in England and Ireland on how to improve the ways in which the police service deal with and handle people who are suicidal.  Speaking on a TV3 documentary, ‘Disclosure: The Elber Twomey q
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  • England is having a hard time adjusting to the new plastic bag charge

    Shoppers in England will be charged 5p for plastic bags from today and it’s got them all hot and bothered, poor pets. As you know, Ireland introduced a charge all the way back in 2002 and it’s safe to say we’re all dab hands now at remembering our bags for life. Or, alternatively, stubbornly and precariously carrying your weekly shop in your arms and stuffed in your handbag because you refuse to buy one when you’ve loads at home in a drawer. But it will take a while our friends across the Irish Sea to adjust, it seems. The end of free plastic carrier bags has confirmed the fact that people don’t like change. But others have reason to celebrate. Finally a use for plastic bags which you have been

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  • Apple is the world's most valuable brand ahead of Google and Coca-Cola

    Apple has been named the world’s most valuable brand after the release of its smartwatch and iPhone 6S helped push up sales. Google is second while Coca-Cola came third, according to the list of the top 100 brands put together by Interbrand. (Kiichiro Sato/AP/PA) Apple is worth an estimated at 170.276 billion US dollars, according to the report. Digital companies dominate the list, with 13 technology brands in the top 100, including Facebook – which has seen its value jump by more than half (54%) in the past year – Microsoft and Samsung. Burberry comes 73rd in the list. Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss and Romeo Beckham have all fronted campaigns for the luxury clothes brand, which is valued at 5.873

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  • Nasa has shared thousands of stunning photos taken on the Apollo missions

    Photos documenting some of the most famous footsteps in human history have been released by Nasa. Tens of thousands of photos from the Apollo space missions, including Neil Armstrong and Apollo 11′s Moon landing in 1969, were put up on the photo-sharing site Flickr. It shows man’s first steps on the Moon – a moment immortalised by Armstrong saying it was “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. Many of the images have never been seen before and document all of the missions manned by astronauts between 1961 and 1972. The jaw-dropping shots have been uploaded in high resolution, providing an unparalleled insight into life in space. Many of the photos pre-date man’s arrival on the Moon,

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  • IMF to seek assurances from China on slide

    Flanked by interest rate decisions in Britain, Japan and Australia, the IMF’s annual meeting in Lima takes centre stage this week, with policymakers focusing on China’s economic slide and its impact on the rest of the world. Activity in China’s vast factory sector shrank again in September, fuelling fears that the economy there may be cooling more rapidly than thought just a few months ago, with a reverberating impact on emerging and developed economies. Meanwhile, unexpectedly weak US jobs data out on Friday further clouded the global economic picture, and pointed to a much-anticipated rate hike from the Federal Reserve being delayed. Equity markets worldwide have been falling with Wall Street just recording its worst quarter since 2011, so IMF delegates, primarily central bank governors and finance ministers from around the globe, will seek reassurances from China that it can smooth, if not halt, its slide.

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  • Sensational Sarsfields advance to seventh final in eight seasons

    Sarsfields 4-15 Erin’s Own 1-14: Sarsfields’ remarkable level of consistency in the Cork senior hurling championship continued at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday when the Riverstown club reached an incredible seventh final in eight seasons. Displaying the hunger and drive of a team seeking a first title, Sarsfields’ desire for even further success remains undiminished. They now sit tantalisingly on the cusp of winning back-to-back titles – and a fifth since ‘08 – after a hugely impressive ten-point victory over neighbours, Erin’s Own, in an enjoyable semi-final replay. Perhaps this drive lies in their need to succeed in the Munster and All-Ireland Club championship, too, where they ostensibly have

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  • Liverpool's Next Manager: The Contenders

    Undoubtedly the fans’ favourite, the out-of-work former Borussia Dortmund manager’s philosophies are seen by many as the perfect fit at Anfield but he has never been tested outside of Germany. The vastly-experienced Italian is a three-time Champions League winner and has had success in Italy, England and Spain and only last week the club had to deny they had approached him. Former Holland international has won the Eredivisie four times with Ajax and on Friday spoke about his desire to move to England, talking up Liverpool and Newcastle in particular. Another Dutchman, one who has slotted seamlessly into Premier League life at Southampton and appears to have an approach which would fit in well at Liverpool.

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  • Where doctors go for help with mental health issues

    One in four doctors, dentists and pharmacists – just like everyone else – will have mental-health problems at some stage. About 10 to 15 per cent of them will have a problem related to alcohol or drugs, which is again similar to the general population, according to figures from the new Practitioner Health Matters Programme (PHMP). With this free programme, we want doctors to feel safe in coming forward to have their needs addressed in a non-judgemental and confidential way,” says Dr Íde DeLargy, the GP who leads the programme with a senior nurse who specialises in mental health and addiction. Mental-health problems make up about 40 per cent and a small per centage of medical professionals abuse alcohol and drugs, according to Irish figures.

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  • Sneezing monkey and 'walking' fish are among new species discovered in Eastern Himalayas

    A monkey which sneezes in the rain and a “walking” fish are among more than 200 new species discovered in the Eastern Himalayas in recent years. A report on wildlife in Nepal, Bhutan, the far north of Burma, southern Tibet and north-eastern India has revealed discoveries in the past five years including 133 plants, 26 species of fish, 10 new amphibians, one reptile, one bird and one mammal. The discoveries include a new bird named the spotted wren-babbler, a striking blue-eyed frog and a lance-headed pit viper snake with an ornate yellow, red and orange pattern that could pass for a piece of jewellery, conservation organisation WWF revealed. Among the new fish is a vibrant blue dwarf “walking” snakehead fish, found in West Bengal, India, which breathes air, can survive on land for up to four days and can writhe and wriggle up to a quarter of a mile over wet ground between bodies of water.

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  • David Watters thrust under Nama spotlight

    DAVID Watters had until recently remained separate from months of sensational allegations surrounding Nama's Northern Ireland property portfolio sale. It was less than a fortnight ago that he was first publicly linked to the controversy in claims made before a Stormont committee by Jamie Bryson. The loyalist flag protester turned blogger named Mr Watters as among five people set to share in a "success fee" linked to the £1.3bn deal. However, his alleged involvement was overshadowed by DUP leader Peter Robinson also being among the five people named. The others were developer Andrew Creighton, ex-Nama adviser Frank Cushnahan and solicitor Ian Coulter. All five have dismissed allegations and strongly q
  • Maeve Higgins: I fought the clock and the clock won

    The thing is, I hate being late. When you’re late, everybody can see that you are a disorganised mess, unable to deal with adult life. And that’s exactly the kind of thing I need to keep secret! Being late is my nightmare, my scariest nightmare. Scarier even than getting into bed and touching my bare foot on to a living carp or pike and that carp or pike stirring sleepily. I can’t even bear being late for things I don’t want to do. Dental appointments, hen nights, funerals – I’m there with 10 minutes to spare. It’s not easy. Not as easy as sending a series of “There in 5 . . . sowwy” text messages and definitely not as easy as arriving whenever you feel like it. It wasn’t always this way. If

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  • VIDEO: Disney characters invade Star Wars in this wonderful mash-up trailer

    Aladdin lends a helping hand, Dumbo flies alongside X-Wing ships, and Olaf has his train of thought interrupted in this fantastic mash-up trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens featuring Disney characters. Star Wars - Where Dreams Come True is the work of PistolShrimps. And it’s a fantastic watch throughout with some really clever touches and great editing work. PistolShrimps is no stranger to videos that rack up millions of views. In the past, the channel has brought us videos like Titanic Super 3D where you can feel the action and Trolling Saruman. It looks like they have another hit on their hands here too. The real Star Wars: The Force Awakens will arrive in cinemas on December 17th. As

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