• BreakingNews.ie

    Three sentenced to death in Morocco for killing Scandinavian hikers

    Three men have been sentenced to death by a court in Morocco for murdering two Scandinavian women hiking in the Atlas Mountains. A fourth suspect who fled the scene was given life in prison. After several hours of deliberation, the court handed 19 accomplices jail terms ranging from five to 30 years. None of the men reacted as the sentences were read out but families of those convicted rushed out of the crowded courtroom in Sale crying. Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, were stabbed to death in December. The murders were recorded on video and posted online. The men claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group. All 23 addressed the court ahead of

  • TheJournal.ie

    Shock ruling says citizenship cannot be granted if applicant has spent a day outside Ireland in past year

    THE HIGH COURT has ruled that nobody can be granted Irish citizenship if they have spent a single day outside the country in the past year. The unexpected judgment, handed down by Mr Justice Max Barrett, could affect thousands of people applying for Irish citizenship on the basis of residence in the country. Experts called the ruling “absurd”, pointing out that the law on citizenship has never been interpreted so strictly before. Under the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, foreign nationals wishing to naturalise as Irish have to be legally resident in the State for at least five years out of the last nine (or three out of the last five if married to an Irish citizen). This includes

  • TheJournal.ie

    YouTube bans Gemma O'Doherty over 'hate speech' policy breaches

    Gemma O'Doherty pictured at City Hall in 2018. Gemma O'Doherty pictured at City Hall in 2018. YOUTUBE HAS TERMINATED the accounts of former Irish Independent journalist and recent European election candidate Gemma O'Doherty for violating its policies on hate speech and harassment.  O'Doherty posted a video last week which criticised ethnic minorities in Ireland. YouTube subsequently banned her from uploading new videos for seven days and removed the video in question.  O'Doherty proceeded to upload videos on a second account under her name, circumventing the ban. As a result, her two accounts were permanently removed from the video-sharing platform.  Google, which owns YouTube, issued the following

  • JOE.ie

    Woman in Waterford hospitalised for 6 days following spider bite

    NOPE! A woman in Waterford spent six days in hospital after she was bitten by a False Black Widow spider. Speaking on Deise Today with Damien Tiernan on WLR FM, Maria Condon explained how she was bitten three times by the spider and that she'd discovered a nest of them in her house. "I got bit by one on the leg, it actually bit me three times in my house," she said. "I was in the sitting room and I felt a bite under my jeans and when I pulled up the leg of my trousers I saw a spider run up my leg. "Then it bit again. I knocked it off my leg but I got three bites from it. "It burned like hell. It was like boiling water. Within a couple of minutes, big water blisters began forming where I had been

  • The Huffington Post UK

    Why May's Final Speech Was A Fitting End To Her Zombie Premiership

    May is a singularly bad public speaker and performer but this effort was truly one of her worst. Instead of offering a stirring vision or stern warning to her successors, she went through the motions of a valedictory address that lacked any real insight or bite. The central point was the power of compromise, yet there wasn't even a hint of self-awareness that her main failing on taking office in 2016 was her own inability to reach out to opponents to construct a unifying version of Brexit. Her early red lines, washed away by the reality of Brussels's negotiating power, had doomed and defined her premiership as much as her disastrous snap election gamble.  May's attack on “absolutism” and those

  • Irish Examiner

    Sentence doubled for speeding motorist after his appeal

    A motorist who sped from gardaí through a red light and a pedestrian crossing hoped to have a three-month jail term overturned on appeal today but the judge decided to double the sentence instead. “This man could not care less about orders made by this court. I am increasing the sentence to six months. “This man drove carelessly with total disregard for anyone else on the roads that day. “His appeal will be struck out and the sentence increased from three months to six months,” Judge Brian O'Callagahn said. The judge calculated from the evidence that the driving escapade at the centre of the appeal case was carried out 37 days after the motorist was disqualified from driving. Michael Rahilly,

  • TheJournal.ie

    Woman hospitalised for six days after being bitten by 'Noble False Widow' spider

    AN EXPERT ON insects has warned of the dangers of Noble False Black Widow spiders after two Waterford women were treated for severe bites - with one spending six days in hospital. The attacks, which were first reported on local radio station WLR, took place in the last two weeks and caused one of the women to move to a hotel in fear because her family home was infested by spiders. John Dunbar, a PhD researcher at the Venom Systems Laboratory in NUI Galway, told the station that new research shows that the spider has now spread to 18 counties, with a significant concentration in Dublin and along the east coast. Maria Condon from Ferrybank spent six days in University Hospital Waterford after large