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  • Woman tells of 'hell on earth' at Limerick psychiatric unit

    The HSE has said it is to investigate concerns raised by a well-known Limerick businesswoman after she experienced "hell on earth" in a psychiatric hospital unit in Limerick. Last November, Leona O'Callaghan, 35, spent two months at the 5B Psychiatric Ward in University Hospital Limerick, which she described as a "violent" and "uncaring" place. "The HSE need to hear the voice of the service users," the mother of three said. q
  • 'Speak English You're In Ireland'

    Several young male migrants speak about their experiences of living in Ireland in a new video released by the Immigrant Council of Ireland. It follows the ICI conducting a study which looked at the experiences of 40 men between the ages of 16 and 28 who were born outside of Europe and now live in Ireland. This gives Ireland the largest share of educated foreigners in the EU, and the third-highest among the 34 western nations in the OECD, after Israel and Canada. q
  • British girl who fled to Syria gloats at Tunisia deaths

    A British schoolgirl who fled to Syria has gloated over the fate of the tourists massacred on the beach in Tunisia. Amira Abase, 16, one of three girls who vanished from their east London homes in February to join Islamic State, wrote that she was laughing out loud — ‘Lol’ in text language — as Britain mourned those who lost their lives at Sousse. In an exchange of messages on social media with an undercover reporter from the Mail on Sunday, Abase, when told of the minute’s silence across Britain in memory of the victims, wrote “Loooool’. Abase believed the reporter to be another British teenager planning to run away to join IS.

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  • 0-0 draw in Ireland-England match

    The Republic of Ireland have drawn 0-0 against England in today's friendly international in Dublin. The home side started brightly with McGoldrick forcing a first-minute corner which was met by strike-partner Murphy, although the referee’s whistle brought an end to the early excitement. O’Neill’s men continued to enjoy the lion’s share of the possession, although much of it inside their own half, but Gary Cahill had to make an important seventh-minute block to prevent Aiden McGeady’s cross from travelling into the penalty area after the Everton man had been picked out in space down the left. Rooney was presented with his first sight of goal seconds later, but he delayed his shot on the edge of the area and ultimately ran into defender Marc Wilson, much to the amusement of the home supporters. q
  • Princess Charlotte's royal christening stays with tradition

    Princess Charlotte was christened in front of the Queen and close family and friends at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Norfolk. The nine-week-old was welcomed into the Christian faith as parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and older brother Prince George looked on. Great-grandparents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, grandparents the Prince of Wales and Carole and Michael Middleton, step-grandmother the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate’s siblings Pippa and James Middleton joined Charlotte’s five godparents for the celebratory occasion.

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  • McLaren boss: Eddie Jordan is village idiot of Formula One

    McLaren group chief executive Ron Dennis has described Eddie Jordan as a “village idiot” following his heavy criticism of the British team. Dennis and his troubled McLaren outfit endured another painful weekend in what has been the worst season of their coveted history. Jenson Button was out of the race after 20 seconds. Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were quick enough for only the penultimate row of the grid in qualifying, and while Alonso benefited from a host of retirements in Sunday’s incident-packed British Grand Prix to finish 10th and claim his first point of the season, Button’s race lasted just 20 seconds. q
  • Beckhams share adorable throwback snaps to mark their 16th wedding anniversary

    Victoria and David Beckham have been posting adorable tributes to each other on Instagram to celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary. The couple, who tied the knot on July 4, 1999, shared gushing messages and throwback photos to mark their special day. First up was Victoria, who said she was “proud” of her beautiful family. “Happy anniversary, I love u so much x I’m so proud of our beautiful family x,” her special message to David said. q
  • Caroline Wozniacki claims women not given fair treatment at Wimbledon

    Caroline Wozniacki has sparked a Wimbledon sexism row by claiming women do not receive as many chances as men to feature on SW19’s show courts. Danish fifth seed Wozniacki tumbled out of Wimbledon’s last-16 for the fifth time in her career on Monday, then hit out at organisers of the All England Club’s scheduling. Wozniacki claimed Wimbledon’s tournament bosses should feature as many women’s as men’s matches on the top courts at London’s grand slam tennis event. “I would love to play on a big court,” said Wozniacki, after her 6-4 6-4 defeat to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.

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  • Euro falls in wake of Greek voters rejecting austerity

    The euro fell as Greek voters rejected austerity demands, fueling concern the indebted nation is on track to exit the currency union. The euro lost 1.1 percent to $1.0987 by 5:09 a.m. Sydney time, slipping 2 percent against the yen and 1 percent versus the pound.

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  • Caitlyn Jenner: I’m free to be me in America

    Caitlyn Jenner has praised the US for letting her “embrace her transgender” in a special Independence Day post. Caitlyn made the transition from Bruce Jenner earlier this year and revealed her female name on June 1 in a Vanity Fair cover story.

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  • Delevingne slams 'totally sexist' superhero movies

    Cara Delevingne thinks it's "wonderful" the world is becoming more accepting of same-sex marriages. Cara also sent a specific message to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, calling on him to follow the example of other major nations and legalise same-sex marriage. This comes shortly after Cara - who's set to star alongside Will Smith and Margot Robbie in 'Suicide Squad' - blasted superhero movies as "totally sexist". Generally though, superhero movies are totally sexist. q
  • Prepare to be dazzled: mega fast broadband is coming to town

    Bandwidth-hungry businesses and consumers around the country received welcome news recently with the launch of Siro, the new joint venture between ESB and Vodafone. The new company is to invest €450 million in building Ireland’s first 100 percent fibre-to-the-building broadband network which will offer speeds of between 200 Mbps and 1 gigabit to half a million homes in 50 regional towns. This is the first time that a European national electricity network has been used to bring fibre broadband services to people’s homes.

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  • Landlords offer over 150 Dublin properties for social housing

    More than 150 Dublin houses and flats have been offered by private landlords for social housing since local authorities began a rental recruitment drive just over a month ago. The number of landlords willing to rent to social housing tenants plummeted in recent years with the rise in Dublin rents making higher-income tenants more attractive.

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  • Anti-racism training needed by Gardaí and immigration services, study claims

    Gardaí and the Immigration services are being singled out as in need of anti-racism training, following a new study. The Immigrant Council of Ireland interviewed 40 young men aged 16-28 who were born outside the EU, and live here. The men identified discrimination in school, sport, at work and by public authorities. Peter Slowak is policy and research officer with the Immigrant Council, he carried out the study. q
  • Mother selling home to fund son's operation after HSE pulls funding

    A young mother, who travelled to Italy for pioneering surgery on her deaf son’s hearing, said she will have to sell her house after the HSE pulled the plug on funding for the operation. Josh Butler, 2, of Midleton, Co Cork was born deaf and was selected for an auditory brain stem implant by a prominent surgeon in Italy. Josh’s mother Chloe Walsh said that the HSE referred her toddler to Italy for the €76,000 surgery.

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  • Plan to deal with 120k outstanding Garda warrants

    Gardaí are to bring in a new system to deal with the estimated 120,000 non-executed warrants for the arrest and imprisonment of suspects. It follows the recent publication of a Garda Ombudsman report which revealed a woman had been killed by her son when he was supposed to have been in prison on a committal warrant. The report detailed how a series of garda errors, and poor communication between gardaí, the courts and prison staff, resulted in a failure to execute a committal warrant for Celyn Eadon in February 2011. While free, the 19-year-old stabbed his mother Noreen Kelly-Eadon to death at her home in Castlebar, Co Mayo.

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  • Kenny says Greece must take next step and seek third bailout

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that it is now up to the Greek government to make the next move following Sunday’s referendum to reject the terms of a new bailout. Mr Kenny, speaking during a visit to Connemara in Co Galway, said: “The second bailout has ended and you are now into a position where the next move is up to the Greek government. If they wish to have a third bailout or a third programme put in place with monies made available then they have got to ask for that and that means that they have got to sit down and restart negotiations again. “Obviously the European Central Bank is independent in the way it does its business.

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  • A Very Long Shot

    A distinctive camera with priceless photos from Cuba left on an Air France plane. My girlfriend and myself recently returned from a ten-day holiday in Cuba, we were on the connecting flight from Paris to Dublin on Saturday about 4pm (Air France AF1116 – in case anyone may have been on it). q
  • George Clooney and Amal took Julia Roberts sailing for the Fourth of July

    George Clooney and his wife Amal threw the best Fourth of July party outside of the United States, hosting famous friends at their Italian residence to celebrate American Independence Day. Along with around 10 other guests, Julia Roberts and her husband Daniel Moder joined the power couple at their home near Lake Como. The Monuments Men star George, 54, and barrister Amal, 37, invited their guests to sail around the lake to enjoy a late-night fireworks display. News, Clooney started his trip to Italy with a surprise appearance during a Toto concert in Milan on July 2. q
  • X Factor auditions cancelled after Simon Cowell's mum dies

    X Factor auditions have been cancelled following the death of show supremo Simon Cowell’s mother. The family of the music mogul announced that Julie Cowell died yesterday at 89. Auditions for the ITV talent show were due to begin in Manchester today but will now no longer go ahead, a spokesman for Syco Entertainment confirmed. The first try-outs for the new-look show were expected to be attended by Simon and fellow judges Rita Ora and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, as well as new presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack. q