• Irish Independent

    Mazars probe uncovers €95k in FAI payments to ex-FAI CEO John Delaney's ex-girlfriend Susan Keegan

    Payments totalling €95,000 purportedly made from the FAI to a former girlfriend of ex-FAI CEO John Delaney have been discovered in the Mazars probe into FAI affairs. Susan Keegan, who was in a relationship with the then CEO Delaney a decade ago, engaged with officials from Mazars, the consultancy firm hired by the FAI last year to look into the financial affairs of the association. They had been examining a payment of €60,000 from an FAI account to an account in Keegan's name, described as a match agent's fee for a role in arranging two friendly internationals against England, but extra payments of €35,000 have now been discovered as part of the Mazars examination of FAI finances. Keegan has

  • The Huffington Post UK

    Donald Trump Just Suggested Healthcare Workers Are Stealing And Selling Face Masks

    Donald Trump has suggested hospital workers in New York of stealing and possibly selling face masks “out the back door” during an astounding press conference on Sunday evening. Standing in the White House's Rose Garden the president asked reporters to look into the supposed illegal activity but provided no evidence to back up his claims aside from increased demand for supplies from hospitals swamped by the coronavirus pandemic. “For years [suppliers] have been delivering ten to twenty thousand masks. OK, it's a New York hospital and it's packed all the time but how do you go from ten to twenty thousand to 300,000?” “Something's going on and you ought to look into it as reporters. “Where are the

  • Irish Examiner

    Coronavirus: 10 more deaths in Ireland; 200 more cases

    Ten more people in Ireland have died after contracting Covid-19, the National Public Health Emergency Team have announced. This brings the death toll since the beginning of the outbreak to 46. Six of the deaths are located in the east of the country, three in the north-west and one in the south. The median age of today's reported deaths is 77, the NPHET said. There have also been 200 new confirmed cases of the virus in the country – bringing the total to 2,615. The announcement comes just hours after it was confirmed that there were six more deaths in the North - bringing the total number of deaths on the island of Ireland to 67 - the number of confirmed cases over 3,000. Data from the Health

  • Irish Independent

    Families will fracture under the stress of this crisis, but some will emerge stronger

    I was queuing in a supermarket, more than two metres from the customer ahead of me, when I sneezed into my elbow. The eyes of the lady ahead of me looked, momentarily, fearful and she reflexively pulled her neck scarf over her mouth. It was an extraordinary moment for me, an ordinary customer, to suddenly be seen as a threat to somebody's health and potentially their life. Undoubtedly, this must be the experience of thousands of people around the country as the fear that accompanies the pandemic takes a grip. Modern Ireland is driven by individualism. Will we adjust to becoming a more communitarian society as we not only have to look out for ourselves, but also be focused on the wellbeing of

  • Irish Examiner

    Cork man tells court garda spitting incident was 'big joke' as he is charged with assault

    A 19-year-old man has appeared before a special sitting of Cork District Court charged in connection with allegedly spitting at a member of the gardaí in the face having told him he had coronavirus. Adam Olden, of Leamlara Close in Togher, Cork city, appeared before Judge John King having been charged with assault and two breaches of the public order act. The charges include that Olden at Leamlara Close in Togher did engage in threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to provoke a breach of the peace. He was also charged with whilst intoxicated engaging in behaviour which might have endangered himself or others. Inspector Pat Murphy told the court that Mr Olden this morning claimed

  • herald

    'That's life' - Kate fails to make cut for Seanad

    Former Fine Gael TD Kate O'Connell has insisted she bears "no ill feeling" toward Taoiseach Leo Varadkar after his controversial decision not to select her for the Seanad election. Ms O'Connell said she had a "very good relationship" with Mr Varadkar and added she did not believe he was "vindictive". However, she also said "no amount of boyos messing in the background" would stop her being dedicated to Fine Gael and insisted her career had been "interrupted rather than stopped". She confirmed senior party figures asked her to put her name forward for the Seanad, before deciding not to select her for the elections taking placing today. She was the only outgoing TD who lost their seat in the general

  • Irish Independent

    'A brighter day will come' - cocooned pensioners draw on wartime spirit

    Pensioners carefully cocooned from Covid-19 have urged young people to "step up to the mark" in complying with virus controls - urging them to follow the lead of an Irish generation that endured a world war, rationing, numerous recessions and enforced emigration. The residents of the Heaphy Grove sheltered housing complex in Kilworth, Co Cork, urged people to strictly adhere to the Government guidelines as they vowed to see normal life return to Ireland. "We lived through tough times before and young people should realise the country will get through this," Nora Riegel (87) said. "But we need to get through it together. Everyone needs to do their bit to protect themselves, their family and their