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  • Sinead O’Connor cuts ties with oldest children in new Facebook post

    Sinead O’Connor has apparently broken ties with two of her four children, and other named individuals, after the events of this weekend where a post on her Facebook page said she had taken an overdose. She was found safe and well after that post, and is understood to be receiving treatment. A new message on her Facebook page today tells her two eldest children Jake and Roisin: “I never wanna see you again”, before blaming them and others for her recent crisis. The singer-songwriter, who recently said she had also decided to give up singing, said she had booked into an unnamed hotel in Ireland under an assumed name and added: “The last two nights finished me off. I have taken an overdose. There q
  • Tyson Fury: ‘I’m the first Irish heavyweight champion of the world’

    Immediately after the unanimous points win that saw him become the genuine heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson Fury credited his promoter and manager Mick Hennessy as being the ‘Jerry Maguire of boxing’. It may have seemed a sentimental comment, but Fury’s victory over Wladimir Klitscho at the 55,000-capacity Esprit Arena largely appeared to be built on a team effort. The fingerprints of his uncle and trainer Peter Fury were obvious to see in the new champion’s performance, which was disciplined throughout and against all the antics he had produced in the build-up, but Hennessy played a key role in bringing the 27-year-old challenger towards his title tilt in Dusseldorf. Promoter Hennessy claimed he was left ‘in no man’s land’ after his TV deal with UK broadcaster ITV collapsed — a disaster for him which happened prior to Fury becoming a name on the world stage — and he was full of praise for his fighter after victory which saw the pair turn full circle as Fury claimed the most prestigious prize in boxing.

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  • Three former NCT employees accused of accepting bribes

    Three former National Car Test employees and another man have appeared in court accused of accepting bribes in exchange for certificates road-worthiness. They were arrested and charged following a four-year Garda investigation in the wake of an RTÉ Primetime documentary in 2011. Former National Car Test (NCT) workers Alan Richardson (aged 27) of Paddock Grove, Adamstown, Lucan, Dublin, Vincent Brunton (aged 32) with an address at Priory Square, Cellbridge, Co. Kildare, Darren Meehan (aged 39) with an address at Delemare, Enfield, Co Meath appeared at Dublin District Court today along with the fourth defendant Stephen Rooney (aged 35) of Paddock Grove, Adamstown, Lucan, Dublin. Mr Richardson is q
  • I'm A Celebrity 2015: People are wondering why Lady C hasn't been voted off the show yet

    Most Haunted’s Yvette Fielding became the latest star voted out of the I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! jungle. But she didn’t leave quietly. She slammed Lady Colin Campbell, dubbed Lady C on the ITV show, as “vile” during her exit interview with presenters Ant and Dec. The 47-year-old also described the Jamaican-born author as “a sly silver witch”. She added: “I hope I don’t bump into her after we come out of here. I think she’s vile. I think she’s not a very nice person.” Twitter was split, with some glad Yvette was happy to leave while others wondered how Lady C had survived yet again. The anti-Lady C club However, these guys won’t miss Yvette But Yvette’s fans are happy for her I’m A q
  • X Factor 2015: 4th Impact's Celina pictured after dramatic collapse on stage following elimination from show

    X Factor singer Celina collapsed on stage and had to be wheeled into an ambulance after her girl group – 4th Impact – was eliminated during the latest results show. The drama took place off screen, as the girls were comforted by their mentor Cheryl Fernandez-Versini following their exit from the ITV singing contest. According to the Daily Mirror, Cheryl screamed for production staff to help, and two producers carried Celina backstage. An X Factor spokesperson told the newspaper: “Celina was taken unwell after the show came off air. An ambulance was called and she was seen by medics at the studio. “She has since gone home to rest with her mother and her sisters.” This is not the first time 19-year-old q
  • Carrickmines residents and Traveller community at odds before fatal fire

    There had been ongoing tensions between Carrickmines residents and members of the Traveller community in the months leading up to the October 9 fire which killed 10 people. Documents into the State’s cross-department response to the fire, released under Freedom of Information, reveal that Government was informed of the allegations just days after the tragedy, amid a row with residents who stopped the relocation of the displaced families. The complaints to Government came after the Environment Minister, Alan Kelly, criticised the blocking of a proposed relocation of the Traveller families to a site beside a settled estate. “What happened in the halting site was a shocking tragedy and, yes, the nation is heartbroken, but what you are doing to those decent Irish homeowners and taxpayers is shameful,” wrote one resident to Mr Kelly.

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  • Prurient coverage of Sinead O Connor masquerading as public-interest journalism - Bock The Robber

    Like many others, I’ve watched in dismay as Sinéad O Connor posted a series of anguished Facebook entries that showed she was going through an extremely difficult period in her life. Those posts gave reason to believe she might take her own life, but luckily somebody made contact and now Sinéad is being looked after. That’s all I need to say about it. You have the entire story in that paragraph. I don’t need to repeat every word of every post, line by excruciating line and yet that’s exactly what certain journalists are doing, while dressing their stories in a veneer of public interest. What’s worse than gutter-press red-top journalism of the Rupert Murdoch kind? Hyena journalism, that’s what.

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  • Victor Valdes's wife hits out at Manchester United over charity snub

    Victor Valdes’ wife has hit out at Manchester United for not inviting her husband to a charity function at Old Trafford on Sunday. Manager Louis van Gaal and members of his first-team squad attended the club’s annual dinner for Unicef, which raised £230,000, on Sunday night. But Valdes was not invited. The goalkeeper’s wife Yolanda Cardona took to Instagram to criticise the club for their conduct. Underneath a picture taken at the event of Juan Mata, Marco Rojo, Sergio Romero, David De Gea, Ander Herrera and their partners, she wrote: “Do not invite to my husband to be part of the United4UNICEF, its the last thing you don’t expect from one of the biggest club as Manchester United. A Charity event, q
  • We need to think more logically when it comes to events in Syria

    So the Turks blew that Russian fighter plane out of the sky. Ooooh, said the internet, panting a bit, it’s World War Three. Which sounds rather over-dramatic. It’s probably all quite simple when you look at it logically. The Russians were in the sky in the first place because Russia is supporting Syria’s leader Assad by dropping bombs on Syria. Turkey doesn’t like Assad, but it doesn’t like Russia either. The Kurds are against Assad, but Turkey doesn’t like the Kurds. UnIslamic State — Daesh for short, because they don’t like it — is against Syria’s Assad, but Russia is against Daesh. Russia is also against the rebels — who are not Daesh — who are opposing Syria’s Assad. Some of these rebels

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  • Meath woman stole €132,000 from employer to repay money taken from previous employer

    A Meath resident stole over €132,000 from a sugar distribution firm to repay €90,000 she had taken from a previous employer to help her family, a court has heard. Amy McAuley (aged 26) went to her father “distraught” after she had committed the thefts and told him she wanted to go to gardai to admit what she had done. Garda Jamie Nolan revealed that McAuley, who received a two year suspended sentence, has since worked a second job and has so far raised €20,000 to pay back the sugar distibutor. McAuley, of Ledwidge Hall, Slane pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing €132,355 from Nordzucker Ireland Ltd, Arena House, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin on three dates between July 23, 2013 and February 26, 2014. q
  • British propaganda on Tom Barry ‘given too much credence’

    IRA Flying Column commander Tom Barry was acutely conscious of the importance of historical narrative when writing about the nature of the War of Independence in west Cork, a leading historian has told a commemoration in Cork. Brian P Murphy, author of The Origins and Organisation of British Propaganda in Ireland told the annual General Tom Barry Commemoration to mark the 95th anniversary of the Kilmichael Ambush on November 28th, 1920, that Barry “placed a high priority on a sound historical narrative”. According to Dr Murphy, Barry in all his writings sought to establish two points – that the IRA units under his command in west Cork and other IRA units elsewhere fought within the rules of war and that there was no sectarian element to the campaign in west Cork.

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  • Formula One 2015: How did each driver perform - and who won't be back next year?

    The sport of Formula One heads for its traditional hibernation following Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. But which driver finished top of the class? And who will be rueing a poor term? We hand out our marks to the class of 2015. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) Started the year in emphatic fashion with 11 poles at the opening 12 races and 10 wins from 16. He won his third world title with three grands prix to spare, and became the first British driver to successfully defend his Formula One crown. Star pupil. GRADE: A Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) Spent much of the year on the back foot to his old foe Hamilton and went nearly five months without winning a race. Made a catastrophic error in Austin q
  • Seven inmates decapitated as 17 die in gang battle at Guatemalan prison

    Seventeen prisoners have been killed in a gang brawl inside an overcrowded Guatemalan prison, including seven who were decapitated, officials said. Victor Mijangos, assistant prosecutor for the Escuintla district, said the fight broke out in the Canada Rehabilitation Farm about 45 miles south of the capital, Guatemala City. “All were killed by machete and knife wounds,” said Mr Mijangos, who entered the prison. Officials found 16 bodies together inside and one more prisoner died of his wounds in hospital. He said officials found the heads of three men, apparently the leaders of a group, on top of a table. Prison system spokesman Rudy Esquivel said the prison was designed to hold 600 inmates, q
  • TERRACE TALK: Liverpool - Every touch in panic mode as Anfield gets anxious

    Small wonder nobody can figure this team out. You don’t know what you’re watching from one week to the next. Anfield in itself is not in a very good place right now. There’s enthusiasm for Klopp, sure, but it’s muted; a suppressed man-crush that dare not speak (or sing) its name. The Kop can barely raise a decibel for anything nowadays, other than to abuse Simon Mignolet, which is fair enough. Even the flags are missing thanks to petty club interference. It was also a sad weekend after we lost one of Shankly’s heroes, Gerry Byrne, the man who played for five days without a rib cage (if you can believe my dad’s Chinese Whispers of yore). Even sadder for poor Sturridge, who now gets brazenly compared

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  • Neighbours finale week: Fake deaths, kidnappings and a mother's dilemma

    Ramsay Street is in for a tumultuous week as the show’s finale approaches, with the Turner, Willis and Robinson families all facing serious turmoil. This year’s series will wrap up as Christmas arrives in Erinsborough – but not everyone is feeling the festive cheer. A preview for the finale shows Lou Carpenter announcing to his loved ones that he is planning to fake his own death. The much-loved Neighbours character, played by the show’s longest-running cast member Tom Oliver, has been appearing infrequently since May to allow the 77-year-old actor more time off – and now he could be set for a longer break. Meanwhile, Amber Turner’s (Jenna Rosenow) decision to leave town with baby Matilda will q
  • When it comes to climate change there is no 'Planet B'

    ANYONE who still doubts that climate change is for real would quickly change their minds if they stood anywhere near the Cliffs of Moher today. They wouldn’t be there for long, though, as the tourist spot is being battered by winds of up to 170km an hour. We have already experienced three major storms here in the past month. Storm Abagail at the beginning of last month was quickly followed by Storm Barney and now Storm Clodagh is sweeping us off our feet. From storms to floods, extreme weather events that we might have expected every 50 years or so are now coming our way with increasing frequency. It is the same the world over. From Dublin to Darwin, the effects of climate change are being felt

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  • Bob Geldof speaks of personal experiences of grief

    Bob Geldof has spoken of his experience of grief over the loss of his mother when he was a child, his former wife Paula Yates and his daughter Peaches last year. He remembers how his father broke the news to him of his mother’s death when he was aged six. “My Dad came into the room and he just sat on the side of the bed and he just said ‘Your Mum died last night’, very baldly. That was a very good lesson for later on in my life.” Paula Yates Geldof would find himself in the same shoes as his father many years later, when having to break the news to his children of the death of their mother Paula Yates, his former wife, in 2000. Speaking to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ, he explained the hustle and

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  • Suicide bereaved gather in Cork church for celebration of light

    Poignant photographs of happier times were placed under the Christmas tree in a Cork church on Sunday as the suicide bereaved gathered for the annual Console Christmas Celebration of Light. Relatives of the deceased lit candles all around the altar prior to the emotional service at the Sacred Heart Church in Western Road, Cork at 4pm. A minute’s silence was also observed to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide. Celebrant Fr Alan Neville said people who are bereaved by suicide are often left completely broken and without hope. “We lose not only our loved ones but our faith in the world and our faith in ourselves. Our theme this afternoon is simply hope. We do hope we can rediscover

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  • Cork Council services to take a hit after Government rate cuts to large companies

    Cork County Council may be forced to cut its services after the Government decided some of the country’s largest companies are paying excessive rates. The council was told the companies would have their rates bill reduced by €1.852m next year. The Government has said it will provide the local authority with a one-off rebate of €1.3m to help negate the loss. But it still leaves the council with a €500,000 shortfall next year, as well as finding €1.85m in 2017. Fianna Fáil councillor Kevin O’Keeffe had standing orders suspended at a meeting in County Hall to discuss the fallout. He said the Government should be more accountable for the move, while his party colleague councillor Seamus McGrath said

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  • Queen respond to claim 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is about Freddie Mercury coming out

    Queen have rubbished claims 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is about Freddie Mercury coming out as gay. The legendary rock band will soon celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 1975 hit, and have denied that the rock-opera anthem was the late Freddie's way of admitting he was gay. Responding to the claims made by biographer Lesley Ann-Jones, guitarist Brian May said: "What's it about? None of us know. "Freddie never talked about it to my knowledge and didn't want to and that's the way it should be. "He had something in his mind and he loved to spin these little pieces of magic. A little bit of reality and little bit of fantasy." Speculation surrounding the song's meaning centres on the lyrics. Mama, I just q