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  • 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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  • 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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  • ‘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
  • 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
  • Renua proposes plan to scrap motor tax

    Motor tax should be abolished and replaced with a pay-at-the-pumps charge which would ultimately save motorists and the State money, according to Renua Ireland. The proposal will form part of the party’s pre-budget submission, which it and other opposition parties will launch this week. Fianna Fáil will propose reducing tax on savings, helping low and middle-income workers by widening the USC bands and special tax credits for the self-employed. Renua believes the current motor tax system is archaic, inefficient, and costly to operate. It wants to replace motor taxes with a direct levy on fuel that is collected at source. This would add 3c to the price of a litre of petrol and 4c to diesel. The

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  • 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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  • 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
  • Further delay to Ibrahim Halawa hearing

    Eygpt’s ambassador to Ireland snubbed efforts by an Oireachtas committee to attend yesterday’s scheduled court hearing in Cairo of the mass trial involving Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa. The 19-year-old Dubliner’s trial was adjourned for a ninth time, this time to December 15, apparently because two of the 494 defendants failed to appear. Amnesty International head in Ireland, Colm O’Gorman, described the latest development as “obscene” and Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan, who visited Ibrahim in prison during the summer, called for immediate intervention by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. She accused the Government of treating Ibrahim “like some sort of part-time Irishman” and said it was time they acknowledged

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  • Chinese President Jinping ays no to naming Mark Zuckerberg unborn child

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was left disappointed when Chinese President Xi Jinping refused his request to name his unborn child at a White House dinner last week. With Facebook still banned in China, the President remained unyielding to Zuckerberg as he turned down his request for a Chinese name for his child, the said. Zuckerberg was seated at the head table with United States President Barack Obama and his family and Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the state dinner, which was attended by several figures from the US tech and media sectors. According to reports, Zuckerberg spoke in Mandarin to the president, asking him whether or not he would do him and his wife the

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  • WATCH: Thierry Henry’s reaction to sacking of Brendan Rodgers is Twitter’s new favourite thing

    So Brendan Rodgers was finally sacked by Liverpool this afternoon. It didn’t come as a huge shock to anyone involved in football - except Thierry Henry. He was STUNNED by the news judging by his face, but through his shock he realised the trauma would be even greater for Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher. So he laid a consoling hand on Carragher’s leg, to let the scouser know he was there at this difficult time. We think Carra was more thrown by the hand than the sacking to be honest. Poor Rodgers. He gets sacked and then Henry goes and hogs all the attention.

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  • 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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  • WATCH: Crazy commentary and wild celebrations at Leitrim County Final

    No victory is quite as sweet as one gained with a last-minute score. But even the ‘Hail Mary’ option seemed to have failed Mohill as Glencar-Manorhamilton looked set to clear their lines and collect the silverware. However a dramatic turnover found its way to Ronan Kennedy – the coolest man in Carrick-on-Shannon – who calmly side-stepped the final defender and rolled the ball to the net. And then, “Look at the celebrations that’s going on!” By the way, see if you can spot the wheeling celebrations of one Mohill player, who goes on an immediate lap of honour after the final whistle! The significance of the 1-4 to 0-6 victory was especially great as it was the club’s first Fenagh Cup since the

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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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  • Assad: US strikes spread terrorism

    President Bashar al-Assad said a military campaign by Russia, Syria and its allies will decide the fate of the Middle East, and a year of US-led air strikes against Islamic State militants had only helped the spread of terrorism. In an interview with Iranian television, Assad said if Syria, Russia, Iran and Iraq unite in battling terrorism their efforts would yield practical results. He was speaking days after Russian jets, based in western Syria, launched air strikes against targets Moscow has identified as Islamic State bases, but which Assad’s opponents say disproportionately hit rival, foreign-backed insurgents. “The chances of this alliance’s success are big, not small,” Assad said, adding

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  • Ken Early: Mourinho may already have lost the Chelsea dressing room

    Is Jose Mourinho trying to get himself sacked? After his extraordinary seven-minute TV harangue in the aftermath of Chelsea’s defeat to Southampton, you had to wonder. Mourinho told Sky Sports that he had no intention of resigning and that if the club wanted rid of him, they would have to sack him. This was strange, since he had not been asked anything about his future. After all, it’s still only five months since Chelsea won the league. There was every chance the reporter might not even have raised the question of the sack. Second Captains Managers usually aren’t eager to be the first to mention the S-word, because once it’s in the conversation it can be hard to dampen speculation. So it was

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  • Are Microsoft about to launch the Surface Pro 4, Band 2 and new Lumia phones?

    Microsoft are hosting an event tomorrow which is likely to unveil a host of new gadgets from the tech giants. A mixture of leaks and rumours have led many to conclude that we can expect to see the new Surface Pro 4 tablet’s debut appearance, as well as Microsoft’s Band 2. The latest Lumia offerings – the 950 and 950 XL – should also be on display, after Microsoft appeared to inadvertently share details of the devices on its website. Windows 10 for mobile is due to be rolled out, and there are indications this could soon extend to Xbox One. Here is what we know so far about the forthcoming devices. Surface Pro 4 Details are sketchy about the new Microsoft laptop-tablet, but it is expected to be

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  • Glen Hansard: ‘I’m not setting out to be a master’

    As usual, Glen Hansard is in thoughtful mode. With each passing year, his beard is more salt than pepper, and his hair is starting to swap red hues for grey, but at 45 he is coming into his own, as an artist and a person. Sitting in the top-floor cafe in Dublin’s Tower Records, surrounded by music books and faux-Banksy wall-hangings, he is recalling the time more than 10 years ago when the Frames were in Ventry, Co Kerry, in the process of making their game-changing album For the Birds. “We’d have long discussions about the songs and who owned them, so to speak. We agreed that for the album it was all about the songs, nothing else; they dictated everything we were doing, they’d let us know what

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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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  • Cheika the man for the big occasion

    Ronan O’Gara analyses all the big issues at the Rugby World Cup. The Wallabies have a serious boss for the big performance Australia’s win over England at Twickenham last Saturday night shows me they have one serious man in Michael Cheika for organising a team for big performance. I thought they were unbelievably clinical and the first try that Bernard Foley scored, if you pulled that off in training against your B team you would be unbelievably happy. For it to come off against an England team defending for their lives it was a fantastic bit of analysis and the work between Kurtley Beale and Foley was incredible. And to think Beale had just come off the bench. To have someone with that ability

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  • Floods Ravage French Riviera at least 17 Dead

    - Torrential rains pounded the French Riviera overnight Saturday, dumping nearly 18 centimeters of rain in three hours on the fabled Mediterranean coastline and turning it into a sea of mud. Authorities say at least 17 people were killed. Residents said victims were found dead in homes, campsites and cars submerged in a tunnel in a town between Cannes and Antibes, where several others were found dead in a retirement home. Hundreds of Italian pilgrims -- many of them elderly and returning from the Roman Catholic shrine at Lourdes -- were stranded on trains in the region, while hundreds of tourists were holed up at shut down regional airports. French President Francois Hollande visited the region

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