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  • Storm Ophelia: Third victim killed by falling tree after leaving work early

    One of the three victims of Storm Ophelia died when a tree fell on his car as he travelled home early from work. Fintan Goss was a married man and father of two young children from Ravensdale, Co Louth. His car was struck by a falling tree at Ravensdale on the old Dublin to Belfast main road at about 2.45pm as Storm Ophelia raged. Louth TD for Fine Gael Peter Fitzpatrick, said: “I know Fintan personally, he was a very good person, a lovely fella,” The chairman of Dundalk Municipal District Council, John McGahon, said: “Fintan and the Goss family are extremely well regarded in the community. He will be greatly missed by his friends, family and the local community in Ravensdale. Our thoughts are

  • South Kerry takes the brunt of storm-force winds

    The South Kerry coast took the brunt of the storm-force winds, which caused extensive flooding and left many roads impassable. Thousands of homes from Rathmore in the foothills of the Paps on the Cork border to Glencar valley hidden in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks were left without power. By late afternoon, the ESB had estimated that almost 16,000 customers were without electricity in South Kerry, with another 5,000 in North Kerry needing repairs. Tourists huddled in hotels as the storm raged, with towns and villages across the county deserted. Slates came off St Mary’s Cathedral in Killarney and dozens of tress fell in the Killarney National Park which had closed to the public. The storm began

  • Mercedes-Benz recalling cars over airbag issue

    Mercedes-Benz is reportedly recalling thousands of its cars over a potential problem with its airbags. The problem affects certain A, B, C, and E-Class models, together with CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles, built between November 2011 and July 2017. The recall is affecting 400,000 cars in the UK. A spokesman for the Irish operation confirmed that models sold in Ireland will be affected. He said: “The Mercedes-Benz organisation in Ireland confirms that the matter - which relates to the functioning of the driver’s airbag - was notified to them, since when the process of gathering the necessary information required prior to initiating a recall here has been underway.” According to reports, if the steering

  • Donald Trump says 'he hears' Ireland is about to drop its corporation tax rate to 8%

    Source: Alex Brandon/PA Images US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump this evening claimed that Ireland is set to drop its corporation tax rate. Trump is campaigning for a drop in America’s own rate of 35% to 20%, and has been arguing that the US must do so in order to remain commercially competitive. In an (unscheduled) speech in the White House’s Rose Garden, alongside Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell, Trump embarked on a tangent of justification for such a move, including namechecking Ireland’s rate, and seemingly contradicting Paschal Donohoe’s Budget from last Tuesday. “You look at other countries and what they’ve done, and we’re competing with other countries,” he said. “When China

  • Sean Hughes: coruscating comic talent who never compromised

    They were Irish comedy’s equivalent of the Famous Five, though nobody ever called them that. Michael Redmond, Kevin McAleer, Ian MacPherson, Owen O’Neill and Sean Hughes dragged Irish comedy out of its Jury’s Irish Cabaret backwater in the 1980s and kicked open an international door, through which Dylan Moran, Graham Norton and others were later able to amble through. The comedian, who had liver cirrhosis, has died at the age of 51. As the youngest and cheekiest of the five, Hughes became a sensation when at the age of 24 he won the prestigious Perrier Prize (now the Edinburgh Comedy Awards) at the Edinburgh Festival in 1990. Hughes’ celebrity wattage has dimmed in recent years. But this is largely

  • Ryanair crew at Stansted turn down wage increase

    Ryanair’s efforts to calm disgruntled pilots were dealt a blow after crew at London Stansted Airport turned down a wage increase that was meant as a peace offering, people familiar with the matter said. At a Friday meeting, the majority of flight crew at the budget carrier’s biggest base voted against a deal from chief executive Michael O’Leary for annual raises of up to €22,000 for captains and €11,000 for first officers, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the discussions are private. A spokesman for Ryanair said it doesn’t comment on “rumour or speculation”. After years of grumbling over working conditions, Ryanair’s aviators have been emboldened by a crisis that saw Europe’s biggest budget airline scrap more than 20,000 flights over botched vacation planning.

  • Journalist who exposed Malta's Panama Papers link killed in car bomb

    A Maltese investigative journalist who had exposed her EU island nation’s links with the so-called Panama Papers was killed when a bomb destroyed her car near her home on Monday. Daphne Caruana Galizia (53) had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a town outside the capital Valletta, when the bomb exploded, sending the vehicle’s wreckage spiralling over a wall and into a field. Prime minister Joseph Muscat acknowledged she was “one of my harshest critics, on a political and personal level”, but denounced the “barbaric attack” as “unacceptable” violence that also assaulted freedom of expression. Ms Caruana Galizia was named by Politico magazine among the 28 Europeans who are “shaping, shaking and stirring” Europe.