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  • Hutch shooting: ‘I’d be afraid of me life, no one is going to say anything here’

    A crowd of about 50 people gathered at the corner of Poplar Row and Annelsey Place on Monday night across from the modern four-storey apartment block where a man in his 50s was shot dead. The man was named by local people as Eddie Hutch, a brother of Gerry Hutch, also known as The Monk. He was shot at about 7.45pm inside the block of apartments and duplex housing. Several residents from the local authority flats opposite had rushed from their homes, many in nightclothes, after hearing shots fired. Dublin gangland shooting 1: Portland Row, where one man was shot dead on Monday at 7.45pm 2: St Patrick's Parade: suspected getaway car found 3: Regency Hotel, scene of Friday's attack by up to six

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  • New footage shows majesty of 'biggest shark in the world'

    More footage has been released of what experts are calling the biggest shark in the world. This incredible video of the seven metre monster, dubbed Deep Blue, was shot off Guadalupe Island near Mexico in November 2013. Diving enthusiast Michael Maier, 48, only released the clip recently and it shows the female shark, thought to be pregnant at the time, dwarfing the divers as she circled their cage. In the film, Michael describes his encounter with the ocean giant. He said: "She was very calm, not at all nervous and she was just doing her circles around us. She was very interested in us and had been really looking at us. "During her circles, we realised how big she was, somewhere around seven

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  • Homeless man with trust fund seeks further €4,500

    A homeless man, who shares a €1.5m trust fund with his sister, is to ask a judge to make him a part payment of €4,500 to “keep a roof over his head” pending a trial to determine his full entitlement. Counsel Paul Howard told Judge Jacqueline Linnane in the Circuit Civil Court yesterday that she had earlier directed that €4,500 be paid to Declan Heffernan to provide him with shelter during the cold spell over Christmas and New Year. Mr Howard, who appeared for Mr Heffernan with solicitors CN Doherty and Co, said the earlier payment had been used to pay hotel accommodation for him but that money had run out. He said solicitor Colm Doherty was paying Mr Heffernan’s hotel bill until a further payout

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  • So nobody has an issue with the 1916 plaque at Glasnevin ?

    I wonder are you and your readers aware of the intention of the authorities at Glasnevin Cemetery to erect a memorial wall on which will be inscribed the names of the patriots who were killed during Easter Week 1916 — to be intermingled with the names of the the British Army in alphabetical order. Details of this can be found on the website of the Glasnevin Trust. This project has the tacit support of our government and was launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny early last year. Apparently the two commemoration committees appointed by government did not find it a problem, nor indeed do any of our elected representatives, none of whom have uttered a word about it and, astonishingly, the latter, including

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  • Fintan O’Toole: Irish people do not get to elect a government

    When it comes to Irish elections, the bloody obvious is usually wrong. The most obvious thing about this election is that, on February 26th, the Irish people will go to the polls to choose a government. And it is simply not true. We don’t get to elect our government. We elect a parliament which in turn votes a government into office. Once we’ve cast our ballots we have absolutely no control over this process. So when we’re told over and over that we must think very carefully about which government we choose, it’s a big lie. If that’s what you think you’ll be doing on February 26th, you are suffering from delusions of grandeur. The honest reality is that none of us really knows what our elected

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  • Kerry driver guilty of crash perjury

    A woman twice testified in court that she was injured in a car crash in Cork despite the fact that she was probably 100km away in Kerry at the relevant time and yesterday she was sentenced for perjury. Remona O’Leary-Quilligan, of 35, Hazelwood Drive, Killarney, Co Kerry, gave evidence in Cork Circuit Court on October 12, 2011, that she was injured in a car crash in January 2009 involving her husband, from whom she since separated. Judge Séan Ó Donnabháin dismissed that claim in 2011. The dismissed case was appealed to the High Court where Mr Justice Eamon DeValera also dismissed the action in February 2012. Questioned by gardaí in April 2014 about the evidence she had given in the two court

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  • Thousands turn out as remains of Padre Pio go on display in the Vatican

    THE embalmed body of Padre Pio has been paraded through the streets of Rome as part of events to mark the Catholic Jubilee Year. The remains of the Catholic venerated Italian friar - who died almost 50 years ago - wearing a silicone mask were taken to St Peter's Basilica to be blessed by Pope Francis. The body of St Pio was moved from its resting place in a sanctuary at San Giovanni Rotondo in southern Italy last week. The remains of another saint, Leopold Mandic, a Croatian Capuchin, was also brought to Rome to be put on display. As their remains were brought through Rome, thousands of onlookers cheered and took pictures. The remains of the two saints, which were brought to the Vatican at the q
  • ‘I didn’t want to die but I wanted to shut down this awful terrifying place I was in'

    My story happens to be central to the story of Suicide or Survive (SOS), the charity I set up in 2003 to break down the stigma of mental health and suicide. I was working as a legal secretary in London when – without realising it – my mental health began to take a dip. When I came back to Dublin, I remember standing in front of a man and thinking I needed to get out of there. I felt something horrendous was going to happen. I can say now that it was a panic attack. It got progressively worse. I didn’t tell people because I was worried they would think I was mad. I wasn’t feeling right and I didn’t have the words to describe it. When I told my husband, he said I needed to go to a doctor. I ended

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  • Man accused of asset transfer fraud in Dublin

    A businessman has allegedly attempted to frustrate the enforcement of a €6.9 million judgment obtained against him three years ago by fraudulently transferring properties which could be used to satisfy the debt, it has been claimed in the Commercial Court. John Meagher, who owned the properties in Dublin’s Charlemont Street, is still their beneficial owner because he provided money to a man to buy them in a rushed off-market transaction before a bank moved against Mr Meagher over his debt, it claimed. Charlefort Investments Ltd, which is part of property developers, the Clancourt Group, says in December 2014, one of its related companies took legal assignment of the €6.9m judgment obtained against Mr Meagher by Danske Bank in February 2013.

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  • Miriam Lord: Enda’s fairytale visit to south Dublin

    The group of young mothers in the non-Fine Gael alcove were absolutely livid. As the cream of the party’s South County Dublin crop tried to contain their excitement at the imminent approach of Enda, the women had been content to ignore them and continue with their coffee and chat. Suddenly, an advance party of purposeful looking men burst through their little cordon of buggies. Like truffle dogs on the scent of the mother lode, they made straight for the babies. Then the photographers moved in. The truffle dogs moved aside for Enda. The women were aghast, not least their friend who was breastfeeding in the corner. The other babies bawled. It was a terrible pity Gerry Adams wasn’t there to soothe

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  • Lessons to be learned by GAA from way rugby deals with media relations

    I’M SITTING writing this in the press working room at the Aviva Stadium. My stomach is full. Cottage pie, potatoes, rice. As much of it as you please. There are strange faces all around me, chewing over both the grub on offer and the fat of Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Wales, which kicks off 90 minutes from now. Last Friday, a media schedule for the week popped into the email inbox. Ireland will hold four press events, it says. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. At Carton House during the week, I’m the rabbit in the headlights. New to it all. Rory Best is standing in the foyer, just having a chat with Gerry Thornley. Down through the ageing, narrow corridors of the old, but extremely q
  • Rudy Giuliani blasts Beyonce’s half-time performance at Super Bowl 50

    Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani blasted Beyoncé’s half-time performance at Super Bowl 50 as “outrageous” due to its apparent allusions to the Black Lives Matter movement and black power imagery. “This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive,” Giuliani said on Fox & Friends. Beyoncé’s single, ‘Formation’, brims with cultural and political references to the struggles of the black community. The video for the track opens with Beyoncé crouching atop a New Orleans police cruiser, up to its tires in flood water. A young boy in a black hoodie —

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  • Rite & Reason: Defining the present in terms of past sacrifice is wrong

    Recent articles in The Irish Times revisited the question of the relationship between sacrifice and religiously sanctioned political violence. Since 9/11 theologians, political scientists and psychologists have scrambled to understand this lethal relationship. The Irish experience has a great deal to contribute and our reflections are needed in the light of the Irish resurgence of sacrificial language and rituals in 2016 and also because of religiously sanctioned political threats throughout the world. The annual competitive parades to the graves of Irish martyrs speak volumes. Sacrificial discourse establishes a hierarchy of beneficiaries, often with competing groups claiming the spoils. Anthropologist

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  • Oil to stay low ‘for 10 years’ according to Vitol Group chief executive Ian Taylor

    Oil prices will stay low for up to 10 years as Chinese economic growth slows and the US shale industry acts as a cap on any rally, according to the world’s largest independent oil-trading house. “It’s hard to see a dramatic price increase,” Vitol Group chief executive Ian Taylor told Bloomberg in an interview, saying prices were likely to bounce around a band with a mid-point of $50 a barrel for the next decade. “We really do imagine a band,” probably between $40 and $60 a barrel, he said. “I can see that band lasting for five to 10 years. I think it’s fundamentally different.” The lower boundary would imply little recovery for Brent crude, the global benchmark, which traded for $33.38 early

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  • Surprise at Continuity IRA claim over David Byrne murder

    CLAIMS that the Continuity IRA shot dead David Byrne in revenge for the murder of Real IRA boss Alan Ryan have been met with surprise. Gardai have linked the 35-year-old’s cold-blooded execution to a gangland feud between two Dublin crime families. In recent years the Continuity IRA has undergone major upheaval, resulting in a debilitating split and the emergence of a breakaway faction centred mostly in Limerick, but with members across Ireland. Observers believe that if republicans were involved in Friday's killing, it was most likely this faction. A statement on Monday night suggested the mainstream Continuity IRA, which has links to Republican Sinn Féin, had no involvement in the brazen gun q
  • This cover of Mo Ghille Mear from the UCD Choral Scholars is spine-tingling

    The UCD Choral Scholars have released a new video showcasing their considerable talent. With Mark Waters on solo, their beautiful version of the old Irish standard ’Mo Ghille Mear’ (My Gallant Hero) is taken from their new debut album of Irish choral music called ’Invisible Stars’. We’ll think you agree that it’s stirring. More please! H/T:

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  • #GE16 letter

    Michael A Moriarty's letter to the editor has been one of our more popular stories today so we have reproduced it here for your consideration.  Now that the General Election date has been set, and those elected will shortly pay tribute to those Irish men and women who took part in the rebellion of 1916, I suggest people should consider the words of James Connolly when he said: “If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. “England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole

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  • Ex-jockey Darren Egan hit with 12-year ban

    Former jockey Darren Egan has been suspended from racing for 12 years. Egan was found guilty of corruption charges last November but the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has now published details of the length of his ban. The Longford man, a former leading apprentice, was found to have engaged in a conspiracy with unlicensed individual Philip Langford, who at the time was given an immediate exclusion order which will remain in place for at least the next 15 years. A BHA disciplinary panel said Langford laid Egan’s rides between June 17 and July 16, 2013, with the jockey charged with having deliberately ridden to lose in two of those races — at Chepstow (Imperial Spirit) on July 12 and at Bath (Tregereth) on July 16.

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  • 5 expert tips for perfect pancakes from a head chef

    It’s Shrove Tuesday, the one day of the year when many of us try and sometimes fail to make homemade pancakes. If you usually buy a ready-made mix, drop your pancake mid-flop or always manage to produce a thick stodgy mess, we’ve got some top tips from head chef at 5* hotel The Arch London, Gary Durrant. So you really can’t go wrong this year. Here are his pearls of pancake wisdom. 1. Pick a pancake style Almost every country and culture has its own version of pancakes, from a Malaysian ‘Lempeng’ made with banana and coconut, to a French crepe, fat Canadian pancake stack, or classic British pancakes served with sugar and lemon. The mixture for pancakes differs depending on the country’s readily

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  • Media tipped off days before Regency hotel attack but gardaí deny having information

    Six days before the horrific attack at the Regency Hotel, it was reported that senior criminals had flown to Dublin to attend boxing events. Almost a week before David Byrne was shot dead in front of crowds attending the weigh-in, national media had been tipped off that members of the Kinahan gang had arrived in from Spain. Last Friday as the six armed men — at least one dressed as a woman — arrived at the Regency Hotel in Drumcondra, a number of crime journalists and photographers were there to record the horrific daylight shooting. It begs the question, if journalists knew that criminals were in the city and were due to attend the event, how did An Garda Síochána not have the same intelligence?

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