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  • Clinton would seek talks on Brexit fallout if elected

    Hillary Clinton would seek immediate talks with the Irish and UK governments on the impact of Brexit on Ireland if elected US president, one of her most senior aides has said. Speaking a day after Mrs Clinton became the first woman to be nominated to lead a major political party into the US presidential election, Jake Sullivan, her senior policy adviser, said the Democratic candidate’s campaign team was watching the repercussions from the decision of UK voters to leave the European Union last month. “There are so many open questions that have to get worked out within the UK about how they are going to go forward on this issue,” Mr Sullivan told The Irish Times on the fringes of the Democratic

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  • Irish striker Rooney on target in man-of-the-match Europa League display

    Source: Craig Watson HE HAS YET to be handed his senior debut at international level, but Adam Rooney continues to score bags of goals at club level. The 28-year-old Aberdeen striker, who has notched 48 goals in all competitions over the past two seasons, was in action for the Scottish Premiership side in the Europa League second qualifying round this evening. Facing Latvian outfit Ventspils at Pittordie, the Dubliner capped off a man-of-the-match performance with the Dons’ second goal in a 3-0 victory. Five minutes after Irishman Jonny Hayes had set up Jayden Stockey for the opener, Rooney rifled in a second with his left foot on 75 minutes, before on-loan winger Wes Burn headed in a third on

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  • Newton Emerson: DUP opposition to Brexit forum purely parochial

    The DUP’s true objection to an all-Ireland forum has been revealed and it is so parochial it could barely squeeze a drip from a parish pump. When DUP leader Arlene Foster shot down Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s proposal for a forum three weeks ago, her concerns were presumed to be the normal unionist contempt for anything all-Ireland, plus paradoxical indignation at Kenny forgetting to run the idea past her first. But none of this bothered the DUP, according to an interview with its east Belfast MP Gavin Robinson in last Saturday’s News Letter, since confirmed by other party sources. Robinson spoke of the DUP’s “absolute understanding” that there must be “cross-Border discussion” and even proposed that

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  • A Dublin breast-implant maker has raised millions

    DUBLIN-BASED BREAST IMPLANT maker GC Aesthetics has raised $20 million in its latest funding round, which included backing from the owners of Barry’s Tea. The company said the money, its Series D financing round, would be used to help it become the largest supplier of the cosmetic surgery product outside the US. Mid-last year GC Aesthetics filed a prospectus to float on the Nasdaq stock exchange with plans to reportedly raise $75 million in the process. However the idea was shelved in September, with the company citing a global downturn in share markets and instability in emerging economies as the reasons behind it abandoning the plans. A large chunk of its sales come from Latin America, including q
  • Pep Guardiola is getting tough with Man City's overweight players

    Manchester City defender Gael Clichy says new manager Pep Guardiola has banned junk food and warned overweight players they will be exiled from first-team training sessions. Guardiola has been quick to impose the strict discipline which served him well at Barcelona and Bayern Munich as he seeks to make sure his players are fit for the new season. Clichy is impressed with the 45-year-old Spaniard’s contribution so far, claiming any players who do not shape up will find themselves in trouble. The Frenchman told several national newspapers: “If your weight is too high, you’re not training with the team. ‘You hear it a lot but, for my part, it’s the first time any manager has really done it. And

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  • An Bord Pleanala give Center Parcs the green light with 21 conditions  - Home

    Longford’s tourism and economic future looks set to be transformed after An Bord Pleanala today gave the go ahead for a €233m leisure resort in Ballymahon. The board granted planning permission with 21 conditions including that the proposed lodges shall only be used as short-term tourist accommodation and that Biodiversity Action Plan incorporating a Woodland Management Plan shall be submitted. Other conditions include that the requirements of the planning authority in respect of road design shall be determined and complied with in respect of a number of matters. Another condition imposed states that all traffic, both at construction and operational stages, accessing the site shall not use the q
  • Nate Diaz "Won The Lotto Last Time"- Conor McGregor

    There’s less than a month to go until Conor McGregor gets his chance at revenge against Nate Diaz. UFC 202 takes place on August 20th, where the pair will finally face off again. Diaz beat...

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  • Irish Water will replace lead pipes of non-bill payers

    Homeowners who have not paid their Irish Water bills will have the lead pipes leading to their properties replaced, the company has confirmed. Irish Water is to spend about €370 million over the next 10 years replacing lead pipes leading to about 180,000 homes. In about 40,000 of these houses, the lead pipes are “shared backyard” services on the homeowners’ properties. To date, Irish Water has collected €162 million in household water charges – less than half of what it is owed. During the last billing period, from January to March, revenue dropped by more than 45 per cent to €18.3 million, as households reacted to a Government decision to suspend domestic water charges for nine months from July.

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  • 'No one deserves to be the target of abuse online, and it has no place on Twitter'

    Comedian Leslie Jones was the target of racist and abusive tweets earlier this month. TWITTER’S CEO HAS admitted the company does not do enough to help combat abusive tweets on the service. Jack Dorsey made the comments at Twitter’s earnings call last night saying nobody “deserves to be the target of abuse online, and it has no place on Twitter”. “We hope, and we recognise it’s a high hope, to elevate civil discourse, and I emphasise civil discourse there,” he said. “Abuse is not part of civil discourse. It shuts down conversation. It prevents us from understanding each other”. Freedom of expression means little if we allow voices to be silenced because of fear of harassment if they speak up. q
  • Fact file: All you need to know about the 'Center Parcs Longford Forest' holiday village  - Home

    1. €233 million - estimated total cost 2. 395 acres - size of Center Parcs Longford Forest holiday village site in Newcastle Wood, Ballymahon 3. 3,000 - Number of pages in Center Parcs Longford Forest initial planning application to Longford County Council last October 4. 750 jobs - created during construction phase 5. 1,000 jobs - when operational 6. 2019 - date expected to open to guests 7. €400,000 - pre-opening training for employees with a further €140,000 per year from 2019 8. 2,500 guests - holiday village capacity 9. 250,000 - projected number of visitors annually, or a five-fold increase on Longford’s current tourism numbers 10. €32 million - Center Parcs Longford Forest will add to q
  • Sadio Mane says he turned down Manchester United for Liverpool

    LIVERPOOL RECRUIT Sadio Mane says he turned down the opportunity to sign for Manchester United before completing his move to Anfield. Mane, 24, penned a long-term deal with Liverpool after their estimated £34 million bid was accepted by Southampton. However, the attacker confirmed there was interest from United, but he chose to work under Jurgen Klopp over Jose Mourinho. When asked about the United interest, Mane told the Liverpool Echo: “Yes, it was true. “There was interest from a lot of clubs, not just Manchester United, but as soon as I knew Liverpool were interested I just felt it was the right club with the right coach. It was right for me to come here. “Liverpool are a massive club with

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  • Rory McIlroy fancies his chances at the US PGA this weekend

    RORY MCILROY IS confident that he can “excel” at Baltusrol and fancies his chances of winning another major at the US PGA Championship this week. The world number four was unable to add to his tally of four major titles at The Open this month, finishing in a share of fifth as Henrik Stenson was crowned champion at Royal Troon. McIlroy has found the US PGA very much to his liking, winning the final major of the year twice, recording five top-10 finishes and never missing the cut. The Northern Irishman is backing himself to mount a strong challenge in Springfield, New Jersey due to the nature of the course. He said on Tuesday: “It’s a fair golf course. This week especially, I feel like everything’s

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  • Enda Bolger lead tributes to JT McNamara

    Enda Bolger led the tributes to JT McNamara after the former leading amateur rider died aged 41. McNamara was paralysed following a fall at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013, when he fractured two vertebrae in his neck when Galaxy Rock came down at the first fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup. Renowned as one of the best amateur riders the sport has ever seen, McNamara partnered over 600 winners during his career, including four winners at the Cheltenham Festival aboard Rith Dubh (2002 National Hunt Chase), Spot Thedifference (2005 Cross Country Chase), Drombeag (2007 Foxhunter Chase) and Teaforthree (2012 National Hunt Chase). McNamara enjoyed a special relationship with the Bolger-trained

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  • Aughavas GAA club notes

    Aughavas GAA club notes27 July 2016 Lotto on this Sunday night the31st of July. Pota Oir 6,300.00.00. Everyone get selling. Could players please leave envelopes into Mc Caffreys before Sunday Under 14 Championship Under 14 championship starting shortly , check with Noel regards games & training. Croagh Patrick Climb. Annual Reek Sunday Climb takes place on this Bank holiday weekend 31st of July, Like to book a seat on the bus ring Gerry 087 6860261 as soon as possible , Well done to St. Josephs ladies who had a good win over Kiltubrid on Sunday last in the championship. They now face Aughawillin in the semifinal and also congrats to St. Josephs under 14 team who had a great win over Drumkeerin

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  • "We have created a monster and now we have to feed him"

    "We have created a monster and now we have to feed him"27 July 2016 Former Munster Council chairman Sean Fogarty believes the new GAA/GPA deal will drive a wedge between inter-county and club players. The GAA and GPA unveiled details on Monday of a new framework agreement for the period 2017-2019 which includes a number of significant increases in benefits for inter-county players. When asked for his reaction by The Examiner, the Tipperary man replied: “In one sentence, we have created a monster and now we have to feed him. “I would have serious reservations about just how much is being made available to the inter-county player when it’s the club player who is struggling most.” He continued:

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  • Martin keen to make amends

    Martin keen to make amends27 July 2016 Westmeath's Ray Connellan and Kieran Martin scuffle with Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin. Westmeath’s Kieran Martin admits that they need to do more when it comes to the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers. The Lake County enter the back door route this weekend when they take on Mayo at Croke Park on Saturday evening. Last year, the Midlanders bowed out to Fermanagh in their first qualifier and Martin revealed to the Westmeath Independent that is a result that still annoys the squad. “The Fermanagh match was probably more disappointing than the Leinster final last year,” stated Martin. “We had a few injuries going into it which didn’t help and lads were tired as well,

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  • Laois players want Sugrue

    Laois players want Sugrue27 July 2016 South Kerry manager John Sugrue ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan by Jackie Cahill The Laois senior footballers want Kerry native John Sugrue to become their next manager. Portlaoise-based Sugrue founded the Laois physiotherapy clinic in 2011 and will be sounded out about his availability. It is understood that a delegation of players met with county board chiefs on Monday after Mick Lillis resigned to discuss a successor. And they informed O’Moore County top brass that Sugrue, who guided South Kerry to county championship glory in the Kingdom last year, is the man to take them forward. Sugrue is a highly-rated coach and manager who was physio to the Laois senior footballers

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  • Ulster U21 HC final: Glensmen survive Oak Leaf scare

    Antrim were pushed all the way by Derry at Loughgiel tonight but captured their eighth successive provincial crown with a 0-16 to 1-9 victory. Saul McCaughan was the match-winner for Ollie Bellew's charges, chipping in with a fine personal tally of 0-9, six of those scores coming during the last 18 minutes of the contest. Cormac O’Doherty’s goal meant that the Oak Leaf County - seeking their first title since 2008 - led by double scores at the interval, 1-5 to 0-4, and the visitors still held a four-point advantage eleven minutes into the second half after the first four points upon the resumption were shared, outstanding Slaughtneil clubman O'Doherty's fifth point making it 1-7 to 0-6. Substitute Cormac Ross levelled the scores in the 44th minute, 0-10 to 1-7, and further strikes from Maol Connolly, Alec Delargy, Christy McNaughton and the irrepressible McCaughan finally put an end to Derry's brave bid.

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  • Gallagher braced for Cork challenge

    Gallagher braced for Cork challenge27 July 2016 Donegal manager Rory Gallagher. Rory Gallagher is adamant his Donegal team is a 'match for anybody in the country' ahead of this Saturday's All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Cork in Croke Park. The Tir Chonaill men finished second best to Tyrone in the Ulster SFC decider but their manager believes they can bounce back this weekend. “When you've won the All-Ireland as recently as we have in 2012, we feel we're a match for anybody in the country,” he remarked to The Irish News. “If Tyrone were seen as the benchmark, there was very little between the two teams. We're looking forward and at the minute the full focus is on Cork.” The Fermanagh native

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  • Breheny to bide his time

    Breheny to bide his time27 July 2016 Leitrim's Ciaran Gilheany and Gary Reynolds with Mark Breheny of Sligo. Sligo veteran Mark Breheny is in no hurry to make a decision on his inter-county future. The St Mary’s clubman captained the Yeats County and earned his 51st championship appearance in the All-Ireland SFC qualifier defeat to Clare earlier this month. Breheny has been one of the best forwards that the county has ever produced, but he admitted to the Sligo Champion that he has much to consider over the coming weeks. “Every year, it becomes more difficult and especially now with the extra pressure with work and family,” said Breheny. “I haven’t discussed it yet with my wife or family so we

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