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  • Garda among two dead in Louth shooting

    A garda was shot dead last night after responding to a domestic disturbance at a house in Co Louth. The shooting happened after a woman had gone to gardaí in Omeath on the Cooley Peninsula and expressed her fear that her partner was going to kill her and himself. The gardaí escorted her to the property on the Mullach Álainn estate in the north Louth village to collect her personal items. When the woman entered the home, the man shot her. A garda followed the woman into the bedroom, where he was fatally shot with a handgun. The deceased garda, Tony Golden, a married father of three, had gone to the house just before 6.30pm. Dissident Crevan Mackin, a 24-year-old originally from Co Down, was on

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  • Farewell to Paul O’Connell, the greatest leader Ireland ever had

    Sean Farrell reports from the Millennium Stadium IT WAS HORRIBLE to watch. Like a slow-motion scene from a tragic war movie, Paul O’Connell delved as deep as he has ever dug inside himself. After a horrible twist of the knee, the play went on in front of him. He looked up, forced his mighty hands into the turf and heaved himself off the grass, only for another bullet of pain to put him down again. Source: James Crombie/INPHO His troops could see him writhing in agony 30 yards ahead on the horizon, but they couldn’t waste time worrying. They had to continue on as if were O’Connell was still standing by their side, roaring orders and pushing through tackle after tackle. Joe Schmidt admitted the

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  • 21 of Ireland’s cosiest pubs for a pint by the fire

    IRELAND DOESN’T DO good weather. But you know what Ireland does better than anywhere else in the world? Places to escape from bad weather. Is there anything better than a pub with a fire on a cold day? Here are some of the best. 1. P Egans, Moate The kind of pub you’re always hoping to come across. Small, old-fashioned with a turf fire in the fireplace and some eccentric regulars to help the conversation along. 2. The Lord Edward, Dublin For an oasis on a busy Saturday night in Dublin, troop upstairs to the Lord Edward’s lounge. There, you will find a warm fire and cold pints (and even table service if you play your cards right). Beautiful. 3. The South Pole, Annascaul It’s easy to drive by the

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  • X Factor 2015: Mason Noise booted off after on-stage row with Simon Cowell

    The X Factor’s Mason Noise was sensationally axed from the competition after being branded “a complete a******e” by Simon Cowell. The cocky 21-year-old clashed with the TV mogul during the Six Chair Challenge following a bizarre strop over the length of his audition slot. Noise belted out a mash-up of tunes from The Weeknd, Blackstreet and Justin Timberlake, with a little help from a singing partner who also danced with him on the stage. The crowd loved the performance, but it all went wrong when the music stopped. “I’ve got something to say. Y’know what? I invite you all to film this, or put up your phones. They ain’t going to throw four or five thousand people out,” Noise said. The X Factor

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  • HSE stops payments to Lloyds Pharmacy in fees row

    The Health Service Executive has stopped payments worth hundreds of thousands of euro a month to the State’s largest pharmacy chain in a row over how it claims dispensing fees. The HSE says it won’t reimburse claims made by Lloyds Pharmacy for phased dispensing until it is satisfied with the reasonableness and accuracy of the claims. Lloyds has significantly boosted its dispensing fee income by claiming multiple payments from the State for single prescriptions presented by medical card holders. The HSE, in correspondence seen by The Irish Times, says the practice “constitutes fraud” and must cease immediately in all Lloyds outlets. Its suspension of payments is likely to cost the company at least

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  • How to Double Your Money Every 4 Years

    In a recent study, a group of University professors show how 539 individual investors were able to consistently double their money every 3.5 years.

  • Ireland football fans come up with greatest banner of all time

    Shane Long wrote his name into the history books on Thursday night with a superb match-winning goal against Germany. Ireland fans have a new hero, and one group has come up with the banner to end all banners in his honour. Take a bow lads, superb stuff. Shane Long has been rewarded with a starting place against Poland tonight. Republic of Ireland team to face Poland - Randolph, Coleman, Keogh, O Shea, Brady; Whelan McCarthy Hendrick, McClean, Walters, Long. q
  • Budget 2016: Respite care payment to be restored

    Tánaiste Joan Burton is preparing to undo a range of welfare cuts in tomorrow’s budget, including a full restoration of the respite care grant. As the Taoiseach indicated his intention for a spring election, it emerged that the Government will reverse the €325 cut to the grant paid to more than 77,000 carers. Ms Burton will also increase the Christmas bonus to €168 for a single person and €264 for a couple in tomorrow’s budget, as well as increase the fuel allowance. Senior Government sources indicated the budget would focus on two key themes: the economic recovery and family and childcare. A reform of the Universal Social Charge will be the centrepiece of the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s

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  • Twitter is livid at Lewandowski leading Poland to victory

    After 10 games in Group D, two play-off games remain between Ireland and Euro 2016. A 2-1 defeat to Poland meant that a ‘Super Sunday’ for Irish sport ended up with Ireland gate-crashing Poland’s party. It could’ve been different too, even after Grzegorz Krychowiak had given the Poles a 13th-minute lead. After all, Twitter hadn’t even time to react before Ireland were level! Walters was key in stopping the World Champions, but Ireland were finding Robert Lewandowski a whole other task. Although we could’ve tried marking him! Not everyone impressed with the Polish front-man, particularly Brian Kerr! And Eamon Dunphy was grabbing attention too for his description of Poland’s Pazdan. …As well as

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  • Historical certainty elusive at Jerusalem’s holiest place

    Within Jerusalem’s holiest site, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims, lies an explosive historical question that cuts to the essence of competing claims to what may be the world’s most contested piece of real estate. The question, which many books and scholarly treatises have never definitively answered, is whether the 37-acre site, home to Islam’s sacred Dome of the Rock shrine and al-Aqsa Mosque, was also the precise location of two ancient Jewish temples, one built on the remains of the other, and both long since gone. Those temples are integral to Jewish religious history and to Israel’s disputed assertions of sovereignty over all of Jerusalem. Many Palestinians,

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  • English Jockey left a paraplegic after race fall suing Australian jockey who won race - Irish Sun

    Irish Sun Monday 12th October, 2015 LONDON, UK - An English jockey who suffered acute spinal cord injuries in a race fall in Australia six years ago is suing a fellow jockey who he says caused the fall. It was the second last race of the day at Queanbeyan, near Canberra, on June 28 2009 when Paul Goode's mount Shot Of The Rails fell in the back straight, about 1,000 metres from the finish in the Cemex Building Handicap over 1,460 metres. The horse crashed through the running rail catapulting Goode to the inside cinders track. The extent of the 31-year old rider's condition was such that ambulance officers refused to move him until a helicopter could transport him to hospital. Unfortunately a

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  • Chances of Ireland being seeded for playoff draw all but gone

    After last night’s result in Warsaw it is now highly unlikely that Ireland will be one of the four seeded teams in the Euro 2016 play-off draw. In Group C third place will either be Ukraine or Slovakia. Ukraine are significantly higher than Ireland in the Uefa ranking while, assuming Slovakia beat Luxembourg in their final game tonight, they will also overtake Ireland. Ukraine need to beat Spain to pip Hungary to the automatic spot for the best third-placed team, but Hungary, who finished third in Group I, sit two spots ahead of Ireland in the Uefa table. Assuming Sweden beat Moldova in their final Group G game, they will also overtake Martin O’Neill’s team. As it stands the four teams set to

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  • Jeremy Corbyn refuses to comment on alleged links with IRA

    Jeremy Corbyn has refused to comment on further allegations about his links with the IRA. At the height of the “armed struggle” against the British authorities in the 1980s and early 1990s the Labour leader regularly spoke at official republican commemorations for dead terrorists, “prisoners of war” and the active “soldiers of the IRA”, according to the Sunday Telegraph. The official programme for a 1988 event, held shortly after the IRA killed three British servicemen in the Netherlands, stated that “force of arms is the only method capable of bringing about a free and united Socialist Ireland”. The newspaper said Mr Corbyn, then a backbench MP, was general secretary of hard-Left magazine London Labour Briefing when it produced an article praising the Brighton bombing. q
  • Joe Brolly: The GAA doesn’t have to apologise to anyone

    IN 2008, Martin McAleese, husband of then President Mary, attended a meeting between loyalist commanders and community leaders, and Ryan Feeney, a high ranking member of the Ulster Council of the GAA. The loyalists were interested in the GAA’s community model and how it could help regenerate the protestant ghettoes in Belfast. The summit took place in the community centre on the Shankill Road. After Martin and Ryan had made a lengthy presentation, the two men shared some tea and buns with the group. Jackie McDonald, the notorious UDA brigadier, warmly shook their hands. ” great to have you here,” he said. “Thanks Jackie” said Feeney, “I wonder what would have happened if we’d come here 10 years

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  • Chairwoman of Irish Water parent to resign

    Rose Hynes, the chairwoman of Ervia, the State company that controls Irish Water, plans to resign from the role this week to focus on other commitments. Ms Hynes recently joined the board of agri-business company, Origin Enterprises, and also chairs the Shannon Group, the State entity responsible for Shannon Airport and the region’s tourism and commercial development. Owen Killian is shortly due to step down as chair of Origin. Ervia confirmed yesterday that she has signalled her intention to resign as its chairwoman on Friday, October 16th, as she will no longer be able to commit the necessary time and attention to the company. Ms Hynes also sits on the boards of fruit importer and distributor,

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  • VIDEO: Donal Lenihan gives his thoughts after ‘unbelievable contest’ against France

    Donal Lenihan gave his views on the Ireland v France RWC pool match at the Millennium Stadium. Ireland booked a quarter-final against Argentina after a 24-9 win but victory came at a high cost, with potentially tournament-ending injuries to Paul O’Connell and Johnny Sexton. Video by Dan Linehan. Lenihan praised the extraordinary efforts of the men left on the field, who pulled together to put in an astonishing second-half performance to clinch the win. “To a man, each and every one of them were sensational,” he said. “The crowd sensed the effort from the players on the field and the manner in which they got behind the team lifted them to even greater heights when the game was tight.” Simon Lewis, q
  • Jacob Zuma’s decision to go dominates ANC conference

    A drastic drop in paid-up members, corruption and how to tackle it, and President Jacob Zuma’s decision to not stand for another term as party leader dominated the African National Congress’s national general council this weekend. The conference in Johannesburg is used to conducting a mid-term electoral review, and leadership succession debates are frowned upon as a rule. But Mr Zuma went against the norm on Saturday when he told journalists he had no interest in running for ANC president for a third time. “Even if they [ANC members] beg me I won’t stand [again for president],” he told the Mail and Guardian newspaper on the sidelines of the conference, without going into reasons behind this decision.

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  • Major Drugs Seizure in Dublin

    Three people arrested following €1.6 million worth of class A drugs find Three people have been arrested in Dublin following a €1.6 million drugs seizure. A vehicle was stopped and searched on Conyingham Road in Islandbridge yesterday. Heroin and cocaine were discovered and a 45-year-old man was arrested at the scene. A 24-year-old man and a woman aged 21 were arrested. All three are being held at Lucan and Finglas Garda stations.

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  • Star Wars actor Warwick Davis appeals for return of his stolen caravan

    Actor Warwick Davis has enlisted the help of his Twitter followers and celebrity friends to help find his stolen caravan. The Star Wars and Harry Potter star posted a series of tweets appealing for the return of his mobile home after it was taken in Yaxley, Cambridgeshire, on Thursday night. Catchphrase presenter Stephen Mulhern was among those to show his support. The 45-year-old is due to appear in forthcoming Star Wars movie, Star Wars: Episode VII, following on from roles in two previous instalments of the saga. He has already played Wicket the Ewok in 1983′s Return Of The Jedi and he took the roles of Weazel and Wald in The Phantom Menace in 1999. Cambridgeshire Police confirmed it was investigating

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  • WATCH: Real men DO cry: Ian Madigan sums up the emotion of a nation

    Ian Madigan’s tears at the end of Ireland’s victory over France this evening summed up what the win meant to the team, and what it cost them. When Ireland lost their talismans, Paul O’Connell and Johhny Sexton, the Ireland team could have buckled. Instead Madigan and teammates all over the field stepped up and put in a second-half performance that will live long in the memory. Just look at his reaction at the final whistle. Madigan’s tears summed up how many viewing the game felt, and they appreciated the honesty and openness of his reaction to the win.

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  • Patsy McGarry: Pope Francis sows confusion among bishops at synod

    It was the late Brian Friel who coined the phrase “confusion is not an ignoble condition”. Not many senior prelates in the Catholic Church might agree. Certainty has been their forte but confusion is their lot at the synod of bishops in Rome. They do not know what is expected of them in the final document on the family they are to agree by October 25th. This uncertainty was evident last Friday in reports from the synod’s 13 working groups. Each is constructed along language lines and is made up of about 20 bishops. One of the four English language groups, one chaired by Canadian cardinal Thomas Collins, said of that document “we felt limited in our ability to respond by not knowing clearly who

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