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  • The Irish News

    'She was Bobby Sand's mother, but few knew the real woman'

    SHE was one of the most famous mothers in the world, but none who depicted Rosaleen Sands in scores of films, documentaries and books knew the real woman, mourners at her funeral heard yesterday. Mrs Sands, the mother of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, died last week aged 95, surrounded by her family. Bobby's former cellmate 'Tomboy' Loudon was among those who travelled from across Ireland to pay their last respects at St Oliver Plunkett's Church at Blackrock, Co Louth. Other mourners included former Newry Sinn Féin councillor Pat McGinn although there were no senior party members present. His son Gerard, who maintains a low public profile, helped his uncle John and cousins carry Mrs Sands's

  • TheJournal.ie

    Gardaí have obtained a DNA profile of 'Baby John'

    AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA will tomorrow announce the commencement of a review into the death of a baby in Kerry more than 33 years ago. Baby John was found with multiple injuries on White Strand beach in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry, on April 14 1984. A local woman - Joanne Hayes - would be arrested and confess to the murder. However she and her family would later recant those confessions. What followed was a murder case and tribunal which brought to light Ireland’s attitudes towards women, family and religion in the 1980s. The tribunal concluded that Hayes was not the mother of the baby on the beach in Cahersiveen, but was the mother of a baby whose body had been found on her family farm. Tonight’s Claire

  • The Irish Times

    Stars turn out for Shane MacGowan’s tribute gala concert

    Some of Ireland’s best known politicians, musicians and artists are attending a tribute gala to the former Pogues singer Shane MacGowan who turned 60 on Christmas Day. Before the concert at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, MacGowan held court back stage accompanied by actor Johnny Depp, President Michael D Higgins and MacGowan’s partner Victoria Mary Clarke. Demand for tickets for the one-off event was so great that it sold out within hours of tickets going on sale. One long-standing fan stood forlornly outside the venue with a handmade placard looking for a ticket. He was not successful. The concert was organised by MacGowan’s long-time friend Gerry O’Boyle a London-based publican and the

  • Irish Examiner

    Johann van Graan intent on adding new dimension to Munster

    As Racing 92 flanker Yannick Nyanga was praising new pack-mate Donnacha Ryan on Sunday night he reflected on the inside knowledge the Irish lock had passed on to the squad abut Munster’s threats. Racing had defeated Ryan’s old province 34-30 and Nyanga said the former Munsterman had known “exactly the way they think”. “You know that Munster have the same game-plan for a long time, but the execution is perfect,” he added, yet there has for some time been evidence that that is no longer the case. Munster are showing there is much more to their gameplan than has previously been seen and on Sunday at the U Arena, the try-scoring chances they created point to an exciting, more expansive brand of rugby under attack coach Felix Jones and the licence being given since a chastening PRO12 final defeat by Scarlets last May.

  • The Irish News

    Property frozen belongs to UDA suspect

    A PROPERTY in Newtownabbey, believed to belong to a suspected member of the UDA, has been seized by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF). The Property Freezing Order was obtained on January 11. It is believed to be the first time that assets of this kind have been targeted by the task force which was set up by the Stormont Executive in 2016. The task force works alongside HM Revenue and Customs and the National Crime Agency (NCA) to tackle organised and paramilitary crime by both loyalist and republican organisations. The property was frozen as part of an ex parte hearing. The owner who is thought to have links to a Belfast-based faction of the UDA, has the right to challenge the order in

  • Irish Examiner

    Tánaiste ‘concerned’ but says 8th no longer tenable

    However, while speaking at a five-hour meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party, Mr Coveney said that while he had concerns over the proposals of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, he accepted that the status quo was no longer tenable. The committee proposed legalising abortions in all circumstances up to 12 weeks and also for a straight repealing of the 1983 amendment. According to sources, he said he had concerns about protecting the life of the unborn, as well as stress that would be caused to women. Mr Coveney, who has not spoken publicly yet on the report’s findings, gave one of the longest contributions at the meeting and expressed concerns on both sides of the issue.

  • The Irish News

    Carillion collapse could lead to 500 redundancies in Northern Ireland

    AS many as 500 people in Northern Ireland working on contracts for stricken construction giant Carillion are facing redundancy after the construction giant confirmed it was going into liquidation amid claims it was lining the pockets of its shareholders. Carillion has three major contracts with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive for home maintenance and gas installation and also does work for electricity supply company Power NI. The housing maintenance contracts apply to properties in north Down, including the Newtownards area, and also south and east Belfast, and together with the gas installation, the contracts are worth an estimated £35 million a year. Unions representing the Carillion workers in the north say staff need assurances about whether they have a job, who will pay their wages, and what's going to happen to their pensions.