• TheJournal.ie

    'You took the happy, young girl I used to be': Woman addresses foster father guilty of rape

    A TEENAGER WHO was raped by her foster father after he plied her with alcohol has faced her attacker in court, telling him: “Today, I stand in front of you a survivor.” Following a Central Criminal Court trial last July, the 41-year-old man was found guilty by a jury of one count of rape, one count of oral rape and one count of sexually assaulting his then 16-year-old foster daughter at their Munster home on 16 July 2016. The man, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of his victim, was acquitted by the jury of one count of anal rape. He will be sentenced on 13 November. At his sentence hearing in the Central Criminal Court in Dublin today, the now 19-year-old woman said she thought of

  • The Huffington Post UK

    Andrew Harper's Wife Delivers Emotional Eulogy To 'Gentle Giant' At His Funeral

    She said: “From the ever sweet, lanky and red-faced boy passing me notes in class, to the strong and loyal man you grew to be I have always known how special you are. “You used to tell me we were a team and that we would get through all of life's hurdles together, how I wish you were here with me now. The hardest challenge of all is losing you.”  She described Harper's priority in both his work and his personal life as “keeping everyone safe”.  Lisse continued: “Although Andrew was strong he was also unfailingly kind, a gentle giant with a heart of gold. “To me, Andrew was everything. My breakfast buddy, my dancing partner, the love of my life.” The congregation listened as she spoke about the

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    Woman shot dead in her home by Texas police officer was playing video games with nephew

    Police released bodycam footage of the shooting. Police released bodycam footage of the shooting. A WHITE POLICE officer who fatally shot a 28-year-old black woman inside her Texas home is set to be interviewed by investigators. The Fort Worth Police Department said officers responded early Saturday after a neighbour called a non-emergency line to report the home's front door had been left open. The responding officer fired a shot through the home's window, killing Atatiana Jefferson. A family lawyer, Lee Merritt, said Jefferson was playing video games with her eight-year-old nephew when she was killed. “You didn't hear the officer shout, 'Gun, gun, gun,'” Merritt said after viewing video taken

  • JOE.ie

    Joe Brolly: "The DUP is about narrow self-interest"

    The possibilities were endless for the north, according to Brolly. Northern Ireland missed a huge opportunity during the peace process to transform itself into "pluralist society", according to Joe Brolly. As "green and orange" could not come together, Northern Ireland did not attract the investment it could have during this period. "We could have attracted money from all over the world," Brolly told Dion Fanning during a live Ireland Unfiltered, recorded on location in Derry. "If the green and the orange had gotten together, we could really have created a society that would have dealt with a lot of the problems that we have. "There'd have been a huge influx of American money, of European Union

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    'Deeply disappointed': Emma DeSouza loses Irish citizenship appeal against UK's Home Office

    THE UK'S HOME Office has won its appeal against an immigration tribunal ruling which found that people born in Northern Ireland are not automatically British. The woman at the centre of the case, Emma DeSouza, from Magherafelt, Co Derry, applied for a residence card for her US-born husband Jake. She made the application identifying herself as an Irish citizen. The Home Office rejected the application on the grounds that it considered Emma DeSouza a British citizen. UK officials had told her she should either reapply identifying herself as British, or renounce her UK citizenship and reapply as an Irish citizen. The Derry woman argued that she never considered herself British, so how could she

  • Radio Nova

    Video: Dublin Granddad Who Planned Viral 'Funeral Prank' Named Locally

    A video filmed at a Dublin graveyard during a Granddad's own burial has gone viral across the world. Shay Bradley planned his very own 'funeral prank' before he passed away. Bradley, late of Walkinstown became famous after a clip of his message from beyond the grave went viral. Recorded during his own funeral, the video has been seen by thousands. According to Dublin Live, he clip shows mourners gathered around the open grave who are just finishing up applauding as bagpipe music begins. The music comes to an end and a man can be heard saying “hello” while energetically knocking on what sounds like the inside of the coffin. Shocked family and friends are left stunned as Shay begins to roar “let

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    'Painful': Storm Lorenzo brought huge number of dangerous man o'war jellyfish to the Irish coast

    THOUSANDS OF DANGEROUS Portuguese Man O'War jellyfish have washed up along the west and south-west coast of Ireland.  The man o'war is considered much more dangerous than regular moon jellyfish commonly found in Irish waters, and is usually found in warmer waters. While there have been previous sightings of the creature in Ireland, they have never previously arrived in such high volumes, with Dingle Oceanworld director Kevin Flannery putting the latest arrival in the thousands.  He credits last week's Storm Lorenzo as the reason for the latest invasion.  “The infamous Lorenzo came direct from the Azores and these jellyfish are like floating balloons on top of the water,” he said.   “Usually jellyfish