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  • Nine European countries object to Ireland's plan for health warnings on alcohol products

    Nine European countries have raised objections at EU level about Ireland’s plans for health warnings on alcohol products. Under the Public Health Alcohol Bill, all alcoholic drinks will carry warnings as well as total alcohol and calorie content. The countries objecting, mainly on grounds centred on the labelling requirements, are Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain. The European Commission has also expressed its concern about the proposal contained in the Programme for Government. The government believes the new law will help tackle harmful drinking, and said it remained determined to introduce the measures. But the nine countries – which

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  • "The next time I die I probably won't come back, so I'm going now"

    Source: Michael Finn MICHAEL FINN HAS already died three times – or so he’s been told. The first time was in a hotel in Drogheda. The other two were in hospital beds. Michael used to be wedding photographer, and on 14 November 2014 he was finishing up a job in Drogheda when he experienced shooting pains in his arms. He rang his wife Christina and told her to get their son Niall to collect him. “I’ve pains in my two arms and I can’t drive,” he said. Michael ran back to the hotel where the wedding was taking place and collapsed in the lobby. There was a nurse in the lobby of the hotel and a doctor eating dinner in the restaurant. Both performed CPR on Michael for 40 minutes – well over the normal q
  • 'I believe that exploitation was rife in JobBridge': Former participants share their experience

    Source: Mark Stedman/ LAST SUNDAY, FOUR years, 10 months and 23 days after it was first announced, the JobBridge scheme came to an end. The much-maligned back-to-work scheme was often hit with accusations that the positions it offered it were not of benefit to those taking them on – and that it was used to mask the actual pace of economic recovery.  The scrapping of the programme was announced in an interview in last week’s Sunday Independent with new minister for social protection Leo Varadkar. Reflecting on the scheme’s run, Varadkar said that it had “served its purpose”, and acknowledged that there were concerns that companies had used the scheme as a “cheap alternative to hiring q
  • Germans ‘do not want Boateng as a neighbour’, politician says

    People in Germany would not want soccer star Jerome Boateng as their neighbour, Alexander Gauland, vice-chair of anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany, said in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper on Sunday. Boateng was born in Berlin to a Ghanaian father. “People find him good as a football player but they don’t want a Boateng as their neighbour,” Mr Gauland told the Sunday edition of the newspaper. Bayern Munich defender Boateng is a stalwart of Germany’s national football team and is likely to feature in Germany’s starting eleven at next month’s European Championship, along with third-generation Turkish-German winger Mesut Ozil and other players with non-exclusively German

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  • PHOTOS: Somewhere you don’t often get to see: The Freemasons’ Hall in Dublin

    IT’S RIGHT IN the heart of Dublin’s city centre but relatively few people have actually been inside the Freemasons’ Hall on Molesworth Street, located less than 50 metres from Leinster House. The Grand Lodge of Ireland’s Freemasons (which “brings together men of goodwill and integrity, tolerant of the beliefs of others, charitable in disposition and striving to achieve high moral standards in every aspect of their daily lives”) was built in 1865 and is the governing body of hundreds of Lodges throughout Ireland. The building opened its doors to the public this week as part of Heritage Week. Here’s what it’s like inside. q
  • Debt levels at O’Brien’s Digicel hit $6.4 billion

    Revenues fall as local currencies in key markets come under pressure Digicel, the Caribbean mobile phone empire controlled by Denis O’Brien, saw its debt levels hit $6.4 billion (€5.74 billion) at the end of last year, while revenues fell amid pressure on currencies. Movements in the local currencies in key markets including Haiti, Papua New Guinea and the French West Indies, meant a 2 per cent fall in revenues over the nine months to the end of March. Digicel reports its financial results in US dollars, so currency fluctuations affect its figures. Ian Guider is Markets Editor of The Sunday Business Post, and leads the paper’s markets coverage. He previously worked with Newstalk, where he was q
  • Mass-goers at Limerick church annoyed over parking - Home

    THE Raheen parish priest has issued a plea to commuters to refrain from leaving vehicles at the Raheen church car park, which has forced elderly people to walk long distances in order to attend 10am Mass. According to residents in the area, commuters going to work leave their cars at Raheen Church for the day, leaving Mass-goers no option but to park in nearby estates. It is believed that the council originally provided the car park to the patrons of the church. The concerns over the parking at the church were contained in the weekly parish newsletter, issued by Fr Michael Noonan. In last weekend’s Limerick Leader local notes, the correspondent said that the problem has caused “particular annoyance”

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  • Zoo officials shoot gorilla dead after four-year-old boy falls into enclosure

    Updated 5.22 pm WORKERS AT THE Cincinnati Zoo in the US state of Ohio have shot and killed a gorilla after a four-year-old boy fell into its enclosure, officials said. The boy crawled through a barrier into the enclosure and fell into a moat around 4pm Irish time yesterday, zoo director Thane Maynard told reporters. The gorilla, a 17-year-old male named Harambe weighing more than 400 pounds (180 kilograms) “went down and got him” according to Maynard. Witnesses said the gorilla dragged the screaming boy around the habitat, local media reported. The zoo’s dangerous animal response team shot and killed the gorilla around 10 minutes after the boy first entered it. Source: Google Maps He was hospitalised q
  • Cantona: 'Deschamps should feel flattered: Ryan Gosling is Mormon and is the fantasy of every woman'

    ERIC CANTONA HAS moved to explain his criticism of France boss Didier Deschamps’ decision to leave Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa out of Euro 2016. The former Manchester United star suggested in an interview that Benzema and Ben Arfa had been overlooked for the finals on home soil due to their north African heritage. Cantona also said of Deschamps: “He has a really French name. Maybe he is the only one in France to have a truly French name. Nobody in his family mixed with anybody, you know. Like the Mormons in America.” The comments caused a storm in France, with Deschamps threatening legal action against Cantona, while French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet branded the remarks

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  • Chris Evans pokes fun at Jeremy Clarkson on first episode of revamped Top Gear

    Chris Evans had a light-hearted dig at Jeremy Clarkson minutes after the revamped Top Gear was unveiled. The much-loved motoring show returned to our screens with Chris and former Friends actor Matt LeBlanc at the helm. Previous frontman Jeremy was sacked for an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” on a producer, apparently over catering, and Chris could not resist bringing it up during his opening segment. He introduced a group of people from an Indian restaurant and asked the audience what they thought they were doing there. One person suggested they were there to prepare the food. Chris said playfully: “By the way, we don’t talk about catering on this show any more.” During the first episode,

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  • Irish News - Latest Breaking News & Headlines

    Irish News Dublin school warned about gangland threat  A private school on Dublin's southside attended by children related to the extended Hutch family is getting security advice from An Garda Siochana, in an alarming development that shows how the murderous feud is escalating from the confines of gangland to the heart of...

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  • Johnny Depp's teenage daughter posts tribute to her 'wonderful father' as domestic abuse row escalates

    Actor Johnny Depp’s teenage daughter has indicated her support for her father following claims he was violent towards estranged wife Amber Heard. Model and actress Lily-Rose Depp, 17, did not directly address the allegations, instead posting a childhood picture on Instagram. She wrote: “My dad is the sweetest most loving person I know, he’s been nothing but a wonderful father to my little brother and I, and everyone who knows him would say the same.” Johnny has two children with singer Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose and her younger brother Jack. The actor has been issued with a restraining order after Amber claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse. Johnny has been ordered by a judge to stay 100

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  • Conor McGregor: 'It's not nice to see a kid die like that

    CONOR MCGREGOR HAS said the death of MMA fighter Joao Carvalho at an event in Dublin in April factored into his reluctance to go on a UFC publicity tour – a decision that subsequently led to him being pulled from a proposed, high-profile rematch with Nate Diaz this summer. Speaking exclusively to ESPN, McGregor admitted to having been affected by the tragedy to such an extent that he wanted to pull back from the sport in the immediate aftermath. It’s not nice to see a kid die like that. The Dubliner discussed his stand-off with the UFC in great detail during the interview, referring to it as a ‘publicised civil war’ but added that a Friday meeting with organisation president Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta was ‘a good conversation, like it always it – we have a good relationship’.

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  • Inside North Korea

    DESPITE EARNING THE nickname “Hermit Kingdom,” North Korea isn’t entirely disconnected from the modern world. The country added 3G network access for foreigners in 2013. These days, several people post Instagrams regularly from inside the secretive country. Many are tour guides who are allowed to visit the country frequently, but others live there as journalists or teachers. We’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite Instagrammers from inside North Korea. @everdayDPRK: The best place to start is with Everyday DPRK. The account is a collection of Instagram photos from inside North Korea, including from tourists passing through the country and teachers who live there part-time. @Krahun: Based q
  • Gorilla Put Down After Child Falls Into Zoo Enclosure

    Zookeepers in Cincinnati say they're devastated after shooting and killing a gorilla to save a 4 year old boy who fell into its enclosure. It appeared that the 17 year old gorilla dragged the child through the water for about 10 minutes after he fell into a moat.

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  • Ivan Morris: Playing slowly has become a bad habit for too many - Sport

    Rory McIlroy gives the punters their money's worth. He teased us for four days with inexplicably bad putting during the Irish Open at The K Club and then pulled off two fairway metal shots as good as any - ever, ever, ever - to win by an almost unbelievable three shots considering what had been going on all afternoon. Their coaches telling them about the importance of 'sticking to a rigid routine' and 'not playing until you are ready' is behind a lot of the nonsensical slow play that too many of the pros are going on with on Tour these days. It's now so bad that I'm no longer interested in following them around a golf course. It is only slightly less frustrating to watch the action on TV because

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  • Springsteen takes Croke Park, Irish Prime Minister sings along

    Irish Sun Sunday 29th May, 2016 • Bruce Springsteen performs first of two performances in Dublin • River Tour organised to revive 1980’s record that didn’t do well • Some fans disappointed by poor sound quality, overpriced hotel rooms DUBLIN, Ireland – Legendary musician Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band reportedly performed at Dublin’s Croke Park to 80,000 screaming fans on May 28. According to reports, the performance was one of the many scheduled during Springsteen’s River Tour, aimed at promoting not a new record, but an old one, The River, which was released in the 1980’s but did not do well. It was added that fans of the musician were advised to come early to the venue, and, come q
  • Britain's Got Talent final attracts lowest audience in show's history

    This year’s Britain’s Got Talent final attracted the lowest audience in the show’s 10-year history. ITV said Household Cavalry bandsman Richard Jones’ triumph pulled in a peak audience of 10.5 million viewers and a 48% share of TV viewing at around 9.55pm. Ratings figures showed the two-and-a-half-hour broadcast averaged 8,502,000 viewers across the show, equivalent to a 42.4% share of viewing. Although Britain’s Got Talent was still the most watched Saturday night programme by nearly six million viewers, the audience figures were down by around three million on 2015. Saturday’s second most watched programme was BBC1′s Michael McIntyre’s Big Show with an estimated 2.8 million viewers and a 17.6%

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  • WHO rejects call to postpone on cancel Olympics due to Zika

    The World Health Organization On Saturday rejected calls to postpone or cancel the Olympic Games this summer in Rio de Janeiro because of the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil. The WHO statement came one day after nearly 150 health experts from more than 20 countries suggested that the Games should not take place in Rio because of the virus. "Based on the current assessment of the Zika virus circulating in almost 60 countries globally and 39 in the Americas, there is no public health justification for postponing or canceling the Games," WHO's statement read. Friday's letter from experts around the world cited recent scientific evidence that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects, most notably babies born with abnormally small heads. q
  • Goalkeeping blunder from Drogba's added-time free-kick ends LA Galaxy's unbeaten run

    LA GALAXY WERE seconds away from extending their undefeated streak to a 10th game last night in the MLS… until Didier Drogba stepped up to give Montreal Impact their first win in seven outings. With the game level at 2-2 and in the fourth minute of additional time, Drogba’s long-range free-kick from wide on the left managed to find the net thanks to a shocking blunder from Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe. After Gio dos Santos had given Galaxy an eighth-minute lead, Impact went ahead courtesy of goals from Ignacio Piatti and Lucas Ontivero either side of the interval. Mike Magee brought Galaxy back on level terms but Drogba snatched the win for the hosts late on. Galaxy were without key players such

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