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  • Garda in serious condition after crash wakes from induced coma

    A garda who has been in a very serious condition after a crash in which a pensioner was killed has woken from an induced coma. It is understood Garda Sharon Casserly — who suffered a stroke post-surgery — recognised her fiancé and a brother when she was taken off the ventilator. Sources said she was able to breathe on her own and that her brain was functioning. However, one source said that Gda Casserly, due to marry in the summer, was “not in a good way” and that doctors remain concerned. The crash, which happened at 12.30am last Monday on the Galway to Limerick road, claimed the life of Liam McDonnell. The 66-year-old from Cleaghmore, Ballinasloe, was a resident at the Little Flower Nursing

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  • More cars fail NCT than pass for fourth year in row

    The fear of getting penalty points by drivers last year resulted in the busiest year on record for the National Car Test with almost 1.5m inspections carried out. New figures show 1,492,176 tests were carried out at NCT centres nationwide last year — a rise of almost 148,000 on the previous year. The statistics, released yesterday by NCT operator Applus along with a new-look website, also show that more cars failed than passed the test for a fourth year running. A total of 756,422 vehicles (50.7%) failed compared to a pass rate of 730,322 (48.9%). A further 5,432 vehicles (0.4%) were immediately put off the road by NCT mechanics who deemed them too dangerous to drive away from the test centre.

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  • North Cork couple fled in fear after pair attacked them in bedroom

    A couple who were at home in bed in North Cork were terrified when a man armed with a sledgehammer and a woman carrying an iron bar smashed their way into their bedroom and demand thousands of euro in cash. The duo behind the aggravated burglary — a couple who have five children — were both jailed for five years yesterday at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. Detective Garda Padraig Reddington outlined the background to the case where John O’Donnell, aged 37, of Bansha, Co Tipperary, and Angelique Arundel, aged 30, of 54 Shannon Lawn, Mayfield, Cork, both pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary at the home of Frank Foley, of Churchtown, Mallow, Co Cork, between 10pm on August 28 and 2am on August 29, 2015.

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  • Second Wetherspoons pub omit Irish rugby team from display

    A SECOND Wetherspoons pub in Co Antrim has omitted any reference to the Irish rugby team from a display promoting the Six Nations Championship. Wetherspoons in Ballymena, known as the Spinning Mill, currently displays national flag bunting for England, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy behind the bar, but has omitted the Irish rugby flag and said it will not be amending its bunting. Wetherspoons spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "The bunting (currently on display) will remain in the pub." Last week, a Wetherspoons pub in Lisburn, said it had removed a tricolour from its display after both the pub and staff were threatened. However, in contrast to the Ballymena bar, it said it would fly an Irish rugby

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  • Election 2016: Majority want change of government, poll shows

    The scale of the electoral challenge facing the Coalition is revealed by the finding in the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll that 63 per cent of voters want to see a change of government. Asked if they would like to see the Government re-elected or have a change in government, 63 per cent opted for a change, with 30 per cent saying they would like to see the Coalition re-elected. There was a huge variation across the party spectrum, with 84 per cent of Fine Gael supporters wanting to see the Government re-elected but only 57 per cent of Labour voters wanting it to continue. There was a significant difference in class terms, with a majority of those in the AB category wanting the Government to be re-elected.

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  • Michael O’Flynn prepares to start a new chapter

    “I’m a complete fusspot,” says Michael O’Flynn, standing in the hallway of one of the well-appointed detached houses in his latest housing scheme, Rokeby Park near Lucan village in west Dublin. “Attention to detail is something we’re known for. Building is an imperfect science and if someone has an issue we’ll deal with it.” Rokeby Park is a high-end scheme, comprising 71 detached four- and five-bedroom houses at just four to the acre. The spacious showhouse is tastefully kitted out and the sizeable gardens already have an impressive sward of grass. “The farming background helps, you know,” O’Flynn jokes. This is one of a small number of schemes O’Flynn has on the go in Dublin and Cork as he

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  • Simon Coveney’s brother questions how so many people were 'left behind'

    Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney’s businessman brother has publicly questioned how so many people have been “left behind” in what he described as the “unprecedented economic recovery” of recent years. While hailing the achievements of the Government in turning around the economy, Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney said the “great mystery” of the recovery is that “no-one feels it”. At a business conference in Cork, Mr Coveney questioned the success of the Government in ensuring the benefits of the economic recovery were evenly felt across all sectors of society. Mr Coveney described the revival in the country’s economic fortunes as “unprecedented”. But he said the rising tide hasn’t lifted everyone

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  • With ‘broken hearts’ Westport House goes up for sale

    The historic 18th century Westport House in Co Mayo has been put up for sale by the Browne family, who have owned the estate for nearly 400 years. It was with huge regret the family admitted that the tourist attraction, built on the site of one of Mayo pirate queen Grace O’Malley’s castles, is to be sold off along with the 183 hectare estate, which is a going tourist concern with a debt of €1m. The house and grounds have been open to the public since 1960 and in recent years, Sheelyn and Karen Browne, eldest daughters of the last owner, Jeremy Browne, the Marquess of Sligo lord Altamont, have expanded the amenities at Westport House to include an adventure activity centre as well as weddings, functions and seasonal events in a bid to run their ancestral home as a viable tourist business.

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  • Sonia O’Sullivan may be awarded medals after Chinese drug revelations

    They say the truth always come out in the end, and perhaps the only surprise about the cold truth now emerging about the notoriously dominant Chinese women’s distance runners of the early 1990s is that it took so long. Not too long for Sonia O’Sullivan, perhaps, who may be in line for a much-belated World Championship gold medal – possibly even two – after being originally run out of the gold medal positions by those Chinese runners over both 3,000m and 1,500m at the 1993 World Athletics Championships in Stuttgart. Better known as “Ma’s Army”, given they all trained under the deeply regimental coach Ma Junren, they first came to prominence at those 1993 Championships in Stuttgart: O’Sullivan

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  • House prices need careful monitoring

    The rate of house-price growth in Ireland “should be carefully monitored”, the European Commission has said. In its examination of EU housing markets, the Commission said that despite rapid price increases, markets in Ireland, Hungary, and Estonia remained “undervalued”. But it warned that methods to measure housing markets might not be reliable and that a number of countries “may be, in absolute terms, not that undervalued”, after all. Housing markets in the UK, Luxembourg, Sweden, and Belgium were “overvalued and still growing,” the Commission said. Its assessment is based on figures from the second quarter last year, a time that Irish house prices were still accelerating sharply. Analysts

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  • Michael Noonan ‘aware of abuse claims in 1996’

    Finance Minister Michael Noonan knew of abuse allegations at a foster home in the southeast as far back as 20 years ago, he has revealed. Mr Noonan last night confirmed that he received a letter written by the foster father in the controversy directly to himself in 1996, as then minister for health. The Government moved to establish a Commission of Inquiry on foot of reports in the abuse scandal in the Irish Examiner in recent weeks. Two nights ago, Independent TD Clare Daly told the Dáil allegations had been brought to Mr Noonan’s attention at that time, and called on him to clarify his actions after Department of Health officials said “representations” from the family were received in the 1990s.

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  • HSE apologies to truck driver

    The Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick, has apologised to a truck driver who has sued after his voice box was removed five years ago in a 14-hour unnecessary operation. Father of four and grandfather Kevin McMahon, the High Court already heard, has no natural voice and can only speak through an artificial voice box. Counsel for the HSE, Emily Egan, in the High Court yesterday, extended an apology on behalf of the hospital to Mr McMahon. She said she wished to extend sincere apologies on behalf of the hospital for the delay in treatment and the resulting consequences for Mr McMahon. Mr McMahon, aged 63, of Glasgow Park, Roxboro, Limerick, has sued the HSE over his diagnosis, treatment, management,

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  • Niall Quinn overpaid council €100k

    A council has admitted that it erred in over-charging former Irish soccer legend Niall Quinn over €100,000 in his plan to expand his Naas hotel. In August 2014, Quinn joined up with Kilcullen Bakery to purchase Lawlor’s Hotel in Naas from examinership by making available €2.24m to fund a financial recovery for the hotel firm, Marchford Ltd. The move by Quinn safeguarded the jobs at the hotel where 86 are currently employed. Last year, Quinn’s hotel firm, Marchford Ltd secured planning permission for an additional 18 bedrooms and a breakfast room and bar and other changes to the hotel. However, in granting Quinn’s firm the go-ahead, Kildare Co Council slapped a bill of €108,962 in development

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  • Man admits killing homeless Frenchman in Cork City

    A Corkman confessed yesterday to the unlawful killing of a French homeless man in Cork City last September. Daniel O’Sullivan, aged 22, of Carrowkeel, Mallow, Co Cork, came before Cork Circuit Criminal Court with one count on the indictment against him, namely the manslaughter of Vincent Morgain, aged 37. The particulars of the charge were that he un- lawfully killed Mr Morgain on Lower Oliver Plunkett St, Cork, on September 10, 2015. He replied, “guilty”, when the charge was put to him yesterday. Elizabeth O’Connell, defending, said: “My application is for a probation report given the gravity of the offence and the fact that he is only 22 years old and for sentence in this term [February].”

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  • Garda injured in Galway crash seriously ill in hospital

    One of two gardaí injured in a road incident which claimed the life of a 66-year-old man in south Galway is still seriously ill in hospital. Garda Sharon Casserly was being treated for broken limbs in University Hospital Galway this week when her condition deteriorated. Ms Casserly and Garda Peter Murtagh from Gort Garda station were hit after they had stopped their patrol car on the N18 at 12.30am on Monday to assist Mr Liam McDonnell (66). Mr McDonnell had earlier been reported missing from a nursing home in Labane near the village of Ardrahan. All three were struck by a car travelling around a sweeping bend about 2km north of Ardrahan. Mr McDonnell was pronounced dead at the scene. A man in

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  • Dublin pub groups combine for group worth €50m in sales

    Two of Dublin’s leading bar and restaurant groups are to merge to form a near €50m revenue-generating business with control of many of the capital’s leading hospitality venues. The Frank Gleeson-controlled Mercantile Group is merging with the Capital Bars Group, with the new entity to go under the Mercantile name. The move will bring under one ownership structure the likes of Whelan’s, The Green Hen, Pichet, The Mercantile Hotel, Cafe en Seine, Howl at the Moon, and The George. The enlarged business will be led by Mr Gleeson, while Dublin-based private investment firm, Danu Investment Partners and US investor group EMI-MR Investment will hold significant stakes. The latter two businesses bought

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  • Pop singer Sinitta allegedly ‘punched’ by Real Housewives Of Cheshire star Dawn Ward

    Real Housewives Of Cheshire star Dawn Ward punched pop singer Sinitta during a heated discussion aimed at clearing the air between them, a court heard. The altercation is alleged to have taken place on April 1 last year at the Salmontini le Resto restaurant, London. Ward, 42, who is married to former footballer Ashley Ward, is on trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with one count of common assault. Sinitta Malone, a friend of Simon Cowell, is said to have arranged the meeting to talk about rumours that had been circulating. Prosecutor Christian Wheeliker said: “The Crown’s case is that Ms Malone and Ms Ward, and others, met to discuss rumours that had been circulating between the

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  • Bandon retailer sorry for theft suggestion

    A Bandon shopkeeper has apologised and agreed to pay undisclosed damages to a bank official after admitting he used language and behaved in such a way as to wrongly suggest she had stolen articles from his discount store. In an apology read to the High Court, Peter Appelbe said his conduct and language on December 20, 2012, both in his Price Savers shop at South Main St, Bandon, Co Cork, and in the town’s Ulster Bank, where Maireád O’Carroll worked, suggested she had stolen articles from his shop that day. “I admit that any such suggestion was wholly without foundation and I regret that I used such language and conducted myself in such a manner,” Mr Appelbe’s apology stated. “I greatly regret

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  • Man alleged to be Shankill bomb IRA agent breaks silence

    THE republican allegedly identified as agent 'AA' in police files stolen by the IRA has broken his silence almost two weeks after it was claimed he was a high-level informer at the time of the Shankill bomb. The former commander of the IRA in Ardoyne denied the allegations and said he has had to flee his home after receiving death threats. Despite not being named by the Irish News, the man said he believes the claims "have been directed at me". "I deny the allegation that I am or ever was a state agent," he said. "The allegations made in the Irish News article and related articles are entirely without foundation. I always have been and remain a committed republican. Any suggestion that I was

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  • There is a sense that Fine Gael would abandon economic caution simply to get back into power

    The irony cannot be lost on them that, five years after they won a significant general election victory as a result of Fianna Fail’s massive mishandling of the economy, they are beginning to sound just like the fiscally dodgy outfit. If there is such as thing as over-preparing for an election, Fine Gael is in that territory; add to that their hubris. At Fine Gael’s first press conference of the campaign, on Wednesday, in a Dublin hotel, it was not my impression that the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, wasn’t able to explain how the party had done its sums, but that he recognised (or his focus groups had told him) that people were sick of hearing a phrase that most of us think is a nonsense, and which does not explain what the speaker means. The Taoiseach then invited his finance minister to elaborate on economic prospects, and, within a mere matter of seconds, the dreaded phrase was out of his mouth.

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