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  • Tyson Fury: ‘I’m the first Irish heavyweight champion of the world’

    Immediately after the unanimous points win that saw him become the genuine heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson Fury credited his promoter and manager Mick Hennessy as being the ‘Jerry Maguire of boxing’. It may have seemed a sentimental comment, but Fury’s victory over Wladimir Klitscho at the 55,000-capacity Esprit Arena largely appeared to be built on a team effort. The fingerprints of his uncle and trainer Peter Fury were obvious to see in the new champion’s performance, which was disciplined throughout and against all the antics he had produced in the build-up, but Hennessy played a key role in bringing the 27-year-old challenger towards his title tilt in Dusseldorf. Promoter Hennessy claimed he was left ‘in no man’s land’ after his TV deal with UK broadcaster ITV collapsed — a disaster for him which happened prior to Fury becoming a name on the world stage — and he was full of praise for his fighter after victory which saw the pair turn full circle as Fury claimed the most prestigious prize in boxing.

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  • Three former NCT employees accused of accepting bribes

    Three former National Car Test employees and another man have appeared in court accused of accepting bribes in exchange for certificates road-worthiness. They were arrested and charged following a four-year Garda investigation in the wake of an RTÉ Primetime documentary in 2011. Former National Car Test (NCT) workers Alan Richardson (aged 27) of Paddock Grove, Adamstown, Lucan, Dublin, Vincent Brunton (aged 32) with an address at Priory Square, Cellbridge, Co. Kildare, Darren Meehan (aged 39) with an address at Delemare, Enfield, Co Meath appeared at Dublin District Court today along with the fourth defendant Stephen Rooney (aged 35) of Paddock Grove, Adamstown, Lucan, Dublin. Mr Richardson is q
  • Sinead O’Connor cuts ties with oldest children in new Facebook post

    Sinead O’Connor has apparently broken ties with two of her four children, and other named individuals, after the events of this weekend where a post on her Facebook page said she had taken an overdose. She was found safe and well after that post, and is understood to be receiving treatment. A new message on her Facebook page today tells her two eldest children Jake and Roisin: “I never wanna see you again”, before blaming them and others for her recent crisis. The singer-songwriter, who recently said she had also decided to give up singing, said she had booked into an unnamed hotel in Ireland under an assumed name and added: “The last two nights finished me off. I have taken an overdose. There q
  • X Factor 2015: 4th Impact's Celina pictured after dramatic collapse on stage following elimination from show

    X Factor singer Celina collapsed on stage and had to be wheeled into an ambulance after her girl group – 4th Impact – was eliminated during the latest results show. The drama took place off screen, as the girls were comforted by their mentor Cheryl Fernandez-Versini following their exit from the ITV singing contest. According to the Daily Mirror, Cheryl screamed for production staff to help, and two producers carried Celina backstage. An X Factor spokesperson told the newspaper: “Celina was taken unwell after the show came off air. An ambulance was called and she was seen by medics at the studio. “She has since gone home to rest with her mother and her sisters.” This is not the first time 19-year-old q
  • I'm A Celebrity 2015: People are wondering why Lady C hasn't been voted off the show yet

    Most Haunted’s Yvette Fielding became the latest star voted out of the I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! jungle. But she didn’t leave quietly. She slammed Lady Colin Campbell, dubbed Lady C on the ITV show, as “vile” during her exit interview with presenters Ant and Dec. The 47-year-old also described the Jamaican-born author as “a sly silver witch”. She added: “I hope I don’t bump into her after we come out of here. I think she’s vile. I think she’s not a very nice person.” Twitter was split, with some glad Yvette was happy to leave while others wondered how Lady C had survived yet again. The anti-Lady C club However, these guys won’t miss Yvette But Yvette’s fans are happy for her I’m A q
  • Drivers With No Tickets In 2 Years Must Read This

    If you drive less than 50 miles per day, there is a way to pay less for auto insurance that few people realize. Are you overpaying?

  • VIDEO The Force Awakens with Simon Pegg

    Star Wars The Force Awakens is a huge movie with many characters both new and old, but JJ Abrams still somehow managed to find space for collaborator Simon Pegg. The British man, beloved of nerds everywhere, was confirmed to have a cameo in The Force Awakens and today we've got a look at his full costume: Ok so most of the video was about Daisy Ridley's Rey, but around 0.30 there's a glimpse of what Pegg will look like when he's fully suited up, or at least we're pretty sure that's how he's going to appear on screen. Director JJ Abrams is chatting to him and Ridley is laughing, and the torso matches the one we saw in a previous video whcih was released during Comic-Con earlier in the year. Check q
  • Jack Grealish has been banished from the Villa first team again

    Jack Grealish was due to train with Aston Villa’s under-21 squad on Monday but could return to the first-team fold later as boss Remi Garde contemplates changes. The midfielder was dropped for Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Watford after being pictured in a nightclub following the previous 4-0 loss at Everton. It is understood Grealish was expected to link up with the under-21s again after manager Garde last week insisted he needed to act more professionally and issued the punishment as Villa battle relegation from the Barclays Premier League. Grealish, 20, was warned about his off-field behaviour in April by then Villa manager Tim Sherwood after he was photographed apparently taking nitrous oxide. q
  • When it comes to climate change there is no 'Planet B'

    ANYONE who still doubts that climate change is for real would quickly change their minds if they stood anywhere near the Cliffs of Moher today. They wouldn’t be there for long, though, as the tourist spot is being battered by winds of up to 170km an hour. We have already experienced three major storms here in the past month. Storm Abagail at the beginning of last month was quickly followed by Storm Barney and now Storm Clodagh is sweeping us off our feet. From storms to floods, extreme weather events that we might have expected every 50 years or so are now coming our way with increasing frequency. It is the same the world over. From Dublin to Darwin, the effects of climate change are being felt

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  • Seven inmates decapitated as 17 die in gang battle at Guatemalan prison

    Seventeen prisoners have been killed in a gang brawl inside an overcrowded Guatemalan prison, including seven who were decapitated, officials said. Victor Mijangos, assistant prosecutor for the Escuintla district, said the fight broke out in the Canada Rehabilitation Farm about 45 miles south of the capital, Guatemala City. “All were killed by machete and knife wounds,” said Mr Mijangos, who entered the prison. Officials found 16 bodies together inside and one more prisoner died of his wounds in hospital. He said officials found the heads of three men, apparently the leaders of a group, on top of a table. Prison system spokesman Rudy Esquivel said the prison was designed to hold 600 inmates, q
  • Turkey 'detains 1,300 migrants' in sweep at crossing point to Greece

    Authorities in north-west Turkey have rounded up some 1,300 migrants allegedly preparing to make their way into Greece, according to reports. Some 750 migrants were detained in a pre-dawn sweep in the town of Ayvacik, in Canakkale province, which is a main crossing point to the Greek island of Lesbos, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. By the afternoon, authorities had detained 550 more people, some of whom were trying to hide in olive groves. The migrants were put into buses and taken to a small detention centre for foreigners awaiting deportation, the Dogan news agency said. The move came a day after Turkey and EU leaders sealed a joint summit with a commitment to re-energise Turkey’s long-stalled q
  • Neighbours finale week: Fake deaths, kidnappings and a mother's dilemma

    Ramsay Street is in for a tumultuous week as the show’s finale approaches, with the Turner, Willis and Robinson families all facing serious turmoil. This year’s series will wrap up as Christmas arrives in Erinsborough – but not everyone is feeling the festive cheer. A preview for the finale shows Lou Carpenter announcing to his loved ones that he is planning to fake his own death. The much-loved Neighbours character, played by the show’s longest-running cast member Tom Oliver, has been appearing infrequently since May to allow the 77-year-old actor more time off – and now he could be set for a longer break. Meanwhile, Amber Turner’s (Jenna Rosenow) decision to leave town with baby Matilda will q
  • Bob Geldof talks about deaths of Paula Yates and Peaches

    Bob Geldof has described the painful moment he had to tell his children that their mother, Paula Yates, had died. The Boomtown Rats singer was speaking to Miriam O’Callaghan on the Sunday with Miriam show on RTÉ Radio 1 this morning. He also revealed that he “kind of half-expected” the death of his daughter Peaches, and that the memory of her is “with me every second of the day”. He first described hearing of Paula Yates’s death, and said that there were similarities with his earlier experience of his own father breaking the news of his mother’s death to him. “I didn’t know what to do when I got the phone call at 10.30 on a Saturday morning,” he said. “It was Pixie’s 10th birthday, and the children

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  • Court grants adjournment to Dublin man who withdrew guilty plea for murder

    A Dublin man has been granted an adjournment until next year for a "breathtaking" application to withdraw his guilty plea for murdering a "mentally challenged" 63-year-old man. Kenneth Cummins (aged 28) with an address at Ringsend Park, Dublin 4, pleaded not guilty to murdering Thomas Horan (aged 63) at Cambridge Court, Ringsend on January 6, 2014, but four weeks into his Central Criminal Court trial he changed his plea to guilty. On November 20, Mr Giollaiosa O Lideadha SC told Mr Justice Tony Hunt he had been instructed to have his client's plea of guilty vacated on the grounds that he was not in a fit state to make the plea on November 11. At the time prosecution counsel Mr Remy Farrell SC q
  • Health Minister Leo Varadkar at odds with James Reilly over abortion vote

    Health Minister Leo Varadkar has clashed with his predecessor, James Reilly, by saying he does not want Ireland’s strict constitutional abortion law to be removed entirely, as it would “let the Dáil and Seanad do whatever they like”. The Fine Gael minister contradicted his cabinet colleague after a week which has seen the abortion debate reopen within the party. Speaking on RTÉ radio after a week dominated by ex-health minister and now Children’s Minister Mr Reilly’s view that Ireland must hold a referendum on abortion and that the eighth amendment may need to be scrapped, Mr Varadkar said he is not in agreement with his colleague. The Health Minister said he is “pro-life” and is in favour of

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  • Victor Valdes's wife hits out at Manchester United over charity snub

    Victor Valdes’ wife has hit out at Manchester United for not inviting her husband to a charity function at Old Trafford on Sunday. Manager Louis van Gaal and members of his first-team squad attended the club’s annual dinner for Unicef, which raised £230,000, on Sunday night. But Valdes was not invited. The goalkeeper’s wife Yolanda Cardona took to Instagram to criticise the club for their conduct. Underneath a picture taken at the event of Juan Mata, Marco Rojo, Sergio Romero, David De Gea, Ander Herrera and their partners, she wrote: “Do not invite to my husband to be part of the United4UNICEF, its the last thing you don’t expect from one of the biggest club as Manchester United. A Charity event, q
  • British propaganda on Tom Barry ‘given too much credence’

    IRA Flying Column commander Tom Barry was acutely conscious of the importance of historical narrative when writing about the nature of the War of Independence in west Cork, a leading historian has told a commemoration in Cork. Brian P Murphy, author of The Origins and Organisation of British Propaganda in Ireland told the annual General Tom Barry Commemoration to mark the 95th anniversary of the Kilmichael Ambush on November 28th, 1920, that Barry “placed a high priority on a sound historical narrative”. According to Dr Murphy, Barry in all his writings sought to establish two points – that the IRA units under his command in west Cork and other IRA units elsewhere fought within the rules of war and that there was no sectarian element to the campaign in west Cork.

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  • Sinead O'Connor: 'I'm never going back to music - I'm happy to clean toilets'

    Sinead O’Connor has announced that she is quitting the music industry. The Nothing Compares 2 U singer posted a heart wrenching message to her Facebook page claiming that she will never return to making music. “I need a new home. And a new job. A new life … Music is over for me. Music did this,” she wrote. “It rendered me invisible. Murdered my soul. I’m never going back to music.” Sinead underwent a hysterectomy during the summer and and has claimed the operation was such an ordeal with she is now suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. “Me and my PTSD, or depression, which ANY woman would be suffering from since this all kicked off in March and I dealt with it alone.” “But I have a HUGE

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  • Republicans fear Donald Trump's nomination will secure White House for Hillary Clinton

    The GOP is fearful that, if the extremist billionaire wins its presidential nomination, Democrat Hillary Clinton’s election to the White House will become inevitable, writes Bette Browne A ‘Dump Trump’ heave is underway among US Republicans to knock billionaire Donald Trump off his perch in the White House race, but they may have kept their powder dry too long. It’s now a battle that could backfire for the party, and the rest of its candidates, in the 2016 election. Trump was supposed to have imploded months ago. But he’s not just still standing, he’s surging. After the terrorist attacks in Paris, many people believed that his supporters would instead opt for an experienced candidate to fight

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  • Mary Robinson to open State’s first presidential archive and research centre in 2017

    A quarter of a century after her promise to keep a symbolic candle in the window of Áras an Uachtaráin, former president Mary Robinson has outlined plans to brighten her north Mayo birthplace with the State’s first presidential archive and research centre. The €8.35 million centre in her former family home – the 19th-century Victoria House, overlooking the river Moy in Ballina – will open in the second quarter of 2017, Mrs Robinson said in Ballina at the weekend. Initial funding of €1.5 million has been provided by Mayo County Council to buy the house and to provide an adjoining site for construction of an annexe, along with architectural and design services. Parts of 2 Victoria Terrace, originally

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  • VIDEO: Homelessness Crisis: Peter McVerry Trust centre provides a place for those without a home

    Hundreds of new beds are available to homeless people since Jonathan Corrie’s death galvanised us into action. But the number of people on the street is still growing, writes Elaine Loughlin IT’S 10.15am, small glass jugs of milk have been filled, napkins placed on tables, and the oven is full with breakfast rolls wrapped in tinfoil. Outside a queue is forming. But this is not the latest hipster coffee shop. Instead, it’s one of many homeless services throughout the country which are struggling to assist the ever-increasing number of individuals and families without homes. Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the death of Jonathan Corrie who perished on a doorstep within sight of Dáil Éireann.

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