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  • Family believe daughter was killed in car being pursued by Gardai

    The mother of a woman killed in a high speed car crash says she wants a passenger in the car to give evidence at an inquest into her death.  Lillian Maguire lost her daughter Sinead Maguire (43) of Bayview Avenue, Dublin 3 when the car she was travelling in hit a pole on May 29 2014. The driver of the car Eric Wansboro, is currently serving an eight year sentence for dangerous driving causing death. He told an inquest into the woman’s death at Dublin Coroner’s Court that he had no recollection of the crash. Front seat passenger Ian McDonagh was not present in court but Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane is to seek his deposition. The Maguire family believe Gardai were pursuing Eric Wansboro at the time

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  • This ice-cream will help give some Irish people better lives

    Fancy some philanthropy with your dessert? Ben & Jerry’s latest offering lets you give back to Irish communities and combat marginalisation with compassion. The One Sweet World ice cream has been launched in partnership with the Peter McVerry Trust with an aim to bring people together and create a positive outlook within our communities at a time of increasing division. "It might not be as simple as it sounds, but what’s important is that we make the first step. Peter McVerry Trust is delighted to have been selected as Ben & Jerry’s partner in Ireland for this important campaign," says Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust. The awareness raising pint is the latest instalment to Ben & Jerry’s q
  • Airbnb host claims he sub-lets 40 rented rooms in Dublin

    A man has claimed he is sub-letting 40 rooms on Airbnb that he has rented from landlords around Dublin. Seamus Murphy told RTÉ’s Liveline programme that all the landlords he rents the rooms from are aware they are being sub-let to others. The rooms are in apartments and houses and located in the Drumcondra area, he said. Mr Murphy, who said he worked as a lecturer, said he does not rent out rooms in his own house because his wife does not want strangers there. When asked how he managed to accumulate so many properties over the last two and a half years, he told presenter Joe Duffy “it’s not rocket science”. He described being an Airbnb host as a “very lucrative business” but an “absolute mountain

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  • Stunning illustrations portray mental illness like you've never seen before

    Shawn Coss is an artist who works with Cyanide & Happiness and also on his own projects. For inktober, Coss decided to shine a light on some mental health issues. Little did he realise that his illustrations would connect with so many people. One of his posts on Facebook has more than 30,000 shares alone. Coss said: "If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask." People have been thanking him on social media and the response to his work has been overwhelmingly positive. However, some people have problems with Coss depicting illness’ that he does not suffer from himself describing his art as "disgusting" and "insulting". Coss said to his followers: "Thank you for the love and hate. Glad my work can

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  • George Hook bets on Donald Trump in the race for the White House

    The eternally controversial George Hook has stayed true to form by placing a €200 bet on Donald Trump to be the next American president. With just 14 days to go before the election the radio host has placed his trust in the Republican candidate over the more qualified Democratic runner Hillary Clinton. Hook placed a €200 charity bet with Boylesports on Donald Trump with odds of 5/1. Hillary Clinton currently remains the one to beat at odds of 1/7 to become the first female president of the United States of America. If Trump is elected, the proceeds of the bet are to be donated to the IRFU Charitable Trust. Liam Glynn, BoyleSports’ spokesperson said: "George Hook believes Donald Trump can upset

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  • Cabin crew shouted 'Brace! Brace!'

    Reporter Lesley Anne McKeown was on board the transatlantic United Airlines flight from Belfast International that was forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon Airport after developing a problem with its landing gear. The transatlantic flight has landed safely after spending almost two hours burning off fuel. Here is her account of the two-hour mid-air drama: "We were heading to New York for three nights to celebrate my husband Brendan's 40th birthday. "I am 29 weeks pregnant and had to get a letter from the doctor to say I was okay to fly. "Everything was normal with the take-off but shortly afterwards, as the wheels were coming up, we heard an usual sort of noise which was followed by

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  • ‘Don’t tell me he’s dead,’ man told gardaí

    One of seven Dubliners on trial, charged with murder, begged gardaí not to tell him that the man he had kicked had died. The jury in the Central Criminal Court trial was yesterday hearing evidence of garda interviews conducted with one of the accused, Ross Callery. Dale Creighton was assaulted on New Year’s morning 2014 at the footbridge over the Tallaght bypass. The 20-year-old died in hospital the following day. A woman and six men, who are in their 20s and from Tallaght, have all pleaded not guilty to murder. They are 23-year-old Aisling Burke and 28-year-old David Burke, both with a current address at Beechpark, Collinstown, Co Westmeath; Graham Palmer, 26, with a current address at Park

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  • Four new hospitals required due to growing level of risk associated with giving birth in Ireland

    Four new adequately staffed and fully resourced maternity hospitals are needed to address the growing level of risk associated with giving birth in Irish hospitals, the HSE’s clinical lead in obstetrics and gynaecology has warned. “On the one hand, demands for services are increasing, as are expectations, but at the same time, the resources we are investing are far too low,” said Professor Michael Turner, director of the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction. Prof Turner’s concerns about funding and staffing levels in maternity services, which have not kept pace with either the number of births or the risk profile of mothers, are against a backdrop of a fourfold increase in Caesarean section rates over a 30-year period (1984-2014). The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said there was a need for a significant annual increase in midwifery numbers in order to reduce the ratio of the number of births per midwife from the current 1:36 to 1:29.5 as envisaged in the National Maternity Strategy.

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  • Man United have lost their way not just as a team but as a club

    Jose Mourinho faces a challenge far bigger than simply beating rivals Manchester City in the EFL Cup tomorrow as he surveys the wreckage of a 4-0 defeat at Chelsea; and that is to find a strong and definable identity for a team and a club that has long forgotten what its mission statement was and how it was going to get there. Manchester United’s performance on Sunday, coming on the back of a promising attacking display against Fenerbahce and a polemically different defensive display at Liverpool before that, was a huge disappointment for a global fan base drawn to the club because of its rich history, grand aura and reputation not just for winning trophies but for doing it with a style that combines skill and glamour with passion and high-octane excitement. How easy would it be for a neutral fan to watch the matches at Anfield last week and Stamford Bridge on Sunday in black and white and be able to say with any certainty they were watching a Manchester United team? It’s a theme that has been picked up recently by many people who love the club and it probably isn’t fair to say Mourinho, who has been there only a few months, is the one to blame – even if there is evidence he is no longer as ‘special’ as he used to be.

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  • Woman fined for keeping 26 dogs in ‘appalling conditions’

    A woman has been banned from keeping dogs for three years after keeping them in what a judge described as “appalling conditions.” ISPCA officers raided the home of Elizabeth Duncan in Co Donegal and found a total of 26 dogs in cramped conditions. Duncan appeared at Letterkenny District Court on Monday charged with neglecting the health and welfare of an animal. ISPCA inspector Kevin McGinley told the court he visited Duncan’s home at Drumbarnett, Manorcunningham on April 24th last. Mr McGinley handed over photographs of the conditions in which the Golden Labrador dogs were kept. He found two adult male dogs, 12 female adults dogs and 12 pups. He said there was not adequate space in which to breed

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  • Early-onset dementia: ‘Life doesn’t end when dementia begins’

    Kathy Ryan: “A big gaping hole of nothingness” stared back at Kathy Ryan when she was first diagnosed with early-onset dementia at 53 years old. Kathy, who has two sons in their early 20s, says when she first found out she had Alzheimer’s disease almost three years ago she was “completely devastated”. Before this she had noticed she had started to forget words and struggled with some short-term memories. “I was officially diagnosed on January 23rd, 2014, but I’ve had issues with my memory before then. I’m one of the 5,000 in Ireland diagnosed under 65,” she said. “The knee jerk reaction is do you give up work? What’s next? What can be next?” Kathy, who lives in Cashel, Co Tipperary, says she

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  • Fionola Meredith: Gay cake ruling is all wrong and this is why

    Do you believe in freedom of conscience? Do you believe that individuals, businesses and institutions should be able to decide for themselves which political messages they wish to support? If so, then you should be appalled at the decision by Belfast’s Court of Appeal that Ashers, a bakery run by an evangelical Christian family, was guilty of direct discrimination against Gareth Lee, a gay rights activist who requested a cake with the slogan ‘support gay marriage’ iced on it. The bakery refused Lee’s order, on the grounds that it conflicted with its conscientious religious beliefs. Supported by the North’s Equality Commission, Lee took successful legal action against Ashers, and the appeal court

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  • Stephen Fry sings praises of Hugh Laurie as his Hollywood Walk of Fame star is unveiled

    Hugh Laurie said he felt “incredibly lucky” as he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The British actor was presented with the honour at the famous landmark in Los Angeles, where his long-time collaborator Stephen Fry was a guest speaker. Addressing the crowd gathered on Hollywood Boulevard, Laurie said: “This is not a fair world. Paying tribute to Laurie, Fry said: “We come here to epicentre of the entertainment capital of the world, the very eye of the galaxy, where it is tradition in this marvellous town to reward stars by bringing them right down to earth – so far down to earth now Hugh will spend eternity having chewing gum and dog poo trodden into him, and very likely worse.

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  • Anthony Foley’s son launches Facebook campaign in memory of his dad

    The 11-year-old son of Munster rugby icon Anthony Foley, who died the weekend before last in Paris, has launched a Facebook appeal in his father’s memory. Two days after attending Munster’s emotionally charged victory over Glasgow, Tony Foley launched a campaign to encourage people to go to Mass and pray for deceased family and friends and his Dad if they so wish over the next eight Sundays, leading up to Christmas itself. The Facebook site – Axel Foley Memorial - was launched shortly after midday today. In the campaign - #8masses4no8 -Tony is asking people to go to Mass, starting this coming Sunday. Coincidentally, this would have been Anthony’s 43rd birthday. To see this post on Facebook, click

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  • Woman dies, man and woman injured, in Dublin car crash

    A woman has died in a crash in north Dublin overnight. The single-vehicle incident happened shortly before 12.30am on the Rush Road in Skerries. Gardaí have said the woman, who was in her 20s, was a front-seat passenger in the car when it crashed into a wall. The driver, a man in his 20, and another female passenger in her late teens, were taken to Beaumont Hospital. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash. The road is closed for a technical examination. q
  • Benedict Cumberbatch commentating on Judge Rinder's Strictly dance is truly incredible

    Benedict Cumberbatch is pretty brilliant at acting – luckily for him – and he’s also fantastic at narrating TV programmes, as it turns out. The Doctor Strange star appeared on Nick Grimshaw’s Radio 1 Breakfast Show and happily acted as a commentator for Judge Robert Rinder’s latest Strictly Come Dancing routine. This might seem a bit random, but Benedict and Judge Rinder are very close friends, something the Hollywood star reminded radio listeners of before he took on the challenge. Nick joked that, because they are pals, Benedict had the right to “destroy him” but the Sherlock star opted to go for a far more pleasant commentary. Highlights included him repeating “his knees are going, his knees q
  • European eels take epic slippery route to breed before death

    New research into mysterious migratory routes taken by eels to their ancestral spawning grounds has found those routes far more circuitous than previously thought. Irish and fellow European scientists tracking European eels have found the nocturnal sea animals stagger their swim to the Sargasso Sea in the western Atlantic, where they breed before they die. More than 700 eels, including a number caught in Ireland, were tagged and tracked over the 5,000km route to the Sargasso, near the Bahamas. The 44 Irish eels were taken from the Corrib, Mask, Burrishoole, Shannon and Erne catchments, and released in Galway Bay, according to Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) scientist Dr Paddy Gargan. The study

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  • Iran, land of the thousand welcomes

    We left Shiraz, the city of poets, around 7am. During our walking tour of the city, we visited the imposing Arg-e Karim Khan fortress with its 14-metre-high circular towers dominating the city centre. We immersed ourselves in the wide, vaulted, brick bazaars with more than of over 200 shops selling Persian carpets, clothes, handicrafts and spices, especially saffron – “red gold”, costing more than gold itself at $65 per gram, which Iran has been producing for more than 3,000 years. Older women in black chadors brushed pass us, while the younger women in contemporary full-length dress and bright headscarves beamed at us. At the same time the “morality police”, the official enforcers of the strict

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  • Mortgage cash deals require care and research

    NEWS of the Government’s plans to help first-time buyers have received a cautious welcome from the property industry, although there have been suggestions that the move is too narrowly focused in terms of buyer and house type. But whether buyers qualify under the help-to-buy scheme or not, there are still plenty of offers around from the major banks. The challenge for potential homeowners is to analyse both the rates and sweeteners and ensure they are choosing the best product over the lifetime of the loan. Most of Ireland’s banks are now offering substantial cash lump sums to new customers when they draw down a mortgage. EBS and Permanent TSB are offering 2% cashback on the value of a mortgage

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  • AIB says online services working again after technical issues

    AIB has resolved technical problems that earlier today impacted business customers using online banking services. The State-owned lender said customers should now have full access to services after intermittent problems were reported this afternoon. The problem affected business banking, rather than consumer services. This is not the first time that AIB, which has more than a million active users of its online services, has reported technical problems. In July and August customers experienced difficulties access services, with many being advised to use internet banking as an alternative to mobile services until problems were resolved. Bank of Ireland customers also suffered due to a technical

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