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  • 'Espece de brute' - The French and Irish Twitter reaction to O'Brien punch

    Twitter erupted yesterday after Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien appeared to strike France’s Pascal Pape during Ireland’s victory over les Bleus.  It seems likely that the Tullow Tank will be suspended but Ireland nervously await the blow from the gavel as they hope to have the influential flanker for their quarter-final clash against Argentina. As usual, Twitter had its say and the French reaction was, well, to be expected. This may be a tad excessive. Just a tad. Which translates to gross species. Some people felt Pape went down a bit too easily (They may have been eating their words as they watched Robert Lewandowski for Poland later that night however). Others pointed out that O’Brien may actually

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  • Homeless man found dead was ‘robbed of dignity’

    The death of a homeless man just metres from a protest on the housing crisis has been described as ‘sickening”’ by charities. The man, in his 30s, was found in the entrance to Starbucks on Westmoreland St yesterday morning as demonstrators walked back from a ‘sleep out’ for the homeless outside the Dáil. One of the first to arrive on the scene, Anthony Flynn from Inner City Helping Homeless, said the man was “robbed of his dignity”. “He was covered with a blue hospital blanket and people walked by the body like it was normal. “I was saddened at the fact that someone was allowed to lay there without any dignity. We managed to get a tent put around him but that man deserved privacy and dignity,

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  • Ireland football fans come up with greatest banner of all time

    Shane Long wrote his name into the history books on Thursday night with a superb match-winning goal against Germany. Ireland fans have a new hero, and one group has come up with the banner to end all banners in his honour. Take a bow lads, superb stuff. Shane Long has been rewarded with a starting place against Poland tonight. Republic of Ireland team to face Poland - Randolph, Coleman, Keogh, O Shea, Brady; Whelan McCarthy Hendrick, McClean, Walters, Long.

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  • Saudi Arabian woman chops off maid’s arm

    An Indian housemaid had her arm hacked off by her female Saudi Arabian employer after the maid complained to authorities of ill treatment. The 55-year-old, from southern India was caught trying to escape by her employers in Riyadh and they decided to punish her. It seems ISIL are not the only people who act like “barbarians” in the Middle East. Michael A Moriarty Rochestown Cork

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  • WATCH: Unlucky Japan make history

    United States 18 Japan 28 Japan ended their World Cup campaign exactly how they started it – by making history. Three weeks after causing the sport’s greatest upset through defeating twice world champions South Africa in Brighton, Eddie Jones’ team saw off the United States 28-18 at Kingsholm. By doing so, they became the first team in 28 years of World Cup rugby to win three pool games and not secure a quarter-final place. Japan finished two points behind Pool B runners-up Scotland after tries by wings Kotaro Matsushima and Yoshikazu Fujita and substitute Amanaki Mafi saw them home to a hard-earned victory. Full-back Ayumu Goromaru, one of the tournament’s outstanding players, kicked both conversions

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  • Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg ‘scared’ by personal film

    The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg has revealed documenting his personal life for a film is terrifying. The US actor, best known for playing aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz in the award-winning comedy, has written, directed and stars in We’ll Never Have Paris, a romantic comedy based on his real-life engagement to his wife, Jocelyn Towne. Simon said: “The film is based on the story of our break-up and then our proposal that followed shortly after, both of which were epic intercontinental disasters. “We are married now, and thought, ‘Let’s tell the story of our demise and relive that for years to come’. Why we did that, I’m still trying to work out. It’s really personal, it’s really scary.

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  • Noonan's giveaway budget 'amounts to €3bn'

    Finance Minister Michael Noonan will announce one of the largest ever pre-election giveaway budgets tomorrow, because his measures will effectively amount to €3bn, double the amount the Coalition has long advertised, one of the country’s top economists has said. Conall Mac Coille, chief economist at Davy Stockbrokers, said the “enormous” increase in spending of €1.5bn the Government announced over the weekend and which it said will be allocated to departments for spending in the last few weeks of this year will actually lead to a doubling of the total of the 2016 budget measures, to €3bn. Early on Saturday, the Department of Finance published its White Paper on Estimates of Receipts and Expenditure detailing the amounts it plans to spend on so-called supplementary budgets across health, transport, education and social welfare, in the final weeks of 2015. Writing in a research note published today, Mr Mac Coille said the pretence that the €1.5bn in supplementary spending will not affect the 2016 budget cannot be sustained.

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  • How supermarkets use your behaviour against you

    I’ve never liked food shopping or supermarkets. I especially don’t like navigating overlit aisles after a busy day in an air-conditioned office. It’s worse for those with kids who know that all hell can break loose in the fruit and vegetable section. Finding a bargain in these circumstances can be almost impossible. The carefully positioned “Best value” and “Super deal” signs are distracting, and the price comparisons are worse again. That brand of shampoo I like is €6.79, and the little red flag underneath informs me that’s 10 cent cheaper in this shop than in a rival store. Good news. But wait now, the tin of beans is 95 cent, and another little red flag says it’s also 95 cent at the main rival’s

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  • Look at the lovely note a coach sent to the kicker who scored the game-winner against him

    This is how to take your beating. Bill Snyder is head coach of the Kansas State American football team. In last week’s game against Oklahoma State, Kansas led 34-33 with 32 seconds left on the clock. Then, Ben Grogan stepped up to slot this field goal to give Oklahoma the win, 36-34. Later in the week, Grogan opened his mail to find this note from Bill Snyder. "Congratulations Ben. I admire the courage you displayed in hiting the game winning FG. That took great focus & discipline on your part. Wishing you continued success. Coach Snyder" Sporting, dignified and proudly penned in the purple of his team. A class act.

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  • Sinn Féin: We did our best to back Sandra McLellan

    Sinn Féin has defended its handling of a controversy which has prompted a sitting TD not to run for the party in the next general election. The party’s education spokesman, Jonathan O’Brien, said the party did everything in its power to resolve the issues at the centre of Cork East TD Sandra McLellan’s claims earlier this year. In a post on her Facebook page, she said: “Over the period I have served as a TD my efforts were consistently and persistently undermined by a small number in the constituency that called themselves members of Sinn Féin. Mr O’Brien said the party has robust procedures to deal with such issues, that the party had given her full support, and that the matter is now closed.

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  • Rugby World Cup 2015: 5 things we learned from Ireland's win over France

    Ireland overcame key injuries to beat France 24-9 and book a World Cup quarter-final against Argentina. Here are five things we learned from the clash at the Millennium Stadium. 1. Ireland can cope without Johnny Sexton. Johnny Sexton hobbled off after 25 minutes in Cardiff but Ireland far from crumbled, as Ian Madigan produced an impressive display as replacement fly-half. Madigan kicked eight important points off the tee and his performance suggests all may not be lost for the Irish even without their star player. 2. Robbie Henshaw is the real deal. Robbie Henshaw unleashed his best ever display in an Ireland shirt, finally coming of age with a stirring performance at inside centre. His display q
  • USC cuts and welfare boosts in budget

    USC cuts, welfare boosts, and expanded childcare will form key parts of a more generous than expected vote-chasing budget. Finance Minister Michael Noonan is expected to use at least €600m of the €750m he has earmarked for tax cuts to lessen the burden of the deeply unpopular USC. Up to 100,000 low-paid workers are expected to drop out of the USC net altogether, with those earning €50,000 a year set to be €500 better off annually. With the Cabinet’s Economic Management Council set to put the finishing touches to the package today, the Christmas bonus for welfare recipients is set to be restored to at least 60% of its pre-crash level, but a total restoration has been ruled out. The move is expected

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  • Use of chemotherapy drops by 58% due to genetic research

    The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer who undergo unnecessary chemotherapy could be dramatically reduced following results from medical findings carried out in Ireland, a US cancer diagnostic service claims. US firm Genomic Health claims the new genomic testing can conclude not only the suitability of chemotherapy but whether or not the treated cancer is likely to recur. Chemotherapy is a toxic treatment with severe side effects and is only thought to benefit about 4 per cent of those diagnosed with hormone-sensitive early stage breast cancer, according to the company. The test will determine which patients are still likely to need it. Global “TAILORx” trials carried out between 2007

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  • Garda among two dead in Louth shooting

    A garda was shot dead last night after responding to a domestic disturbance at a house in Co Louth. The shooting happened after a woman had gone to gardaí in Omeath on the Cooley Peninsula and expressed her fear that her partner was going to kill her and himself. The gardaí escorted her to the property on the Mullach Álainn estate in the north Louth village to collect her personal items. When the woman entered the home, the man shot her. A garda followed the woman into the bedroom, where he was fatally shot with a handgun. The deceased garda, Tony Golden, a married father of three, had gone to the house just before 6.30pm. Dissident Crevan Mackin, a 24-year-old originally from Co Down, was on

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  • Madigan's like 'This is my time, I'll show you'. And he did.

    Legendary Ireland out-half Ronan O’Gara on the day Ian Madigan shut the doubters up for good. ROG, YOU’D LOVE TO PLAY AT TEN FOR SCHMIDT SUNDAY was a very gratifying day’s work for Irish players, but above everything it was a victory for coaching excellence. I sat there thinking how much the game has evolved in the last decade. Even for exceptional individuals, the opportunities are so limited now because defence has developed so much. Teams need a plan. The Irish have one. The French have good players but they’ve no plan. Joe Schmidt has some great players and a plethora of good players at his disposal but when they’re buying into the systematic excellence as they did on Sunday, Ireland is a

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  • How a leak can become a tsunami with Irish Water nowhere in sight

    EVERY now and again, I get to meet third-level politics students. Either they want an interview for their thesis or they attend a masterclass. A masterclass is academic for “great gas with poor coffee where nobody makes notes, even though in theory they should, and somebody tweets their approval of what they’re not concentrating on”. At a masterclass at an unspecified time on a forgotten date in a location that’s nobody’s business, I met a group of politics students which broke down, as all politics student groups do, into three unevenly proportioned sub-groups. Sub-group A, the largest group, comprised earnest theorists who could quote every opinion poll ever taken and every policy document

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  • Amhran na Bhfiann is essential to the GAA

    It’s a rare day when I find myself in agreement with the football pundit, Joe Brolly. To me Brolly is the football equivalent of Stephen Nolan- an articulate contrarian. I have long since stopped listening to Brolly’s provocative commentaries on RTE. He increasingly becomes better known in the media for his apologias and mea culpa’s than his commentary. To his credit his extraordinary act of generosity in donating one of his kidneys to fellow clubman Shane Finnegan was truly remarkable but unfortunately Brolly has a peculiar knack for annoying people. So imagine my surprise when I found myself agreeing with Brolly who had taken to print to disagree with mild mannered former Armagh GAA player, q
  • Sleb Safari: Kanye for president? Run for your lives!

    TEMPTING as it is to laugh at Kanye West – inventor of leather jogging bottoms and the grown man who crashed 19-year-old Taylor Swift's acceptance speech but graciously told her "Imma let you finish" – we probably shouldn't because there's every chance he's going to end up as the leader of the free world. Allow Sleb Safari to walk you through it. Kanye announced his intention to run for president of the US in 2020 while high as a kite at the VMAs and has wasted no time getting to work on his campaign. Already he has the campaign slogan "sweatshirts are f***ing important" so he's pretty much got the show on the road. His VMA announcement went down like this. At the end of a rambling Kanye-ist q
  • Frontrunner Clinton has the most to lose

    Hillary Clinton faces some strong candidates in her bid to win the Democratic nomination for a tilt at the presidency and needs to step up to the plate, writes Bette Browne. Hillary Clinton’s presidential dream could risk dissolving into a nightmare battle unless she can stiffen her spine and present her case with style and substance in tomorrow’s first Democratic debate in the White House race. Among these could be the subsequent loss of at least one of the two opening primaries in the New Year when Democrats will decide whom they want to run for the presidency. The loss of one or both of these primaries in Iowa or New Hampshire could set the stage for a battle Clinton never expected, with shades all over again of her failure against Barack Obama to secure the nomination in 2008.

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  • Dealing with the pain of Alzheimer's disease

    The thought of Alzheimer's frightens everyone and to read that scientists in southern California have developed an electronic implant that will retain memories, and so help brains damaged with this disease, is exciting. Only when you go to page six will you read it isn't something that people with dementia can expect to be readily available in the next decade. Dr Clare Walton of the Alzheimer's Society said that if this device is developed further and successfully tested in humans, it could prove to be an effective treatment for some of the symptoms of dementia. There are 19,765 people in Northern Ireland living with dementia with that figure set to rise as the population ages so, in the meantime, families have to manage the condition when it affects one of their relations. q