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  • Cruz calls Trump ‘a pathological liar’ over JFK assassin claims

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called Donald Trump “a pathological liar” in an angry outburst after he claimed that the Texas senator’s father associated with Lee Harvey Oswald, former US president John F Kennedy’s assassin. The war of words erupted between the candidates as voters went to the polls in Indiana’s crucial Republican primary after Mr Trump (69) alleged in an interview that Rafael Cruz, an immigrant from Cuba, was photographed handing pro-Fidel Castro pamphlets with Oswald in New Orleans in 1963. The Republican front-runner repeated claims made by the National Enquirer tabloid that Mr Cruz was photographed with Kennedy’s assassin in the months leading up to the president’s

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  • Kilkenny man (27) dies after altercation in Luton

    A 27-year-old Irish man has died following an altercation in Luton, UK, in the early hours of Sunday morning. The man has been named by Bedfordshire police as Kevin Kelly from Goresbridge, Co Kilkenny. He had been living in Luton. A 23-year-old man from Luton was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and has been released on bail pending further police enquiries. At approximately 5.15am police were made aware of the altercation which happened in Upper George Street. Mr Kelly was taken to hospital but died of his injuries. Detective chief inspector Richard Wall of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit has appealed for witnesses to the incident. “There may have been

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  • Jamie Vardy lookalike picked up by Leicester City team bus

    Scenes of jubilation outside the King Power stadium turned to pandemonium when Leicester City’s team bus made a surprise visit to the ground – and stopped to pick up a Jamie Vardy lookalike. It then stopped and a club official beckoned Lee Chapman, a postman who has found unexpected fame as a doppelganger of Vardy, his favourite player. The coach then departed for San Carlo Pizzeria in Leicester, where the players continued their celebrations after clinching the Premier League title for the first time on Monday night thanks to Chelsea’s 20-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.

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  • Eddie Murphy is celebrating the birth of his NINTH child

    Hollywood star Eddie Murphy is celebrating the birth of his ninth child. The actor and comedian, who starred in the 2003 film Daddy Day Care, welcomed the arrival of daughter Izzy Oona on Tuesday morning, his spokesman confirmed. The baby girl, who weighed 7lbs 15ozs, is Murphy’s first child with Australian actress Paige Butcher. In a statement, Eddie’s publicist Arnold Robinson said: “Eddie Murphy, 55, and long-time girlfriend Paige Butcher, 36, welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Izzy Oona Murphy. “Both mother and daughter are doing well. This is the ninth child for Murphy, the first for Butcher.” Eddie’s other children include Eric, 26, from his relationship with Paulette McNeely;

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  • Mahon had ‘no motive’ to harm stab death stepson

    David Mahon’s counsel has told his trial jury that his client had no motive to kill his stepson, but every reason not to harm him, due to his love for Dean Fitzpatrick’s mother. Sean Guerin suggested that the cause of Mr Fitzpatrick’s death was self-impalement and that the jury would have to decide not if his stepson’s death was his fault, but if he bore criminal responsibility. Mr Guerin spent much of yesterday giving his closing speech to the Central Criminal Court on behalf of the Dubliner charged with murdering the brother of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick. Mr Mahon, aged 45, has pleaded not guilty to murdering the father of one on May 26, 2013. The 23-year-old received a stab wound to

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  • Gerry Adams: "I've never seen myself as white."

    Sinn Fein leader responds to criticism over this N-Word tweet Gerry Adams has said he has never seen himself as white.  The Sinn Fein leader has come under sustained criticism for the use of the n-word in his tweet while watching Django unchained. Mr Adams said he was comparing the character in the film with the people who live in Ballymurphy.  The Sinn Fein TD says he saw a parallel "between the plight and the struggle for African-Americans and people back here at home."

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  • Man who raped girlfriend and her mother given life sentences

    A convicted paedophile has been given eight life sentences for raping his girlfriend before breaking into her mother’s house and raping her three days later. The mother, who was aged 60 at the time, was saved when her daughter heard the rape taking place in the background of a voicemail the attacker had left her by accident. On Tuesday Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said the offences fell into the “wholly exceptional” category of rape offences which deserve a life sentence. He imposed eight life terms for the various offences which will run concurrently. The 47-year-old Wexford man, who cannot be named to protect the women’s identity, has previously served a lengthy sentence for raping his daughter

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  • Denis O’Brien criticises proposal to suspend water charges

    Businessman Denis O’Brien criticised the proposal to suspend water charges which has formed a central part of Fine Gael’s deal with Fianna Fail to form a minority Fine Gael government. Mr O’Brien said the plan to set up a commission to examine the issue meant it had been “kicked in the air and down the field.” ”The Government was wrong to back down on Irish Water,” Mr O’Brien said in an interview with Bloomberg Television, due to air Tuesday. “All the infrastructure is Victorian for the supply of water in Ireland. ” Mr O’Brien was drawn into the water charges controversy after one of his companies was awarded a contract to install meters in 2013 as part of a consortium. Mr O’Brien said as much

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  • Melissa McCarthy has just taken Lip Sync Battle to the next level

    Just when you thought lip-syncing was out and carpool karaoke was in, Melissa McCarthy decided to give it a go and yes, it’s everything you imagined and more. The actress shut it down during last night's Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon while promoting her latest movie The Boss. With snapback in tow the comedian dominated DMX's ‘Gonna Give it To Ya’ before host Fallon took on Zayn Malik’s 'Pillow Talk', complete with his own pillow. Although it wasn’t until she burst out that pair of protective goggles and performed ‘Colors of the Wind’ from Disney's Pocahontas - yes you read that right - that it was game over, ball burst. We’re not worthy. q
  • RIP The late Sean Cox, Limerick property developer

    IN the early hours of Tuesday May 3, one of Limerick’s foremost property developers, Mr Sean Cox (76), passed away at his home in Castletroy after a short illness. A widower for the last four years following the death of his wife Ailish (née Magner), Mr Cox leaves behind three daughters, Helen, Aoife and Elizabeth and son John, their partners, and grandchildren Charlie and Millie. He is survived by his sister Mary and brother Seamus. Always a large, imposing man, Mr Cox led a vibrant life until the end. Cox Construction, which he shared with John, survived the recessionary 1980s to build Cherrydale on the Dublin Road and upmarket Castleville on Golf Links Road, also Wellesley Close and Strand

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  • Family of boy sent shirts by Lionel Messi forced to leave Afghanistan

    The family of a five-year-old Afghan boy who received autographed shirts from his football hero Lionel Messi have been forced to leave Afghanistan amid constant telephone threats, the boy’s father has said. Mohammad Arif Ahmadi – whose son grabbed headlines when he was photographed wearing a home-made Argentina shirt with number 10 on the back – said they have moved to neighbouring Pakistan and settled in the city of Quetta, hoping for a better life there. “Life became a misery for us,” said Mr Ahmadi. Mr Ahmadi said he feared his son, Murtaza Ahmadi, would be kidnapped after becoming an internet sensation when photographs of him wearing a Messi shirt made out of a blue and white striped plastic bag went viral.

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  • Two airlifted to hospital from Carrauntoohill

    Two people have been airlifted to hospital after they got into difficulty on Carrauntoohill in Co Kerry this evening, writes Patrick Flynn. The alarm was raised at around 5.15pm when the pair used a mobile phone to contact emergency services. The women, thought to be in their 20s, are understood to have been hiking on the Devil’s Ladder route up the mountain. It is believed one of the women has sustained a leg injury. An operation to locate and recover the climbers was quickly mounted. The Kerry Mountain Rescue Team was alerted and mobilised to the incident while the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was also tasked. The operation was coordinated by staff at the Irish Coast

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  • HSE issue Lyme disease warning

    The HSE has issued a warning against Lyme disease. The infection is spread by ticks, with people engaged in outdoor pursuits are most at risk. The HSE has said ramblers, campers, mountain bikers, and others who work and walk in forest or grassy areas should be vigilant against tick bites by using insect repellent, warning long trousers and sleeves as well as checking for ticks after a day out. Lyme disease can, in a small number of cases, cause severe debilitating heart and nervous system issues. "Ticks are tiny spider like creatures that feed on the blood of mammals and birds and will also feed on the blood of humans and occasionally dogs," said Dr. Paul McKeown, HPSC Specialist in Public Health

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  • Patrick Logue: The sick male world of dress-down Friday

    When God rested and made men, she must never have envisaged something called dress-down Friday. Because if she had, she would never have made men like she did. Or even at all. It’s a strange thing that has crept into modern office working life over the past few decades, where people are accustomed to saying “ah feck it, I couldn’t be bothered making an effort today” once a week. There wasn’t a law passed, or a decree, or even a memo to say it was to be a thing. But it is a thing. I certainly didn’t get the memo, but I do find myself attempting to look a little less sharp on Friday than usual. Okay, keep it polite, colleagues. I’ve noticed the women make a better fist at dress-down Friday. Maybe

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  • Drone footage captures a stunning free kick scored in East Cork

    Photographer James McCarthy used his drone to get footage of an incredible free kick scored over the weekend, writes Steve Neville. The goal was one of five scored by Valley Rangers player Mikkel Holmgaard, in the West Waterford East Cork League. Holmgaard has previously played in 3rd tier football in Denmark, so he’s pretty handy. The goal itself is impressive but it’s made look spectacular thanks to the angle of the drone footage Video via James McCarthy Photography The video also shows two more quality goals scored by Rangers in the 9-1 victory over Mogeely FC. If Messi scored goals like that, we’d be talking about it for weeks!

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  • Investigations begin after man dies in Kerry farm accident

    Two investigations are under way after a 65 year-old man died while working with farm machinery in Co Kerry on Monday. The incident happened in the Ballylongford area in the north of the county at about 9.30am. Emergency services were called to the scene and the man was later pronounced dead. It is believed that he died from a crush injury sustained while working with a tractor. The Health and Safety Authority has confirmed that it has begun an investigation following the fatality, which was the fourth death to occur on an Irish farm so far this year. Gardaí have also begun a separate investigation into the incident.

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  • Lakeland acquires Fane Valley’s dairy business

    Cavan-based Lakeland Dairies has acquired neighbouring co-op Fane Valley’s dairy business for an undisclosed sum. The move will allow Lakelands process up to 1.1 billion litres of milk a year, equivalent to a fifth of the State’s entire output. It will also make Lakelands the third biggest Irish processor behind Glanbia and Dairygold. Lakeland and Fane Valley, which is based in Banbridge, Co Down, announced on Tuesday that final agreement on a deal structure had been reached. Last year the co-ops unveiled plans for a joint venture, but this appears to have been jettisoned in favour of a simple acquisition deal. Under the original plan, Lakelands would have managed both dairy businesses with Fane

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  • Newborn kitten named 'Digby' after surviving 80-mile trip in builder's digger

    A newborn kitten has survived an 80-mile trip across the country after becoming separated from his mother in a builder’s digger. Digby, so named after his ordeal, is believed to have travelled from a site on the M40 to Hastings, Sussex, on Saturday April 23. He then survived for another day before being discovered by workers in the bucket of the digger when they started their shift on Monday morning. Sadly, Digby was the only one of his litter to survive the trip – the two other kittens he was with had died by the time they were discovered. Builder Martin Dewsnapp scooped up the three-day-old kitten in an ice-cream tub and took him to the RSPCA’s Sussex East and Hastings branch, also also known

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  • Ex-sports coach appeals 14-year jail term for abusing 10 boys

    A former sports coach has lodged an appeal against a 14-year jail term handed down to him after he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing 10 boys in Waterford in the 1980s. Accountant Bill Kenneally (65) of Summerville Avenue, Waterford was sentenced to 14 years and two months in jail earlier this year after he pleaded guilty to 10 sample counts of indecent assault on the boys during a 39-month period between October 31st, 1984 and December 31st, 1987. Kenneally has lodged an appeal with the Court of Criminal Appeal against the severity of sentence imposed by Judge Eugene O’Kelly following a two-day hearing at Waterford Circuit Criminal Court in February when the nature of the abuse on the boys was outlined.

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  • Is brain death reversible? One biotech firm wants to find out in a ground-breaking project

    A biotech firm in the US aiming to research the possibility of regenerating the brains of dead people has been given the go-ahead by a health watchdog. Bioquark has been granted permission by the Institutional Review Board at the National Institutes of Health to recruit 20 patients who have been declared clinically dead to test whether certain areas of their central nervous system can be brought back to life as part of their ReAnima Project. “We are very excited about the approval of our protocol,” said Ira S. Pastor, CEO of Bioquark. While death occurs when all biological functions that sustain life cease completely, brain death, on the other hand, takes place when a person no longer has any brain stem functions – resulting in permanent loss of consciousness.

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