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  • Man who admits Christmas Eve killing now lives with deceased's widow and child

    A man who admitted killing a 42-year-old man on Christmas Eve two years ago is living with the deceased's widow and child, the Central Criminal Court has heard. David Shanley (aged 47) of Courtown Harbour, Gorey, Co Wexford pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of John Lawlor on December 24 or 25, 2014 at Ballinatray Lower, Courtown Harbour. Last month, counsel for the prosecution John O'Kelly SC said the plea of guilty to manslaughter was accepted by the State. Counsel for Shanley Patrick Gageby SC added at the time that there was a "complex inter-family relationship at play" in the case. When Shanley pleaded guilty six weeks ago it was agreed that he would be allowed remain q
  • Bob Geldof attacks festival crowd for wearing Primark

    He might not like Mondays, but it seems Thursdays are starting to annoy Bob Geldof too. The singer, who was performing with his band, The Boomtown Rats, decided to lay into the crowd at a family festival in Brentwood, Essex. Their crime? Wearing Primark. “F***ng Primark” to be exact. “This is a rock’n’roll festival. When you come to a rock’n’ roll festival you dress for a rock’n’roll festival,” Geldof told his audience on Thursday. And how exactly should one “dress for a rock’n’roll festival”? In a “mega” style, according to Blackrock’s finest. “We are mega. And you are Brentwood. How do we know that you are Brentwood and we are mega? Because I am wearing a f**k off pretend snakeskin suit and

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  • Man faked Lotto wins in order to steal €54,000 from shop

    A Dublin man who stole almost €54,000 from the shop he worked in by awarding himself fake Lotto wins has been given a chance to repay the money in order to avoid a jail sentence. Paul Kavanagh (25), of Belgard Square, Tallaght, spent the money on take-aways, taxis and cannabis, his counsel said. He pleaded guilty to theft from Ray Sheehan, owner of the Londis Store on Parkgate Street between 2014 and 2015. He was also found with a small amount of cannabis at his home. Prosecuting counsel Marie Torrens BL said Kavanagh, a father of two, began working in the shop in 2014 and started having money troubles. She said he would process lottery wins through the system and pocket the money. The thefts

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  • Watch Celine Dion perfectly impersonate Cher, Sia and Rihanna

    Who knew? It turns out that Celine Dion does an amazing impression of Rihanna. The iconic singer joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show in the US, where she showed off her talents in the Wheel Of Musical Impressions game. Despite being nervous, Celine soon got into it, singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat to the tune of Rihanna’s Work. There was even some tentative twerking. Others to get the Celine treatment included Sia, with Hush Little Baby sung to the tune of Chandelier, as well as Cher and Michael Jackson. Celine even gave Ariana Grande a run for her money. In March, the US pop star showed off her ability to perfectly impersonate Britney Spears, Shakira and … wait for it… Celine Dion herself. q
  • Shot Irish man recovering slowly in South African hospital

    An Irish man living in South Africa since the 1980s who was shot two weeks ago as he left home for work was planning to retire to Ireland soon with his wife. Bill Brogan (68) suffered a head wound as he left home early in the morning and remains in a serious but stable condition in Johannesburg’s Netcare Union Hospital. He is being treated for the life-threatening injuries he suffered during a robbery in Walkerville, a rural town about 30 minutes south of Johannesburg in Gauteng Province. Mr Brogan, who is of Irish extraction with a grandfather from Cork, left for work at 6.30am on July 6th last. He was found by his Irish wife Mary and son Conor slumped unconscious in the doorway of his home

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  • Zimbabwe's war veterans turn against Robert Mugabe

    Veterans of Zimbabwe's independence war made a significant break with President Robert Mugabe for the first time, calling him dictatorial, manipulative and egocentric. The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association has been a pillar of support for the 92-year-old leader for decades. But on Thursday it released a statement criticising the man it had long been quick to defend. The veterans are known for unleashing violence on those opposing the government. The surprise revolt by Mr Mugabe's ageing corps of loyalists comes after nationwide anti-government protests organised via social media. Many in Zimbabwe are frustrated by a rapidly deteriorating economy, a currency crisis and alleged q
  • This woman is proud of her birthmarks and wants you to be too

    Yulianna Yussef used to hide away because of comments from strangers about the dark marks she has grown up with all over her body. However, the 22-year-old now has more than 22,000 followers on her Instagram – thanks to her fantastic style, jaw-droppingly beautiful travel snaps and, perhaps most importantly, her body-positive attitude. As Yulianna notes herself, she was “born different” – she says her body is around 60% – 70% covered with marks and adds that when she’s stressed new ones can appear. But she has learnt to accept her skin. Yulianna Yussef – Timeline | Facebook “My marks – moles/spots – are caused by a mutation of body cells during embryonic development called congenital melanocytic

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  • Peter Barlow back on the cobbles as Coronation Street braces for explosive storylines

    Corrie bosses have revealed some explosive storylines coming up in the autumn including a shock return for one character while a love triangle is set to grip viewers tuning into the soap. Peter Barlow is to make his return to the famous cobbles, sending “ripples through the street” following his departure from Coronation Street in 2014. And ITV bosses have said that something will happen when he arrives back on the soap which is “completely unexpected” – meaning he has to stay. Chris Gascoyne, who plays Peter, will be joined by nephew Adam and half-brother Daniel, it was revealed. Speaking at a press conference on Friday, producer Kate Oates said she was excited to bring Peter back and urged q
  • It’s not Pogba or bust, says Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho would not be surprised if Manchester United’s interest in Paul Pogba fails to bear fruit — and he has two alternatives lined up. Four years on from Pogba departing Old Trafford, the 23-year-old midfielder is being trailed by his former club having flourished at Juventus. The Italian giants have reportedly turned down a world-record transfer bid for Pogba and work continues as United look to add the final piece of their transfer jigsaw, with the player’s agent Mino Raiola taking to Twitter to state “there is no deal done”. Paris St Germain’s Blaise Matuidi and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic have also been linked with moves to Old Trafford, but Pogba remains the name on everyone’s lips.

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  • Group led by Hines to sell Liffey Valley Shopping Centre

    A group led by US real estate investor Hines plans to sell a Dublin shopping centre and adjacent land for about €600 million, three people with knowledge of the matter said. The venture, including the Grosvenor Group and HSBC Alternative Investments, hired Eastdil to broker the sale of Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in the west of the city, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private. An executive at Eastdil and a spokeswoman for the venture declined to comment. Grosvenor, owned by the Duke of Westminster’s family trusts, was one of the original developers of the mall. The HSBC unit and Houston-based Hines bought a 73 per cent stake in the property from Aviva

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  • Reports of rape in London clubs and bars have increased by 136%

    Incidents of rape and sexual assault in London’s clubs and bars are being reported far more frequently than previous years, according to Metropolitan Police data obtained by Broadly. Between April 1 2011 and March 31 2016 there was a 136% increase in reports of rape in England’s capital. Reports of other sexual offences, including sexual assault, increased by 119% over the same period – while arrests for alleged sexual offences have increased by 66% over the past five years, the Freedom of Information request showed. But despite arrests for sexual offences increasing, and arrests specifically for allegations of rape increasing by 90%, only 32% of those arrested on suspicion of rape had criminal

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  • Ireland benefits by over €40bn from EU, says Frances Fitzgerald

    Ireland has been a net beneficiary in the order of over €40 billion from the European Union over its 40 years of membership, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has told the Dáil. “There is ongoing economic growth and we have improvement in the taxes coming in,’’ she said. Ms Fitzgerald was replying to Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy who said Ireland’s 26.3 per cent growth rate had made a mockery of the Republic. Many people had not felt the benefit of any economic recovery, he added. He said the State now had a €280 million obligation on the back of a report which bore no relation to Ireland’s economic growth. “Public services are stretched beyond all limits, and the country still has 2,100 children and

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  • Tony Martin wins appeal but is still fined and Pyromaniac is still banned

    Tony Martin secured something of a pyrrhic victory at a Turf Club Referrals Committee hearing which saw him successfully appeal a €2,000 fine and a 42 day ban imposed on Pyromaniac at Killarney last week under one section of the ‘non-trier’ rules, only to be fined, and the horse remain suspended, under another section.  At the end of a lengthy hearing at Leopardstown on Thursday Martin was instead fined €1,000, and Pyromaniac remains suspended for 42 days, ruling him out of next week’s Galway festival, after the Referrals Committee decided Pyromaniac shouldn’t have been allowed run at Killarney due to problems with his teeth that only showed up after his controversial run last week. Part of Martin’s successful defence against using the racecourse as a training ground was that issues with the horse’s teeth contributed to his performance at Killarney where both the trainer and jockey Patrick McGuigan were penalised under racing’s Rule 212 (a111) which deals with using the racecourse as a training ground.

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  • Rioters in Kashmir left blind as police use pellet guns to quash crowds

    Indian security forces have blinded scores of civilians, including children, with pellet shotguns employed to control rioting in the state’s northern, disputed Kashmir province. At least 46 people have died and some 2,000 civilians and 1,600 security forces personnel have been injured in rioting that shows little sign of abating in the principality. A curfew remains in force across the Kashmir Valley, and security forces have ignored appeals by human rights groups and political parties to stop firing their pellet guns on the grounds that the weapons are “non lethal” and essential for crowd control. Though the exact number who had suffered eye injuries from these guns is unknown, doctors in Kashmir’s

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  • Compensation disputes delay Sam Allardyce’s England appointment

    Sam Allardyce’s appointment as England’s manager is expected to be delayed until Friday to allow Sunderland and the Football Association time to finish haggling over compensation. Roy Hodgson’s successor is then likely to be presented to the media at some point next week. With David Moyes set to be swiftly installed as Allardyce’s successor on Wearside, negotiations are not regarded as a major problem but reflect the Sunderland owner Ellis Short’s anger and frustration at the manner in which he perceives the FA has poached his manager. Considering Allardyce had only a year outstanding on a club contract worth around £2m a year the deal appears straightforward. It has, though, been slowed slightly

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  • Film director Oliver Stone thinks Pokemon Go could lead to 'totalitarianism'

    Film director Oliver Stone has branded the popular gaming app Pokemon Go a “new level of invasion” of privacy that could lead to “totalitarianism”. The American reportedly voiced concerns over the game as he promoted his new movie about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden at Comic Con International. Oliver, 69, said companies were carrying out “surveillance capitalism” by monitoring people’s behaviour, after he was asked about security concerns associated with Pokemon Go. According to Time magazine, he told the Comic Con audience in San Diego: “It’s not funny. What’s happening is a new level of invasion. “The profits are enormous here for places like Google. They’ve invested a huge amount of money

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  • Serious risks found in child protection service in Midlands

    High priority child protection cases in the Midlands, that were not allocated to social workers, were known about “for years” by services, according to a report by the Health Information and Quality Authority. Hiqa has said it identified serious risks in the Midlands child protection and welfare services, which covers Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford, including one team predominantly made up of agency social workers with two years or less experience. The team had no direct line manager and a principal social worker who was due to leave in January. The matter was subsequently rectified by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. Inspections of the Midlands services were carried out by Hiqa in

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  • Claim Marta Herda sought to murder man ‘doesn’t make sense’

    The lawyer for a woman accused of murdering her colleague by driving him into a harbour, where he drowned, has said that if she had done so deliberately it would be suicide. Giollaiosa O Lideadha SC was giving his closing speech to a jury at the Central Criminal Court this morning. Marta Herda of Pairc Na Saile, Emoclew Road, Arklow, Co Wicklow is charged with the murder of 31-year-old Csaba Orsos on March 26th, 2013. The 29-year-old Polish waitress has pleaded not guilty to murdering the Hungarian at South Quay, Arklow. Both had been in Ms Herda’s car when it went into the water that morning. Ms Herda escaped at the harbour but Mr Orsos’ body was found on a nearby beach later that day. They

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  • Usain Bolt

    Usain Bolt has backed the decision to uphold the ban on Russia’s track and field athletes from the Olympics, admitting that the sport needed to “make a statement” because “doping violations are getting so bad”. Bolt, who will defend his 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles in Rio next month, also claimed that the revelations and exposure of widespread Russian cheating would act as a deterrent to stop athletes taking performance-enhancing drugs. “This will scare a lot of people and send a strong message that the sport is serious about cleaning up,” he said. “For me if you have the proof and you catch somebody I definitely feel you should take action. If they feel like banning the whole team is the

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  • Hollande agrees on special status for Border

    In a significant boost to Ireland’s efforts to deal with the fallout from the British vote to leave the EU, French president François Hollande yesterday agreed that the peace process and the Common Travel Area should have a special status in future negotiations between the EU and the UK. The Irish Times understands Taoiseach Enda Kenny will travel to London next week to meet the new British prime minister, Theresa May. He will again stress the need to protect the peace process through preserving the open border between North and South. In talks with Mr Kenny at Government Buildings yesterday, Mr Hollande repeatedly expressed impatience with the British delay in leaving the EU, but struck a note regarded as helpful by senior Irish officials, in recognising the special position of Ireland.

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