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  • Aer Lingus and Ryanair cancel flights due to depart tomorrow

    Aer Lingus and Ryanair have cancelled a number of flights tomorrow due to industrial action by French air traffic controllers. Ryanair has cancelled dozens of flights to, from and over France. Aer Lingus have cancelled ten flights between Dublin, Lyon, Perpignan, Marseilles, Barcelona and Alicante. The companies are offering customers free alternative flight transfers or refunds if their flights have been affected. Guests who have bookings to travel tomorrow are asked to check the status of their flight before departing for the airport. Aer Lingus Chief Executive, Stephen Kavanagh said, “Aer Lingus regrets that it has been forced to cancel a number of services tomorrow as a result of strike action

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  • Alan Rickman leaves estate worth more than £4m

    Film star Alan Rickman left an estate worth more than £4m. Alan, who appeared in screen hits ranging from Die Hard to Harry Potter, died on January 14. His will specified that the bulk of his wealth will go to his wife Rima Horton. The actor, who played Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, revealed last year that he had quietly wed his partner of 50 years in New York in 2012. They had been together since they met as teenagers and had no children. His will showed that he also left a legacy sum to his three siblings David and Michael Rickman and Sheila Innes. The will, one of 41 million stored and digitised by Iron Mountain on behalf of HM Courts & Tribunals Service, dealt with all

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  • Attack victim Guido has health complications

    Guido Nasi, the Italian man who was left paralysed after he was the victim of an unprovoked attack in Dublin 17 years ago, has undergone surgery after suffering further health complications. Guido, who turns 34 tomorrow , has spent the last half of his life struggling to cope with irreversible injuries after he was struck over the head in Dublin’s Fairview Park in 1999. The attack left the teenager partially sighted and no longer able to walk or even feed himself. It was his first trip to Ireland. And over the past year, family friends have admitted they are increasingly worried about Guido’s mental health,. The Italian, who lives with his 74-year-old mother, Simonetta, in a small apartment in

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  • First Superjet lands at Cityjet

    Cityjet received the first of the SSJ100 Superjet aircraft that it is adding to its fleet at a cermony in Italy on Tuesday. The Irish airline is leasing 15 of the craft, with an option for a further 16, in a deal worth more than $1 billion. Chief executive Pat Byrne and commercial officer Cathal O’Connell took formal delivery of the first of the craft at a cermony in Superjet International’s premises in Venice. Superjet International is a joint venture between Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and Italy’s Finmeccanica Company. The first Superjet will arrive in Dublin next month and Cityjet will receive three this year and the remainder in 2017. Dublin-based Cityjet serves a number of European

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  • Paris Jackson gets her dad's Dangerous album cover tattooed on her arm

    Paris Jackson has paid a sweet tribute to her father with a tattoo of one of his most famous works. She was only 11 years old when Michael died at the age of 50 in 2009 but she has now showed her love for him with new ink on her forearm. The tattoo is a re-creation of the album cover for Dangerous, which was released in 1991 and featured Michael’s hit single Black And White. The tat depicts the part of the album cover with her father’s eyes peering through a filigree framework containing a monkey’s head, elephant, ram, and other assorted animals. A photo posted by Paris-Michael K. Jackson (@parisjackson) on Mar 13, 2016 at 12:49am PST She captioned the post: “The meaning of life is contained

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  • Government defeats Sinn Féin's attempt to abolish Irish Water

    The Government has defeated Sinn Féin's attempt to abolish Irish Water and scrap charges immediately. Fianna Fáil abstained in votes tonight, meaning the minority had comfortable winning margins. In the end the Governments counter motion which basically outlined the compromise deal reached with Fianna Fáil passed by 59 votes to 38. Housing Minister Simon Coveney last night said the best result would be to leave the future of Irish Water in the hands of the experts. “What we are trying to do here is to allow for an informed and detailed discussion on how we fund water provision and waste water treatment in the future,” said Coveney. “We are trying to take some of the heat out this issue by providing

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  • Ex-nurse claims unfair dismissal over crystal meth charges

    A struck-off nurse who lost his job after gardaí found him in possession of crystal meth has taken an unfair dismissal case against his former employer. John Benedict Butalid de Lara, from Ballyfermot in Dublin, worked as a nurse at the Royal Hospital Donnybrook from December 2003 until November 2014 prior to his dismissal. An Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) heard on Tuesday that Mr de Lara had responsibility for the care of the elderly as part of his job. He had an unblemished work record over a decade, but was suspended in July 2014 after he appeared before a District Court charged with possession of a controlled drug. The hospital’s director for nursing, Olivia Sinclair, told the tribunal

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  • Australian politician claims he is Johnny Depp's 'Hannibal Lecter' as their war of words continues

    The Australian politician locked in a bizarre war of words with Johnny Depp has boasted that he got into the Hollywood star’s head like fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Barnaby Joyce was hitting back after Johnny quipped that the ruddy-faced deputy prime minister appeared to be “inbred with a tomato”. The exchange on Wednesday is the latest salvo in the dispute which began a year ago when Joyce, who is also agriculture minister, threatened to have Johnny’s pet dogs, Boo and Pistol, put down. The 52-year-old actor’s wife Amber Heard pleaded guilty in a court last month to falsifying documents to conceal the pets when she arrived by private jet to join her husband on the set of the fifth

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  • ‘These gangland murders are not going to stop until crime cartel get all of their rivals’

    Gardaí can see “no immediate end” to the killing spree by the Kinahan crime cartel, which yesterday carried out its sixth murder, all aimed at the rival Hutch gang. The latest victim, Gareth Hutch, had expressed fears to a local councillor on Monday that he was “in danger” and did not want to be “shot in front of his son”. Community groups and politicians have demanded “firm and urgent” action from Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to end the “senseless cycle of violence”. Mr Hutch, aged 35 and a father of a six-year-old boy, was shot dead by two gunmen outside his home at Avondale House flats complex in Dublin’s north inner city at 10am yesterday. He is the second nephew of Gerry

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  • Prince Charles set to begin visit to Ireland

    Prince Charles will visit Ireland today in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. The day of engagements in Co Donegal comes a year after Charles' emotional trip to neighbouring Co Sligo to tour the harbour village where his great uncle, Lord Mountbatten, was murdered by the IRA in 1979. The symbolic steps taken by the heir to the British throne has come in the wake of the Queen's historic visit to Ireland in 2011, when she became the first monarch to set foot in the country for a century. In one of the first engagements of the day, the Prince and Duchess of Cornwall will visit a tweed factory in Donegal Town. Charles will then travel to the Letterkenny Institute

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  • Jamie Vardy’s parents to miss wedding due to row over bride

    Leicester City star Jamie Vardy is set to marry his fiancee Rebekah Nicholson in a lavish ceremony today. Final preparations were being made at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire where the couple are due to tie the knot. However, Vardy’s mother and stepfather will not attend the wedding as they have not spoken to him for more than a year following a row over the bride-to-be. Vardy has already postponed his nuptials three times due to his footballing commitments but will miss England’s friendly against Australia on Friday. He said: “It will be a very quiet night on Wednesday. Obviously I hope all the guests have a good time but I will have a quiet one. “I’ve not got a curfew but at the end of the day

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  • Pantibar sign receives support from online petition

    Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for the retention of the Pantibar sign outside the eponymous gay bar on Dublin’s Capel Street after Dublin City Council directed its removal. The council had received three complaints in relation to the sign. Pat Coyne, with an address in Dublin 7, said the sign had “no artistic merit and detracts from the dignity of both the structure and the streetscape”. Kenneth O’Reilly, also from Dublin 7, said the sign reflected into his home and that its retention would “not be a positive step in the overall identity of Capel Street and the area as a whole”. Brendan Hade, with an address in Dublin 1, said the sign was not attached to Pantibar but

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  • Donald Trump will ‘bankrupt US like his businesses’

    Hillary Clinton said Donald Trump’s economic policies would lead to lower wages, fewer jobs, and more debt — warning unionised workers the presumptive Republican presidential nominee could “bankrupt America like he’s bankrupted his companies”. “Ask yourself,” the likely Democratic nominee told the Service Employees International Union international convention in Detroit, “how can anybody lose money running a casino, really?” Trump has accused Clinton of using the “the woman’s card” to win votes. Clinton said if fighting for equal pay, paid family leave, a higher minimum wage, and affordable child care is “playing the woman card, then deal me in”. Trump’s call to deport millions of people living

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  • Ireland squad go back to school for revision over rule changes

    Referee Hugh Dallas was a high profile visitor to the Ireland team hotel in Portmarnock on Monday night to advise the players about the myriad rule changes which will come into play for Euro 2016. While some are cosmetic – players’ under-shorts or tights must now match their shorts – and some are minor but will nevertheless change the habits of a lifetime – such as the ball no longer needing to go forward at kick-off – others could have a significant impact on proceedings in France. One of the most striking innovations is that the denial of a goal-scoring opportunity in the box no longer means an automatic red card – it will now be at the referee’s discretion to decide if, for example, it was

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  • Ivor Callely appears in court more than a week after arrest warrant issued

    After failing to turn up for a court action to have him jailed, former politician Ivor Callely has handed himself in, more than week after judge issued a warrant for his arrest. Callely (aged 58) of St Lawrence's Road, Clontarf, was jailed for five months in 2014 for using false invoices to claim expenses €4,207.45 at Leinster House, Kildare Street between November 2007 and December 2009 while he was a member of the Seanad. In an unrelated case, a bench warrant for his arrest was issued on May 17 by Dublin District Court. The proceedings result from his failure to comply with terms of a 2013 district court judgement compelling him to pay a €1,755 debt, provide details of his means or else face jail.

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  • People are questioning everything they know after watching Secret Life Of The Human Pups

    Viewers were introduced to one of life’s more unusual subcultures in the Secret Life Of The Human Pups and it’s safe to say they’re not sure what to think any more. The Channel 4 documentary followed the daily lives of several human pups – who were mainly middle-aged, busy working men who like to unwind by dressing up as dogs. They explained how they like to enjoy the simple things in life – such as playing in ball pools, having their bellies rubbed and using puppy training pads to go to the toilet. There was even a competition to be crowned Mr Puppy Europe where judges marked the pups on their personality, mischievousness and agility. Yes, really. So, completely unsurprisingly, there was complete

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  • Your profile picture is telling people more about your personality than you thought

    The social media profile picture could be the window to your soul. That’s according to a group of researchers who have investigated the link between people’s profile pictures and their personality traits. According to the study, social media users can be grouped into one of the Big Five model personality traits – openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism – based on their profile picture alone. The study used the Twitter profiles of more than 66,000 people – making it larger than most psychological studies – while 429 users filled in a standard personality questionnaire and found “significant differences in profile picture choice between personality traits”.

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  • Scrapping Irish Water could cost €160m in immediate costs

    The State would face immediate costs of up to €160m if Irish Water was scrapped, according to the minister in charge. Simon Coveney has said the costs would be rung up from having to let go of staff who transferred from local authorities. But he has also told the Dáil the cost could rise into the billions, as potential savings would be lost in future. Minister Coveney has said the costs were calculated as part of Fine Gael's pre-government talks with Fianna Fáil: “It was estimated that once off costs for staff redundancies, termination of contracts, transitioning to another model etc, could range between €85m and €169m. “In addition some €1.6bn additional running and capital costs will arise

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  • Coronation Street fans hold their breath as a terrible car accident is set to reveal a dead body

    The drama continued in Coronation Street as a terrible road accident resulted in the worst fears for the Platts: the body of Callum Logan (played by Sean Ward) is about to be discovered. David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd) his wife Kylie (Paula Lane) and sister Sarah-Louise (Tina O’Brien) are going to have to show nerves of steel to the Corrie residents now. Meanwhile, Carla Tilsley, played by departing actress Alison King, sat in her wedding dress looking as forlorn as Charles Dickens character Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. She married Nick Tilsley (Ben Price), but there was to be no happy ever after: he dumped Carla following the revelation that she had been unfaithful. And Nick’s mother

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  • Man found dead in Dublin house named by Gardaí

    The man found dead in a house in Rathmines in Dublin two days ago has been named by Gardaí. They have said 59-year-old Des Sullivan's body was discovered after they were called to an incident in Summerville Park on Monday night. A 67-year-old man was arrested over his death yesterday. The man is still in Gardaí custody as questioning continues today. [timggardaSign_large.jpg[/timg]

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