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  • Main target of Regency hotel attack believed to have fled

    Gardaí believe the main target in Friday’s military-style attack at a north Dublin hotel managed to escape by jumping out a window with his foreign bodyguard. Daniel Kinahan fled after two men, one dressed as a woman, fired into the ceiling at a boxing weigh-in at a suite of the Regency Hotel. David Byrne, aged 33, from Crumlin, Dublin, a senior member of the Kinahan gang, was shot dead. He was hit more than three times, including once in the head, by an attacker dressed in garda Swat-style uniform, brandishing an AK-47. Senior sources said “tensions were high” in the run-up to Byrne’s funeral, with 24-hour armed patrols and uniformed checkpoints on both sides of the city. Gardaí suspect the

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  • I’m very angry with the world and you should be, as well

    A CONSULTATION with my local witch doctor, for some rebalancing herbal potions, after a recent trip to hospital nearly killed me, involves filling out a form.  Although not the typical questions you’d fill out in a doctor’s surgery — one question asks if I liked thunderstorms — all is going well until we get to this question: ‘what irritates me’? Oh, my god. Where, in 2016, do you even start? Because it’s not the people who talk loudly on their phones in restaurants, or the ones who post too many smug selfies on Facebook, or even those who leave the cap off the toothpaste. No. It’s none of them. Here’s what irritates — it’s what we have allowed ourselves to become. Late capitalism has resulted

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  • Mary Lou McDonald calls Hayes a 'gurrier'

    Sinn Féin's deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she still thinks convicted tax evader Thomas Slab Murphy is a 'good republican', having refused to do so several times last week. Speaking on Newstalk radio this morning, Ms McDonald became emroiled in a heated spat with Fine Gael MEP and Director of Elections Brian Hayes, whom she described as a “gurrier”. Speaking in the context of the gangland murder at the Regency Hotel in Whitehall on Friday, Ms McDonald was pressed about Sinn Féin's call to abolish the Special Criminal Court.

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  • Here's another amazing comeback to a Tripadvisor review... this time from a Michelin-starred chef

    Another week, another brilliant response to a restaurant critic… Of course, when we say restaurant critic, we mean someone writing a rather dramatic review of their meal on Tripadvisor. And the restaurant in question this time? Not just any old establishment, but a Michelin-starred restaurant – Purnell’s in Cornwall Street, Birmingham. Yep, Glynn Purnell seems to have a lot of fans – and it also seems he was a star of a series of foodie TV show Great British Menu. But let’s just say this diner, from Limerick in Ireland, wasn’t exactly happy with her food at his restaurant… Wow, she definitely wasn’t pleased with her portion of mussels was she? That’s Tripadvisor user “714missy”, writing back

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  • Who is the kingpin behind Irish-led cartel based in Spain?

    Dubliner David Byrne, who was shot dead by a gang of six men at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on Friday had close links with an international Irish-led crime cartel. The man understood to be at the head of that gang, Christy Kinahan (57), has drug and money laundering convictions in Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium. Kinahan (57), has had Irish addresses at York Street and St Teresa’s Gardens in Dublin’s inner city, as well as at Cabra, Phibsboro and Fairview, all on the north side of the city, but is now based in Marbella in southern Spain.Next 1: Regency Hotel: scene of gun attack which left one dead 2: Charlemont housing estate: burned-out getaway van found at rear of estate 3: St Vincent's

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  • US congressman: Adams warned of IRA threat before bombing

    A senior American Congressman has recounted how he was warned by Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams in November 1995 that unless there was political movement the IRA ceasefire called the previous August would be in jeopardy. Former congressman Bruce Morrison said that just over two months before the IRA ended its ceasefire on February 9th, 1996, Mr Adams warned him that a British government demand for some prior IRA disarmament was threatening the ceasefire. Former senior Irish diplomat Seán Ó hUigínn also described a British government 1995 decision to insist on a beginning to IRA decommissioning before Sinn Féin could enter political talks as “the single most serious mistake” made by any of the

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  • Children need to get outdoors because the world’s future lies in nature

    WE HEAR a lot these days about a condition known as nature deficit disorder — the ill effects on children resulting from lack of direct contact with the natural world — while at the same time there were never more school programmes on the environment, writes Donal Hickey. Youngsters are more restricted in their movements than previous generations were, and are spending much more time indoors. Those of us who grew up in the last century, especially in rural areas, were lucky enough to enjoy the freedom of the fields, and most of our play was outdoors. Children seem to have an instinctive love of nature. Just look at the way they are drawn to animals. If that love is nurtured, it will continue

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  • Jewish worship in Cork ends as synagogue shuts

    More than a century of Jewish worship in Cork city centre has ended with the final prayer service in its synagogue. The building on South Terrace has been in use since 1905, serving a Jewish community that first settled in the city in the 1880s. The dwindling numbers of recent years have been blamed for the closure, as there had been difficulty maintaining the minimum number of male adults needed for regular services. “We have no quorum and no members. There’s no money and no future,” said Fred Rosehill, chairman of the trustees of the Cork Hebrew Congregation. He said he can recall when there were 60 Jewish families in Cork. However, big numbers had left, particularly in the last 10 years, sometimes

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  • Schools to close as union approves teachers’ strike

    Hundreds of schools and further education colleges face closure due to industrial action just two days before the general election. The decision on Friday by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) executive, to approve the strike for February 24 was described as completely inappropriate by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan. But the TUI said the strike will take place unless meaningful progress is made with her department on issues of concern. It would place pickets at 260 Education and Training Board (ETB) schools where most staff are TUI members, and most of the 95 community and comprehensive schools where TUI and Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) members work side-by- side. The

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  • Why true great Sonia O'Sullivan deserves to get her dues

    You probably heard about the Chinese women last week — the runners who beat Sonia O’Sullivan out of gold medals in the World Championships held back in 1993, the ones who supposedly subsisted on turtle blood to set astonishing records in distance running. The cheats, as we can now call them. If you have any ambivalence about doping and performance-enhancing drugs, or if you feel some variation of‘ “aren’t they all at it, sure leave them off”, then this is the story to show you what is at stake. Sonia O’Sullivan is Ireland’s greatest athlete. That’s clear enough. Serious challengers? Ireland has produced great golfers, outstanding soccer players, superb boxers, but O’Sullivan stands alone. Running

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  • Gougers, biters and f**king cheats

    It’s hardly a high bar but perhaps the most notable part of the weekend was how Dylan Hartley managed to simultaneously captain England and not bite anyone. It’s fascinating how Hartley’s appointment has created pan-national harrumphing at this supposed slash to the game’s gentlemanly ideals, as much in Ireland as anywhere, possibly even more so here. Hartley once bit Stephen Ferris during a Six Nations game, punched Rory Best, and eye-gouged Johnny O’Connor, all of which resulted in bans. It’s a major, and presumably very deliberate, change from the previous England coach, Stuart Lancaster, who was very hot on the culture he wanted to inculcate in the team; honesty, integrity and other very admirable traits embodied by the notably admirable Chris Robshaw, whose notorious World Cup brain-freeze against Wales put England out of the tournament.

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  • TDs bid farewell to Dáil with sales of Guinness rising 12%

    Sales of Guinness at the Dáil bar last year jumped by 12%, with TDs and their friends downing 273 pints of the black stuff alone on the busiest night that coincided with the Dáil’s main break-up night before Christmas, on December 16. Maybe it was discussion on obscure legislation such as the International Protection Bill and the Industrial Relations (Blacklist) Bill that had the TDs heading for the bar, but some deputies had already departed the Dáil chamber for the bar stool before the Dáil adjourned at 10.25pm on the night. The figures show that last year at the Dáil bar saw a recovery in the amount of Guinness and Heineken sold, reflecting the lift in the wider economy. In response to a Freedom of Information request, the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission confirmed that the Dáil and visitors’ bar last year sold a total of 82 kegs of Guinness, and 41 kegs of Heineken.

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  • ISPCA rescue 13 half-starved dogs living in disgusting conditions

    The ISPCA made a horrific discovery in North-West Cork recently where 13 dogs were living in terrible squalor. Nine greyhounds and four German shepherds were found locked in sheds and trailers lying in inches of their own faeces. The dogs had no clean water available and were extremely underweight. Three dead dogs were also discovered on the property. ISPCA Inspector Lisa O’Donovan said, “The conditions these dogs were living in were horrendous. The smell was shocking, and the dogs were completely un-socialised. “It was a long difficult task removing them safely. It’s difficult to try and get your head around how someone could force the poor dogs to live like this.” The dogs were transported

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  • A 1916 diary....NOT in the news (February 7-14, 1916)

    An attack on vans of a Galway trader was blamed by the RIC on hostility towards him as a sub-director of army recruiting. Mr Young’s vans were carrying empty mineral water cases when the drivers were forced to leave them, the horses were driven away and the cases thrown out on the road between Clarinbridge and Oranmore. Dublin police saw Seán MacDiarmada meeting Séan McGarry at 12 D’Olier St. Among those seen visiting Irish Volunteers headquarters were Herbert Mellows, Eimar O’Duffy, Laurence Raul, John R Reynolds, and Michael O’Hanrahan. Diarmuid Lynch (Irish Republican Brotherhood Supreme Council member), Seán MacDiarmada, Seán McGarry, Ned Daly, Joseph Murray, Michael Foley, ‘The O’Rahilly’,

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  • Armed police at Dublin checkpoints after gangland murder

    ARMED police were on the streets of Dublin last night at checkpoints amid fears of retaliation following Friday's fatal shooting in the city. One man was killed, and two others injured, in the gang war shooting at a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel. The victim was 33 year-old David Byrne from Raleigh Square in Crumlin in the south of the city. The bout between Jamie Kavanagh - whose father was killed in Spain last September - and Joao Bento was cancelled. Gardaí said at least six men were involved in the deadly attack. Three gunmen, armed with automatic weapons and wearing Swat team uniforms stormed into the building were 300 sports fans had gathered for the weigh-in on Friday. Another two

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  • On-song CJ Stander finds his Ireland call

    CJ Stander’s performance? It had nothing on his rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann, apparently. Awarded man of the match honours, after what must rank as one of the truly great Test debuts in Irish rugby history, the man from George in South Africa felt his vocal efforts were even better. Or so he insisted when asked how his oral audition rated. “I was very emotional. It was my first time getting out there in front of the president, all the supporters, you know? I’d say 10 (out of ten),” he laughed. “I was happy enough to be next to Tommy (O’Donnell) and (Conor) Murray and when I got lost here and there it was easy enough to jump in. Donnacha Ryan stepped up this week and learned (sic) me a few words,

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  • Johnny Sexton's powerful ad for Focus Ireland has got EVERYONE talking

    Focus Ireland have aired their new ad ahead of the Six Nations match of Ireland versus Wales. The emotional ad is aimed at Ireland’s homelessness problem and features Leinster player Johnny Sexton. With all of Ireland gearing up for the match when the ad came on, viewers took to Twitter in their droves to express their support. Powerful advertisement for @FocusIreland with #JohnnySexton to tackle homelessness.

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  • Labour plan to wind down JobBridge system

    Labour has confirmed it will wind down the controversial JobBridge system and replace it with a new state trainee scheme, in an apparent break from its coalition partner Fine Gael. The government parties outlined their positions on this divisive issue, alongside all other parties, in detailed responses to a questionnaire from trade union Impact, published this morning. The 10,000-word document was sent to all political groups in recent weeks in a bid to clarify for the union’s members how they are likely to be affected by the various potential versions of the next government. The survey — published at 6am today on Impact’s website — centred on 11 separate questions regarding taxes, services,

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  • Bruno: My days of fighting for titles are gone

    Frank Bruno has spoken out about talk of a return to the ring — admitting he knows “deep down the days of me fighting for world titles are over”. The former champion sparked fears for his safety after he told ITV’s This Morning he was “coming back into boxing”. The much-loved sportsman hung up his gloves in 1996 after suffering a detached ret ina, and has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Bruno, 54, said he had returned to training in the ring to help him cope with the effects of his condition and the medication he uses. Addressing his comments in an open letter to his fans published in the Sunday Mirror, he writes: “Any champion will tell you it is hard to turn off those feelings when you

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  • It might nearly be Lent, but Sundays are sweet

    ALREADY?! Shrove Tuesday has snuck up on us. Usually around now, time slows. There’s no bank holiday to look forward to. It feels like St Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Day are a year apart. New Year’s Day is a complete waste of a bank holiday, anyway. It should be shifted to St Bridget’s day. Having it so soon after Christmas is pointless. Like eating more steak after dessert. You don’t need it and you feel queasy. But January has flown. Not in a good way. Time was just blown along by all the storms. Somehow, we are at Lent, and you have a decision to make: are you going off sweets? There are a couple of things to consider. Firstly, what do you mean by ‘sweets’? At the start of Lent, sweets means

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