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  • Frances Fitzgerald ‘not surprised’ Ireland features in IS video

    Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said yesterday it was no surprise IS had identified Ireland as part of a so-called ‘coalition of devils’ saying IS was targeting the “whole of western Europe”. Her comments came as an international expert on cyber-terrorism said Ireland’s inclusion in the ‘coalition’ suggested IS viewed it as a legitimate target. However, Mr David Mair, of the Cyberterrorism Project at Swansea University, said he was not suggesting Ireland was at “imminent risk of an Islamist terror attack”. In the group’s slick video, the Irish flag is pictured alongside those of 59 other countries which it claimed are all part of a new coalition of devils. It says the “flames of war” will

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  • Rape accused said he never heard of Down syndrome

    A 34-year-old man accused of raping a woman with Down syndrome told gardaí after his arrest that he had never heard of the condition. He also denied having sex with anyone on the day in question but said that he frequently had sex with women he met on the street. The trial has heard that the woman, who is in her 20s, became separated from her mother while out walking. The accused found her and took her to his Dublin home, where the alleged rape took place on June 12, 2013. The accused now admits there was some sexual contact with the woman, but maintains it was consensual and that he did not know she was mentally impaired. He has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, sexual

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  • EXCLUSIVE! Aoibhinn McGinnity: 'I didn't expect to get my foot in the door in America'

    Aoibhinn McGinnity may have landed a major role on a U.S show but the brunette beauty has revealed she was surprised by her sudden success. Speaking exclusively to, the actress admitted she was shocked to have landed her first U.S role with major TV station HBO so soon. “I’m really excited about it, I mean I didn’t expect my foot to be in door in America so soon,” she said. Success: Aoibhinn has been suprised by her sudden success | “It was one of my favourite characters to read for literally I actually enjoyed the audition and I enjoyed meeting the cast and director ,” she told  The Monaghan native was cast the part by Alexa Fogul whose been the casting director for hit-shows q
  • Met Éireann forecasts gusts of 130km/hr for tomorrow

    Met Éireann says we should be prepared for severe winds around the country overnight. A yellow weather warning is currently in place, and conditions will deteriorate from 6am tomorrow morning with winds expected to reach 130 kilometres per hour. There is also a Status Yellow rainfall warning for counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry where rainfall of up to 50 millimetres is likely. Meteorologist David Rogers said: "Tomorrow morning for several hours and into the early part of the afternoon, there will be even stronger westerly winds which will reach into the Orange Level warning. "This means that we can expect winds for several hours reaching up to between 100 and 130 kilometres q
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy sends Jamie Vardy message after he snatches his record

    Leicester striker Jamie Vardy's just broken Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League fixtures. Vardy took the scoring record after getting his side’s opening goal against Manchester United this evening. The Dutchman, who has held the record since 2003 when he set it while at United, has messaged the Leicester man on Instagram. Classy. q
  • Donald Trump denies mocking disabled New York Times reporter

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump denied he was mocking the disability of a New York Times reporter during a speech in which he flailed his arms and distorted his speech in an imitation of the journalist. The latest uproar over Trump’s behaviour on the campaign trail was ignited by remarks the billionaire real-estate tycoon and former reality TV star made during a South Carolina rally on Tuesday about the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York’s World Trade Center. Trump, front-runner for his party’s nomination for the November 2016 election, was defending his unsubstantiated assertions that thousands of Muslims were seen in New Jersey cheering the collapse of the Twin Towers. During the speech, he singled out Times investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski for a story he wrote a few days after the attacks while he was then a Washington Post correspondent.

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  • Grave thief sentenced to three years in jail

    A 39-year-old Romanian man has been sentenced to three years in prison for handling statues and other religious ornaments which were stolen from graves in Lackagh and Annaghdown, Co Galway, four years ago. Marian Lingurar, with a former address in Loughgeorge, Claregalway, pleaded not guilty before Galway Circuit Criminal Court during a two-day trial, to 11 charges of handling various religious items at Loughgeorge, knowing they were stolen, on October 4, 2011. The jury was instructed to return not guilty verdicts on three of the charges, by direction of Judge Rory McCabe, due to lack of evidence. Garda Patricia Grady told the hearing that every person involved had a story to tell when they contacted gardaí in September 2011 to report items stolen from their loved one’s graves.

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  • Fine Gael in bid to lure 70,000 emigrants back with proposals include tax breaks

    Some of the proposals being put forward by Fine Gael to attract more than 70,000 emigrants home by 2020 include tax breaks; plans to help parents register children in schools from abroad; and recognising time abroad as time served in public service jobs. However, doubts have been cast over the ability of the party to deliver the plan given the chronic shortage of suitable housing. Details of the proposals, obtained by the Irish Examiner, are being drafted by Finance Minister Michael Noonan along with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation Richard Bruton and junior minister Simon Harris. The trio has been asked by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to form the party’s economic team ahead of the election.

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  • Ratoath revolution gathering pace

    Of the 2,300 or so affiliated GAA clubs on the island of Ireland, none of them struck gold during the Celtic Tiger years quite like the Ratoath club in Meath. Back in 1996 when young players would meet up at Johnny Ryan’s shop in the centre of the poky little village, Ratoath’s population numbered 1,061. Fergal Power came home from New York that same year and remembers a sleepy little village that time almost forgot. What Ratoath did have going for it, however, was its placement on Dublin’s commuter belt and when the housing boom begun there, well, it was quite the boom. A decade after Power’s return, the 2006 official census reported a population rise to 7,249 in the village, an astounding increase.

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  • Ally McBeal star reveals she's 'in love' with someone from Downton Abbey

    Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart revealed she’s a huge fan of Downton Abbey and is “in love” with Dame Maggie Smith. Calista, who is married to Indiana Jones star Harrison Ford, admitted she is a fan of hit British TV shows Sherlock and Downton Abbey. She told Radio Times: “Right now, my son [Liam, 14], my husband [Harrison Ford] and I can’t stop watching Sherlock. “It’s such a good show, although one of my all-time favourites is Downton Abbey. I love that show. I don’t want it to end.” Praising Dame Maggie she said: “I love Maggie Smith. Thankfully, I have another season of Downton to go, so I’m not quite sad about the end yet. “I’ve always liked Maggie – I can’t tell you how much I’m in love q
  • ‘Look at human side of doctor’

    A radiologist yesterday pleaded with a fitness to practice inquiry to “look at the human side of the doctor”. Dr Dawar Siddiqi, who worked as a locum consultant radiologist at Bantry General Hospital in West Cork between May and September 2013, also accused the manager who brought his case to the attention of the Medical Council of protecting patients at the expense of himself, the doctor. The inquiry into Dr Siddiqi, who allegedly made serious errors in relation to a number of his CT scan reports while working at Bantry hospital, yesterday continued into its third day at the Medical Council’s headquarters in Dublin. Dr Siddiqi faces an allegation of poor professional performance. Specifically,

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  • Turkey's president expresses regret for downing of Russian fighter jet

    Turkey’s president has expressed regret about the downing of a Russian military jet by his armed forces. Addressing supporters, Recep Tayyip Erdogan again defended the move and criticised Russia for its action in Syria. But he added: “We wish it hadn’t happened, but it happened. I hope something like this doesn’t happen again.” He said both sides should approach the issue in a more positive way, and voiced hope that a meeting in Paris will be an opportunity to overcome tensions. Earlier, Turkey issued a travel warning urging its citizens to delay non-urgent and unnecessary travel to Russia. The country’s foreign ministry said it is issuing the warning because Turkish travellers are facing “problems” q
  • I'm a Celebrity 2015: Lady C's 'bullying' behaviour is a step too far for Twitter

    Lady C has been causing quite the stir on this year’s I’m a Celebrity – but in tonight’s episode things got really serious. The outspoken campmate lashed out at Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley after he told her off for throwing a live beetle onto the fire. In an vicious rant, Lady C cried: “You are a pretentious piece of s**t and I’ve had enough of you!” Unbelievably she made things worse adding: “You fat blob. It’s none of your f*****g business, a***hole. You arch hypocrite, a chippy oik with the brains of a pea and the mouth of diarrhoea.” And the insults just kept on coming. But it seems Lady C’s latest outburst was a step too far for viewers, who blasted her on Twitter for her ‘bullying’ q
  • Dan Carter looks to Jonny Wilkinson for inspiration

    Dan Carter has made his much-anticipated arrival at Racing 92, vowing to emulate Jonny Wilkinson and enjoy a barbecue with Ronan O’Gara. The former All Black, who signed off a remarkable international career by winning the World Rugby Player of the Year and claiming the World Cup for New Zealand, had his media bow delayed when he was briefly locked out of Racing’s training base in the Paris suburb of Plessis-Robinson, But once inside, he quickly laid out his ambitions for his second spell in France, citing Wilkinson’s indian summer at Toulon as inspiration. “When I was following the end of his career, I took a bit of inspiration from that. A lot of people had probably written him off up until

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  • Cocaine worth €770k seized in Dublin

    Gardaí have seized cocaine worth more than three quarters of a million euro in Dublin. A 36-year-old man has been arrested after gardai stopped a vehicle on the Tallaght by-pass at around 6.15pm yesterday evening. He is being held at Tallaght Garda station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1996. The cocaine seized is believed to have a street value of €770,000. q
  • Roman Polanski will not be extradited to the US from Poland

    Poland will not extradite Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski to the US in an almost 40-year-old case after prosecutors declined to challenge a court ruling against it. Prosecutors in Krakow, who had sought the extradition on behalf of the US, said that they found the court’s refusal of extradition to be “right” and said they found no grounds to appeal it. Polanski’s lawyer, Jan Olszewski, told the Associated Press that Polanski’s reaction was of “great relief” and of satisfaction that the irregularities in the US procedure have been exposed. The decision by the prosecutors closes the case in Poland and means Polanski, 82, is free to reside and work in Poland, where he grew up and studied filmmaking, and where he is preparing to make a new movie.

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  • Name and shame - ‘serious reportable events’ in hospitals

    IF ever people had cause to pray not to end up in one of this country’s troubled hospitals, it was yesterday’s Irish Examiner front page report of what could happen to them. In a frightening list of what the HSE described as ‘serious reportable events’, you could be sexually assaulted, abducted, or find missing surgical instruments lurking inside you. Compared to any one of 233 scary incidents, an unlisted but true story, concerning a Cork patient who narrowly avoided being shaved on the wrong side before a kidney removal operation by informing the trainee doctor he was holding the diagram upside down, pales into insignificance. Fortunately, the HSE is implementing a range of improvements. Unfortunately,

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  • Munster set for three tough Champions Cup weekends

    Munster face three consecutive weekends of European action in January as the bid to secure qualification to the knock-out stages from Pool Four of the Champions Cup. Tournament organisers yesterday announced that five games postponed earlier this month following the Paris terror attacks will take place after Christmas. Munster’s clash against Stade Francais at Stade Jean Bouin is among the fixtures rescheduled though the date and timing of the game has yet to be confirmed. European Professional Club Rugby said that the matches, which also includes Ulster’s trip to Oyonnax have been rescheduled for the weekend of January 8, 9 and 10. The other rearranged games are Toulon versus Bath, Racing 92

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  • Pope pays tribute to Christian martyrs at Ugandan shrine

    Pope Francis has paid his respects to Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renouncing their faith, the latest group of martyrs from around the world he has honoured. A sombre Francis prayed at shrines dedicated to the 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic martyrs who were killed between 1885 and 1887 on the orders of a local king eager to thwart the influence of Christianity in his central Ugandan kingdom. At Namugongo, outside the capital Kampala, where most of the martyrs were burned alive, he celebrated Mass in their honour to mark the 50th anniversary of the Catholics’ canonisation. As many as two million people are believed to have attended the Mass, including Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, the president of South Sudan and the descendant of the king who ordered the killing of the martyrs. q
  • Thousands gather outside Downing Street to urge against air strikes in Syria

    Thousands of anti-war protesters have gathered outside Downing Street in London to urge British MPs to vote against launching air strikes on Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Actor Mark Rylance, former Respect MP George Galloway and musician Brian Eno were among those to address the demonstrators who waved placards and chanted “Don’t bomb Syria” in Whitehall, central London. The Stop the War Coalition organised the event as David Cameron gave his strongest indication yet that he will call a vote on British air strikes in Syria despite Jeremy’s Corbyn’s opposition to action. Organisers said they were expecting around 5,000 people to join the rally in London, while smaller protests were being staged q