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  • Complaints about Met Éireann focus on poor forecasting and 'glamour orientated' presenters

    The way female presenters dress and getting the forecast wrong are some of the complaints made to Met Éireann this year. People were also concerned that poor forecasting was putting lives at risk. “You’d hardly know it’s cold out by the way the female presenters are dressed” was one of the 78 complaints made to Met Éireann this year. The documents were released under the Freedom of Information Act. Some complaints about presenters were about the way they dressed, that they read too fast and that they are too “glamour orientated”. Many complaints were about Met Éireann getting the forecast wrong, with one man saying it ruined his holiday. A fisherman complained inaccurate forecasts at sea were

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  • Reward offered after drowned dogs found to have suffered 'appalling' injuries before death

    THREE dogs found dead in a Co Down river could have been used for illegal badger baiting before being dumped in the water. A reward has been offered for information about those responsible for the “appalling” cruelty suffered by the animals, which were spotted floating in the River Bann between Banbridge and Gilford on Sunday. A horrified passer-by alerted the USPCA, which dispatched welfare officers to retrieve the three carcasses. The terrier-type dogs were found to be covered in mud and after being examined by a vet, at least one of the animals was found to have suffered a “serious injury”. A USPCA spokesman said the dogs could have been used for illegal activities such as badger baiting before q
  • Israel hits Damascus in second attack on Syrian territory this week

    Israeli aircraft have reportedly hit targets close to Damascus, in the country’s second strike in Syria this week. Various Arab media outlets reported that Israeli fighter jets bombed a Hizbullah-bound weapons convoy, as well as a Syrian army weapons storage facility near the Syrian capital, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, causing loud explosions that were heard by Damascus residents. Israel never confirms or denies reports of attacks in the Damascus area but Syria’s state-run Sana news agency described the Israeli strike as an attempt to “divert attention from the successes achieved by the Syrian army and to raise the deteriorating morale of the terrorist gangs”, an apparent reference to recent rebel losses in Aleppo. The missiles hit the al-Sabboura area to the west of the capital, Damascus, targeting a base of the Syrian army’s 4th division and a Hizbullah weapons convoy on the main Damascus-Beirut highway.

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  • Man died in €100 drug debt row, trial hears

    A man was allegedly stabbed to death during a row over a €100 drug debt, a murder trial heard yesterday. William Gilsenan, 24, of The Green, Larch Hill, Oscar Traynor Road, Santry, Dublin 17, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 29-year-old Edward Fitzgerald in a car park outside his home on October 17, 2014. On the opening day of the trial yesterday, Dillon Mahady told prosecuting counsel Orla Crowe SC that Edward Fitzgerald was his best friend and “like my big brother”. On October 17 he went with Mr Fitzgerald to the estate where they knew Mr Gilsenan lived. He said the accused owed Mr Fitzgerald €100 for marijuana and he wanted his money. They didn’t know which apartment Mr Gilsenan lived

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  • Bertie Ahern is the comeback kid in perfect time

    Journalist of the year Michael Clifford takes a sideways look at the return of Bertie Ahern to the Fianna Fáil fold Bertie Ahern’s timing was always spot on. He was elected Taoiseach in 1997, just as the country was taking off to join the wealthy nations of the world. He stepped down in 2008, just as the world as we knew it was coming apart at the seams. He governed through the halcyon, albeit illusory, days. And then reversed gingerly into the shadows as the foul stuff collided with the air conditioning. Nothing to do with me, guv, sure, none of this would have happened if I was still in charge, was the refrain he tried out a few times before realising he might be inciting violence against himself. 

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  • Man who invented McDonald’s Big Mac dies at 98

    Michael “Jim” Delligatti, the man credited with creating the McDonald’s Big Mac burger, has died. He was 98. McDonald’s spokeswoman Kerry Ford confirmed that the Pittsburgh-area franchisee died at home surrounded by his family on Monday night. Delligatti’s franchise was based in Uniontown when he invented the chain’s signature burger with two all-beef patties, “special sauce”, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun. Delligatti said in 2006 that the company initially resisted the idea because its simple line-up of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries and shakes was selling well. But Mr Delligatti wanted to offer a bigger burger – and it went over so well, that it spread to the rest

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  • How Cork's retailers turn their windows into a winter wonderland

    Some of Cork’s favourite retailers explain how they create their famous Christmas windows, writes Ciara McDonnell AS one of the longest established retailers in Cork, Caseys furniture has been creating incredible Christmas windows since 1921. David Casey says family is always at the core of their displays. “After almost a hundred years in business across three generations, family is of course one of the central concepts that informs what we do at Caseys. We love for our window to stand for and speak to that sense of family enjoying the season in each other’s company. “Our planning typically gets underway in early September, as the nights begin to shorten and you can start to feel Christmas in

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  • Down with that sort of thing - Ryanair trumpet call comes to an end

    Central Bank deputy governor insists regulator is not discouraging investment banking or...  Sean Duffy The Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Cyril Roux, has insisted that the regulator has not discouraged investment banking or trading in Dublin, contrary to recent reports.

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  • Prison doctor refused cash for course prior to TB outbreak

    Prison authorities refused to pay for a Cloverhill Prison doctor to complete a course in infectious diseases shortly before a tuberculosis outbreak at the facility, it has been claimed. Dr Mohsin Moola said he was told by a manager that the course was “not relevant” and would not be paid for by the Irish Prison Service. Dr Moola had started the course but did not complete it when he learned it would not be paid for. He made the allegation at an Employment Appeals Tribunal dealing with claims that the service had unfairly docked his wages by €2,800. The service says it docked Dr Moola’s wages because he was not working the full hours for which he was contracted. Dr Moola told his counsel, Ercus

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  • Stanton says Ireland never accepted UK claim to all Lough Foyle

    Ireland has never accepted the UK’s claim to the whole of Lough Foyle, Minister of State for Justice David Stanton told the Seanad. He said uncertainty concerning the extent to which each side exercised jurisdiction within Lough Foyle has created practical difficulties for conducting a number of activities there. This included a difficulty in creating a system for the licensing of aquaculture by the Loughs Agency in accordance with the intentions of the two governments under the 1999 agreement establishing the North-South implementation bodies. “The Government wishes to see the agency working to its full potential, which is in the interests of everyone on this island,’’ said Mr Stanton. He said

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  • Parachute club urged to develop packing protocols

    A parachute club in Co Offaly has been advised to develop procedures to prevent variances in packing standards for parachutes after an accident involving a student skydiver last year. The Cessna 182L plane used by the Irish Parachute Club, with a pilot and three skydivers on board, took off from Clonbullogue airfield on the morning of August 8th, 2015. The pilot had already completed two similar trips that morning, a report by the Air Accident Investigation Unit of the Department of Transport said. He intended to climb to 3,500ft to release the two students and the “jumpmaster”. But after the first student climbed out to jump and released from the right wing strut of the aircraft, he was “jerked

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  • Silvio Berlusconi joins calls for No vote in Italian referendum

    Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has stepped up his campaign for a No vote in a critical constitutional reform referendum on Sunday. Italians are being asked by prime minister Matteo Renzi and his government to approve wide-ranging legislative changes, including a reduction of the powers of the senate, intended to streamline government and guarantee executive stability. The Yes campaign has a broad range of domestic and foreign supporters that includes business leaders, the principal Italian daily newspapers, US president Barack Obama, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel and the international financial establishment. Speaking to La Repubblica TV yesterday, Mr Renzi adopted a conciliatory tone which, in itself, acknowledged the sometimes surprising level of vitriol generated by a campaign that has dominated the autumn.

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  • Kendall, Gigi, Bella, Gaga and Bruno lead the charge at the Victoria's Secret fashion show

    Some of the world’s most stunning supermodels and biggest music acts descended on Paris on Wednesday night for the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show, and it was certainly no disappointment. The likes of Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Irina Shayk and Elsa Hosk strutted down the runway in an array of skimpy lingerie from the brand and, of course, wings attached to their backs. Victoria’s Secret Angel Jasmine Tookes, 25, had her moment to shine as she walked the catwalk in a $3 million (£2.4 million) 450-carat Fantasy Bra, one of the highlight’s of the 21st annual showcase. Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd provided the vocal entertainment on the

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  • Tommy Bowe: Ireland can prosper under new rule

    Tommy Bowe believes Ireland will return to the early days of the Joe Schmidt reign following the announcement that a bonus point system will be trialled in the 2017 RBS Six Nations championship. Ireland scored 16 tries in the 2014 championship, Schmidt’s first tilt at the competition; the highest tally of all teams involved. However, seven of those came in the 46-7 win over Italy, with nine shared between the other four fixtures — with no single test seeing the required four tries scored to earn a bonus point. Still, Bowe welcomed the adoption of the system that has been in use in the PRO12, Champions Cup and World Cup competitions, and hoped it would add to the attacking intent on show. “We’re

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  • Quest to cure Alzheimer’s disease exhibits symptoms of failure

    The suspense inside the offices of Eli Lilly this autumn was all but unbearable. After working on a drug to fight Alzheimer’s disease for 15 years, employees of the Midwestern drugmaker were about to find out if the medicine - known as Solanezumab, or Sola - actually worked. Some staff compared the experience to being pregnant. In an interview in October, just weeks before the trial concluded, Hong Liu-Seifert, a statistician at Lilly, described the atmosphere as one of “excitement, anticipation and anxiety”. She and her fellow workers were experiencing sleepless nights, she said. When Ms Liu-Seifert and colleagues sat down last week to sift through data from the trial of 2,100 patients with

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  • Julian Assange pleads to be 'set free' after UN panel ruling

    Julian Assange has renewed his plea to be "set free" after a United Nations panel confirmed its view that the WikiLeaks founder is a victim of arbitrary detention. The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention rejected a request by the UK Government to review the case. In February, the panel found that Britain and Sweden had "arbitrarily detained" Mr Assange, who has been living inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for over four years. The panel said he should be freed and entitled to compensation. It said the UK Government had not presented enough new information to merit a new examination. Mr Assange said: "Now that all appeals are exhausted I expect that the UK and Sweden will comply with their

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  • Douvan’s 5-1 odds in Sandown chase ‘crazy’ – Ruby Walsh

    Ruby Walsh has described the initial odds of 5-1 quoted by bookmakers for Douvan in the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase as “crazy”. Last season’s Arkle Trophy winner is unbeaten over fences and is odds-on at around 4-6 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, yet some layers felt obliged to price him up as fourth favourite for the Sandown showpiece on Saturday. Willie Mullins, who also has Un De Sceaux in the race, has yet to firm up plans which may have been the reason for the bookmakers’ decision. Backed down to as low as 4-7 on Tuesday, Douvan was a shade odds against at around 11-8 on Wednesday with his stablemate second best at 11-4. “Willie Mullins will make a decision on Douvan running in the Tingle

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  • Gardai settle action over right to take work breaks

    A legal action by two gardai has been resolved following a Cabinet commitment to remove the blanket exclusion of members of An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces from an EU Directive on working hours. The proposed changes come after the High Court was told of the settlement of a challenge by two gardaí over the exclusion, via the Working Time Act, of members of the force from the benefit of the EU Working Time Directive. The Directive, brought in for health and safety reasons, recognises the need for rest periods during working hours as a basic right in the EU. When a working day is more than six hours, it provides every worker is entitled to rest breaks. Two Limerick city-based gardaí, John

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  • Referee regrets not dismissing Dublin defender John Small earlier in replay

    All-Ireland football final replay referee Maurice Deegan has revealed his deep regret about not dismissing Dublin defender John Small early in the game. Wing-back Small hauled down Mayo attacker Andy Moran with a hand trip, a clear black card offence that surprisingly went unpunished. Deegan did award a free-kick to Mayo that Cillian O’Connor converted although victors Dublin were hugely fortunate not to lose an influential player who’d been Man of the Match in the drawn final. “From where I was standing, I couldn’t really see it properly,” said Deegan of the incident. “We’re wired up and all that type of thing. I went into the linesman and he didn’t see it properly. And I even asked him again

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  • Device on bus ‘had potential for great destruction’

    The Special Criminal Court has heard evidence of a incendiary bomb on a Dublin-bound passenger bus and bomb threats made during the state visit of Queen Elizabeth five years ago. This was during the sentence hearing yesterday of Donal Billings, aged 66, with an address at St Bridget’s Court, Drumlish, Co Longford, found guilty last month by the three-judge court of the unlawful possession of an explosive substance at Longford railway station car park on May 16, 2011. He was further found guilty of four offences under the Criminal Law Act of 1976 of knowingly making false reports tending to show that an offence had been committed. Billings was convicted of making a false report within the State

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