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  • Man paid €30 by friend to make hoax Islamic State call to Intel

    A Dublin man was paid €30 to make hoax bomb calls which shut down a motorway, disrupted air traffic control and prevented 4,000 Intel staff from going to work, a court has heard. Colin Hammond (21) had been drinking and taking tablets with a friend who paid him to make the calls because he didn’t want to go to work at Intel in Leixlip the following morning. Described by a judge as “profoundly stupid”, Hammond made two 999 calls claiming there were bombs located at Intel which would go off in 12 hours. Hammond of Bath Road, Balbriggan, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to making a false report giving rise to apprehension for the safety of persons or property at Bath Road on January 13th, 2015.

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  • Galway pensioner wins battle with bank over 1975 deposit

    A Galway pensioner has won her battle with Ulster Bank to honour a lodgement made by her late husband more than 40 years ago. Teresa Scahill (89) spent two years trying to access the money after finding a receipt for a £1,000 punts deposit when going through old documents at her home in Dunmore, Co Galway.

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  • Regulators aplenty but consumers still left hanging for resolution

    Eircom, Vodafone and Three were hauled before the courts this week accused of ripping off their customers and setting debt collectors on people in pursuit of money that was not owed to them. At the same time, the State-owned Permanent TSB was hauled over the coals for grievously failing almost 1,400 mortgage customers and committing a series of serious errors that coast at least 22 people their homes. The three mobile phone operators pleaded guilty to multiple charges at Dublin District Court. Vodafone was fined €10,000, and Eircom was hit with fines totalling €21,000.

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  • Aldi set to pay €7,500 to girl after store manager's 'tinker' remark

    An instruction by an Aldi store manager to a security guard “to keep an eye on the tinkers in aisle three” yesterday cost the German retailer €7,500. At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Keys approved the award to a 17-year-old Traveller girl arising from the incident at the Aldi store in Ennis on November 5 last. Patrick Quinn, counsel for the Ennis girl, said Aldi offered the €7,500 but has made no admission of liability in the defamation action being brought by the girl. Mr Quinn said the girl was at the Aldi store on Francis St with her infant brother, accompanied by an adult member of the Traveller community who was with her own infant son.

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  • Simon Cowell dresses his toddler son as a cute little mini-me

    Simon Cowell is clearly enjoying dressing his 18-month-old son as a mini-me, posing for a photo in matching outfits. Fellow X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini posted a photo of the music mogul and little Eric, both in light blue jeans and white tops. The only thing missing from Eric’s outfit is a pair of his father’s signature aviators. This isn’t the first time Simon has dressed his son to look like him.

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  • Illegal immigrants will be returned to home state – David Cameron

    Illegal immigrants attempting to enter Britain will be returned to their home countries, prime minister David Cameron said yesterday, as migrants continued to enter the site around the Channel Tunnel in France. Speaking in Vietnam during a tour of southeast Asia, Mr Cameron said Britain was “not a safe haven” for illegal migrants, as the Calais migrant crisis continued to dominate news coverage in Britain.

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  • We've just found the closest rocky planet outside our solar system

    Astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system. Nasa have described the planet, dubbed un-lovingly as HD 219134b, as “a potential gold mine of science data” – and that’s our favourite kind of data. The exoplanet is a mere 21 light-years away and is larger than Earth – although it can’t be seen directly, even by telescope. The star it orbits is visible to the naked eye however, if you peer towards the Cassiopeia constellation near the North Star.

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  • City starlet Byrne 'nuts' like Keane, says Vieira

    Patrick Vieira believes his Manchester City teen star Jack Byrne is just as "nuts" as his former nemesis Roy Keane. After consulting with first-team manager Manuel Pellegrini, City reserve team coach Vieira opted to send 19-year-old Dubliner Byrne on loan to Dutch club SC Cambuur for the season. The Irish U21 midfielder had been granted a new three-year contract by Pellegrini ahead of last month’s move and the Frenchman reckons the temporary stint abroad will be integral in the youngster developing into the player City chiefs reckon he can become for club and country.

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  • To stand with Palestinians is to stand against racism and apartheid

    Derek O’Flynn, press officer of the Israeli Embassy in Dublin (Letters, July 15) seemed a little confused as to the meaning of solidarity with Palestine, which of course goes back to the original ethnic cleansing, Al Nakba, carried out by what became the state of Israel, in 1948. Indeed most of the population of Gaza is comprised of refugees from 1948 and 1967. Gaza Action Ireland as a solidarity group tries to highlight the injustices the Palestinian people, including but not confined to those in Gaza, have been subjected to by the Israeli state, since, yes, 1948.

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  • Joan Burton accused of ‘picking on’ lone parents

    Tánaiste Joan Burton has been asked what her problem is with lone parents as she was accused of “picking on” them. Sinn Féin social protection spokesman Aengus Ó Snodaigh made the allegation during a Dáil debate on a Private Members’ motion calling for a reversal of social welfare payment cuts to lone parents once their youngest child reaches seven years of age. Mr Ó Snodaigh described lone parents as “one of the most deprived groups in the Irish State”, who “are most deserving of State intervention to help them out of poverty”.

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  • HBO: Game of Thrones to end after three more seasons

    Game Of Thrones fans, brace yourselves: The fantasy saga’s end is perhaps just a few years away. HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo says the drama series’ producers are leaning towards three more seasons after the just-concluded series five. “I’m always hoping they’re going to change their minds, but I think that’s what we’re looking at right now,” Mr Lombardo told a Television Critics Association meeting in Beverly Hills. Asked about the possibility of a prequel series, Mr Lombardo said he believed there was “enormous story material” to be mined for such a project.

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  • Brazil's Olympic water 'contaminated'

    Athletes competing in next year’s summer Olympics in Brazil will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human faeces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic andParalympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhoea. It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites. Brazilian officials have assured that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes.

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  • Have we traded in skinny for strong and stayed just as unhappy?

    It seems healthier, but is fitspiration’s obsessive striving for ‘wellbeing’ sometimes just a less honest version of the body shame game?

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  • Three graduates sue Rolling Stone magazine over retracted gang rape story

    Three university graduates profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story have filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article’s author. The three University of Virginia graduates, George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford and Ross Fowler, filed suit in US District Court in New York on Wednesday, court records show. A lawyer for the men, who were members of a fraternity, said they suffered “vicious and hurtful attacks” because of inaccuracies in the November 2014 article, which was written by journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

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  • Apple and Huawei eat into Samsung’s phone dominance

    Samsung’s phone sales are down six million units on this time last year, with Apple and Huawei – up 12m and 10m respectively – tearing into the Korean giant’s lead. A report from Strategy Analytics shows that Samsung is still the world leader, enjoying 20.5pc of the global market, however Apple and Huawei between them closed up by 7pc, with each now rising to 11pc and 7pc respectively. Of course despite sitting second in the list, Apple remains the powerhouse when it comes to converting all these sales into profit, with the company’s premium-only model incredibly successful. What’s striking, though, is that Huawei has overtaken Microsoft to land third spot, as the latter’s shipments almost halved in a year.

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  • Inquiry showed once gung-ho Taoiseach to be a weak performer

    IMAGINE for a moment that it is April 2007 and the leaders of Fine Gael and Labour are hosting a joint press conference. It is two weeks before the general election and they have just announced their intention, if elected, to put us on a surer economic footing. Enda Kenny and Pat Rabbitte tell the assembled journalists that it would be their intention to widen our tax base by introducing a property tax and water charges, and that they are planning to introduce a law to stop Irish people buying property in utterly daft locations, either here or abroad, in an effort to save them for themselves. Remember how, back then during his long period in opposition, Enda Kenny, often seemed to be hanging on to the Fine Gael leadership by the skin of his teeth.

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  • DUP condemns plans for loyalist parade glorifying UDA killers

    THE DUP has condemned a planned parade through a mixed community to glorify notorious UDA members linked to scores of sectarian murders during the Troubles. Hundreds of loyalists are set to take part in the parade tomorrow through south Belfast's Ormeau Road area to mark 21 years since the deaths of Joe Bratty and Raymond Elder. The UDA men were linked numerous Troubles killings including a 1992 gun attack on a Belfast bookmakers in which five Catholics were killed. The Parades Commission has given the go-ahead to the parade without significant restrictions despite the paramilitary commemoration causing outrage when it was first held last year.

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  • Quad bike crash victim's organs donated to 4

    A quad bike accident cost an eight-year-old boy his life following a collision 500m from his home. Ultan Hayes, from Ballingough, Whitegate, outside Scarriff in Co Clare, suffered fatal head injuries after a spin on the family’s new quad bike turned to tragedy. The boy’s father, Brian Hayes, had purchased the 500cc Suzuki quad bike for the farm earlier that day. The Hayes’s four children were “all excited to have a spin” on the new quad, Ultan’s mother Ora Hayes said.

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  • O’Donovan Rossa support for Polish independence to be recalled

    As the State prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the funeral of Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa at the weekend, O’Donovan Rossa’s championing of the cause of Polish freedom will be marked by a lecture in Dublin. Gabriel Doherty of the School of History at University College Cork will give a lecture entitled “Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa: Irish nationalist and champion of the cause of Poland” at Polish House, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2.

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