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  • WATCH: Matt Le Blanc tells Graham Norton about his Kerry Hen do experience

    Matt Le Blanc has opened up to Graham Norton about his trip to Ireland with Top Gear. The Friends star told the talk show host, who is originally from Cork, about how he ran into a Hen do in Co. Kerry. “She was with her girlfriend and they were on their q
  • Facebook use sees man lose injury claim

    A 25-year-old general operative has lost a €60,000 damages claim for personal injury in the Circuit Civil Court and was left facing a hefty legal bill after he was ‘betrayed’ by his Facebook page. Jason Shelly had claimed that in April 2014, he had been a passenger in a car which collided with a vehicle driven by John Costello. The court heard that Mr Shelly, of Abbey Park Grove, Clane, Co Kildare, attended the emergency department of the Mater Hospital in Dublin, two days after the accident, complaining of lower back pain, headaches, dizziness and difficulty sleeping. Barrister Shane English, for defendant John Costello, of Forest Gate, Woodbrook, Portalington, Co Laois, told the court that Mr Shelly had commented on his own Facebook page between May and December 2014 about his cycling performances.

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  • Watch: Enda Kenny busting a move at Bruce Springsteen last night

    When you're the boss of the country you never get the chance to go dancing in the Dáil. So, when the other 'Boss', Bruce Springsteen, comes to town, you just gotta let your hair down and go for it. Enda Kenny shows here that he wasn't just born for politics, he was also born for fun. The Taoiseach's mastery of the air guitar is quite something to behold and he seemed to really enjoy himself at Croke Park along with thousands of other revellers.  Irish Examiner reader Martin McFadden sent us this video of our Government's leader taking on Bruce Spingsteen for showmanship. And here he is giving it welly to 'Dancing In the Dark'.

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  • Paul Kimmage loses libel case taken by Hein Verbruggen

    Left vulnerable after a legal fund to support him was stolen, journalist and former pro rider Paul Kimmage has lost a libel case taken against him by former UCI president Hein Verbruggen. Kimmage tweeted images on Friday of the ruling from the court in Vevey, Switzerland. It came exactly a month after the hearing. According to the judgement, he must pay libel damages of 12,000 Swiss francs (€10,900) to Verbruggen, as well as various legal costs. These include the costs of another former UCI president, Pat McQuaid, plus the UCI. All three had launched legal action against Kimmage in January 2012, although only Verbruggen ultimately persisted. Second Captains That action followed articles printed

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  • Earth-like planet 1,200 light years away 'could be habitable'

    There’s an Earth-like planet orbiting a star that could have conditions suitable for life, scientists say. Kepler 62f is about 40% larger than Earth and may possess surface oceans. Oh, but before you start getting your suitcases packed, you should also know it’s 1,200 light years away. It’s the outermost of five planets circling a star that is smaller and cooler than the sun discovered by Nasa’s Kepler space telescope in 2013. And new computer simulations – of possible kinds of atmosphere that might be found on Kepler 62f – suggest it could sustain life. Lead scientist Dr Aomawa Shields, from the University of California at Los Angeles, said: “We found there are multiple atmospheric compositions

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  • Co Tyrone father who beat his children with a belt walks free from court

    A CO Tyrone man who admitted beating his children with a belt has walked free from court. The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his son and daughter, admitted charges of child cruelty between February 28 and August 10, 2012. Dungannon Magistrates Court heard on Friday a pre-sentence report found there was a high risk that the man would reoffend, which the defence said was "slightly surprising". District Judge Alan White said: "Clearly significant emotional damage has been caused". He imposed a 12-month probation order and 100 hours of community service. Police only became aware of the abuse when an anonymous member of the public contacted the NSPCC, even though social services q
  • Keeping a lookout with a speed camera operator

    Just before 10 on Friday morning, National Slow Down Day, Eric parked his GoSafe speed detection camera van on a slipway junction on the north-bound carriageway of the Stillorgan Road in Dublin and set about his work. The inside of the high visibility Ford Transit van is like an old-fashioned photographer’s dark room – the walls and ceiling are covered in jet black cloth and black curtains block out the windows. Inside, Eric sees what the CCTV cameras are monitoring and can resort to a panic button and klaxon alarm should the van receive any unwelcome attention. Eric and his colleagues working for GoSafe, the private company whose 80 staff are contracted to the Garda to detect speed violations using 50 detector vans, which are always manned, at more than 1,000 locations across the country, do not disclose their surnames, just in case.

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  • Union told to find €500k cutbacks at Cadbury plant in Rathmore

    The union representing workers at Cadbury in Ireland has been told by the Labour Court to come up with proposals to identify €500,000 in annual cutbacks at the company’s Co Kerry plant. The Labour Court’s recommendation to Siptu to deliver the cutbacks at the Cadbury plant in Rathmore also states that if such proposals are not forthcoming, it should co-operate with Cadbury owner Mondelez to agree to voluntary redundancies. Mondelez employs 900 in Ireland and exports €250m worth of chocolate each year. Plans by Mondelez to restructure and rationalise operations at its Rathmore site have been opposed by Siptu, however. The facility is the firm’s chocolate crumb plant and has been a mainstay of

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  • Death and Chocolate

    When I heard I was dying, I told my ten year old who straight away asked why I’d told her since it only made her sad. I didn’t have an answer but we decided it might help to use the word chocolate instead of dying. Days later my daughter asked, Mum, when you chocolate, can I have your phone ? Jet Dracula Albert’s death dressed Victoria black for life – A silver lining or Whitby town mining fossils of monkey puzzle for fuel not gem. Transforming overnight from mine to throat – as Stoker would – the dark jewel of lament and regret. The End of St Barbara Her father understood the three windows in her new bath house proved her conversion. Patron saint of mathematics – pray for us. He oversaw her

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  • Judge to decide on deceased builder’s €3.4m estate

    A judge has been asked to decide whether a builder revoked previous wills relating to part of his €3.4 million estate, which includes the farm where the Derrynaflan Chalice was discovered. William (Billy) Courtney died in October 2013, age 84, leaving assets in Britain and Ireland. He had amassed these assets after emigrating from Co Kerry to England in 1953, where he enjoyed a successful career in the building industry, the High Court heard. He married Patricia Courtney and died without children, but he had a large number of nieces and nephews. He had assests worth €1.6 million in the UK, the bulk of which was generated by his family home at Narcissus Road, London. His Irish assets, worth about

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  • 322 speeding tickets handed out during National Slow Down Day

    The Gardaí's "Operation Slow Down" has caught 322 motorists breaking speed limits. Those caught included one driver caught doing more than 70 kilometres per hour OVER the speed limit. The 24 hour enforcement drive - which ended at 7am this morning - checked the speed of over 176 thousand vehicles on roads all over the country. The operation aims to reduce the number of speed related collisions on our roads. Gardaí have highlighted a number of serious incidents detected. It includes a driver going at 121 kilometres per hour in a 50 kilometre zone at Ballynacarrow, Co Sligo - that's 71 over the limit. Another motorist was clocked at 140 kilometres per hour in a 100 kilometre zone on the N4 at Ballinalack q
  • These hilarious illustrations imagine what animals would say if they could talk like humans

    If animals could talk to we humans, what would they say? Would they have a good old giggle at our expense? Would they be secretly uploading funny human videos on their version of the internet and mock us? A cartoon series called They Can Talk will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about animal chit chat. Or so we think… 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

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  • Rio Ferdinand wears a bow tie to the Champions League final and Twitter has a field day

    As kick-off to the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid drew closer, there was one question on everyone’s lips: what on earth was Rio Ferdinand wearing? The former Manchester United defender was on punditry duty alongside Steve McManaman and Gary Lineker, and it seemed he was taking the occasion very seriously indeed in his dinner jacket and bow tie. What was he playing at? What had he come as? Most people, though, were making this joke. Rio Ferdinand: shaken, stirred, and dressed like a snooker referee. q
  • Britain's Got Talent 2016: Tears and cheers as Richard Jones becomes the first magician to win

    Magician Richard Jones, the first illusionist to win Britain’s Got Talent, has described his win as “unbelievable”. The army bandsman of The Household Cavalry was the bookies’ favourite to take the crown. He will perform at the Royal Variety Performance and take home the £250,000 prize. An overwhelmed Richard was asked how he felt by hosts Ant and Dec. “It’s unbelievable. Thank you so much. It’s an incredible feeling. I want to thank everyone here and everyone at home watching,” he said. Wayne Woodward, the Danny Dyer sound-alike from Sutton, was runner-up, and dancing Stormtroopers Boogie Storm took third place. Richard, who won a standing ovation from the judging panel and audience, thanked q
  • Sentence increase for man who stole handbag

    An appallingly mean theft by a Wexford man who travelled to Cork City and stole an 82-year-old woman’s handbag resulted in him having his jail sentence increased on appeal yesterday from six to eight months. Damien Buckley, aged 42, of 16 Bawnmore Terrace, The Maudlins, New Ross, Co Wexford, denied the theft but was convicted at Cork District Court and given a six-month sentence. He appealed the conviction and sentence yesterday at Cork Circuit Appeals Court. Judge David Riordan affirmed the conviction after a re-hearing. Judge Riordan said it was a very mean offence but that thankfully the injured party was a lady of robust disposition. Defence barrister Ronan Barnes submitted that there was

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  • Donald Trump vows to cancel Paris climate accord if elected

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would rescind “job-destroying” environmental actions by the Obama administration within 100 days of taking office. He also said he would cancel the international climate deal reached last year in Paris. “His policy is death by a thousand cuts, through an onslaught of regulations,” Mr Trump said of President Barack Obama in his first major speech on energy before a crowd of more than 7,000 people at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. Mr Trump also said he would invite TransCanada Corp to resubmit its application for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, which the Obama administration rejected in November.

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  • Here’s how the Ireland players rated against Holland

    Here’s how the Ireland starters and subs rated during the 1-1 draw with the Netherlands. The Ireland squad will be finalised in four days’ time, after Tuesday’s friendly against Belarus. DARREN RANDOLPH – Did not have a save to make until the 69th minute and was caught in no man’s land for the equaliser. 5 (out of 10). SEAMUS COLEMAN – Threat throughout down the right flank and unruffled defensively. 6. SHANE DUFFY – Headed a good second-half chance over and was caught ball-watching for the equaliser. 5. JOHN O’SHEA (capt) – Solid at the back on his 111th Ireland appearance and his firm header allowed Shane Long to tap in. 6. ROBBIE BRADY – His corner laid on the goal and was a threat all night

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  • Father appeals for more CCTV cameras near UCC

    The father of a UCC student whose disappearance earlier this year prompted a huge search operation has called for the installation of CCTV cameras near the university. John Joe Ronayne told the inquest into the death of his son Colin (31) that he and his family were hugely grateful to the gardaí for their investigation into Colin’s disappearance on January 1st last. However, he said it was clear the investigation was heavily reliant on CCTV footage from private premises. “I think there should be more CCTV cameras around UCC or anywhere you have a large student population,” said Mr Ronayne, from Lavally, Mallow. Mr Ronayne reported his son missing on January 3rd when his family failed to make

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  • Questions about Nóirín O’Sullivan as Garda boss

    Opposition parties have questioned whether Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is the right person to reform the police service, but have stopped short of calling for her to resign. Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil raised the issue yesterday after a damning statement from the Policing Authority about the ongoing fallout from the O’Higgins whistle-blower report on Thursday night. After meeting privately with Ms O’Sullivan on Thursday, the independent Policing Authority’s chair, Josephine Feehily, said the body has deep unease about the handling of the Maurice McCabe saga — including incorrect claims he was motivated by malice. The authority said the issues are so stark that the Garda Commissioner must meet publicly with the group on June 13 and June 30 to answer ongoing issues about the situation.

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  • North Korea threatens South's warships after sea border chase

    North Korea threatened to fire without warning at South Korean warships if they cross into its waters, as tensions between the two neighbours increased. The increase in hostility came a day after the South's navy fired warning shots to chase away two North Korean ships that briefly crossed a disputed western sea boundary. The General Staff of North Korea's Korean People's Army called the South's action a "reckless military provocation" meant to kill the chances for dialogue between the countries. The KPA said the North Korean ships were unarmed and within the North's sea territory when "many armed ships" from the South approached them and fired without warning. The South had said one navy ship q