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  • What does ‘Brexit nightmare’ mean for Ireland?

    So the nightmare has actually happened. With the decision of the UK to leave the European Union, Ireland now faces a series of consequences - and hard choices - in the short, medium and long term. Firstly, it is clear that Britain and Europe both face a period of economic and political turmoil, and that Ireland will be deeply affected by this. It is hard to see how the ultimate effects will be anything other than overwhelmingly negative. Of course, Border controls will not go up immediately. Trade won’t stop overnight. But this morning’s reactions in the markets are a harbinger of things to come. Some difficult changes are on the way. For Enda Kenny’s administration, however long it remains,

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  • FactCheck: Is Enda Kenny really obliged to work towards a United Ireland?

    SINN FÉIN WANTS a referendum on a United Ireland, after 56% of voters in the North opted to remain in the European Union yesterday, despite the eventual Leave victory. Party leader Gerry Adams said this morning there was a “democratic imperative” to hold the referendum, but went further than that during a press conference in Belfast, claiming Taoiseach Enda Kenny had a “constitutional imperative to promote Irish unity”. Does he? (Remember, if you hear a big claim you’re not sure about, email Claim: There is a constitutional imperative on the Taoiseach to promote Irish unity – Gerry Adams Verdict: FALSE Nothing in the Constitution explicitly states this Nothing in the q
  • Brexit likely to cost Irish Government €3.2bn

    The shock decision by the British people to leave the European Union is likely to cost the Irish Government as much as €3.2bn, the Irish Examiner can reveal. Financial markets across the globe plunged yesterday in the wake of the result, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, who advocated for Britain to remain in the EU. Britain voted to leave by a margin of 52% to 48%. Here, business and political leaders were united in their disappointment and expressed concern at what the victory for the Leave campaign will mean for Ireland. In the wake of the result’s confirmation, Taoiseach Enda Kenny convened an emergency Cabinet meeting and the Dáil will convene on Monday to debate

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  • Roy Keane strangles Robbie Brady as Ireland celebrate Italy win

    Stander, once a prospect for the Springboks before moving to Ireland, was a big part of the pre-tour hype. But he's played just 20 minutes of the series so far having been sent off midway through the opening half of the first test, and sitting out the second with a suspension. Without him, Ireland produced one of its finest backs-against-the-wall performances to win the first test with 14 men. In the second, the Irish - with a series win in sight - let slip a 16-point lead and succumbed to a second-half onslaught from the Springboks. The final stages of that second game in Johannesburg brought home fears that the touring squad, at the end of their season, may be succumbing to fatigue. "Yes, it's q
  • Tesco Is Selling Prosecco For €5 This Weekend

    We're in need of that Friday feeling after this morning's Brexit news and the scaldy rain, so Tesco's latest offer is music to our ears.  The supermarket giant is selling prosecco for €5...

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  • 24 things we've learned so far about Euro 2016

    1) Granit Xhaka looks every bit a £30m player A few eyebrows were raised when Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger got his chequebook out to splash £30m on Granit Xhaka before a ball had even been kicked in France this summer. However, on the basis of what we have seen so far, it looks like a good piece of business.  Man of the match in both of Switzerland’s opening games, Xhaka also held his own against a star-studded France team to earn his side a hard-fought draw. By half-time in that game the midfielder had already made 48 passes — twice as many as any France player. 2) France must opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation to get best out of Payet He has been one of the stars but if France are to get Dimitri

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  • France v Republic of Ireland background

    As the United Kingdom is deciphering whether or not to leave the European Union, the business industry in Texas is wondering how this will affect them. Emmanuel Dowdall, head of North America for IDA Ireland, has spent years immersed in the European-American business world. IDA has offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Austin as well as two Californian cities, Irvine and Mountain View. IDA is Ireland's agency in charge of attracting investors from different sectors seeking to do business... q
  • Sinn Féin wants a vote on a united Ireland after Brexit and a second Scottish referendum is on the way

    THE UK’S DECISION to leave the EU means Sinn Féin will press for a border vote in the North. Both Northern Ireland and Scotland voted to remain in the EU, but the leave campaign was able to convince Wales and England to leave the union. “We have a situation where the north is going to be dragged out on the tails of a vote in England… Sinn Fein will now press our demand, our long-standing demand, for a border poll,” Sinn Fein’s national chairman Declan Kearney said after the UK as a whole had vote to leave the EU. Northern Ireland could now be faced with the prospect of customs barriers for trade with the Republic. Under the Good Friday Agreement, the Northern Ireland Secretary can initiate a q
  • David Cameron is resigning as UK Prime Minister

    DAVID CAMERON IS resigning  as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He announced his resignation just after 8.20am this morning, hours after the UK voted to leave the European Union. Cameron said that he will serve as interim prime minister until a new prime minister is in place. “I’m very proud to have been Prime Minister of this country for six years,” he told a press conference outside 10 Downing Street. The Conservative leader said that there can be “no doubt” about the referendum result, after the electorate voted by 51.9%to 48.1% to leave the EU.  Cameron called the referendum, but had campaigned for the UK to remain. “I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that q
  • Aaron Hughes not surprised by success of so-called smaller teams at Euro 2016

    Veteran defender Aaron Hughes has not been shocked by the success of the perceived minnows at Euro 2016 as his Northern Ireland side prepare to face fellow tournament debutants Wales. Four of the five countries that had never reached the European Championship finals before this summer are through to the last 16 and Albania only missed out on goal difference. At least one of those nations is guaranteed to advance to the quarter-finals because the Northern Irish meet the Welsh while Iceland, who remain undefeated, face England and Slovakia’s opponents are Germany. With the world champions, France, Spain, Italy and England all in one half of the draw, one of the smaller countries could even reach the final, though Hughes insists the signs were there during the qualification process that the gap between the continent’s heavyweights and others has shrunk.

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  • Ballyhahill's Ben hoping for Junior World Cup rugby glory - Home

    YOUNG West Limerick rugby star Ben Betts is heading for the biggest challenge of his playing career to date  when he and his team-mates meet England in the Junior Rugby World Cup final this Saturday. But their hopes of glory, and of writing a new chapter in rugby history, are strong  as the Irish team has had an unbeaten run of six matches.  It is heady stuff for the young Ballyhahill man who started his rugby with Estuary in Shanagolden and is now with Young Munster.   He will be sharing the excitement with Shannon RFC member, Kelvin Brown from Ardnacrusha, a student at LIT who plays in the back row.  “It is amazing. I still can’t believe myself. It is pretty mind-boggling,” Ben said, speaking

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  • Sinn Fein seeks Irish reunification vote as Britain votes for Brexit

    Martin McGuinness says result intensifies case for referendum Sinn Fein has called for a referendum on Irish reunification as Britain voted to quit the European Union after more than four decades. Northern Ireland’s first minister Martin McGuinness said "the result intensifies the case" for a vote on Irish unity. The border has largely melted away with the end of violence in the North but new restrictions may have to be reintroduced after a Brexit, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said before the vote. The government is holding an emergency meeting today. While Northern Ireland voted in favour of staying in the EU with 55.8% voting to remain, unionist leaders in the region have already rejected Sinn Fein q
  • Statement by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD on UK vote to leave the European Union

    The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., has acknowledged the result of the UK referendum on EU membership, announced this morning. “The Irish Government respects the decision that has been made by the people of the United Kingdom in the referendum”, Minister Mitchell O’Connor said. “It is important to note, however, that although the decision is to leave the EU, this decision will not take effect for some time. This morning, the UK is still an EU member, so our businesses can continue to trade with the UK on the same terms as before, and our citizens can continue to move freely on the island of Ireland, and to and from the UK. The precise implications of q
  • Enda "Very Sorry" UK Is Leaving EU

    The Taoiseach says he respects the UK's position on voting to leave the EU. Enda Kenny said the Government has prepared for this eventuality and there will be no immediate change to the freeflow of people, goods or services between Ireland and the UK. "In recent months the Irish Government has advocated for our belief that the EU is better with Britain as a leading member and that Britain and Ireland have always worked together very well, as equal partners, within the EU.

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  • McCusker eyes Croker return

    McCusker eyes Croker return24 June 2016 Fermanagh's Declan McCusker. Fermanagh forward Declan McCusker admits that the side’s aim is to get back to Croke Park again this year. The Ulster side met Dublin in the All-Ireland SFC quarterfinal at GAA headquarters last year and McCusker told the Fermanagh Herald that their aim was to get back there. However, Pete McGrath’s charges have a few obstacles to cross before that dream can come to fruition, starting with Saturday’s qualifier clash against Wexford. “We want to get back playing in Croke Park,” said McCusker. “We want to play another one of those big teams, or so-called bigger teams and get a result against one of them. “That would be a real

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  • Team news: Saffrons show six changes for replay

    Team news: Saffrons show six changes for replay24 June 2016 Antrim's Paddy Burke and Steven Clynch of Meath during the Christy Ring Cup final in Croke Park Antrim have revealed their hand for the Christy Ring Cup final replay encounter with Meath at Croke Park on Saturday. The Saffrons return to HQ following the scoreline controversy surrounding the original fixture which ended in a draw although the Royals were awarded victory and trophy. There are six changes from the clash three weeks ago with Eoin Gillan, Paddy Burke, Fergus Donnelly, Nigel Elliott, Sean McAfee and Benny McCarry all called up. Sarsfields midfielder Niall McKenna notched nine points as they enjoyed a comfortable 3-28 to 0-14

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  • GAA Stadium improvement to aid Rugby World Cup bid

    GAA Stadium improvement to aid Rugby World Cup bid24 June 2016 A general view of Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Kerry’s Fitzgerald Stadium is to undergo redevelopment work in order to enhance its chances as being a chosen venue for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. A development scheme has been set up by the Fitzgerald Stadium Finance Committee to look at what needs to be done. The stadium is already health and safety compliant following the Slattery Report and has a current capacity of 39,000. Work being suggested is upgrading the terracing and the seating in the covered stand. Other facilities would also receive a facelift including new shop and toilet facilities. County chairman Patrick O’Sullivan

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  • Villiers rejects SF call for Border poll after Brexit result

    Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has effectively ruled out a Border poll on a united Ireland despite calls for such a plebiscite from senior Sinn Féin figures. As the North tried to grapple with the social, economic and political implications of the overall UK vote to quit the EU, Sinn Féin argued that a Border poll on a united Ireland was now essential, particularly as a majority in the North favoured Remain. The North voted 56 per cent to 44 per cent in favour of staying in the EU but is governed by the overall United Kingdom vote to exit the EU. Senior Sinn Féin politicians such as Gerry Adams and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness called for a Border poll. “The British government

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  • Cameron and Kenny agree to open talks on new Border plan

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have agreed that officials will immediately discuss issues such as the common travel area and the Border with Northern Ireland following the Brexit referendum result. In a telephone conversation yesterday, Mr Kenny told Mr Cameron he understood the rationale for the prime minister’s preference for starting negotiations with the European Union on leaving the union after a new Conservative Party leader has been selected. According to a note of the phone call, “it was agreed that it would be [a] priority that there would be no interruption to the close bilateral work at political and official level on Northern Ireland. “Moreover, it was

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  • Taoiseach on UK Vote to Leave European Union

    Good morning, In recent months the Irish Government has advocated for our belief that the EU is better with Britain as a leading member and that Britain and Ireland have always worked together very well, as equal partners, within the EU. I am very sorry that the result of the referendum is for the UK to leave the European Union. However, the British people have spoken and we fully respect their decision. I want to assure the Irish public that we have prepared to the greatest extent possible for this eventuality. There will be no immediate change to the free flow of people, goods and services between our islands. We have previously set out our main concerns in the event of Brexit. These relate q