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  • VIDEO: Opposition parties must share blame for problems with IBRC Commission, says Taoiseach

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that Opposition parties must share the blame for the problems facing the IBRC Commission of Investigation. Today marks the deadline for Opposition TDs to send their ideas to the Taoiseach about how the inquiry can be saved from its legal difficulties. However, the Taoiseach has said that the Opposition also has to carry some of the blame for not spotting the issues sooner. Responding to Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams in the Dáil, the Taoiseach said: "When we put through a decision here to have a Commission of Investigation, neither you, nor anybody else, raised the questions that the Justice has pointed out in his interim report. "That's why I sent it to you at

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  • Kenny rules out publishing legal advice given to Coalition about IBRC inquiry

    Enda Kenny has ruled out publishing legal advice given to the Coalition about setting up the inquiry into IBRC transactions, as the Opposition called for urgent legislation to be enacted. A Fine Gael TD has also called for a financial assessment about how much money will now need to go into rescuing the botched inquiry, amid fears of mounting costs. Opposition leaders have today submitted proposals on how to rescue the IBRC inquiry, following concerns raised by commission of investigation chairman Brian Cregan. Judge Cregan says legal obstacles are preventing him using documents from the Department of Finance, among bodies, and that the inquiry could now take several years. Mr Kenny this morning

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  • Legacy of Joy Division examined at University of Limerick #JoydivisionUL - Limerick Post Newspaper

    WHILE Peter Hook’s Limerick show has had to be postponed until the new year because of illness, the hugely influential Joy Division is the focus of a two-day symposium at the University of Limerick happening today and tomorrow, November 25 and 26. People are more than welcome to attend the symposium for free on both days. The symposium takes place in the Health Sciences Building on the North Campus in UL 9am-5pm This free event is organised by the Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster (Dr. Martin Power, Prof Eoin Devereux and Dr. Aileen Dillane). Presenters have travelled from Ireland, the UK, China, The US (including from Yale), Canada, Japan, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Finland,

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  • Mourinho and Costa made up with ‘kisses and cuddles’

    Chelsea boss and striker had half-time row during Tel-Aviv win

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  • Black Friday under fire from Irish retailers

    Black Friday in Ireland is barely a year old but could already be on the way out, as Irish retailers start to question the merits of a concept which sees them dramatically cut prices - and margins - for a single weekend coming up to the busiest trading period of the year. The difficulties this new sales phenomenon poses have been compounded for many retailers by a significant drop in consumer demand in recent weeks, as shoppers save their spending for the big “event”. “We have had a lot of retailers contacting us saying things have been very quiet in recent weeks as consumers have copped on to Black Friday,” David Fitzsimons, of Retail Excellence Ireland, said. Black Friday has been imported from the US and traditionally starts on the day after Thanksgiving, when most Americans who do not work in retail are off work.

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  • ‘Celebrating Thanksgiving in a different country, where no one knows what yams are, just isn’t the same’

    I should have known it was going to be a disaster the moment I saw the Christmas decorations. It was Thanksgiving morning and I had just arrived at my parents’ house in Sligo from Dublin. I walked through the back door and into the living room where, to my horror, I was met by a fully decorated Christmas tree, a porcelain nativity set, stockings and a huddle of stoney-faced Santas on a garland-lined book shelf. “What’s happening?” I asked, spinning around to my mother. Listen up: The Women's Podcast “Since most of the family is coming over for dinner, I thought we’d make this something of a Christmas party as well,” she said, adding the finishing touches to the massive dinner table she set up

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  • Russian pilot rescued by Syrian army, Putin says

    A pilot from a Russian warplane that was shot down by Turkish jets near the Syrian border has been rescued, President Vladimir Putin has said. Mr Putin was speaking in televised comments after defence minister Sergei Shoigu told Russian news agencies that the man was rescued in a 12-hour operation and is “safe and sound” at Russia’s air base in the government-controlled area of Syria. Moscow’s ambassador to France Alexander Orlov said earlier that one of the two pilots was wounded, then killed on the ground by “jihadists” after landing with his parachute. Mr Orlov told Europe-1 radio the other pilot “managed to escape and be rescued by the Syrian army”. The Russian ambassador denied Turkish government

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  • Guards 'armed and ready for any possible event' at U2's Dublin gigs

    Armed Garda detectives are patrolling the 3Arena this week during U2’s four homecoming gigs. Undercover cops carrying weapons have been given access to all areas of the venue to ensure the band’s concerts play out safely. The operation comes after the terrorist attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 13 which left 89 people dead. Security: Armed garda are patrolling U2’s 3Arena gigs | VIPIRELAND.COM U2’s Paris gigs were called off after the incident and they have since been rescheduled for December. “These detectives have been drafted in for each night U2 are playing and are armed and ready for any possible event,” a source told the Irish Daily Star. “They will be patrolling

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  • Putin-backed warlord pledges Turkey WILL REGRET downing Russia jet - Irish Daily Star

    A NOTORIOUS warlord who reigns supreme over one of Russia’s republics has warned Turkey it will regret crossing the Kremlin for a “very long time”. Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Chechnya, blasted Ankara for treachery and promised he had thousands of fighters ready to fulfil the orders of Vladimir Putin. It follows the shooting down of a Russian warplane by two Turkish F16 fighters amid claims the craft had crossed into their airspace illegally. Posting on social media, the 39-year-old former rebel wrote: “I have no doubt that Turkey will regret it for a very long time.” “Those who speak about friendship and cooperation on every occasion do not act that treacherously.” “I consider it my duty to declare

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  • Black Friday deals in Ireland: what to expect

    This Friday (27 November) is now widely known as Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Added in with the following Cyber Monday and, from the comfort of your couch, you can do all your Christmas shopping in one swoop. The first thing we tend to get asked in by people curious about Black Friday is, ‘Where are the best deals?’ The answer to that is, like most things, relative. If there are items you are looking at purchasing soon, and if you have a budget available to purchase them, then Black Friday can, to a huge degree, make life easier for you. Some offers are great, others are less so, it is simply a case of weighing up your options. Remember, even

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  • Cabinet to discuss IBRC inquiry next week, Taoiseach tells Dáil

    The Cabinet will discuss how to proceed with the commission of inquiry into transactions at the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) at its meeting next Tuesday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil. Mr Justice Brian Cregan, who is leading the investigation, has said he does not have adequate powers to complete the task given to him by the Government and has also asked for more resources. Mr Kenny told the Dáil on Wednesday Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams was the only Opposition TD to reply so far to his letter seeking advice on how to proceed with the inquiry. “I have got your response; I have not got Fianna Fáil’s … whether they have a view or not, I don’t know,’’ he said, replying to Mr

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  • Facebook photographs foil couple who staged car crash

    A couple who staged a car crash while pretending to be strangers were discovered when the insurance company saw that they appeared in each other’s Facebook profile pictures, a court has heard. David Ward (30) was the front seat passenger in an Opel Corsa which rear-ended the Volkswagen Passat Lynsey Ivory (27) was driving. Ward and Ivory of The Beeches, Clonshaugh, Priorswood, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attempting to dishonestly by deception cause a loss to FBD Insurance on dates between July 22nd, 2013 and January 1st, 2014. Both claimed to be suffering injury from the collision but denied to gardaí, who arrived to investigate the crash, that they knew each other.

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  • Everybody loves Telegram, including Islamic State’s jihadis

    I discovered Telegram on a recent trip to Saudi Arabia. Activists told me they’d been migrating to the messaging site from Twitter and WhatsApp, both of which have been immensely popular for years. When I downloaded Telegram messenger, I came across several Iranian contacts. “Did you know that more than 23m Iranians use Telegram?” one of them messaged me. “Telegram has the best stickers,” gushed another. Good thing, I thought, that Saudis and Iranians had found a new safe haven to express themselves and escape the watchful eyes of the authorities. Good thing too that two nations so bitterly divided over politics were united in their social media habits. Two weeks later, though, the benefits of

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  • 2 men in court in Navan in connection with death of 27 year old

    Christopher Nevin assaulted on Nov 19th Two men have appeared in court in Co Meath charged in connection with the death of a 27 year old in Navan last week. Christopher Nevin of St Francis Park in the town died after an assault on the 19th of November. 24 year old Wayne Cluskey and 23 year old Josh Turner with addresses at Mooretown, Ratoath in Co Meath appeared before Navan District Court earlier. They've both been charged with allegedly intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to the victim contrary to section 4 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act. They've been remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Tuesday the 1st Decembe.

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  • Chicago protests follow release of video showing teen killing by police

    Chicago is bracing itself for more unrest as the city reacted to the release on Tuesday of a video showing a knife-wielding black teenager being shot 16 times by a white officer as he walked away from police. Officer Jason Van Dyke was arrested and charged with first-degree murder over the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald as he walked down a street on Chicago’s southwest side in October 2014. His arrest came just hours before a Chicago judge ordered the release of the dashcam video that graphically shows the fatal shooting. Protesters took to the streets of the city after the release of the footage. Police argued that the officer fired in self-defence and Mr McDonald lunged at officers

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  • Man fined over online threats to kill Jamie Bryson

    A WEST Belfast man who made online threats against loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson has been fined £400 and bound over for a year. Allowing Ryan Padraig Maguire (27), 18 weeks to pay the fine at Newtownards Magistrates Court, District Judge Mark Hamill warned that if he re-offended in the next 12 months, he would be fined a further £600. At an earlier hearing Maguire, from Springhill Rise, pleaded guilty to two counts of improper use of a communications network to send material which was "grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or of a menacing character" on August 16 and 17 this year. Two other charges alleging that Maguire harassed and threatened to kill Mr Bryson were not proceeded with. The court q
  • Application to dismiss ‘Slab’ Murphy case rejected

    An application by lawyers for prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy to have alleged tax evasion charges against him dismissed has been rejected by the Special Criminal Court. Mr Murphy’s defence laywers argued that the case was an “abuse of process”. He is being prosecuted on foot of an investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau. Mr Murphy (66), of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to nine charges alleging that he failed to furnish a return of his income, profits or gains or the source of same to the Collector General or the Inspector of Taxes for the years 1996/97 to 2004. The prosecution alleges that, although Mr Murphy conducted significant dealings in relation

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  • Limerick father seeks justice for his murdered son

    THE devastated father of murder victim, Jeffrey Hannan, has renewed his appeal for information following the eighth anniversary of his son’s death. Jeffrey Hannan, who was aged 19, died after he was attacked near his home in O’Malley Park Southill during the early hours of November 22, 2007. He died from severe injuries after he was struck a number of times during a row with a group of young men. Post mortem results suggested he was struck across the head with a weapon of some sort - possibly an axe. While a total of 20 people have been arrested and questioned by gardai about the murder, nobody has ever been charged in connection with the killing. The most recent arrests were made in June of

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  • Retired teacher guilty of abusing Limerick schoolboys

    A RETIRED teacher has been convicted of indecently assaulting six schoolboys at a school in Limerick more than thirty years ago. The 73-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to 78 counts of indecent assault relating to offences which were alleged to have occurred on various dates between September 1, 1978, and June 30, 1981. However before the jurors began their deliberations last Friday morning, they were told that following legal arguments in their absence the number of charges before the court had been reduced to 72. Shortly before 4.30pm this Wednesday, the foreman of the jury indicated that majority verdicts had been agreed in relation to 30 of the charges

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  • Malmo all set for the emotional return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    The script is so perfect that it could have been written by Zlatan Ibrahimovic himself. He has plotted most if it, of course, but the emotional climax comes courtesy of a random draw. Wednesday night’s Champions League fixtures send Ibrahimovic, Sweden’s record goalscorer and the star of Paris Saint-Germain, back to Malmo, the home town he left 14 years ago on a mission to prove himself as one of the best footballers in the world. Twenty-three major honours later – league titles and cups in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France – there is no doubt Ibrahimovic has accomplished his mission. So on Wednesday, one week after he scored the goals that secured Sweden’s qualification for Euro 2016,

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