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  • Ireland benefits by over €40bn from EU, says Frances Fitzgerald

    Ireland has been a net beneficiary in the order of over €40 billion from the European Union over its 40 years of membership, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has told the Dáil. “There is ongoing economic growth and we have improvement in the taxes coming in,’’ she said. Ms Fitzgerald was replying to Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy who said Ireland’s 26.3 per cent growth rate had made a mockery of the Republic. Many people had not felt the benefit of any economic recovery, he added. He said the State now had a €280 million obligation on the back of a report which bore no relation to Ireland’s economic growth. “Public services are stretched beyond all limits, and the country still has 2,100 children and

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  • Bob Geldof attacks festival crowd for wearing Primark

    He might not like Mondays, but it seems Thursdays are starting to annoy Bob Geldof too. The singer, who was performing with his band, The Boomtown Rats, decided to lay into the crowd at a family festival in Brentwood, Essex. Their crime? Wearing Primark. “F***ng Primark” to be exact. “This is a rock’n’roll festival. When you come to a rock’n’ roll festival you dress for a rock’n’roll festival,” Geldof told his audience on Thursday. And how exactly should one “dress for a rock’n’roll festival”? In a “mega” style, according to Blackrock’s finest. “We are mega. And you are Brentwood. How do we know that you are Brentwood and we are mega? Because I am wearing a f**k off pretend snakeskin suit and

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  • Man faked Lotto wins in order to steal €54,000 from shop

    A Dublin man who stole almost €54,000 from the shop he worked in by awarding himself fake Lotto wins has been given a chance to repay the money in order to avoid a jail sentence. Paul Kavanagh (25), of Belgard Square, Tallaght, spent the money on take-aways, taxis and cannabis, his counsel said. He pleaded guilty to theft from Ray Sheehan, owner of the Londis Store on Parkgate Street between 2014 and 2015. He was also found with a small amount of cannabis at his home. Prosecuting counsel Marie Torrens BL said Kavanagh, a father of two, began working in the shop in 2014 and started having money troubles. She said he would process lottery wins through the system and pocket the money. The thefts

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  • Woman fails in damages claim over fall at Neil Diamond concert

    An RTÉ employee, who claimed she cut her right shin after she tripped and fell while attending a Neil Diamond concert at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, has lost a €38,000 damages claim in the Circuit Civil Court and is now facing a significant legal bill. Hillary Paolozzi told the court that in June 2011 she and friends were descending the gangway to access their seats when one of her feet got caught in the nosing strip of a step. She said she tumbled and was helped up by a friend, Sharon. They had been seated when she realised that her jeans and right shoe were stained with blood. Ms Paolozzi told barrister Elaine Power, counsel for the venue’s owner New Stadium Ltd, that she and her friends had gone

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  • Dara O'Briain says bullet-proof glass on Robot Wars saved his life

    DARA O’Briain has said his life was saved thanks to the bullet-proof glass on the BBC’s new incarnation of Robot Wars. The cult favourite has returned to the BBC after 12 years off TV screens, and Dara is co-hosting alongside Angela Scanlon. The new version makes its debut on BBC Two this Sunday and during an interview with Square Eyes, the Daily Mirror’s TV supplement, Dara talked about the hazards of filming. “I have never been more appreciative of bullet-proof glass than when I ducked into one of the ring-side areas as I saw a shard of metal smash in front of our faces. Like it’s coming at you at 60 miles per hour,” he said. “There was steam coming off this bit that’s been wrenched off a robot q
  • Reports of rape in London clubs and bars have increased by 136%

    Incidents of rape and sexual assault in London’s clubs and bars are being reported far more frequently than previous years, according to Metropolitan Police data obtained by Broadly. Between April 1 2011 and March 31 2016 there was a 136% increase in reports of rape in England’s capital. Reports of other sexual offences, including sexual assault, increased by 119% over the same period – while arrests for alleged sexual offences have increased by 66% over the past five years, the Freedom of Information request showed. But despite arrests for sexual offences increasing, and arrests specifically for allegations of rape increasing by 90%, only 32% of those arrested on suspicion of rape had criminal

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  • Brendan O’Carroll opens his home to 'lost boys' of Dublin

    Brendan O’Carroll has admitted that he and his wife Jennifer have opened up their home to young people who are struggling on the streets. The Mrs Brown's Boys star’s show is all about the importance of family and he reflects that in how he lives. “In our own way we have fostered,” Brendan explains. Family: Brendan loves his own family but loves to help others too | VIPIRELAND.COM Brendan opened up about the kind of young people they take in and that they’ve taken in three or four homeless teens over the years. “Anyone in difficulty. They call themselves our ‘lost boys’. “People who had nowhere to go at that time, youngsters we met, and we reared them, we looked after them – and we got more out

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  • Social welfare to be linked to inflation under Varadkar plan

    Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said he intends to link social welfare rates to the cost of living or average earning to ensure that people dependent on the payments do not see their standard of living fall in the future. Dr Varadkar, in an address to the MacGill Summer School on Thursday on the issue of inequality and social alienation, said Ireland had come throught a “lost decade” due to the recession. Things were improving but the Minister acknowledged that many people have not felt any sense of recovery. “The human impact of the economic collapse was worse than any statistics can describe; forced emigration, lost homes, lost businesses, lost hopes and even lost lives. It

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  • Tony Martin wins appeal but is still fined and Pyromaniac is still banned

    Tony Martin secured something of a pyrrhic victory at a Turf Club Referrals Committee hearing which saw him successfully appeal a €2,000 fine and a 42 day ban imposed on Pyromaniac at Killarney last week under one section of the ‘non-trier’ rules, only to be fined, and the horse remain suspended, under another section.  At the end of a lengthy hearing at Leopardstown on Thursday Martin was instead fined €1,000, and Pyromaniac remains suspended for 42 days, ruling him out of next week’s Galway festival, after the Referrals Committee decided Pyromaniac shouldn’t have been allowed run at Killarney due to problems with his teeth that only showed up after his controversial run last week. Part of Martin’s successful defence against using the racecourse as a training ground was that issues with the horse’s teeth contributed to his performance at Killarney where both the trainer and jockey Patrick McGuigan were penalised under racing’s Rule 212 (a111) which deals with using the racecourse as a training ground.

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  • Ireland's debt interest rate is higher than Greece

    Ireland is still paying a higher interest rate on our national debt than Greece, Italy and Spain, despite claims years of crippling austerity measures have left the country in a better position than other recession-hit nations, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner Political Reporter. Senior officials from the National Treasury Management Agency confirmed the situation at a detailed meeting with the Dáil’s cross-party public accounts committee yesterday, amid claims the situation means Ireland is being charged €2bn more than Greece every year. Responding to questions from PAC chair and Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming, NTMA chief executive Conor O Kelly confirmed Ireland is currently being hit

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  • Brexit represents 'special situation for Ireland', says Hollande

    French President Francois Hollande has bolstered Ireland's position to secure a “special situation” in discussions with European leaders during Brexit negotiations, writes Juno McEnroe, Political Correspondent. Mr Hollande said that he understood that the Good Friday Agreement needed to be “preserved” as he described how he was very aware of the potential impact of Brexit on Ireland. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the French president discussed links between the two countries, security matters in the wake of the Nice massacre as well as Ireland's position following the decision by Britain to leave the European Union. Mr Hollande said negotiations for Britain's withdrawal should happen “sooner rather

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  • Usain Bolt

    Usain Bolt has backed the decision to uphold the ban on Russia’s track and field athletes from the Olympics, admitting that the sport needed to “make a statement” because “doping violations are getting so bad”. Bolt, who will defend his 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles in Rio next month, also claimed that the revelations and exposure of widespread Russian cheating would act as a deterrent to stop athletes taking performance-enhancing drugs. “This will scare a lot of people and send a strong message that the sport is serious about cleaning up,” he said. “For me if you have the proof and you catch somebody I definitely feel you should take action. If they feel like banning the whole team is the

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  • PAC members do not accept responsibility for Angela Kerins' difficulties, court hears

    The members of the 2014 Public Accounts Committee are refusing to accept responsibility for the difficulties experienced by Angela Kerins. The former CEO of the Rehab Group claims the line of questioning adopted by the committee during a hearing she attended was beyond its remit. Last week, the court heard that Ms Kerins tried to take her own life because of the fallout from a seven-hour hearing she attended before PAC in Feb 2014. She accused the committee of entrapping her and asking her questions about her €240k salary and other matters she considered “wholly private”. Paul Gallagher, senior counsel for the PAC members, began his defence of the action this morning. He opened by saying his

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  • Lawyers seek harsher sentence for Oscar Pistorius following girlfriend's murder

    SOUTH African prosecutors have described the six-year prison term handed to Oscar Pistorius for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as “shockingly” lenient – and are committed to appealing against it. Prosecutors had sought 15 years in prison for the double-amputee Olympic athlete, which is the prescribed minimum sentence for murder in South Africa. But while the judge said there were compelling circumstances in Pistorius’s case to give him a lesser term, the prosecution said the six-year sentence was “shockingly too lenient” for the crime of murder and was an “injustice”. Pistorius was convicted of murder after an appeal by prosecutors, having initially been acquitted of the charge. The q
  • Film director Oliver Stone thinks Pokemon Go could lead to 'totalitarianism'

    Film director Oliver Stone has branded the popular gaming app Pokemon Go a “new level of invasion” of privacy that could lead to “totalitarianism”. The American reportedly voiced concerns over the game as he promoted his new movie about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden at Comic Con International. Oliver, 69, said companies were carrying out “surveillance capitalism” by monitoring people’s behaviour, after he was asked about security concerns associated with Pokemon Go. According to Time magazine, he told the Comic Con audience in San Diego: “It’s not funny. What’s happening is a new level of invasion. “The profits are enormous here for places like Google. They’ve invested a huge amount of money

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  • It’s not Pogba or bust, says Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho would not be surprised if Manchester United’s interest in Paul Pogba fails to bear fruit — and he has two alternatives lined up. Four years on from Pogba departing Old Trafford, the 23-year-old midfielder is being trailed by his former club having flourished at Juventus. The Italian giants have reportedly turned down a world-record transfer bid for Pogba and work continues as United look to add the final piece of their transfer jigsaw, with the player’s agent Mino Raiola taking to Twitter to state “there is no deal done”. Paris St Germain’s Blaise Matuidi and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic have also been linked with moves to Old Trafford, but Pogba remains the name on everyone’s lips.

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  • Noonan urged to publish independent report into Nama

    Finance Minister Michael Noonan has been urged to publish a detailed independent report into State property body Nama as soon as he is given it next week, amid concerns the document could be shelved until the autumn, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner Political Reporter. Powerful cross-party Dáil group the Public Accounts Committee said they will demand the move in a formal letter to the senior cabinet member over the coming days as part of ongoing attempts to address unanswered questions involving the organisation. Speaking during a lengthy meeting on Thursday as the controversy surrounding Nama's multi-billion euro Project Eagle Northern Ireland property portfolio deal continued to dominate the Dáil, Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy said he expects to conclude a report into the issue by the middle of next week.

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  • Donald Trump presidency would set US back 40 years, says UK mini-wall artist

    A British artist who installed a mini-wall around Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame says he fears the US could be set back 40 years if the billionaire tycoon becomes president. The artist, who is known by the pseudonym Plastic Jesus, built a 15cm high grey wall around the star, topped with razor wire, miniature US flags and Keep Out signs. The artwork was in response to Mr Trump’s proposal to build a wall along America’s border with Mexico to stem illegal immigration and drug smuggling. Plastic Jesus, who moved from Britain to the US nine years ago, said he believed it was important for artists to “attack the policies” of Mr Trump, who has secured the Republican party’s nomination for the presidential election.

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  • Four people tied up by masked gang during Carryduff burglary

    Two men and two women have been assaulted and tied up by an armed gang during a violent burglary in Carryduff. Five masked men, one wielding a suspected gun and another a baton, forced their way into a house on the Ballynahinch Road area of the town around 7pm on Wednesday. They attacked a man and woman who were in the house and then assaulted another man and woman who called at the house as the burglary was unfolding. All four victims were tied up. The two targeted men and one of the women were in their early 20s. The other woman was 18. The intruders demanded money before making off with a sum of cash. The injured men and women were treated by ambulance service personnel at the scene of the

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  • Terrorism ‘not discounted’ in attempted abduction at RAF base

    British police investigating the attempted abduction of a serviceman from a Royal Air Force base in eastern England, said on Thursday they could not discount it being a terrorism incident. The serviceman, in his late 20s, was jogging on Wednesday afternoon and not in uniform when he was approached by two men on a quiet, rural road near the married quarters of RAF Marham in Norfolk. The married serviceman, who was very shocked but not hurt, ran off and the two attackers, described by police as being aged between 20 and 30 and of Middle Eastern origin in appearance, fled in the car. “We’re unable at this time to discount terrorism but I stress that other lines of inquiry are equally plausible and are being investigated,” Norfolk’s assistant chief constable Nick Dean told a news conference.

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