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  • Patient attacked sleeping woman

    The patient entered the 72-year-old woman’s room and attempted to remove the grandmother of eight from her bed, punching and kicking her all over her body. The woman, who has now returned to her home in Caherdavin, was being treated at UHL for four weeks after undergoing surgery to her kidney and liver, and had 10 blood transfusions. Her husband was called to the Dooradoyle hospital at 11.50pm on the night of the incident by a nurse. He said she was sleeping when the assailant entered her room and attacked her. When he went to his wife’s bedside, he saw that she was “hysterical”. “She was stuck in the corner of the bed, like a cat who was scared in the corner of the room. That’s the way she was,”

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  • Brexit summit: EU accepts united Ireland declaration

    European Union leaders have unanimously approved tough guidelines for negotiations on Brexit, including a commitment to protecting Ireland’s interests and a guarantee that Northern Ireland could rejoin the EU as part of a united Ireland. The leaders took just one minute to approve the guidelines before breaking into applause and German chancellor Angela Merkel said she had never seen such unity of purpose at a European Council meeting. The Taoiseach said he was pleased with the outcome, adding that the guidelines fully reflect Ireland’s concerns and he described the statement about the future status of a united Ireland in the EU as hugely important. The declaration regarding Ireland paves the

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  • Ian McShane

    Ian McShane doesn’t disappoint. A garrulous force of nature on screen, in person the veteran actor is chummy, sweary, and thoroughly unaffected. He’ll talk about Manchester United, who he supports and for whom his father played, as enthusiastically as delve into the socio-political subtexts of his new TV series, American Gods. And there’s always the possibility that he’ll put his feet up and blurt out something outrageous. McShane (74) did exactly that last year when discussing his upcoming appearance on season six of Game of Thrones. Asked for his thoughts on the show, he responded that it was “just tits and dragons” — a comment that nearly burnt the internet to the ground. He’s equally forthright

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  • North Korea 'test fires missile from western region'

    North Korea has test-fired a missile from the western part of its country, according to South Korea's joint chiefs of staff. There were no other immediate details, including what type of missile was used. North Korea routinely test-fires a variety of ballistic missiles, despite United Nations prohibitions, as part of its push to develop a long-range ballistic missile capable of hitting US shores. While shorter-range missiles are somewhat routine, there is strong outside worry about each longer range North Korean ballistic test. The launch comes at a point of particularly high tension. US president Donald Trump has taken a hard line with Pyongyang and sent a US aircraft supercarrier to Korean q
  • Scarlett Johansson puts a call out to invite her 70-year-old doppleganger for drinks

    Scarlett Johansson has taken to social media to put a call out to her 72-year-old doppleganger, Geraldine. Last week, a Reddit user Denver Dodd shared this photo of her grandmother Geraldine went she was 22, the spit of the famous actress. Speaking to the Huffington Post, Dodd explained that the man in the photograph was her grandfather, who passed away in January. The family came across the photo while going through old photos and when they presented it to their grandmother she replied, “I was as drunk as a skunk in that photo”. Impressed by the post, Scarlett has decided she wants to meet her doppelganger and bring her to the premiere of her new film, Hidden Costs. She even offered to cover q
  • Jack & Jill founder takes ‘graceful’ exit from children’s hospital fight

    Jonathan Irwin said the foundation is not party to a move by another group, Connolly for Kids, which is examining the possibility of taking legal action against the Government’s decision to fund the new hospital at the St James’s site. “We don’t have the funds for that. We need the money we have to continue to provide a service for sick children,” Mr Irwin said. He described this week’s announcement of Government funding for the new hospital at St James’s as “appalling” and a “horror story”. However, he said the foundation had “fought the good fight since 2012” and they will now “withdraw quietly”. “We put our case to Fine Gael and they didn’t support us,” Mr Irwin said. He said the Government

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  • Robert Huth trolled Alexis Sanchez with an 'injury' picture on Twitter

    Alexis Sanchez hasn’t been getting much sympathy from the football world after having a football thrown at him, and Leicester defender Robert Huth isn’t particularly interested in bucking the trend. After Christian Fuchs threw a ball at Sanchez from a throw-in during Arsenal’s 1-0 win against the Foxes, the Chilean fell over in a delayed and rather theatrical way. He also posted this after the game as evidence of his difficult day at the office. He does look a bit sorry for himself, doesn’t he? Arsene Wenger later confirmed that the picture was in fact related to an incident separate from the throw-in. We’re not sure Huth was one of the many thousands to like or retweet the picture however – q
  • Jennifer Lopez's eyecatching outfits make an impact at awards ceremony

    Jennifer Lopez left little to the imagination at an awards ceremony. The singer, 47, wore two different outfits at the event, the Billboard Latin Music Awards, in Florida. She graced the red carpet in a plunging, black, mesh dress by Welsh designer Julien Macdonald, with cutaway panels. J-Lo also showed off a barely-there silver number, with thigh-high split. The star, who is dating former baseball player Alex Rodriguez, performed her new Spanish language song, Mirate, at the awards. The ballad was produced by her ex Marc Anthony. q
  • Rally of the Lakes in Killarney set for defining moment

    This weekend is likely to be a defining moment in the annals of the Rally of the Lakes in Killarney. A glance through the list of previous winners reveal that drivers of World Rally Cars have triumphed since the Millennium, but that thread is tenuous as the new breed of R5 cars is set to bring the sequence to an end. Leader of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship Fermanagh’s Alastair Fisher (Fiesta R5) heads the entry for the third round of the series, a rally that was won by his late uncle, Bertie Fisher six times — the last, some 21 years ago. The Killarney event is a real test as the iconic Moll’s Gap remains the traditional opening stage albeit a right turn at the summit on this occasion.

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  • Marine Le Pen's party mired in Holocaust denial allegations, again

    France's troubled wartime past is taking centre stage in the presidential race as centrist Emmanuel Macron visits a Nazi massacre site and Marine Le Pen's far-right party suffers a new blow over alleged Holocaust denial. The two candidates facing a May 7 run-off offer starkly different visions of France's future - Mr Macron's embrace of a globalised, diverse nation within an open-bordered Europe contrasts with Ms Le Pen's protectionist, tightly policed France independent of the EU. After courting blue-collar voters earlier this week around the campaign's top issue - jobs - the candidates are increasingly focusing on their opposing views of French identity. Railing against "mass immigration" at q
  • Joan Burton to water protesters: You wonder where this hate is coming from

    Former Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has told the trial of Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and six other water protesters that, “you wonder in times like that where this hate is coming from”. “My politics is not about hating anybody,” Ms Burton told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today. It is Ms Burton's second day giving evidence in the trial, which is set down for six weeks. Mr Murphy (aged 34), together with South Dublin Councillors Kieran Mahon (aged 39) and Michael Murphy (aged 53) and four other men, are charged with falsely imprisoning Ms Burton and her adviser Karen O’Connell by restricting their personal liberty without their consent at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght on November 15, 2014. q
  • Man airlifted to Cork University Hospital after sustaining serious burns at Tipperary creamery

    A man has been seriously injured after sustained burns to his body at a creamery in Co Tipperary, Friday night. The man has been airlifted to Cork University Hospital. The incident occurred around 8.30pm at the Arrabawn Co-Op in Nenagh, which is the headquarters for the Arrabawn Group, which is a leading provider of dairy produce to the Kerrygold brand, and also produces animal feeds products. Gardai confirmed the man "was in the creamery" at the time, and that he "received burns". The male casualty was taken by ambulance to MacDonagh Park GAA sports ground in Nenagh, where he was received by members of the Coast Guard Rescue 115 helicopter, which was dispatched from its base at Shannon, Co Clare. q
  • Angela Merkel: Protecting Ireland one of several special interests following Brexit

    Merkel, speaking ahead of this weekend’s meeting of European leaders in Brussels said success for the EU in the Brexit talks hinge on unity among the EU’s remaining 27 members. She said she is encouraged by the unity of the EU27 leaders in the months since the UK Brexit vote on June 23 last. The chancellor said she was confident this line would hold in the years of complex talks ahead given the “multitude of special interests” to be addressed. She then spoke of the need to protect Ireland and argued that the only way to do that is for the 27 to hold together: “For instance, if we think of the Republic of Ireland and its shared space with Britain and the problems in Northern Ireland, it was a

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  • Philly McMahon ‘won’t lose any sleep’ over Colm Cooper

    A few weeks on from McMahon’s comments about Kerry’s newfound aggressive streak, which angered Kingdom boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice, the wily Dublin defender was yesterday offered the chance to heap praise on Cooper. Yet instead of indulging in stock cliches or highlighting the genius of the Dr Crokes man as many of his peers have, McMahon, who marked ‘Gooch’ so well in the 2015 All-Ireland final, kicked to touch. Asked yesterday if he’ll miss the ‘Gooch’, McMahon responded he didn’t actually get to mark him that much. He said: “Probably only three or four times. Will I miss him? I don’t know. Would I miss any player that I mark? I won’t lose sleep.” He said he was surprised Cooper didn’t hang around

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  • VIDEO: Fair City star speaks to Cork teens about mental health, addiction and 'power of positive thinking'

    Actress and mental health campaigner Rachel Sarah Murphy spoke at the event. The Fair City star is the CEO of the Irish Film Academy and she has been working to enhance and promote good mental health among young people, focusing on mindfulness and "the power of positive thinking". The talk was organised by Midleton gardaí in partnership with Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service and held at MY Place, Midleton.  

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  • Shots fired during London terror raid caught on camera

    A woman in her twenties has been shot by British police and four people arrested during terror raids in London and Kent. The injured suspect is being held under police guard after being rushed to hospital in a serious condition following the swoop at a north London address. Police said she was a subject of an ongoing investigation by counter-terror officers who are searching several addresses across London. The raids are not connected to an earlier incident when a man carrying knives was arrested near Downing Street on suspicion of planning a terror attack, Scotland Yard said. The woman was shot as officers entered an address in Harlesden Road, Willesden, shortly before 7pm on Thursday. Video q
  • Mick Jagger remembers ex-girlfriend L’Wren Scott on her birthday

    Sir Mick Jagger has remembered his ex-girlfriend L’Wren Scott on what would have been her 53rd birthday. The rock star posted a photograph of the late fashion designer on his Instagram page, alongside a caption: “Thinking of you on your birthday.” US-born Scott killed herself in her Manhattan apartment on March 17 2014. A post shared by Mick Jagger (@mickjagger) on Apr 28, 2017 at 12:59am PDT q
  • Donald Trump: I thought being president would be easier

    Donald Trump sounded wistful as he reflected on his first 100 days as president, saying he "loved" his previous life and "had so many things going". He said his new role is "more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier". The president also lamented his loss of privacy, describing life in the White House as being in "your own little cocoon". He made his comments in an interview with Reuters, one of several to mark his first 100 days in office. q
  • ‘Good time’ to opt for fixed home rates, says expert

    Michael Dowling, chair of the mortgage committee at brokers’ group IBA, said that existing customers could tap the largest benefits by switching into their banks’ long-term fixed years of three or five years. For new and existing customers, KBC said it has cut its two-year fixed rate by 0.25%, to 3.4%; cut its three-year fixed rate by 0.35%, to 3.3%; and reduced its five-year fixed rate by 0.2%, to 3.55%. It said the reductions were designed to encourage customers of rival banks to switch to KBC. Mr Dowling said the cost of an updated valuation was “a small price to pay” for existing customers to tap competitive long-term fixed rates. There was a “compelling case” for borrowers to consider switching

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  • Cork soccer player's father insists case was about alleged bullying, not about his son not getting a game​

    ​The father of a teenage soccer player, whose claim against his former club for psychological injury was dismissed yesterday, has said he would take the case again if he had his time over. Seán Cooke of Highfields, Ballea Road, Carrigaline, ​who is now 18, ​had his case against Carrigaline United for psychological injury dismissed by a judge yesterday in Cork. His father, Declan, told the Red FM's Neil Prendeville show this morning​: "​(The media) are only honing in on one thing​ - that we took the case all because Sean never got a game, and it couldn't be ​further from the truth​". He said the case was actually over alleged bullying against his son. The club denied all allegations of bullying.​ q