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  • 'Everybody wants justice for Mary Boyle, but that is nowhere near as simple as is portrayed in a fevered social media campaign'

    EVERYBODY knows who murdered Mary Boyle. Everybody knows there was a cover-up of the killing of the six-year-old in March 1977. Everybody knows that the mainstream media is complicit in this cover-up. Everybody knows. For anybody who has dipped into social media over the last six months, the above statements are received wisdom. The case of Mary Boyle has been highlighted in a campaign led by Mary’s twin, Ann Doherty, and the journalist Gemma O’Doherty. (To avoid confusion, the two women will be referred to here by their first names.) Gemma had written and presented a documentary, Mary Boyle — The Untold Story, which has received tens of thousands of viewings on YouTube. For months, she has pursued

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  • One simple rule for the perfect reunion as Katey Sagal signs up as Kaley Cuoco's mum on The Big Bang Theory

    Katey Sagal and Kaley Cuoco will be reuniting as TV mother and daughter on The Big Bang Theory, 11 years after they last starred together. Sons of Anarchy star Katey has been been cast as Susan, the mother of Kaley’s character Penny, in the upcoming series 10 of the hit US sitcom, it was revealed by executive producer Steve Molaro at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Friday. It is a reunion a long-time in the making as the pair last starred together as Cate and Bridget Hennessy on comedy 8 Simple Rules, which ran from 2002 to 2005. Kaley shared her delight at the news on Instagram with a picture of the pair, writing, “Yes yes yes yes !!! Once my tv mom, always my tv mom. Love you @kateylous !!!!! #fullcircle” q
  • Twitter reacts as Manchester United hammered by Dortmund

    It’s a preseason friendly in another continent but that hasn’t stopped the internet feasting on the result between Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund this afternoon. The two sides played in the International Champions Cup in Shanghai and the Germans hockeyed Jose Mourinho’s men 4-1. Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened his account with a second-half goal, but United were already 3-0 down at that stage and Dortmund added another before the final whistle. Cue predictable gloating from the usual suspects. With many United fans also going into meltdown. Some tried to be the voice of reason and point out the madness of judging a team on this evidence. But they were swiftly drowned out by the jokers. The

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  • Nice attacks hero ‘willing to die’ as he held on to truck

    The have-a-go hero French motorcyclist who tried to stop the truck massacre in Nice last week has revealed he was “ready to die” as he punched the driver while clinging to the door of the speeding vehicle. Grainy footage of the man’s efforts has been watched around the world millions of times on social media. However, the fate of the motorcyclist was not known until three days ago, when it emerged he was still alive after the attack. The footage showed a man named only as Franck risking his own life as he chased after the truck. As the truck slowed he jumped onto the vehicle and clung to the door of the vehicle. Footage ended with Franck disappearing from sight, and many feared he had been killed. q
  • Stars don’t want their music used by Donald Trump

    The estate of George Harrison has complained about the use of his music at the Republican National Convention. The former Beatle’s family tweeted that the use of ‘Here Comes the Sun’ to introduce Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka was not authorised, and was “offensive and against the wishes of the George Harrison estate”. Rocker Paul Rodgers also complained about the use of his ‘All Fight Now’ at the climax of Mr Trump’s speech. Earlier in the convention, Brian May of Queen complained about the use of the band’s 1977 hit ‘We Are The Champions’ during a Trump convention appearance. And when two of Adele’s hits — ‘Rolling In The Deep’ and ‘Skyfall’ — were played at Trump rallies earlier this year,

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  • Athlete who didn’t qualify for the Olympics breaks 100m hurdles world record

    Kendra Harrison broke the 28-year-old 100 metres hurdles world record at the Olympic Stadium on Friday – just two weeks after failing to make the United States team for the Rio Olympics. The 23-year-old stormed over the barriers to cross the line in 12.20 seconds at the Muller Anniversary Games, beating Bulgarian Yordanka Donkova’s mark by one hundredth of a second. She collapsed into floods of tears at the finish at her achievement. It came just a fortnight after she could only finish in sixth place at the US trials, seeing her Olympic hopes crushed. She said on the eve of this event the only thing that could help make up for that disappointment was to break the world record – although few could

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  • Taoiseach walks back from talk of united Ireland poll

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has further distanced himself from talk of a post-Brexit united Ireland poll after Northern Ireland's First Minister told him to concentrate on "reality" instead of "summer school" comments that cause "instability" in the province, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Political Reporter. However, despite the clear u-turn, the Fine Gael leader has stressed the country is still not "going back to the days of check points and towers" amid heightened talk of a hard border between north and south developing. Speaking at an emergency meeting of the British-Irish Council to discuss member states' individual concerns in Wales yesterday, Mr Kenny admitted a possible united Ireland vote "is

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  • Dispute over Game of Thrones replica ends up in court

    The owner of an official Game of Thrones Iron Throne replica, which is being commercially showcased all over Ireland, has issued legal proceedings against a business partner. Mark Russell claims Stephen Cronin Saleh plans to remove the replica throne from the country. Mr Russell claims that he and Mr Cronin Saleh agreed last March to purchase and exploit the HBO licensed replica of the throne used in the fantasy drama TV series. The court heard Mr Russell bought the throne, which was then licensed to Mr Cronin Saleh, of Hazelwood Avenue, Glanmire, Co Cork. Mr Cronin Saleh had been granted an option to buy the throne and both parties had agreed to a profit share arrangement. Mr Russell, an IT

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  • Man who admits Christmas Eve killing now lives with deceased's widow and child

    A man who admitted killing a 42-year-old man on Christmas Eve two years ago is living with the deceased's widow and child, the Central Criminal Court has heard. David Shanley (aged 47) of Courtown Harbour, Gorey, Co Wexford pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of John Lawlor on December 24 or 25, 2014 at Ballinatray Lower, Courtown Harbour. Last month, counsel for the prosecution John O'Kelly SC said the plea of guilty to manslaughter was accepted by the State. Counsel for Shanley Patrick Gageby SC added at the time that there was a "complex inter-family relationship at play" in the case. When Shanley pleaded guilty six weeks ago it was agreed that he would be allowed remain

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  • Gerald Fleming’s forecast for Wexford this weekend is…

    The joys of weekend work. You know Gerald Fleming as the affable weatherman telling you to expect sunny spells and scattered showers, but those TV bulletins mean missing out on the sporting passion of the man from Wexford town. “Hurling was the game in the town, and my father was from Cork, so we always had an interest in the game, and Wexford-Cork in particular. I hadn’t realised until the weekend before last that it was 1956 since we’d beaten Cork in the championship — my parents were at that game.” Fleming’s father came from Castlemartyr, his mother from Wexford. It made for an interesting household when Cork and Wexford clashed in those 1950s classics featuring Ring and Rackard — and the

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  • WATCH: Sakho trolls Liverpool boss during interview but Klopp turns the tables

    Mamadou Sakho is well known for being a joker so when he and his teammates took a tour of the famous Alcatraz prison while touring the US, he was the obvious choice to be given a GoPro. The French defender thoroughly enjoyed bouncing around interviewing fellow players but met his match when he tried to troll coach Jurgen Klopp. Sakho started filming in the background while Klopp being interviewed and when he was called out by the German, he cheekily asked if Klopp fancied living in the famous prison. “I don’t have to think about it, you should think about it!” Klopp answered, suggesting Sakho should be left behind for turning up late previously. Liverpool fans will be delighted to see what looks q
  • Evicted Big Brother housemate Laura Carter admits regret at Marco Pierre White Jr kiss as Emma Willis reveals eviction twist

    Big Brother contestant Laura Carter was evicted from the house on Friday night, just days before the final of Tuesday. The 30-year-old actress and model was voted out in what was supposed to be the last eviction of the series. Host Emma Willis, however, revealed a twist and two more housemates will be booted out of the show on Sunday – although none of the contestants know that. Andy West, Jason Burrill and Jackson Blyton were spared eviction, but will now go back up for the public vote alongside Hughie Maughan, Evelyn Ellis, Sam Griffen and Jayne Connery. Laura left the house to both boos and cheers from the live audience on Friday night and said she did not know how she felt about being given q
  • Why the London Olympics were a huge waste of time and money

    There she was, four years later, a middle-aged woman sitting quietly on a crowded London bus last week, wearing the purple and scarlet shirt issued to the 70,000 volunteers – the Games makers, as they were called – at the 2012 Olympics. Then last Sunday, during the BBC Imagine special on Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony, as the TV screen showed two union jack parachutes floating over the Olympic Stadium, it all came back again. Most unforgettably, JK Rowling and the Great Ormond Street staff reminding us of the place occupied by the NHS at the centre of our lives – although we learned from the programme that the then new health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, had tried to persuade Boyle to cut that sequence.

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  • No-one likes paying tax, but we need to stop hating the USC so much

    A myth has growth up around the universal social charge. It goes like this. A temporary imposition of this dreadful charge was inflicted on us all in 2010 at the height of the financial crisis. Now the crisis is over – and so we will soon be rid of it. It is a narrative driven by our politicians, with Fine Gael leading the charge in the last general election campaign to promise its abolition, and others following, including Fianna Fáil. With the two Michaels – Noonan and McGrath – effectively calling a lot of the Budget 2017 shots, universal social charge (USC) cuts look like being the beginning, middle and end of the budget tax debate, bar the likely fleeting appearance of bit players such as

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  • Saudi Arabian women very restricted, says rights body

    Saudi Arabia’s imposition of male guardianship is the most serious impediment to women securing human and civil rights granted in most nations across the globe, according to a report by Human Rights Watch. The 79-page report, Boxed In: Women and Saudi Arabia’s Male Guardianship System, finds adult women in Saudi Arabia are treated from birth to death as “permanent legal minors”. Saudi women must obtain permission from a male guardian “to travel abroad, marry, or be released from prison”. They cannot apply for a passport without permission. They may also be forced to secure consent to work and obtain healthcare. Women also suffer from legal inequality in cases of divorce and child custody. They

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  • Police arrest 11 men after uncovering SIX cannabis farms

    Eleven men have been charged after six cannabis farms worth around £6m were uncovered in England. Ecstasy, cash and fraudulent identity documents were also discovered in the joint operation by Greater Manchester Police, Immigration Services and North West Electricity on Thursday. Following the raids across Greater Manchester and Cheshire, police charged Fatjon Hazizi, 30, Palatine Road, Didsbury, Elton Omuri, 24, of Chippenham Road, Manchester, Besnik Hoxha, 32, of Cedric Road, Crumpsall, Arjan Harisis, 24, of Hancock Street, Stretford, and Krenar Harisis, 31, of Carlton Road, Whalley Range with conspiracy to supply cannabis. Haxhi Hazizi, 18, of Styal View, Wilmslow, Antonio Kojo, 24, of Pensby q
  • Enterprise Insurance closes affecting 14,000 Irish motorists

    The Central Bank has advised 14,000 Irish motorists caught up in the collapse yesterday of a Gibralta-based insurer, Enterprise Insurance Company, to seek alternative cover. Many of the people affected may not be immediately aware, as policies were written through brokers around the country viaWexford-based insurance underwriting agency, Wrightway Underwriting. While the Central Bank in Dublin is working with Gibraltar authorities to ensure that Irish policyholders are identified and communicated with, it said that any concerned policy holder should contact their broker in the first instance. The Central Bank in Ireland was only informed of the insolvency on Friday. Its advice comes even as the

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  • North and South both opposed to 'hard border'

    A post-Brexit "hard" border between the Northern and the Republic of Ireland must not be allowed to happen, political leaders from both countries have warned. People and goods going between the two nations have been able to move freely thanks to the Common Travel Area (CTA). The open borders agreement, set up in the 1920s, has been strengthened by both Britain and Ireland's European membership. However, questions and concerns have been raised about what this means for the CTA and for both economies in the wake of the UK's Leave referendum result. The issue was one of the hot topics discussed at an emergency meeting of the British Irish Council in Cardiff - which was called by Wales' First Minister

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  • Sergiu Ciobanu has appeal against Athletics Ireland thrown out by CAS

    A last-ditch effort by Irish marathon runner Sergiu Ciobanu to get a place at the Rio Olympics has failed, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissing his appeal against the selection policy of Athletics Ireland. It’s two months now since Athletics Ireland named its trio of men’s and women’s marathon runners for Rio, and which saw the Belfast-based runner Paul Pollock selected ahead Ciobanu, the former Moldovan athlete, even though Ciobanu had run the faster qualifying time. At the time Athletics Ireland found itself having to reject the suggestion of bias or previous nationality in their selection of Pollock ahead of Ciobanu, who initially appealed his omission to an independent committee

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  • Woman sexually assaulted in Co Down park

    A WOMAN was attacked and sexually assaulted by a man in a Co Down park yesterday. The woman was walking in Mourne Park, near Kilkeel, at around 5.30pm when the man grabbed her, pulled her to the ground and sexually assaulted her. The man is described as being in his thirties, around 5ft 6, with swarthy skin and dark eyes. He was wearing a blue top and a dark baseball cap. Police have appealed for witnesses and ask anyone who was in the park around the time to contact them on 101 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. q