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  • Afghan who hates Irish people 'incentivised to return home' court told

    AN AFGHAN national who said he hates Irish and white people, has been remanded in custody after he was charged with assaulting a Garda at an immigration office in Limerick last Monday. Yusef Hashemi, (36) appeared before Limerick District Court this Tuesday charged with assaulting Garda Peter O’Grady at the Immigration office in Estuary House on Henry Street after he demanded that he be deported, despite living in Ireland since 2004. Objecting to bail, Sgt Tony Miniter said Garda O’Grady was recovering in hospital with a suspected fracture of his cheekbone. Sgt Miniter said the State’s case was supported by medical evidence, CCTV footage and witness statements from the injured party and an independent

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  • Fianna Fáil TD questions legality of refunding water bills

    A senior Fianna Fáil figure has effectively ruled out a refund for people who have paid their water bills despite the fact charges now look set to be suspended for the foreseeable future, writes Juno McEnroe of the Irish Examiner. Party negotiator Michael McGrath poured doubt on paid bills being rescinded and went as far as suggesting that such an action could be illegal. The issue of withdrawing and then refunding water bill payments is a contentious issue for both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, as they near completion of a minority government deal. TDs within Fine Gael are particularly nervous about the reaction after the party told their voters in the general election that charges would remain and to pay them.

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  • Intel to cut jobs in Ireland

    Intel has indicated there will be job cuts here in Ireland Staff at the company have been told its Irish operations “will be impacted” by its worldwide restructuring plans. Intel announced an 11% reduction of its global workforce last week saying the cuts will include voluntary and involuntary redundancies. The company employ 5,000 people in Ireland. Staff here are expected to receive news about their fate next week.

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  • Insane to have held second election on water charges, says Varadkar

    It would have been insane for the country to have had a second election on the issue of water charges, acting Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said. He said the fact that the issue “went to the wire and threatened an election on water is ridiculous”. He said having another election would have been the wrong thing to do in the national interest and criticised Fiánna Fail for choosing to make water policy the issue to bring the country to the “brink of election”. Mr Varadkar said Fiánna Fail could have chosen to the issue of a national health system or the abolition of the USC. “But it all came down to water that costs less than €3 a week.” He suggested that politics more than water policy

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  • Munster Rugby – Latest News, Results, Fixtures –

    Cork Con will aim to make it four Bateman Cups in a row when they travel to take on Galwegians at Crowley Park tomorrow. Munster season tickets for 2016-'17 are available ahead of what could be a crucial season with Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus taking charge, and the move to the centre of excellence at UL.

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  • Frustrated star Tommy Walsh quits Kerry panel

    Irish Examiner Sports Editor Tony Leen has now confirmed that Walsh has left the Kerry panel. Earlier Tommy Walsh is poised to quit the Kerry football squad amid growing frustration at his lack of game time with the Kingdom. The Kerins O’Rahilly man was an unused substitute in last Sunday’s Allianz league final defeat to Dublin on a day Kerry used their full allowance of six replacements, writes Tony Leen. It may have been the final straw for the Kerins O’Rahillys man, who also saw no game time in last September’s All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin. Since his return from Australia ahead of the 2015 campaign, Walsh’s time with Kerry has been pockmarked by frustration, as he struggled to pin down

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  • Samsung's 360-degree camera is out on Friday, but only in Korea and Singapore

    The Gear 360, Samsung’s 360-degree camera announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, is set to go on-sale on Friday, but only in Korea and Singapore. In fact, much mystery remains around when or even if the camera will reach the UK – a price for the device is still yet to be confirmed either. There have suggestions the device could stay in limited markets. There’s been plenty of hype and excitement around the Gear 360, which enables users to capture both video and stills using the twin fish-eye lenses built into the device. It also fits into Samsung’s steadily growing virtual reality efforts, as content created using the camera can then be viewed using the firm’s Gear VR headset, which

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  • How to create a gluten

    What exactly is gluten free cooking? What do you have to leave out and what can you use instead?

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  • Luas drivers to meet over threatened pay cuts

    Luas drivers are meeting on Thursday to decide on a response to a warning issued by Transdev management on pay. Luas operator Transdev had said a unilateral 10 per cent pay cut would come into effect from Friday morning if drivers did not lift the ongoing work-to-rule. Transdev also warned staff that deeper pay cuts could be imposed in the future and said it was continuing to consider other options such as lay-offs or short- term working for drivers who continued to engage in strikes or the work-to-rule. Siptu said drivers will not accept the unilateral pay cuts, which they called “unlawful”. Strike action Both green and red line Luas trams are not operating on Thursday due to strike action by

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  • Musgrave Group announces profits of €67.5m for 2015

    SuperValu owner sold its British business last year for €57m Musgraves — the food retail and wholesale group — reported a profit of pre-tax profit of €67.5 million for the year ending 2015, up from a loss of €9.6 million in 2014. The group had sales of €4.4 billion for the year to the end of 2015, it reported today. Its net cash was €23.4 million at year end. Musgraves last year sold its loss-making British business to British food wholesaler Booker for around €57 million last year on a deal that saw them make a profit of nearly €20 million, according to reports. The Musgrave group employs over 35,000 people through retail chains SuperValu, Centra and Daybreak and our wholesale brand MarketPlace. q
  • Strike cancels flights between Dublin and France

    A number of flights between Dublin Airport and France on Thursday have been cancelled due to an air traffic control strike in France. There may also be delays to flights required to use French airspace, according to a statement from Aer Lingus. Two Ryanair return flights to Nantes and Carcassonne in France have been cancelled so far on Thursday due to the strike, and the airline is warning of further possible disruption to other flights in and out of Ireland over the course of the day. Passengers intending to fly either to or from France are advised to check with their airline. Ryanair has so far had to cancel nearly 120 flights across Europe due to the dispute, which affects flights using French

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  • Dog used to intimidate Limerick robbery victims

    Detectives at Henry Street are investigating an incident in which a mobile phone and cash was stolen from a 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl in Arthurs Quay Park. They were approached by a man who became aggressive and said he had a knife. He stole their property and walked from the park in the direction of Francis Street. He is described as being about 6’ tall, aged in his 30s, wearing a blue puffa jacket and tracksuit. He had a German Shepherd dog with him and Gardaí say this made the teenagers afraid. Separately, Gardai in Roxboro in Limerick are hunting two thieves who used BMX bikes and threatened to stab a man during the robbery on the outskirts of the city last Monday night. A 41-year-old

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  • Two family homes on the hill in Howth

    6 Hazelhatch, Thormanby Road, Howth, Co Dublin The entrance to Hazelhatch estate, off Thormanby Road, is as discreet and unassuming as the enclave itself. Built in 2007, the Hazelhatch houses are a pleasant walk from the summit and set well back from the road in a leafy semi-circle. Number 6 Hazelhatch, for sale by private treaty through DNG, has the lovely light and space typical of the houses in this community and an asking price of €650,000. The price is a measure of the “property bubble effect”. The vendor paid €1.15 million for number 6 at the height of the boom era. The well-stocked, landscaped rear patio/garden is laid out with Indian sandstone, has a central circular area to relax and

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  • Suspension of water charges is wrong, says Leo Varadkar

    The suspension of water charges was wrong and not in the public interest, acting Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said on Thursday. Mr Varadkar, who is a member of the four-person Fine Gael negotiating team which acceded to a Fianna Fail request for a nine-month suspension of charges while a commission examines water charging models, said water charges were being suspended, not abolished. Mr Varadkar said he supported water charges because a dedicated income stream was needed to upgrade water infrastructure and drive conservation. Mr Varadkar said he had found Fianna Fáil’s focus on water during talks on the formation of a government “a bit surreal” and it was “ridiculous” that the country came to the brink of a second election on the issue.

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  • Classy refurb in the suburbs

    The fundamentals of number 28’s 1930s’ heritage are solid as ever: red-brick front with bay windows on two levels, front door in a sheltering porch, original doors and banisters and, a rarity in 21st century suburban Dublin, a 90ft long rear garden with large brick-built garage at the end. The vendors, who bought in 2004, have worked on a heart and soul refurbishment, putting Junkers oak flooring on the ground floor, a white marble fireplace in the sitting room, opening up a rear extension to make for a brighter and larger kitchen/ breakfastroom and fitting a shower room with wc at the end of the entrance hallway. In a cul-de-sac with playing fields at its end, number 28 has three bedrooms, two reception rooms, kitchen/ breakfastroom, family bathroom and shower room in a floor area of 118sq m (1270sq ft). The house is for sale through Sherry FitzGerald for €550,000.

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  • Musgrave Group bounces back, posting profit of €67.5m

    Food retailer and wholesaler Musgrave has bounced back into profit, following losses of €9.6 million in 2014. The company which operates retail brands SuperValu, Centra and Daybreak posted revenues of €4.4 billion and a profit before tax of €67.5 million for 2015. Net cash was €23.4 million at year end. The group’s turnover for continuing business (Ireland and Spain) was €3.7 billion last year and profit before tax was €52.8 million. Musgrave chief executive Chris Martin said 2015 marked a year in which the business was brought back to profit and positioned on a path to growth. “During the recession we invested significantly in our brands which now occupy the number one position in Ireland in

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  • Fianna Fáil emerges with most elected seats in the Seanad

    Counting for the elected seats in the new Seanad has been completed, with Fianna Fáil emerging as the largest party. Of the 49 elected seats, Fianna Fáil will hold 14, just ahead of Fine Gael on 13. Sinn Féin will have seven seat, Labour will have five, and the Green Party will have one. There will be eight independents. However, Fine Gael will still end up as the largest party, as the 11 remaining seats will be filled by the Taoiseach once a new government is formed.

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  • Insane to have held second election on water, says Varadkar

    It would have been insane for the country to have held a second election on the issue of water charges, acting Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said. He said the fact this issue of water had seen the country threatened with a second election was ridiculous”. Mr Varadkar said a second election was the wrong option in the national interest and he criticised Fiánna Fail for choosing to make water policy the issue to bring the country to the “brink of election”. Mr Varadkar said Fiánna Fail could have chosen a national health system or the abolition of the USC as the main issue. “But it all came down to water that costs less than €3 a week,” Mr Varadkar said. He suggested politics rather than

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  • We need details of minority Government before we can support it says Michael Healy Rae

    Prominent Independent TDs have said they cannot agree to support a minority Government led by Fine Gael - until they know the details of a deal between them and Fianna Fáil. The latest reports suggest that Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny have decided on a compromise over Irish Water, suspending charges for nine months. They have also committed to setting up a commission to examine the future of the charging system. In the meantime Leinster House is attempting to tackle some regular business, including a discussion on the refugee crisis and a meeting of the housing and homeless committee. But Independent TD for Kerry, Michael Healy Rae, has said they cannot make progress until Fianna Fáil and Fine

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