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  • Listen: NFU at Ploughing: Brexit is our biggest challenge since 1947

    The dust has settled somewhat since the UK, our closest neighbour and biggest export market, voted to leave the EU back in June 2016. However, the real work has yet to start, with Britain yet to invoke Article 50, the move that will officially trigger its exit negotiations. Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal this week at the 85th National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Charles Sercombe, NFU livestock board chair, and John Royle, NFU chief livestock editor, said the “initial shock has subsided somewhat, and the country is now at a point where it wants to know what Brexit means. “It’s so unprecedented, nobody has any template to work to, so we’re trying to put in as much effort q
  • Farmer dies on train home from Ploughing Championships

    A man died on the train on his way back from “a great day out” at the National Ploughing Championships on Tuesday evening. The farmer from Co Tipperary, who was in his 60s, became seriously ill on the train and lost consciousness shortly before the train was due to stop at Limerick Junction on Tuesday. Iarnród Éireann staff on board the train alerted the station controllers at Limerick Junction to what had happened and called emergency services. A member of staff attempted to revive the man using a defibrillator before the train arrived at the station, an Iarnród Éireann spokeswoman said. “Unfortunately, the man died and we would like to express our deepest sympathies to his family,” she said.

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  • Co Kildare family face eviction after failing to pay €3m debt

    A Co Kildare couple and their two children will be put out of their home by bailiffs next Friday after failing to pay a €3 million bank debt, the High Court has been told. Mr Justice Robert Haughton told John and Dolores Quinn, of Woodside House, Dunnstown, Brannockstown, Co Kildare, that he was unable to help them. The family live in a five-bedroom bungalow on about three-quarters of an acre outside Kilcullen. The property failed to sell at auction in February last. Barrister Rudi Neuman, counsel for Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank that the couple owed the bank just over €3 million and that the Co Kildare Sheriff would be executing a possession order next Friday. The court heard that the couple

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  • Man choked on piece of ham on Dublin Bus, inquest hears

    A coroner is to write to Dublin Bus in relation to emergency medical protocols after a man choked on a bus while the driver waited in his cab for assistance. Seamus Farrell (56) of North Circular Road, Dublin 7, was pronounced dead at the Mater Hospital on May 7th, 2015. The man’s daughter, Joanne Farrell, said she last saw her father that morning when he called to her house. “He walked my daughter to school every morning,” she said. Dublin Coroner’s Court heard that Mr Farrell got the 46A bus at O’Connell Street and arrived at Infirmary Road at 5pm. He had a shopping bag with food on the bus that contained a ham hock and chicken nuggets, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard. Bus driver Abandkata Camara

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  • German finance minister offers to give Boris Johnson a lesson on EU rules

    Wolfgang Schaeuble says he can tell explain the rules to Johnson in English German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said he’s ready to give Boris Johnson a refresher on principles of the EU after the British foreign secretary dismissed a key sticking point on Brexit as “baloney”. “We’ll happily send her majesty’s foreign minister a copy of the Lisbon Treaty”, Schaeuble quipped at a news conference in Berlin alongside Michel Sapin, his French counterpart. “He can then read about the fact that there’s a certain connection between the single market and the four freedoms. In a pinch, I can talk about it in English.” Schaeuble, a party ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was pushing back against q
  • Jose Mourinho press conference: ‘I’m worst manager in history of football’

    Jose Mourinho has joked he is now the ‘Worst One’ rather than the ‘Special One’ as football’s “Einsteins” criticise and scrutinise a Manchester United side looking to avoid a third straight Premier League defeat. Following Louis van Gaal’s frustrating reign, the Portuguese’s arrival brought an injection of excitement that has often been lacking at Old Trafford since Alex Ferguson’s retirement. Community Shield glory and three successive league wins, coupled with some big-name acquisitions, naturally raised expectations, making the three straight losses that followed all the more of a shock. United ended that run with a timely, if at times unconvincing, 3-1 midweek triumph in the League Cup at Northampton, after which Mourinho hit out at the critics who he dubbed “football Einsteins”.

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  • Three-year-old boy falls from building

    A child is understood to be in a serious condition after falling from a building in Co Offaly this morning. It is believed the boy, who is thought to be three years old, fell from a building in Edenderry. He has was removed to Our Lady’s Children’s hospital, Crumlin in Dublin where his condition is described as serious. Gardaí say they are aware of the incident and are investigating.

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  • Gogglebox Ireland: the hits and misses

    Identical twins Fergal and Neal Tully, who grew up on a farm in rural Cavan, were a big hit in the first episode of Gogglebox Ireland

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  • Live: Day two of the National Ploughing Championships 2016 in Tullamore

    12:56pm Westmeath footballer and farmer John Heslin is taking over our Snapchat from 1pm. Our username is farmersjournal. 12:49pm As always... 12:42pm While Enda Kenny inspects the field, amazing ploughmen compete in the noble art of the horse class. 12:30pm An Taoiseach has arrived at the National Ploughing Championships, and so has the rain. 12:20pm More politicians descending on Ploughing 2016. Health Minister Simon Harris is on site too, and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected any minute now. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams will also be here later today. 12:10pm We've got our hands on the new €50 note, shown to the Irish public for the first time at the Ploughing. Stefanie Van Delft of the European q
  • Farmer writes: Flying the beef colours at Ploughing shed talk

    This morning I took a break from the farm to take part in the AIB shed talk at the Ploughing. Alongside me were Derek MacMahon, a poultry farmer from Monaghan, and Kevin Moran, winner of Young Farmer of the year 2016. This was my second time sharing a stage with Kevin in less than 12 months, and our stories collide in some ways. Kevin, in trying to get finance for his dairy business plan, was turned down nine times, but it didn’t stop him and he eventually succeeded. He is now at the point where he is milking over 200 ... q
  • China launches inquiry into botched Great Wall repair job

    The Chinese government has said it will investigate a crude repair job on an 8km stretch of the centuries-old Great Wall, transforming it into what looks like a raised pathway or bicycle lane. “The repairs really don’t look good,” said Ding Hui, director of the bureau of cultural relics for Liaoning province, where the 635-year-old section of the Great Wall is located. The government watchdog responsible for monitoring the Great Wall, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, said in a statement that it would release its investigation findings. Those responsible for any damage will be held accountable, it said. The repairs were ordered after an official survey showed the section of wall

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  • Jim Carrey's lawyers criticise lawsuit's claim he gave STDs to ex-girlfriend

    Lawyers for the actor Jim Carrey have criticised new allegations in a wrongful death lawsuit which claim he gave sexually transmitted diseases to his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White. The Hollywood star is being sued by Ms White’s estranged husband Mark Burton over claims he illegally provided the Irish make-up artist with prescription drugs involved in her suicide. An amended lawsuit filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court alleges Ms White learnt that Carrey had given her herpes type 1, herpes type 2 (genital herpes) and gonorrhoea in 2013, and that he pressured her to keep quiet. In response to the latest claims, Carrey’s lawyer Martin Singer said the accusation that his client gave Ms White

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  • Waterford abuse case: ‘Words have not been invented yet for what my dad has done to me’

    A child who was repeatedly raped by his father and locked in a box wanted to take his own life at the age of seven because of the abuse, a court has heard. On Friday the Central Criminal Court heard a summary of what the prosecution called a “catalogue of horrors” which took place over a two year period in the family home in Waterford. Mr Justice Robert Eager remanded the father in continuing custody until October 10th when he will finalise sentence. The man’s partner, who was convicted on the sole count of child cruelty, will be sentenced on October 17th. A jury convicted the 64-year-old father, who is from the UK, of nine counts of raping his son from the age of six and one count of child cruelty.

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  • At 32 years of age, is this the oldest cow in Ireland?

    The Angus cow, known as Jenny, was purchased by Sean at the end of February 1984, the year he got married, in the old mart in Skibbereen. He recalled it was a bit of an impulse buy as he'd had no trailer with him on the day and ended up bringing the calf home in the back of his hatch-back car. The cow had her last calf in February 2013 and is known to disappear to the furthest point of the paddock at the sight and sound of a cattle lorry entering the yard. Previous Irish and world record holder Bertha, or ‘Big Bertha’ as she was known, was a legendary Droimeann cow from Sneem in Co Kerry. She was bought as a calf by a farmer called Jerome O’Leary. She died on New Year's Eve, 1993, just three q
  • WhatsApp users – have you opted out of Facebook data share?

    The 30 day “opt out” period for many Whatsapp users whose information will be shared with Facebook is coming to a close. Whatsapp announced new terms and conditions last month which, controversially, will see phone numbers given to its social network parent company. Users were given 30 days to opt out of the arrangement. With the announcement made in late August, that window of opportunity is about to close for many subscribers. The sharing of user information, including phone numbers, is part of plans to allow businesses send messages to people, or as Whatsapp puts it, to “improve Facebook ads and product experiences”. Over a billion people use the app for free messaging. They can opt out of

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  • 'We can’t be afraid of hurting a few snails' – Danny Healy-Rae

    Representatives from Connemara used the Oireachtas rural affairs committee to highlight the need for the upgrade of the N59 Clifden to Galway road. Speaking at the committee meeting on Tuesday, Danny Healy-Rae reiterated the views of the Galway representatives and said the process needs to be moved along as soon as possible. He criticised the NPWS for holding up the development and said the vital upgrade of roads, such as the N59, cannot be hindered due to the fear among NPWS of “hurting a few snails”. The east coast will tip over into the water and end up in Wales The Kerry TD said those on the west coast of Ireland should have as much of a right to live and have proper access to roads as those q
  • Developer free to seek planning for Cabinteely homes

    Developer Michael O’Flynn has been given the go-ahead to seek renewed planning for previously dismissed plans to build 164 homes in south Dublin. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has said it will not appeal a High Court ruling overturning its original refusal. It relates to a €75 million residential development in South Co Dublin by O’Flynn Capital Partners (OFCP). The company had challenged the local authority’s July 31st, 2015 refusal for the residential units at Beech Park, Bray Road, Cabinteely/Loughlinstown. Mr Justice Robert Haughton quashed the council’s decision “in its entirety”, stating the developer could submit a fresh application for the project. The case was mentioned before

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  • Trump’s Irish voters: ‘I support him with my nose held’

    The latest opinion polls show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a virtual dead heat in the US presidential race. Among some immigrant communities, however, there seems to be no contest. Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric – insulting Mexicans as rapists and criminals, proposing to deport illegal immigrants (mostly Mexican) living in the US, and promising to build a wall along the border with Mexico to keep illegal migrants out – has alienated Hispanic-American voters and many others. But it seems that Irish-Americans are not so put off. Here six Irish-born American citizens, all long-time residents of the United States, explain why they’ll vote for the New York businessman on November 8th. Derry

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  • 1,507 jobs announced in impressive week for Irish jobs market

    Since the end of the summer holiday season, we’ve been seeing a slow uptick in jobs announcements. This week, that uptick wasn’t so slow. The summer months were a bit quiet for jobs announcements. Now that the kids are back in school, however, it seems as though the business sector in Ireland is getting back to, well… business. This week saw an impressive 1,507 jobs announced in the STEM sector, from pharma roles to software roles. The biggest announcements came outside of Dublin, from GE (Cork) and Fazzi Healthcare (Limerick). Other large announcements came from SoftwareOne, Eir and Metaswitch, with MathWorks, AlterPharma, The Packaging Hub, Glanbia, Yroo, BioPharma Engineering, Oneview Healthcare

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  • Hitchhiker who went ‘berserk’ in New Zealand appears in court

    The French hitchhiker who went on a frustrated rampage through a tiny New Zealand fishing village after not being able to get a lift for four days has appeared in court and pleaded guilty to stealing a sleeping bag, as well the earlier charge of wilful damage. Cedric Claude Rene Rault-Verpre (27) was charged with NZ$3,000 (€1,970) worth of wilful damage last week after he attacked a road sign in the tiny west coast settlement of Punakaiki, after spending four days there unable to catch a hitchhiking lift. Leaving the courthouse he described New Zealand as “Nazi Zealand” to reporters. Rault-Verpre appeared in Christchurch district court and was charged with a second crime – the theft of a NZ$1,000 sleeping bag, allegedly stolen from an Auckland central city Kathmandu store on September 9th, NZME reported.

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