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  • Holly Willoughby's 'willy wanging' blunder causes This Morning laughter overload

    Holly Willoughby and Ben Shephard were left in fits of uncontrollable laughter after Holly spoke about ‘willy wanging’ instead of ‘welly wanging’ on live television. The This Morning presenters could hardly contain themselves as the star made the verbal blunder during the live show. The duo were re-enacting a moment from a 2015 episode in which Holly accidentally smashed an ornamental pineapple with a Wellington boot during a welly wanging segment. This time, she threw a golden pineapple across the studio and tricked viewers into thinking she had broken it again. Ben then asked her: “Since that day, a year ago today, have you ever hit anything that you’ve been throwing at?” She replied: “Funnily q
  • Boy settles action over lawnmower accident for €1.3m

    A young boy who had one of his legs amputated at the knee after an accident with a ride-on lawnmower in his grandparents’ garden has settled his High Court action for €1.3 million. Conor Dufficy was five when the accident happened as his father cut the grass with the ride-on mower. The child was playing, ran out from under a high shrub and slipped as he tried to avoid the mower. His left foot went under the machine. Oonah McCrann SC, for the child, told Mr Justice Kevin Cross the accident happened in the garden of the home of Conor’s grandparents, Richard and Evelyn Dufficy, at Castletroy, Co Limerick. Conor, Cois na hAbhainn, Moate, Co Westmeath, through his mother Niamh Dufficy, had sued Richard

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  • Clare Daly uses Dáil privilege to criticise judge who issued bench warrant for her arrest

    A TD has used Dáil privilege to criticise a judge in her own case for "irrational decisions". Independents4Change TD Clare Daly made the comments about a judge who issued a bench warrant for her arrest earlier this month. The warrant was issued at Naas District Court when Ms Daly failed to attend in person as it considered an alleged speeding offence. The TD said her case was the last of 188 on the list, and she did not expect to be heard. But in the Dáil tonight Daly said the warrant led to a waste of Garda time - and also accused the presiding judge of singling her out for treatment. "What happened in this case was when the judge was finishing up for the day, got to case number 175 and decided

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  • Teeling Whiskey profits begin to flow

    Pre-tax profits at the Teeling Whiskey Company soared by 73%, last year, to €2.95m, as the popularity of Irish whiskey continued to grow. Newly-filed accounts for the company show that its revenues more than trebled to €24.58m in the year that it opened a €10m distillery and visitor centre in the Liberties area of Dublin. The company — run by brothers Jack and Stephen Teeling, who are the sons of well-known businessman John Teeling — is at the forefront of the Irish whiskey industry, which is projecting combined annual exports, across all makers, of €410m to double by 2020. Irish whiskey is the fastest growing premium spirits category in the world and its global market share is set to grow by 300% by 2030 to 12%.

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  • This ad is being blasted on social media, but is it offensive?

    An ad campaign has landed phone company Carphone Warehouse in hot water... on social media in any case. A series of advertisements featuring the slogan “pro-choice” has been described as insensitive and inappropriate amid the debate on abortion laws in Ireland. The ads that have appeared on billboards and bus shelters in recent days feature various images and the slogans “We’re pro-choice” and “The only place you get to choose your network, phone and plan”. Poll One poster has a photograph of a baby and asks: “What makes a family?” and a series of tick boxes with the choices Mum and Mum, Mum and Dad or Dad and Dad. The campaign is a direct reference to the ongoing abortion debate and the debate

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  • Court hears of repeated stabbing of woman

    A Limerick woman who repeatedly stabbed a Clare woman in the head with a broken bottle looked into her victim’s eyes and told her: “I hope you f*cking die.” Susan McCarthy (22) said she “lost it” and attacked Leanne Delaney (21), after claiming she heard the victim and a man arguing in an apartment on Parnell Street, in the early hours of October 25th, 2015. McCarthy had consumed a cocktail of anti-depressants and alcohol, the court heard. At 2.30am in the morning in question, McCarthy followed Ms Delaney out of the apartment block on Parnell Street, before smashing a beer bottle, and lunging at her victim with the sharp glass. After knocking Ms Delaney to the ground, McCarthy “sat on top of

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  • Chris Evans' breakfast show loses 400,000 listeners after Top Gear exit

    Chris Evans’ BBC Radio Two breakfast show lost more than 400,000 listeners in the three months after he quit Top Gear, new figures show. Nick Grimshaw’s morning offering on Radio One has also lost listeners but the once-doomed digital station Radio 6 Music has continued to grow its audience for a fifth consecutive quarter. The Chris Evans Breakfast Show attracted 9.06 million listeners per week in the third quarter of 2016, compared with 9.47 million in the second quarter and 9.42 million in the same period last year. Chris quit as host of the motoring show on July 4. The Radio 1 Breakfast Show With Nick Grimshaw attracted 5.25 million listeners per week in the third quarter,down from 5.43 million q
  • Judge finds Barry English and Dan Murphy were fraud participants

    Winthrop Engineering founder Barry English and Dan Murphy, a partner in a Co Cork accountancy firm, were knowing participants in an unlawful scheme designed to defraud Revenue by incorrectly claiming capital allowances for investment in fishing vessels, a High Court judge has found. Mr English is one of the men who told the Mahon Tribunal some years ago that he had contributed towards a “dig-out” for the former Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern. Mr Justice Michael Twomey ruled it would “contravene public policy” for the court to assist Mr English, “a willing participant in this unlawful scheme”, in pursuing his action alleging professional negligence by Mr Murphy concerning that scheme and the court would make no order in the case. Mr English’s investment of IR£2.25 million would have meant a return equivalent to the Revenue “writing him a cheque for IR£798,000 approximately”.

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  • Man with alleged terrorist links opposes deportation move

    A legal challenge by a man with alleged links to Islamic terrorism aimed at preventing his deportation has opened before the High Court. The man, whose identity and nationality cannot be published by court order, is “at serious risk of inhuman and degrading treatment” if deported, his counsel Michael Lynn SC said. On his return he would be detained at a secret location in his home country where he would be “incommunicado”, counsel said when opening the case before Mr Justice Richard Humphreys. The man, aged in his 50s and living here for some years, claims he is at risk of being tortured and suffering inhuman and degrading treatment if returned to his native country due to his political views.

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  • Over-50s GP visits increased with free access, report finds

    Gaining free access to the family doctor led to an increase in visits among the over-50s but losing a medical or GP visit card had the opposite effect, a report shows. The number of medications taken regularly was also impacted by gaining a medical card: the report found usage increased by 16%. The report ‘Changes in Public Healthcare Entitlement and Healthcare Utilisation among the Older Population in Ireland’ provided “actual proof” that removing financial barriers to accessing healthcare leads to greater usage, according to one of the authors, Dr Patrick Moore. What remained unclear, however, was whether additional GP visits or medication use were as a result of actual need or the upshot of simply having a medical card.

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  • German arms exports go from strength to strength

    Germany’s arms export boom is getting even boomier, with sales of weapons worldwide up 7 per cent to €4.03 billion in the first half of 2016, due in part to a jump in sales to Turkey. German small arms sales stagnated slightly in 2016 but bullet sales have jumped 10 times, according to a six-month report by Berlin’s federal economics ministry, which issues arms export permits. Others in the top 10 include United Arab Emirates, South Korea and Turkey. In the six months before Ankara put down an attempted coup against the Erdogan administration, Germany issued export permits for €76 million worth of arms to Turkey, lifting it from 25th to eighth place in arms companies’ most-valued-customer list.

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  • Proxima b: 8 things you need to know about the mysterious 'Earth-like' exoplanet

    Proxima Centauri b is something of a celebrity planet right now. The extrasolar planet (a planet that’s outside our solar system) is only four light years away from us and is probably the most “Earth-like” the world’s scientists have discovered to date. Not much is known about Proxima b, but experts think it might be habitable – and the prospect has really excited the scientific community. “This is really a game-changer in our field,” says Olivier Guyon, a planet-hunting affiliate at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “It also boosts the already existing, mounting body of evidence that such planets are near, and that several of them are probably sitting quite close to us. This is extremely exciting.”

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  • Pesticides found in two-thirds of fruit and vegetable samples

    Two out of every three fruit and vegetable samples tested by the Department of Agriculture contain pesticide residues and one in 40 exceeds maximum permissible limits, according to a report. The proportion of samples with excessive pesticide limits doubled between 2012 and 2014, the report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says. Up to 12 different pesticides were found on some samples, including table grapes from India, pears from Portugal and strawberries from Belgium. The long list of pesticides identified includes glyphosate, a weedkiller which is at the subject of conflicting reports over cancer risks. Details of almost 1,500 samples tested by Irish officials in 2014 appear in

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  • Rome and central Italy hit by 5.4-magnitude earthquake

    An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 has hit a broad swathe of central Italy, including Rome, on Wednesday. The quake comes just two months after a powerful temblor toppled villages in the country, killing nearly 300 people. There were no immediate reports of damage. Italy's National Vulcanology Centre said the epicentre was close to Macerata, near Perugia. The US Geological Survey said it had a depth of some 10 kilometres, which is relatively shallow. The quake was felt across a wide area of central and southern Italy, shaking centuries-old palazzi in Rome's historic centre. The August 24 quake destroyed hilltop village of Amatrice and other nearby towns. Wednesday's quake was felt

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  • Sonia Rykiel fashion house in dire straits after death of founder

    Sonia Rykiel, the Paris fashion house whose iconic founder died in August, may be fighting for its future after its Chinese owners warned they may shut it down if it fails to return to profit, sources in the struggling company said. “Sonia by Sonia Rykiel”, the firm’s younger and trendier sister, as well as its children’s clothes section, are to be shut down and 79 of the company’s 330 staff are to be laid off, the firm said in a statement. Those two lines as well as the main Sonia Rykiel line have been loss-making for years, and investors Fung Brands of Hong Kong, who bought a controlling stake in the fashion house in 2012, have reportedly told the French firm to put its house in order or they

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  • Bake Off's Val is going to Ayia Napa and nobody can wait to see it

    Just when we thought it was all over, just when we thought Bake Off 2016 had given us all it could offer, it gave us something beautiful. As the final credits rolled, it was revealed that former contestant Val Jones – who became one of the nation’s favourites for listening to her cakes, dancing while she baked, and panicking that her own county would banish her over her Yorkshire puds – is planning a trip to Cypriot party hotspot, Ayia Napa. For a “bakers’” holiday, of course. The news sent viewers wild on Twitter, clamouring for a whole show dedicated to following her trip. And some people have made pictures… Some people have even suggested titles for the show… Even if it doesn’t make it to

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  • Woman setting fire to Cork home, killing her two friends ‘one of the most serious and heinous of crimes’

    A 15-year jail term, with the last five years suspended, was imposed on a young woman for setting fire to an apartment building in Mallow causing the deaths of two of her friends, writes Liam Heylin. Insp Michael Corbett said Rachel Crawshaw was so reckless on the night she had set fire to the apartment in Mallow, she stayed in the burning building until gardaí rescued her and had to be stopped in her attempts to get back inside afterwards. The 28-year-old was sentenced for two counts of manslaughter —the unlawful killing of John Palmer, aged 37, and Greg Lonergan, aged 36, at Granary Court, St Joseph’s Rd, Mallow, between March 12 and March 13, 2014 — and a charge of arson. Does that make it less heinous, does it not raise the recklessness?” Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin asked during the sentencing hearing at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. q
  • Megan Fox shares super-cute first snap of her baby boy

    Megan Fox has shared a photo of her new baby boy. The Transformers star posted a picture on Instagram of her lying next to her two-month-old son on Wednesday. The 30-year-old actress gave birth to Journey River in August, her third child with husband and former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Brian Austin Green. The couple also have four-year-old son, Noah, and a two-year-old son, Bodhi. Megan filed for divorce from Brian in August 2015, but the couple haven’t publicly said whether they plan to follow through with the break-up. It was revealed in April this year, months after the divorce filing, that the actress was pregnant with their third child. The couple met in 2004 on the set of sitcom Hope & q
  • A morning ritual

    The man stands at the edge of the water and calculates how far out he will swim. Jogging on the spot for a few moments, he mentally prepares himself for the short run and then full immersion into the cold white froth: his morning ritual since arriving in Tel Aviv three weeks ago. At almost 66, his 6’1 frame is still taut and muscular; the once thick fair hair is now thinned and silver, but the gaze from his light blue eyes is keen and alert as the Armenian gulls that hover and turn on the horizon. He rubs his hands vigorously up and down his torso and makes circular movements across his chest, where a few grains of sand have nestled among the light hairs. Behind him, Park HaMidron HaYarok slopes

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  • Enda Kenny: No Brexit deal on use of Irish ports as border control points

    No agreement exists with the British government about the use of Irish ports as border control points, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. British ministers including secretary of state for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire had claimed London and Dublin were working to strengthen Ireland’s external borders to combat illegal migration into the UK after Brexit. He said such a “high level of collaboration” would help avoid the introduction of a hard border between North and South. During leaders’ questions, in the Dáil yesterday, Mr Kenny said his Government was not aware of what the British were looking for in the wake of Brexit. “We do not know yet what the British government is actually looking for

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