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BACK in 2002 I was working in Belfast and as the World Cup approached it became a difficult place for a Corkman to reside. it wasn’t because of old score animosities, the mockery of which was aimed my way on occasion only to be met with withering return fire. The difficulties were created by Roy …

Paschal Donohoe has presented his candidacy for a second term as President of the Eurogroup of Finance Ministers. He was first elected to the position for a two-and-a-half-year term in July 2020. His current term expires on January 13, with a vote on the new leader scheduled for December 5. Minister Donohoe’s candidacy comes ahead …

Aldi has defended its 2022 Christmas advert after the Irish Advertising Authority received a number of complaints about it. he German supermarket chain released the animated ad last week, but it has been criticized by some members of the public who say parts of it are inappropriate. The same way Macaulay Culkin was overlooked in …

Forming a new independent body to oversee the hospitality sector is among the key recommendations in a new report on working conditions and skills shortages in the region by the Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture , arts, sports and media. Committee members also called for measures to improve wages and conditions in the sector, changes …

Presentation Castleisland Secondary School recently organized a traditional music session for teenagers as part of the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival which takes place every year in the town. he school’s music department wanted to give their students the opportunity to experience a traditional session and learn how tunes and tunes can be passed down …

Pep Guardiola says his passion for Manchester City is constantly fueled by players and fans. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, his remarks will encourage the club that he can soon extend his brilliant spell as manager of the reigning champions. Guardiola hailed his side’s latest victory over Fulham on Saturday …

The West Ham youngster carved out a small slice of European history with a 3-0 victory over Romanian side FCSB in Bucharest. Two goals from Pablo Fornals and a deflected effort from teenage debutant Divin Mubama saw the Hammers, already through to the Europa Conference League Round of 16, become the first side in the …

Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United complete their Europa League group with a visit to Real Sociedad this week. Here’s everything you need to know about the game. Where and when? The game takes place at Anoeta Stadium with kick off at 5.45pm on Thursday. Where can I watch the game? The game will be shown …

Ireland will land in Brisbane today expecting to find much better weather for Monday’s clash against Australia in the T20 World Cup after seeing their third Group 1 game against Afghanistan abandoned without a ball played in Melbourne. Persistent rain throughout the day at the MCG also prevented the much-anticipated game between Australia and England …

Employees’ rights to request remote work are expected to be strengthened following a review of the new bills by the department of Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. he Irish Independent learned that key elements of the upcoming work from home legislation, drawn up earlier this year, are being revised. Employers may have less reason to refuse work …

Paul Nagle’s impressive career as a World Rally Championship co-driver came to an end today as he and driver Craig Breen finished ninth overall on Rally Catalunya in Spain. At the end of Saturday’s competition, the Irish duo were a stone’s throw from first place in seventh place, but they couldn’t follow that momentum over …

Adidas AG has warned that unsold stock is piling up as consumer demand weakens in China and Western markets, prompting another profit warning from the sneaker maker. The German company lowered its operating margin forecast this year to 4% from 7% and also reduced its sales forecast. Shares of the company fell 8.5% to a …

Eurozone bond yields reversed course on Tuesday in focus on the European Central Bank’s interest rate policy, while the Bank of England (BoE) said a report that it could delay the start of quantitative tightening was incorrect. The BoE said it had not decided to delay the start of its government bond sales, known as …

The Irish have the second highest level of car dependency among EU citizens, according to the results of a new EU-wide survey. A study carried out on behalf of the European Commission found that 76% of Irish people use a car as their main mode of transport on a typical day, an increase of 8 …

UK Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng paid the price for the chaos unleashed by his mini-budget when he was sacked by Liz Truss. The Chancellor returned early from International Monetary Fund talks in Washington on Friday to be briefed on his fate during a brief meeting with the Prime Minister. close British Prime Minister Liz Truss …

Irish people reduced their spending and social activities in September, according to the latest report on credit and debit card spending from the Bank of Ireland. UB’s spending fell 28% in September. Eating out was also off the agenda for many, with restaurant spending falling by more than a fifth during the month. Consumers also …

Policyholders of a leading insurance company are waiting for a financial boost worth almost a thousand euros. he 93,000 people who have old Royal Liver, Caledonian Life and some Irish Life policies are expected to get an average €900 top-up to their policies, if the plan is approved. They will have access to this money …

The longtime companion of a woman who died of Covid-19 has lost a High Court challenge against the Welfare Minister’s refusal to grant him a widower’s pension. In his judgment, Judge Mark Heslin said while he had enormous sympathy for John O’Meara – whose partner of over 20 years, Michelle Batey, died on January 31, …

A football fan who gave the Nazi salute during the Australian Cup final in Sydney has been banned for life from all games sanctioned by Football Australia (FA), the national governing body announced today. sport. A had promised strong action in response to the behavior of some fans in the crowd of 16,000 who saw …

The Citizens’ Assembly voted for a powerful, directly elected mayor for Dublin, with sweeping powers in areas ranging from housing to healthcare, transport to the environment. Today’s round of polls paves the way for the people of Dublin to elect a mayor who can push through transformational initiatives in the capital, like London’s Sadiq Khan …

Bundee Aki’s absence not only cost his side a chance of victory last weekend, but the return of three Springboks for the Bulls to the formidable Loftus tomorrow night shows how much he will miss him this week too. Last season’s URC runners-up Ake White’s side will be bolstered by the return of in-form Springboks …

A young Ukrainian woman is fighting for her life in hospital after suffering suspected stabbings in Clare this morning. The child’s mother was also found unconscious at the domestic residence and remains in critical condition. A major investigation is currently underway to establish exactly what happened at the property in the village of Clarecastle, located …

Britain’s Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary has said he will call a border ballot if the circumstances are right. Abour MP for Hove, Peter Kyle said he “wouldn’t be a hindrance if the circumstances arose”. The Secretary for Northern Ireland has the power to call a referendum on Irish unity. While it is unclear what the …

Scottish Gaelic and Gaelainn of Corca Dhuibhne merged last week as a group from Oileán Leodhais (the Isle of Lewis) visited the people of West Kerry to share their experiences and learn from each other. The inks between Corca Dhuibhne and the predominantly Gaelic Bragar and Arnol area of ​​the Isle of Lewis date back …

This week on Real Health I come to you live from the Irish Independent tent at this year’s National Plowing Championships in County Laois. was delighted to be joined by Mairead McGuinness, European Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union. Mairead joined me on stage to discuss the plowing championships, her role …

Last Thursday morning, industry representative body Local Ireland and local newspaper publishers across the country made a presentation to TDs and Seantors at Leinster House ahead of the 2023 budget calling for the introduction of a rate of 0% VAT on newspapers. Newspapers staffed by professional journalists play a vital role in ensuring that as …

An ongoing investigation into the Aer Lingus system crash last weekend is focusing on the failure of a back-up technology system, the airline’s CEO told staff in an update. Er Lingus passengers have faced massive disruption after 66 of its 196 flights were canceled during what its CEO Lynne Embleton described as “a horrible weekend”. …

David Beckham joined the queue to see Queen Elizabeth lying down at 2am today and looked emotional as he approached her coffin after a 1pm wait. he former football star had joined thousands of others in the five-mile long queue. The father-of-four finally approached his coffin around 3.30pm this afternoon and bowed his head as …

There was great excitement in Sligo Town with the return of the Military Tattoo Parade last Saturday. Featuring a march with bagpipes, the parade was organized by the 28th Infantry Battalion Association in cooperation with Sligo County Council and Sligo BID. Crowds gathered to see defense forces and musicians marching on a route starting at …

King Charles flew to Northern Ireland on Tuesday on the final leg of his tour of the nations that make up the UK, as thousands lined up overnight to pay their last respects at the coffin of his mother in Edinburgh. On Monday evening, Charles and his siblings, Anne, Andrew and Edward, with bowed heads, …

Things went as horribly as they could have on Saturday as the No. 8 Notre Dame fell at home to Marshall despite entering the game as a 20.5-point favorite. The loss puts the Irish 0-2 in the young season, knocking them out of any hope of making the college football playoffs and, in all likelihood, …

Retail Excellence has warned the government that a major intervention on energy costs is needed in the next budget. he lobby group says government help is needed to keep business lights on this Christmas. The industry group’s warning comes as 400 retailers gather at the Retail Excellence Retreat at Carton House today. Retail Excellence managing …

The Chilean leader suffered a significant setback after voters resoundingly rejected a new constitution to replace a 41-year-old charter imposed under dictator Augusto Pinochet. Resident Gabriel Boric had argued that the document would have ushered in a new progressive era. With 99% of votes counted in Sunday’s plebiscite, the rejecting camp won 61.9% support to …

The Leaving Cert class of 2023 can expect additional choice in their exams, but will have to wait and see what grade inflation can be factored into the results. This will be the fourth year in a row that the disruption caused by the pandemic has affected state exams and their results, and the long-term …

American football analysis company Pro Football Focus (PFF) will create a number of positions in Ireland by establishing an operation here. he company, which provides game and player information to NFL and college football teams, will diversify its core products to serve the American and European football markets. The first football club-focused product is expected …

Gráinne Mullins is the owner of Grá Chocolates and a judge on the RTÉ Player Battle of the Food Trucks show. Mullins (28) worked as a pastry chef for fine dining restaurants before setting up Grá Chocolates in 2020. Last month the handmade chocolate business moved to a factory in the Galway suburb of Ballybrit …

The construction company that built the 3Arena and the Central Bank of Ireland offices in Dublin is looking to capitalize on its site in North Dublin. it follows Walls Construction’s accelerated accommodation plans with An Bord Pleanála to demolish the three-storey Rosemount House headquarters at Northern Cross, Malahide Road in Dublin 17. In its place, …

The number of people on public outpatient waiting lists reached its highest level this year with 627,856 people facing delays in seeing a specialist. It means 2,343 more patients have been added to the queue since January despite the government’s €350million waiting list plan. Progress has been made in reducing the number of people facing …

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou was delighted to see his two strikers back in net, promising Giorgos Giakoumakis his chance to start would present itself. substitute Giakoumakis scored his second goal in four substitute appearances this season to cap off a 2-0 win over Hearts in stoppage time that sent Celtic two points clear of Rangers …

One of the reasons we love sports is that we can feel the texture of greatness without having to move from our chairs. But this week our pulses and our hearts were raced by a string of outstanding Irish performances at the European Championships in Munich. Uhammad Ali despised every minute of practice, but he …

A school principal reportedly told one of his staff who had recently miscarried that it was ‘probably for the best’ as the woman already had adult children, the Relations Commission heard at the scene. of work. It was among several incidents that were allegedly part of the ‘bullying and harassment’ suffered by the Special Needs …

Royal Dublin’s Hugh Foley made two clutch putts to keep his hopes of equaling Darren Clarke’s 32-year record in the AIG Irish Amateur Close at Headfort alive. larke won the Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland and Irish Close titles in 1990 and after going 12ft in the 18th before seeing Portmarnock’s Sean Flanagan in the 19th …

Veteran stock market investor and Indian billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, nicknamed India’s own Warren Buffett, has died in Mumbai at the age of 62, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the tributes to the business tycoon, who had an estimated net worth of US$5.8 billion, according to Forbes. …

Former Irish Independent and Herald editor Claire Grady has been named the new chair of the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards jury. s Grady will chair a panel of independent judges who will choose the best journalism of the past year. This year’s awards received more than 800 entries in 22 categories, including digital innovation, video …

David Carey reached a mainstream audience at the Open when he placed 18th halfway through on his Major debut. With his Ben Hogan cap, Mr 57 moniker for his rock-bottom career record and DeChambeau length off the tee, he’s eminently marketable. He is taking part in the ISPS HANDA World Invitational at Galgorm Castle this …

Four people were rescued by the RNLI last night on Lough Derg after the boat they were traveling on succumbed to engine failure. Alentia Coast Guard has requested the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist four people on an engine-out 36ft motor cruiser. The Coast Guard informed the lifeboat volunteers that the stricken …

The GAA community of Clonoulty-Rossmore came together united in grief Saturday night at a vigil held for Dillon Quirke. illon (24) died on Friday night after collapsing during a Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship match between Clonoulty-Rossmore and Kilruane MacDonaghs. Dillon’s untimely death shocked the Tipperary GAA community and a vigil was held in his memory …

French conservationists were hoping to give a catch of herring to a worryingly thin beluga whale that strayed from its arctic habitat in the French Seine. hey fear the ethereal white mammal is slowly starving in the waterway through Paris and beyond. “We are clearly in a race against time,” said Lamya Essemlali, president of …

Activity picked up again in Ireland’s services sector in July with a surge in new business, according to the latest AIB Purchasing Managers Index. It is the 17th consecutive monthly rise for the index, signaling a strong recovery for the sector after the most difficult months of the Covid-19 pandemic. Services business confidence also improved …

Spraoi Chiarraí – the Kerry-based youth group who specialize in Irish folk and traditional music as well as song, dance, storytelling and mentorship – are back in action this coming Saturday August 6th when they will give a free concert in Killarney. A feast of young Irish folk talent will keep people entertained and they …

TRADITIONAL musician Ashling Murphy has been remembered as thousands of festival-goers return to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann after the pandemic. he week-long festival is back for the first time since Drogheda in 2019. Some 500,000 festival-goers from Ireland and abroad are expected this week, making it the biggest music gathering in the country. Comhaltas Ceoltóirí …

As he awaited a verdict, Frank McCann sat in the courtroom, engrossed in a book about “the perfect murder.” The book, “Total Eclipse,” has been described as “engrossing” and “scary,” which could easily be words attributed to McCann’s own story. He himself had played the role of a distraught husband as he tried to get …

The number of children starting school at age four continues to decline. Last January, 17% – about one in six – of junior infants were four years old, up from 47% twenty years ago. In raw numbers, 10,483 of 63,583 toddlers in the 2021-22 school year were aged four, up from 25,662 of 55,236 in …

More than 10 homes had to be evacuated and two firefighters were hospitalized battling a wildfire on Killiney Hill on Monday. The fire, which is still raging, has forced evacuations and will see the Air Corps assist firefighters by dripping water from the air today in an attempt to put out the blaze. close DFB …

A young Ukrainian woman was saved from the Russian invasion by an Irish church she volunteered with three years ago. Leksandra Hromova, 23, and her mother Yuliia, 45, from Dnipro, now live in Dublin thanks to two Salvation Army officers. The former management and economics student first came to Ireland in 2019 on a gap …

A burglar who broke into a Supermacs with underpants over his head will be convicted later. Hilip Daly (52), a former fisherman with 102 convictions, had tried to feed a “deep” drug addiction. The defense lawyer said his behavior has since “improved markedly”. Daly of Curran Park, Balbriggan pleaded guilty in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court …

The Bohemians will end their current relationship with Dublin schoolboy band St Kevin’s Boys and seek new partners to add to their underage structure. t Kevin’s, which has helped produce generations of international stars such as Liam Brady, Damien Duff, Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady, entered into an official partnership with Bohs in 2018, in …

Notre Dame would remain independent if it could earn at least $75 million a year in media rights revenue from current broadcast partner NBC, sources told CBS Sports. The Fighting Irish’s deal with the network is due to expire in 2025. For NBC to feel comfortable elevating Notre Dame’s valuation to such a high, it …

Up to 2,000 people took to the streets of Dublin on Saturday afternoon for the Trans Pride march. along the route, passing conductors honked their horns in support of those heading from the Garden of Remembrance to the main stage near Merrion Square, where they were greeted by cheers from the crowd. Addressing the pickers, …

Former Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward has died aged 67. he popular Carlow-Kilkenny TD was elected to the Dáil three times during his political career. The charismatic dairy farmer was first elected in 2007 when the government of Fianna Fáil and the Green Party took power under Bertie Ahern. He replaced his brother Liam who …

Northern Irish sprinter Leon Reid has been refused entry to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham following a security risk assessment. Eid received a suspended sentence in February after being found guilty of allowing his apartment to be used for the production of crack cocaine. Reid, 27, won a bronze medal in the men’s 200 meters …

A CONVICTED drug dealer who previously faced death threats, withdrew a personal injury claim of up to €60,000 this week on the morning it was due to start. Christopher Kelly (37), of Greenfort Gardens, Clondalkin, Dublin, had sought compensation from South Dublin County Council and Irish Water after saying he was injured when he tripped …

Ant McPartlin has paid tribute to Father Dermott Donnelly, saying he was “the kindest, wisest man I know”, after his death at the age of 55. he Catholic priest and brother of McPartlin’s presenting partner, Declan Donnelly, died in hospital on Friday after a short illness. TV star McPartlin (46) wrote on Twitter: “Father Dermott, …

Hamish Watson will return from injury to earn his 50th Scottish cap in Saturday’s second Test in Argentina. The flanker replaces Edinburgh team-mate Luke Crosbie in the line-up for the encounter in Salta. Gregor Townsend made five changes in all after a 26-18 loss in the first Test. Ben White replaces Ali Price as scrum-half …

Xander Schauffele won the 2022 JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor. The American, ranked 11th in the world, won the title with a shot from fellow American Sam Burns, with Ireland’s Shane Lowry finishing a shot further in third. Pádraig Harrington produced a second round 64 to finish fifth. JP McMANUS PRO-AM FINAL DASHBOARD bold …

In a week when Nicola Sturgeon announced another referendum for Scottish independence, we read that Tánaiste Leo Varadkar had spoken out against any rush in a border poll on the island of Ireland. On whose behalf exactly is Mr. Varadkar speaking? Fine Gael, of course – the party that accepted the partition. But does he …

A radio presenter has publicly apologized for a ‘fake’ tweet he posted about political commentator Eoghan Harris. ewstalk’s Kieran Cuddihy – who features the hard shoulder – posted on Twitter last night to ‘unreservedly apologize’ for the tweet, which was posted last month. “On June 3, 2022, I posted a tweet accusing Eoghan Harris of …

There were long queues outside Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport this afternoon, but the Dublin Airports Authority (DAA) says 98% of passengers get through security within 45 minutes. harmaine Quinn, from Blessington, Co Wicklow, said she would not return from the airport until the chaos calmed down as she waited two and a half hours …

News Ireland, the local branch of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, is to cease publication of its daily online edition of The Times Ireland as part of a wider corporate reorganization here. The move will mean the loss of four of the current 20 editorial jobs here at The Times and Sunday Times headlines. Journalist Nóirín …

According to the Bank of Ireland’s latest Economic Pulse index, consumer sentiment is “reaching into reverse”, with a third of households saying they are just making ends meet. The monthly survey found that the rebound in confidence from the pandemic has reversed as people brace for interest rate hikes as inflation continues to climb. The …

Dublin’s Pride Parade returns to the streets of the capital today for the first time since the pandemic began – and returns greener than before. Starting on O’Connell Street at midday, the Pride Parade will parade down O’Connell Street and is expected to pass along Custom House Quay before crossing the River Liffey and ending …

The Irish Independent and the Sunday Independent won several honors at this year’s Law Society of Ireland Justice Media Awards (JMA). he annual ceremony recognizes outstanding journalism that contributes to public understanding of justice, the legal system and legal issues. Irish Independent Legal affairs editor Shane Phelan won two accolades. He received Merit in the …

Boris Johnson meets President Zelensky in Kyiv Boris Johnson is ‘feeling fine’ after being placed under general anesthesia for routine surgery on his sinuses this morning, Number 10 has claimed. Responsibility for “important decisions” facing the government has been transferred to Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab for a period of 24 hours from the start …

A south Dublin pub was set on fire in an arson attack inside the premises in front of a large group of customers who were socializing on the premises. he shocking incident took place at the Lough Inn pub in Loughlinstown in the early hours of the morning in front of a large group of …

Irish Water will be flushing essential water lines over the next few weeks to protect the water supply to homes and businesses in Dundalk. it works, in partnership with Louth County Council, is scheduled to take place between mid-June and until Wednesday July 13 in Blackrock, Haggardstown and surrounding areas. During the water system maintenance …

England suffered a 4-0 home defeat to Hungary that was as remarkable as it was humiliating as fans turned on Gareth Southgate and his players just five months from the World Cup. Among the favorites to triumph in Qatar after reaching the semi-finals four years ago and finishing runners-up at Euro 2020, the Three Lions …

Charlie Bird has opened up about his heartache that his terminal illness will mean the end of his relationship with his wife. n the documentary Charlie Bird: Strong and Clear, broadcast on RTE1 on Monday June 13, the seasoned journalist reveals that his wife, Claire, is “the human being” closest to him. “That’s what makes …

Irish Bruce Springsteen fans have been shocked after finding out that a trip abroad to see the American singer would be cheaper than heading to Dublin and spending the night. Is it because concert tickets are more expensive in Ireland, or perhaps because of skyrocketing hotel room prices and ever-rising fuel prices? In a comprehensive …

International money transfer and currency exchange service provider OFX will establish its European base in Dublin, creating 15 jobs. FX, which was founded in 1998, is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. It employs 650 people in eight offices around the world, working with businesses that trade across borders, as well as with consumers who send money …

RYANAIR has announced what it calls its “biggest ever” Irish winter schedule, with 177 routes from Ireland now scheduled for winter 2022/23. he program includes seven new routes, including winter services from Dublin to Lapland (Rovaniemi), Castellón, Genoa, Klagenfurt, Rome Fiumicino and Venice, as well as Cork to Newcastle. “While this program offers plenty of …

TWO men have been killed following a three-car collision in Co Sligo this evening. ardaí are currently at the scene of the fatal road accident which occurred on the N15 at Rathcormack, Co. Sligo at around 5.20pm. A Garda spokesman said: “Three cars were involved in the collision. “Two men, the driver and passenger of …

A woman’s body has been found in the River Lee in Cork city center after two children were rescued during a rescue operation. The woman, who is in her 40s, reportedly drowned. A car was pulled from the water early in the day using specialist equipment. The two children were rescued after they apparently managed …

Wexford County Council chief executive Tom Enright has been appointed by the government to the board of an agency overseeing billions of euros in house building funding – just months after he was harshly reprimanded by SIPO, the watchdog of political ethics. r Enright had threatened to pull the advertisement from South East Radio’s board …

British holidaymakers hoping to take off this week are facing continued travel disruption across the UK. After preemptively cutting 240 flights over the weekend, easyJet’s daily cancellations continue. Passengers on the morning flight to Belfast from Gatwick on Tuesday were told at 4am they would not travel. Meanwhile, the airline’s 5am service from Bristol to …

Shoppers returned to shopping malls in Beijing on Sunday as the Chinese capital eased pandemic restrictions after declaring a small but lingering Covid-19 outbreak effectively under control. The partial reopening of shops and offices in Beijing has been welcomed by weary residents and struggling traders eager to see life return to normal. Coupled with a …

Middleweight Gabriel Dossen is assured of a bronze medal at the European Championships in Yerevan, Armenia, after advancing to Sunday’s semi-finals. He fashioned a 4-1 decision win over Norway’s Mindaugas Gedminas. it’s a decisive win for the 22-year-old who fights at Olympic BC in Galway. He won back-to-back European Youth bronze medals in 2016 and …

DUBLIN trainer James McAuley is ‘still in shock’ after a ‘nightmare’ event on Tuesday afternoon which saw 17 of his horses break loose from a paddock before galloping down the road at speed, some up to eight kilometers. 17 returned to McAuley’s yard in the Naul after being arrested by locals, but two were shot …

House building plans thrown into ‘serious doubt’, tobacco-style health warnings on car advertisements and the Taoiseach’s defense of Cork City are all on the front page this morning. the Irish Independent reports that the Foreign Office insists there is no backlog in processing passports and blamed incorrectly completed forms as nearly 200,000 people are waiting …

Two Irish MEPs were part of an EU delegation which today had to cancel a planned diplomatic mission to Palestine because the Israeli authorities prevented the chairman of the delegation from entering the state. he delegation for relations with Palestine canceled the trip after its president Manu Pineda was prevented from entering Israel. The delegation …

DEPUTY Johnny Mythen lent his support to victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence (DSGBV) at an innovative event at Leinster House. We were part of a group of TDs and Senators who took part in a special star weaving ‘jam’ session organized by the One Million Stars Ireland project and Amber Women’s Refuge, Kilkenny. …

Tokyo Olympian Nhat Nguyen won a decisive victory in a badminton world circuit event in Thailand. Guyen beat Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus, who is ranked 21st in the world, to reach the last 16 of the Thailand Open BWF Tour Super 500 event earlier today. On the last occasion the pair each faced the Dane …

The messages between Rebekah Vardy and her agent about Coleen Rooney were ‘harmful and unwarranted’, the former England captain’s wife has told the High Court as she completes her evidence in the high-profile libel trial of the women. In a viral social media post in October 2019, Ms Rooney, 36, said she had carried out …

Cork’s Rockmount have lifted the FAI Centenary Intermediate Cup for the fourth time in their history after beating Dublin side Bluebell United in that decisive match at Turner’s Cross, Cork. It was the first time since 2008 that Rockmount had won the contest. After a scoreless first half, Rockmount were awarded a penalty early in …

The three Irish boxers in action today at the World Championships in Istanbul have qualified for the next round. Light flyweight Caitlin Fryers reached the round of 16 with a dominating performance to overcome a challenge from South Africa’s Thandolwethu Mathiba. The fryers will be in action again on Sunday. Featherweight Niamh Fay looked even …

Skepticism has been expressed over plans by the UK government to legislate culture and language in Northern Ireland. the document released after the Queen’s Speech included plans for the Identity and Language (Northern Ireland) Bill. The government in Westminster was expected to introduce the bill ahead of the Stormont election last week. He fell in …

THE number of people out of work is now below pre-pandemic levels according to new figures released today. Figures from the Department of Social Care show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stands at 4.8%, which is lower than it was before Covid hit. There are 177,004 people on the Live Register. The number of claimants …

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she believes a referendum on Irish reunification could be held within the next five years. he was speaking as Sinn Féin is set to become Northern Ireland’s largest party with a Nationalist Prime Minister in Stormont for the first time. Ms McDonald said the partition had been …

Journalists Hugh O’Connell and Jack Horgan-Jones said it was “sheer luck” that Nphet was disbanded the same week they submitted their book Pandemonium: Power, Politics and Ireland’s Pandemic. The book, which details Ireland’s response to Covid-19, with unparalleled access to key decision makers, was launched on Thursday evening at Hodges Figgis bookshop in Dublin’s Dawson …

Madeleine McCann suspects Christian Brueckner had his parole request rejected in Germany, according to a report. he was convicted of a sex offender and declared an official suspect by Portuguese authorities last month. According to the Daily Mirror, Brueckner – who was given a seven-year sentence for rape in a separate case in 2019 – …

The parents of Aoibhe Byrne (14), who died in a tragic accident earlier this week, said at her funeral today that she was a happy and friendly girl who ‘smiled from birth’. Mass was held at 11.30am at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Carrickmacross, Monaghan, followed by a burial in the adjoining ceremony. …