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Passengers were left frustrated at the weekend as Aer Lingus was forced to cancel two flights at late notice. People hoping to fly to JFK Airport in New York on Saturday afternoon were angered when the flight was cancelled. Aer Lingus flight EI109 was due to leave Dublin for JFK at 4:10pm but was cancelled just hours before. Many holiday-makers were sat in the airport at the time waiting for information when the news broke the flight would not be in operat...
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A society in a Dublin college has been suspended from all social activity for a semester after videos emerged of members getting naked and partaking in "frat style games". DCU's Accounting and Finance Society hosted an election for their first year reps in which students were allegedly performing "nude acts" as well as being told to complete "challenges". In a statement tonight, the society said they will "ensure this does not happen again" and apologised...
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Despite the potential operation, Terry claimed that she is not expected to be given accommodation for at least another six months. A former soldier who is homeless and has been living in her car in Dublin has revealed she will be bed-bound for five weeks after an upcoming operation Terry O’Reilly said last week that she has been living in her car in Shankill for more than a year. The 34-year-old has now revealed that she is facing an operation to address n...
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He said he wanted to help out kids who were more sick than he is. A young boy who has been attending Crumlin children's hospital since he was a baby has raised thousands of euro for other sick children. Isaac Geoghehan is seven years old and recently took part in the Mini Muckers challenge in Punchestown. He managed to raise €3,817 for the challenge which took place on October 6. Isaac has been attending the hospital for six years due to adrenal insufficie...
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The actual number of council properties built by all 31 local authorities this year is 487, with eight building zero. Government ministers are in a spin over housing as their own Budget figures don’t add up. Paschal Donohoe yesterday promised 10,000 extra social homes – a mixture of new builds, buy-ups and leasing. At least 6,000 were to be actual bricks and mortar – and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy backed him up on it. But by yesterday evening the Finan...
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It was an acknowledgement of all the volunteer work that the group undertake every day in helping Dublin's homeless. Dublin charity Inner City Helping Homeless has been presented a prestigious award by the European Parliament. ICHH CEO Anthony Flynn and a number of volunteers with the group headed to Brussels yesterday to receive the European Citizens Prize. The award was given as an acknowledgement of all the volunteer work that the group undertake every...
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Gardai are investigating after a petrol bomb was thrown into the house of a pensioner in South Dublin. The shocking incident took place in the Rutland area of Crumlin on Monday night. A gas cannister was thrown through the window of the house but is not believed to have ignited. An elderly woman, thought to be in her 70s, was asleep inside the house at the time but did not suffer any injuries. No major damage was done to the inside of the house although th...
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An organisation that supports young people in State care has warned that young people continue to face the same issues year on year. In its annual report, Empowering People in Care said those who are contacting it for support are repeatedly experiencing the same difficulties while in care or when they have left care. EPIC provides independent advocacy and information for people who are living in or have exited State care. This includes foster placements, h...
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A woman in her 40s is due to appear before Macroom District Courtcharged in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man in the town earlier this week. The body of Timmy Foley, 44, was found at a house in Dan Corkery Place early on Monday morning by the emergency services. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was arrested on Monday afternoon and dheld for questioning at Bandon Garda Station. She is expected to appear in court at 10.30am. Read more...
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A car was rammed through the front door of a Centra in Bluebell during a burglary in the early hours of Sunday morning. Gardai are investigating after alcohol and cigarettes were stolen in the raid at the Centra on La Touche in Bluebell, Dublin 12. The burglary happened at approximately 3am on Monday morning. Pictures have emerged of the damage done to the exterior of the shop after a car drove through the front, allowing the raiders access inside. The sce...
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Four former Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland have said consideration should be given to prioritising compensation for victims of the Troubles in the North, over the criminal investigation into the perpetrators of the violence. The group, including Tom King and Peter Hain, said their suggestion was based on the belief that any new historical investigation had little likelihood of success. A recent British government paper of how to address the lega...
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Gardai are investigating after thugs started a fire at a shop in Rathfarnham on Sunday night. It is believed two young men set cardboard and empty gas cylinders on fire at a bunker adjacent to the Costcutter store on Taylor's Lane. CCTV is thought to have caught the two men who started the fire. Damage was caused to the fuel bunker at the shop although Dublin Fire Brigade were quick to respond and put the fire out. The incident happened at 6:30pm while the...
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A family desperate to recover a child's specialist wheelchair will get it back after someone saw a group of youths messing with it on the side of the road. The chair was stolen along with a silver Mercedes from a home in Skerries along with a number of other items in the early hours of Friday morning. Spokesperson for Special Needs Parents Association Lorraine Dempsey had sent out a plea to people to keep an eye out and now it looks as though the chair wil...
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Ireland received €1.8 billion in EU funds in 2017, and contributed just over €2 billion, as the country continues to be a net contributor, according to the latest annual report of the EU's budgetary watchdog. Ireland first became a net contributor in 2016. The Court of Auditors found that EU accounts presented a "true and fair" view of the bloc's financial position, with the estimated level of errors in EU payments falling from 3.1% in 2016 to 2.4% in 2017...
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An Irish toddler was covered in horrific sores and blisters after allegedly contracting hand, foot, and mouth disease at a holiday resort in Mallorca, Spain. Two-year-old Remy-Lee Corrigan was treated in Dublin’s Tallaght Hospital after her family had to cut short their holiday when she fell ill. Around 50 people have caught the virus so far, most of them being children, at the Club Mac Hotel in Alcudia since September 11, the Irish Sun reports. The Dublin...
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A new report by Mental Health Reform , the national coalition on mental health in Ireland, has found strong public support for increased State investment inmental health services. A survey carried out by the coalitionfound that 84% of respondents thought that the health serviceplaces too little focus on mental health - writes rte.ie The study found that the public are willing to invest more in mental healthcare when compared to other related healthcare pro...
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Controversial legislationbringingmore stringent rules around the sale of alcohol has passed all stages in the Dáil, pavingthe way for the introduction of measures such as minimum unit pricing andcancer warnings on alcohol products. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which has been before the Oireachtas since 2015, seeks to reduce alcohol consumption in Ireland - writes rte.ie The bill will pave the way formeasures such as minimum unit pricing, cancer warnin...
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Tributes have been paid to a woman who died in a fatal accident in Inchicore on Tuesday afternoon. Ann Beehan, 60s, died after she was hit by a truck on Bulfin Road near her house shortly after 4pm on Tuesday. She was rushed to St James' Hospital and was pronounced dead in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It is believed she died a day before her 63rd birthday. Tributes have been paid to the woman on a local community Facebook page. One person wrote:"A...
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The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) has threatened industrial action following the announcement that 10% of Bus Éireann routes are earmarked for privatisation. The announcement by the National Transport Authority (NTA) was made at the start of a consultation period on the renewal of contracts with Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus for the period 2019 to 2024. The NTA said it proposes reducing Bus Éireann's routes by 10% from 2021, mainly involving routes in th...
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A minimum wage job can be a stepping stone to higher paid work, but such work can represent a low wage trap for certain groups of workers, according to the latest research from the Economic and Social Research Institute. The ESRI study reveals that in a nine month period in 2016-2017, almost a third of 1,514 workers surveyed progressed from the minimum wage to higher paid employment. Ninety per centof those did so with the same employer. Minimum wage emplo...
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The Irish Aviation Authority has reopened Irish airspace following issues with the flight radar system. A back-up system has been deployed to allow a phased resumption of take-offs and landings at Cork and Shannon. A knock-on effect to some early morning flights is expected and passengers have been asked to contact their airlines, however Cork Airport has said there will be minimal disruption to flights. In a statement, the IAA said safety was its main pri...
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The Irish Aviation Authority has said it still does not know what caused the issues with itsair traffic management system that led to the temporary closure ofIrish airspace last night. An investigation is under way this morning into the technical problems with the Shannon Air Traffic Control flight radar system, which caused disruptionto flights to and from Shannon and Cork. Director of Commercial Technology with the IAA Philip Hughes told RTÉ's Morning Ir...
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Canadian technology company SOTI is to create 150 new jobs in Galway. The company makes software for managing mobile and "internet of things" devices. Initially the firm will invest over €20m and create 50 jobs straight away, with a further 100 to be created over the next three years. The company has 17,000 business customers and ten offices around the world, and will employ over 1,000 staff by the end of the year. SOTI said it will use the office here to...
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A 30-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the murder of Waterford woman Samantha Walsh in April 2017. Daniel Whelan, who is of no fixed abode but originally from Thurles in Co Tipperary, was due to go on trial at the Central Criminal Court this morning. However he pleaded guilty and is expected to be sentenced later this week. MsWalsh’s body was found in an apartment at Thomas Court, Thomas Street in Waterford, on 28April 2017. The 31-year-old was originally...
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Customers of a number of banks have not received social welfare payments this morning due to a system-wide banking issue. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has said there isan issue affecting some social welfare payments through certain banks. The issues isaffecting some social welfare payments due to be paid into customer bank accounts this morning. The Department said it hasprocessed all its payments as usual. Officials from the...
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Irish Rail passengers were delayed this evening in Dublin due to a fire on the tracks that was started by vandals. The 17.17 Dublin to Sligo train headed back to Connolly after being stuck in Drumcondra , affecting passengers that were looking to go to Mullingar and Maynooth. One passenger told Dublin Live that they were told that there was a fire after the train stopped near the Drumcondra station. Following the announcement, they were then informed that...
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A transatlantic flight had to circle over the Irish Sea for more than an hour due to a mechanical problem. Delta Airlines flight DL45 departed Dublin Airport shortly before 11:30am on Sunday morning. It was due to be heading for New York's JFK airport. However soon after take off a problem was detected and the flight began to circle over the Irish Sea. The long haul flight had to dump a certain amount of fuel before it was able to begin its descent. Shortl...
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He was rushed to hospital after falling ill and later died. Devastated pals last night paid tribute to a teen who died after attending a music festival. Joe Hayes, 19, fell ill as he left the Boxed Off festival at the Fairyhouse Racecourse in Meath on Saturday night. A close pal of the Dublin teenager last night told Dublin Live: “We’re doing ok thanks. Please let everyone know that he was a wonderful person and no one has ever had a bad word to say about...
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Dublin's house prices saw their smallest three-month gain in two years between June and September. House prices rose nationally by 6.6% compared to the same period a year ago, it has been revealed. The average value between June and September was €257,000. Compared to their lowest point in 2013, prices nationwide have risen by an average of 56% or just over €92,000. And they rose 1.3% between the second and third quarter this year, as shown in a report fro...
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It was a lucky escape for a kitten in the capital today thanks to the sniffing power of a curious dog, a cat rescue group and Dublin Fire Brigade. The adorable baby cat got into some bother earlier today when it got stuck in a wall cavity in Finglas. Thanks to some quick thinking by North Dublin Cat Rescue, they got DFB on the scene to help with the situation. It was smiles all round as adorable 'Ralphie' was saved by the C Watch crew based in the Finglas...
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A local councillor is calling on the Department of Education to get permanent accommodation for three schools in Cellbridge. Fianna Fail Councillor Frank O'Rourke said that three schools in the area are in need of new accommodation. Councillor O'Rourke said: "St Raphael’s Special School in Celbridge, who cater for pupils aged 5 to 18 years with Intellectual Disability, St Patrick’s National School and Celbridge Community Secondary School all need permanent...
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Gardai are appealing for help in the search for missing teenager Cian Jones. The 17-year-old has been missing since September 25 and was last seen on Eden Quay. Cian is described as being 5’ 11”, slim build with blue eyes. It is not known what the teenager was wearing when he went missing. A garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí at Store St in Dublin are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 17-year-old Cian Jones who is missing since th...
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Conor McGregor made an incredible donation to a family with a very sick child as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career - writes dublinlive.ie The Notorious donated €10,000 to Grainne McCullough for the care of her son Bryan, nicknamed Bru. Last September Bru, 5, went into septic shock and was left on life support requiring dialysis, blood transfusions and platelets. The incredible donation After 11 weeks in the hospital ward, Grainne took her son...
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The Army Bomb Squad carried out a controlled explosion in Dublin last night after a suspicious device was found underneath a car. Residents on Yellow Road in Whitehall, north Dublin were asked to leave their homes after gardai and the Defence Forces were called to the area. The incident unfolded just before 10pm on Sunday night and is believed to be linked to a local feud. Dublin Live understands that an alleged pipe bomb was left underneath a car of a loc...
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It was the fourth public library to have re-opened in the capital. Kevin Street Library has re-opened its doors almost five years after it closed. The library has undergone an extensive €3.9 million restoration and refurbishment by Dublin City Architects. The library first opened in 1904, and was the fourth public library to open in the capital. Throughout the restoration, DCC protected and cared for many original features of the building. The architects c...
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A worker in Dublin Airport performed an adorable deed for a six-year-old girl who had perfectly legitimate fears about her doll going through security. The youngster had been told her beloved friend needed to go through the x-ray machine, and she had big concerns about the effects the radiation would have on her beloved companion. Taking to Twitter, a user called @TheNewDomShow described how a security man stepped in to help. The man took off his own jacke...
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She pleaded guilty to the damages. A woman who smashed a neighbours car window with a microwave oven she picked up from the ground has been ordered to pay compensation for the window by Blanchardstown District Court. Sergeant Geraldine McManigan told Judge David McHugh that on October 17, 2016, Emma Murphy had been arguing with a female neighbour on Meile An Rí Road in Lucan when she picked up a microwave and threw it at the drivers window of the woman’s c...
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The sector employs 171,700 people and contributes €2billion to the economy each year. Brexit represents the most dangerous threat to the Irish restaurant industry, it was warned yesterday. Industry leaders are calling for the 9% hospitality VAT to be retained until 2022 amid the uncertainty. Identifying Britain’s EU withdrawal as the most potent danger facing the industry, Restaurants Association of Ireland chief Adrian Cummins said: “It is our most immedi...
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A masturbating creep left a woman horrified after approaching her with all bits on show while she was walking in broad daylight. The woman was going between jobs on Tuesday morning when the shocking incident happened along the Royal Canal. The carer explained that she had been going from a house in Fairview towards Dorset St when she was met by the weirdo on the canal by Mountjoy. Speaking to Dublin Live she said she "went blank" in disbelief as the man sm...
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A man has been arrested this morning after running out of terminal one in Dublin Airport towards a plane. The man, 20s, arrived at the departure gate for a Ryanair flight to Amsterdam but was told it was already closed. Accompanied by a woman, the man became agitated and broke through a door and ran towards the plane. It is believed the man ran towards the Ryanair flight shouting at the pilot. Dublin Airport security soon pinned the passenger to the ground...
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Weather chiefs are forecasting snow and storms to hit Dublin and Ireland over the winter months. But don’t start salting your driveway just yet because the national forecaster is unsure of when the country will see the first dusting of snow. Deirdre Lowe, a Met Eireann forecaster said: “There’s likely going to be snow at some point in the Northwest, but we don’t know when.” While yesterday saw temperatures hitting 20C, colder temperatures are expected movi...
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Gardai have slammed a new uniform as a representative body revealed feedback has been overwhelmingly "negative". It comes as Commissioner Drew Harris announcement that a new operational garda uniform for the Force will be purchased shortly. But the Garda Representative Association has said that gardai are not happy with the piloted uniform. John O'Keeffe, GRA spokesman, said: "The GRA welcomes the Garda Commissioner’s statement that a new uniform is to be...
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The deadline for nominations to contestthe Presidential Election has passed. The election is due to take place on Friday 26 October, in conjunction with a referendum on blasphemy and its place in the constitution. Six candidates have secured the necessary support to contest the election -President Michael D Higgins, Sinn Féin's Liadh Ní Riada, Senator Joan Freeman and three businessmen, Seán Gallagher, Gavin Duffy and Peter Casey. In order to contest the e...
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VHI customers can avail of free cash back but there's only five days left to do it. The offer was due to end in August but was extended until the end of this month. It means that customers can avail of the offer which will see them receive at least €100 up until September 30. For families, the amount could be up to €150 and for young adults even higher. It's believed that hundreds of customers have still not signed up to the offer, and experts are predicti...
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The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation have commenced their special delegate conference on pay and staff shortages. Arriving for the conference, delegates voiced anger at the recent Public Service Pay Commission report which ruled that there was no justification for an across-the-board pay rise for all nurses and midwives. Some also said they were prepared to take strike action to secure pay parity with allied health professional grades including physi...
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Eighteen people have been arrested during a garda operation targeting criminal activity in Co Carlow. The arrests were made during a "day of action" yesterday, which saw gardaí carry out 36 checkpoints targeting the movement of local criminal groups. Of those arrested, 16 were detained for a range of offences, including theft, assault, fraud, burglary and criminal damage. Ten people have been charged and are due to appear before District Court sittings in...
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A preliminary report into a severe land subsidence in Co Monaghan is to be presented to Monaghan County Council later today. A local school was evacuated andplaying fields at a nearby GAA club subsided after part of a disused mine collapsed at Magheracloone. Two further sinkholes appeared close to the GAA pitch yesterday. Officials from Monaghan County Council and An Garda Síochána met with representatives of mining company Gyproc Ireland yesterday evening...
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The Economic and Social Research Institute has revised up its growth forecast for this year to 8.9%. It said this is due to faster than expected growth in the domestic economy and multinational corporate activity. It also forecasts growth of 4.5% next year, but on the assumption that a Brexit agreement along the lines of the European Economic Area is reached. In its latest quarterly economic outlook, the ESRI says unemployment should average 5.7% this year...
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A student who claimed that more than €300 worth of cannabis and ecstasy found under his bed was "planted" there has been found guilty of possession of drugs. Willian Voelz (21) was one of 14 Brazilians sharing a house that was raided by gardai when the drugs were found. He was out at the time and insisted someone else must have put them there, but Judge John Lindsay convicted him and fined him €100. He was acquitted of a related charge of having the drugs...
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A woman who won €50,000 on a scratch card has scooped the same prize again, six months later. The lucky punter from Wexford won the top prize on the All Cash Platinum scratch card in April after buying it at the Kiosk in the Abbey Centre in Enniscorthy. She returned to the same shop some months later and bagged the €50,000 top prize again on the same type of National Lottery scratch card. "It's amazing. I really can't believe it," she said as she collected...
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A woman has filmed herself pouring a bleach solution - 30 times stronger than the household cleaning product - on men "manspreading" on the St Petersburg Metro. Anna Dovgalyuk, 20, said: "Men demonstrating their alpha-manhood in the subway with women and children around deserve contempt," and that she was acting "on behalf of everyone who has to endure the manifestations of men declaring their macho qualities on public transportation." She defined mansprea...
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30,000 customers are likely to be affected. Ryanair has advised customers that it has pre-cancelled 190 flights on Friday 28 September due to a strike by their cabin crews in Spain, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Italy and Germany. All affected customers have received emails and text SMS messages which have advised them of their flight cancellation three days in advance. In a statement, Ryanair said that it sincerely regrets these disruptions which the airlin...
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Vasquez, who has appeared in many popular TV shows throughout his career, has died of unknown causes, according to Deadline . He was found at his father's home in San José, California on Monday, 24 September. Vasquez is known for his role Angel Ganz in American crime drama Sons of Anarchy. In addition to his part in FX's Sons of Anarchy,Vasquez appeared in numerous TV series including ER, CSI: NY, NYPD Blue, Justified, and How I Met Your Mother.Prior to th...
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A draw for a home in the developing suburb of Ballyfermot was the novel way in which demand for housing was tackled in 1948. This is just one of the fascinating insights that historian Cathy Scuffil will outline in a series of lectures in the Dublin Festival of History. The festival, which runs until October 7, includes a wide range of free walks, talks, tours and exhibitions across the city. "The draw was held in the Mansion House," said Ms Scuffil. "You...
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We're definitely not complaining. Much like Manchester United's form this season, Ireland's weather has been all over the shop. Yes, the mornings are darker and the nights are longer, but after the summer we had, it's hard to complain too much. That said, we're Irish and dwelling on the weather is in our nature, so we're delighted to say that we're set to experience a mini Indian summer with temperatures expected to reach 20 degrees in some places on Wedne...
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Tonight's gig is a sellout but there are some tickets available for tomorrow night at Ticketmaster. Arctic Monkeys fans will be heading to the 3Arena in their droves tonight and tomorrow night. The I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor hit makers will be joined by support act The Lemon Twigs. Ahead of the gigs, here's all you need to know: Are there still tickets available? Tonight is all sold out, but there are still a handful of tickets available for tom...
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See our privacy notice Changes to the road layout where a tragic Dublin cyclist was killed could save the lives of others, an inquest has heard. The jury at the inquest into the death of Daragh Ryan (30) recommended the provision of safety measures where he died after attempting to enter the Phoenix Park on his bicycle. The accident happened on Conyngham Road as the young man tried to cross the road to enter the Phoenix Park through the Islandbridge Gate o...
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Deliveroo are looking for more bike riders to spin around the capital bringing takeaway food to hungry customers. The jobs boost comes as the UK-based food delivery service announces massive growth across Dublin in the past year, a trend they're tipping to continue for the next 12 months and beyond. They say that their riders earn over €10 per hour on average - and any current Deliveroo cyclist to refers another Dublin-based rider to them will be paid a fi...
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Drugs Minister Catherine Byrne has admitted that crack cocaine use is on the rise and said communities "are living in fear due to the violence associated with the illegal drugs market". The minister is seeking a meeting with members of Setanta GAA club in Ballymun , who last week told how a crack epidemic is threatening an entire generation of young people in the area. She said yesterday: "I know from the feedback received, in particular from community-bas...
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Responding to criticism last week Commissioner Drew Harris said the force must work within the cash available. Garda overtime cuts are now affecting vital armed cover and an operation targeting gangland gun crime. Units in Dublin and checkpoints as part of the anti- Kinahan /Hutch Operation Hybrid have been hit. A source said: “Everyone accepts the Budget overspend but these are critical operations and it is going to have a knock- on impact. “The concern i...
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They were at risk of sinking in high seas. A group of divers were rescued yesterday afternoon after their boats developed mechanical problems and started filling with water. The team, from Viking Sub Aqua Club in Dublin, were at risk of sinking in high seas when they were rescued by a passenger ferry off the coast of Co Antrim. The Rathlin Express diverted after a distress call from one of the boats at about 2pm. Lifeboats were also launched from Red Bay a...
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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is due to deliver an address at the United Nations in New York later today. Mr Varadkar will speak at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit at the UN, which Ireland worked in partnership with South Africa to organise. In his address, Mr Varadkar is expected to reference the Northern Ireland peace process and highlight the fact that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. Today's summit is part of the United Natio...
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A Dublin punter is thousands of euro richer after a savvy €1 bet. The Lotto bettor placed a €1 bet on their four lucky numbers in the Lotto draw - and walked away €7,501 richer. They made the bet on Saturday's Lotto draw on numbers 8, 15, 30 and 35 and managed to beat 7,500/1 odds. Aoife Heffron from BoyleSports said: “What a way to spend €1 by backing your lucky numbers and being rewarded with a fantastic €7,501 windfall. "We love to see our customers win...
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Gardaí have begun door-to-door inquiries on Valentia Island as part of a serious crime review into the investigation of the 1984 Kerry Babies case. The body of a newborn baby, subsequently named John, was washed up on White Strand in Cahersiveen on 14 April 1984. The baby had been stabbed several times and the mystery surrounding the baby's death has never been resolved. The discovery of the baby's body, the subsequent discover of the body of a second baby...
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The first public fitness to practise inquiry to be held by the health and social care professionals council CORU is due to begin today. CORU regulates health and social care professionals, much like the Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Board. CORU currently regulates dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, radiographers, radiation therapists, social workers, speech and language therapists, optometrists and dispensing opticians....
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Ireland's first ever satellite has moved a step closer to launch, successfully completing the European Space Agency's design review. The University College Dublin team behind EIRSAT-1 will now move it to the next phase, assembling and testing a prototype of the small satellite. The spacecraft was accepted into ESA's Fly Your Satellite! Programme last year and since then the scientists developing it have been busily preparing the technical plans. "CubeSats...
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Two men are to appear before Wexford District Court tomorrow morning charged in connection with the seizure of €1.7m in cash. Gardaíinvestigating the Kinahan crime gang had arrested five people on suspicion of money laundering. It follows the seizure of the €1.7min Wexford and Dublin yesterday. Two vehicles were stopped off the Clonard Road in Wexford Town and searched yesterday morning. Money, which had been vacuum-packed, was found in holdall bags and se...
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Over 100 new jobs across nine small businesses have been announced in the Midwest region. Minister for Employment Pat Breen said that the 106 jobs in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary will be supported by their Local Enterprise Office. Mr Breen said: "I warmly welcome these 106 Local Enterprise Office supported jobs. In a challenging business environment, LEO clients have contributed substantially to economic development throughout the country and I want to pa...
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A number of Ulster Bank customers are currently being impacted by an issue with the bank’s Anytime and Mobile Banking services. In a statement Ulster Bank said that it was aware that there are some issues on its Anytime and Mobile Banking services, and that it is working to fix them. The bank advised customers that its telephone banking and ATM services have not been impacted by the problem. "We are aware that customers are currently experiencing issues lo...
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TWO national school teachers and an accountant have been spared jail for their part in a violent brawl in a well-known Dublin pub. Teachers Michael Davitt and Seamus O Cearra, as well as accountant Conor Shannon all walked free from court today after admitting violent disorder charges in the 10-man melee. A fourth accused, warehouse manager and soccer team captain Stephen Cantwell also avoided a prison sentence while a fifth, electrician David McSweeney wa...
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Long-standing plans to deliver hundreds of new homes on the site of the former Player Wills cigarette factory on Dublin's South Circular Road have come up against yet another obstacle. Documents lodged in the High Court showed the site's Nama-appointed receivers, Paul McCann and Stephen Tennant of Grant Thornton, are locked in legal proceedings in an effort to remove a company operating a salvage business from the site. The case relating to the tenancy rig...
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Health Minister Simon Harris has been told his decision on whether to grant access to a revolutionary new drug for children with a rare degenerative condition is one of life or death. Families, friends, supporters and sufferers of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) gathered outside the Dail yesterday to call for access to the drug Spinraza. The only drug ever manufactured to treat SMA, a degenerative neuromuscular disorder, it is licensed, available and changin...
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Storm damage at the ploughing championships has forced organisers to cancel the second day of the event. More than 100,000 people had been scheduled to attend Ireland's largest annual outdoor event outside Tullamore, Co Offaly. However, two delayed openings were not enough to save the National Ploughing Association (NPA) event, after tents were badly damaged by the gusting winds. NPA assistant managing director Anna Marie McHugh said the organisers will no...
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A dream holiday to Ireland turned to tragedy for a tourist who died after her caravan was blown into the sea as Storm Ali battered the country. The woman, named locally as Elvira Ferraii from Switzerland, had arrived in the Clifden area of Galway the day before the tragic incident. She rented a caravan and was staying at the Clifden Eco Beach camping and caravan site in the Claddaghduff area, along the Atlantic coastline. At around 7.45am yesterday the car...
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Teachers Michael Davitt and Seamus O Cearra and accountant Conor Shannon all walked free from court yesterday after admitting violent disorder charges over the 10-man melee. A fourth accused, warehouse manager Stephen Cantwell, also avoided a prison term while a fifth, electrician David McSweeney, was jailed for six months. Passing sentence, Judge Brian O'Shea said the teachers were "ambassadors for their schools" whenever they went out and they had "let t...