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Society
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone has said she hopes to bring a memo to Government "in the coming weeks"regarding the next steps to be taken at the site of the former Mother-and-Baby-Home in Tuam, CoGalway. Following a public consultation process earlier this year, a total of five different options are under consideration. These range from a full excavation of the burial ground, where "significant quantities of human remains"have be...
Society
The National Ploughing Championships resumed this morning in Tullamore after being closed to the public yesterday over damage caused by Storm Ali. Work wasongoing throughthe night to repair the damage to tents, exhibitions and other infrastructure on the site. The event openedto the public at9am. It will also be opened for an extra day tomorrow. Storm Ali brought gusts of almost 100km/h to the site of the National Ploughing Championships at Screggan outsid...
Society
The Department of Justice has confirmed to RTÉ's Morning Ireland that an estimated 20 people have been refused accommodation in Direct Provision centres over the past two weeks because they are at capacity. A number of asylum seekers have been left homeless as a result and at least one has been forced to sleep on the streets. The Department of Justice saidthe number of people arriving in Ireland applying for international protection has increased over the...
Society
Storm Ali has left many in north Dublin without water after taking out the ESB mains that pumps were running off. Five areas in North Dublin are without water today - although some of those outages were planned for maintenance work. Sutton, Castleknock, Balbriggan, and Garristown have all been affected. You can see the areas below. Water outage in Balbriggan, Wednesday 19th September 2018 due to ESB power outage to pumps at Balrothery - Water off until 6pm...
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Charlie Flanagan has vowed to probe how security firms carry out High Court Orders after the eviction of housing protesters. The Justice Minister also insisted balaclava-clad gardai policing last week’s incident in north inner city Dublin were only doing their jobs – and subjected to horrible abuse - writes dublinlive.ie. Mr Flanagan was speaking yesterday after criticism of officers wearing ski masks as they assisted a security firm removing protesters. H...
Society
The mystery of how many people attended the Papal Mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park has finally been solved. The Office of Public Works revealed yesterday it was almost certainly just under 152,000 – more than 300,000 less than the 485,000 expected. The OPW had counting systems in place for health and safety reasons on day two of the visit last month. The OPW said its best estimate of how many came in this way was “in the order of 20,000”. After the visit on A...
Society
The Luas green line remains partially closed this morning after cable damage from Storm Ali. The ferocious storm caused serious disruption to travel across Dublin and is continuing to do so into Thursday morning. At the moment the green line Luas is operating from Brides Glen to Cowper and Dawson to Broombridge. However there is no service between Cowper and Dawson. Tickets are valid on Dublin Bus and services on the green line and reduced this morning. Co...
Society
Two children from the same family with the same diagnosis have had a very different experience of disability services, writes RTÉ’s Joan O’Sullivan. The Dollard family from Portlaoise in Co Laois, are veterans of children's disability services. Their son Ross, now 17, was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was three years oldand autism when he was four. His parents, Martin and Sarah-Jayne, say he received excellent early intervention services that had an imme...
Society
Opposition TDs have criticised the Government in the Dáil following last month's news of the proposed closures of post offices around the country. The proposal follows a deal between An Post and the Irish Postmasters’ Union , which sees 159 postmasters and postmistresses set to retire and their offices will close. An Post have said that all of the post offices scheduled to close are within a 15km radius of another post office. SinnFéin has tabled a motion...
Society
The Taoiseach has said Ireland is well on its way to becoming the tech capital of Europe and, despite Brexit, will continue to offer a stable Corporation Tax regime for tech companies. Leo Varadkar was speaking at the opening of the Data Summit 2018 last night - writes rte.ie Mr Varadkar said: "Seeing the world's leading tech companies represented here tonight reinforces my belief that we are on the way to becoming the tech capital of Europe. "From being a...
Society
The Commission on the Future of Policing has recommended a new approach to community policing to ensure gardaí are more visible in communities. It recommends a new district policing model and a new definition of policing to include community safety and a stronger focus on the prevention of harm. The commission, which is headed up by the former head of the Garda Inspectorate Kathleen O'Toole, has been examining all aspects of the force's work for the past y...
Society
Today is the final day for voters in North Antrim to seek a by-election over Ian Paisley Junior's failure to register free family holidays in Ski Lanka. If 10% of the constituency electorate, approximately 7,500 voters, have submitted petitions over the past six weeks, a by-election will be triggered. It is the first time in the history of the Westminster parliament that this facility has been made available to voters. The counting of the signed petitions...
Crime
Gardaí have opened a murder investigation after a woman in her 30s was stabbed to death in Dundalk,Co Louth. A man in his 40s was arrested andis being held at Dundalk Garda Station. The stabbingoccurred at an apartment on Linenhall Street at around 2.45pm this afternoon. The 31-year-old woman was brought by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, where she was pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out tomorrow. The...
Society
Today is European Day Without a Road Death - a Europe-wide campaign to reduce fatalities. On average 70 people die every day on Europe's roads. For the past two yearson this day, which is known as Project EDWARD, the number of fatalities has reduced to 43. Gardaí say they are aiming for zero road deaths today, as was the case this day last year. They have urged all road users to make a pledge to reduce risk and improve safety on our roads. Assistant Commis...
Society
Strong winds from Storm Ali have left more than 20,000 homes and businesses without power, while dozens of flights have also been cancelled. A Status Orange wind warning isin effect for more than half the countrydue to the storm. ESB has said over 20,000 customers are without power,with the areas worstaffected beingTralee, Killarney, Thurles, Galway, Sligo, and Cork. Other areas affected include Galway and Roscommon. ESB crews are en route to sites where f...
Society
The opening of the second day of the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore will be delayed for two hours this morning until 11am as storm conditions have resulted in a serious risk to public safety on site. Almost 100,000 people from all parts of the country visited the championships yesterday, for what is the biggest outdoor of its kind in Europe. It is only one week since Met Éireann announced the list of official names chosen for storms for the...
Society
Anti-homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry has backed the 'Take Back the City' movement saying it is highlighting the crisis in Ireland at the moment. Fr McVerry said he is supportive of the workshop the activists are hosting tonight - which will give people pointers on occupying buildings. He said that the occupation of vacant buildings is fine, once there is no violence or damage to the property. The movement will provide guidelines on occupying prope...
Society
The Eighth Amendment has been repealed after President Michael D Higgins signedthe Thirty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018. It comes after Taoiseach Leo Varadkartold the Dáil earlier todaythat legislation to facilitate abortion following the Referendum on the Eighth Amendment wouldbe introduced during the first week in October. Mr Varadkar said the timeline would facilitate services being in place in the new year. The referendum, which was hel...
Society
Brexit could push at-risk Irish farms closer to the point of collapse, the Central Bank has warned. In economic analysis issued as the Ploughing Championships begin in Tullamore today, they said that risks such as Brexit could “expose the existing viability challenges facing some Irish farmers”. The analysis highlighted the reliance on the UK market, with just over 40pc of the agri-food exports going there. It added that the beef sector “appears particular...
Society
A nightclub has come under fire for a student night drinks promotion offering bottles, spirits, mixers and shots for as little as 60p (67c) each. Aiming to cash in as university students return to the city after the summer break, Fourteen in Tomb Street, Belfast launched the '666' promotion last night - a day after drunken students wreaked havoc around the Holylands at the start of Freshers Week. It is understood a complaint was sent to Belfast councillors...
Society
Done the French Way? Glutton for punishment? Nicola Brady picks six alternatives to Spain's most popular Camino. For Walkaholics: Santiago to Finisterre So you’ve reached Santiago. You’ve gone to mass. You’ve swapped war stories with your fellow pilgrims. But what if you’re not ready for it all to be over? Well, then get those hiking boots back on and head out to Finisterre (pictured above). The only Camino de Santiago route that actually starts in the cit...
Society
Forecasters issue Status Orange wind warning for 13 counties Galeforce winds of up to 120km/h are expected on Wednesday Winds will be strongest in the west, with stormy conditions expected Storm Ali to 'track close to Atlantic counties' Forecasters have upgraded a wind warning for a total of 13 counties tomorrow as Storm Ali will track close to the west coast. Gusts of up to 120km/h can be expected in some areas, with average wind speeds nationwide of 65km...
Society
There are serious concerns for homeless people in Dublin with Storm Helene set to hit this week. High winds and torrential rain are expected from Monday night into Tuesday as the ex-tropical storm arrives. ICHH Head of Communications Brian McLoughlin said: "We will continue to monitor the tracking of Storm Helene and will be putting a contingency plan in place throughout the day on Monday to increase services if required for the people sleeping in doorways...
Society
Workers on every level of earnings are paying more income tax now than 10 years ago Huge costs imposed on consumers for bailing out State and banks laid bare in new research Taxpayers are still ponying up extra tax despite reductions in a number of budgets Huge costs imposed on consumers for bailing out the State and the banks have been laid bare in new research. It shows a two-income family on relatively modest income totalling €35,000 a year is paying al...
Society
A footballer got the result he hoped for when the love of his life agreed to marry him at a charity match. Nikla O’Reilly, 31, thought her fiance Patrick Walsh, 35, was going to fix his shoelace when he got down on one knee at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, Co Wicklow on Saturday. Patrick, who had been playing with a group of footie legends to raise money for Wicklow Hospice, revealed Nika was “in shock” when he popped the question. He told the Irish Mirror...
Society
Cork man Alex O'Shea, who broke the world record for running the fastest marathon dressed in a firefighter's suit, has broken another record today after completing 32 marathons in 32 counties in 16 days. Mr O'Shea,a firefighter in Cork city and who lives in Ballineen in west Cork, rantwo marathons per day to raise funds for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind charity, which is based in Cork city. He wassupported by Tralee-based Garda Ollie O'Sullivan, who r...
Society
Up to 200 people have taken part in a protest in Wexford town, saying there is a lack of provisions for mental health services in the county. The protest went through the town and finished with a number of speeches. Local TD Mick Wallaceand a number of other politicians took part. The protesters are seekingincreased psychological and psychiatric services in CoWexford. The protest was organised by a group called "Wexford Mental Health Warriors". The group w...
Society
Gardai seized €16,000 worth of drugs and €7,000 cash during a planned search of a house in west Dublin on Friday. A man in his 20s has been charged in connection with the incident and will appear before Blanchardstown District Court at 10.30am on Monday morning. Gardaí from Blanchardstown and Finglas carried out the planned search of a residence in Dublin 15 near Clonee on Friday evening. During the course of the search, controlled drugs comprising of coca...
Society
The British government must enter talks with the Republic of Ireland over access to fishing waters ahead of Brexit, a Westminster committee has warned. The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee examined the potential impact of the UK leaving the European Union on the fishing industry in the region earlier this year. The subsequent report has highlighted an ongoing disagreement over access to fishing waters. Committee chairman Dr Andrew Murrison has urged the...
Society
Technology company Microsoft is to create 200jobs at itsEuropean headquarters in Dublin. Half of the newroles will be in high-skilled engineering positions, with the remainder in sales, data centre operations as well as graduate and intern positions. Microsoft has had operations in Ireland for over 30 years and opened a new €134 million campus in Leopardstown in Dublin earlier this year. It currently employs 2,000 people in Ireland and of the new 200 to be...
Society
Reports from the Child Care Law Reporting Project highlightdifficulties in finding suitable placements for children in care who need therapeutic support. Itis the first volume of reports to be published under a new agreement between the CCLRP and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs - writes rte.ie Five of the 30 reports published today concern situations where no suitable placement was available for highly vulnerable young people. The project says...
Incidents
The General Secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors says the AGSI unequivocally condemns threats against gardaí on social media. It comes after gardaísaid they areinvestigating online threats made against a garda member working in Dublin . It follows reports that a garda who policedthe Take Back the City housing protest last week has been threatenedafter he was named and pictured on social media. A picture of the gardaand details of...
Society
EU officials have been redrafting the Irish backstop protocol in a bid to make it more palatable to London, but the EU Brexit Task Force remains convinced that Northern Ireland will have to remain part of the EU’s customs regime if a hard border is to be avoided, RTÉNews understands. Sources say the Task Force has been trying to meet UK concerns by changing both language and emphasis in the original text, including the idea that British inspectors in UK po...
Society
A female pedestrian in her 70s has died after being struck by a 4x4 vehicle in CoGalway last night. The collision happened shortly after 9pm on the M18 at Cloughboley, Ardrahan - writes rte.ie The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman's body was removed toUniversity Hospital Galway where a post-mortem examination will be carried out. The driver of the 4x4 was uninjured. Garda forensic collision investigators have examined the crash site and the...
Society
Overall national hospital waiting lists increased to a record 718,165 patients at the end of August, according to the latest figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund . The increase comes despite an intensive validation process by the HSE, which was heavily criticised by GPs. The total August waiting list figure includes 11,718 patients "suspended" from the overall list for a variety of reasons, including not being clinically able for treatment at...
Crime
A new report has strongly criticised An Garda Síochána’s approach to policing in several areas including public order policing, the use of force, the detention of suspects, the investigation of hate crime and its dealings with Roma and Travellers. The report by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties has described policy development in these areas as piecemeal, partial in nature or non-existent. It says the garda policing of public protest remains "shrouded...
Society
The tail end of Hurricane Helene is expected to reach Ireland early next week, bringing wet and windy weather. However, it is not expected to bring the severe weather seen during Storm Ophelia last October, which caused widespread damage and left three people dead . Helene is one of several major storms in the Atlantic at the moment, with Florence sparking mass evacuations as it heads towards landfall on the east coast of the US . Helene is currently 2,065...
Society
The Scally Review has found "serious gaps" in expertise and governance of the CervicalCheck screening programme. Presenting his report, Dr Gabriel Scally said the problems uncovered "are redolent of a whole-system failure". This led to the scoping inquiry havingto "delve into the full range of issues that have impinged upon the cervical screening programme and this increased the complexity" ofthe task. He said it also placed him in a good position to ident...
Society
The Scally Review into the CervicalCheck screening programme has found serious gaps in the governance and expertise of the programme. Dr Gabriel Scally found a whole system failure and said the open disclosure system was unsatisfactory. Below are the 50 recommendations: Method of Approach 1) The Department of Health and the HSE should revise their policies in respect of document management. This should ensure that good quality records are created and maint...
Society
A report into the effort to introduce domestic water charges has identified a number of policy failings that doomed the plans of the last government. The findings are contained in research by the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway, which is being published this morning - writes rte.ie It finds that there was a serious disconnect between the design and the implementation of the charging policy. Domestic water charges have been among the most controversial iss...
Society
The Government has announced a 70% increase in capital spending on schools over the next decade as part of a €12bn investment in education. The next ten years will also see an almost trebling on the higher education capital budget from €800mto €2.2 billion. The further education and training sector will be granted a capital budget of €300 million for the period. Under the plan, €8.4bn will be spent on school buildings over the next decade. The planned inve...
Society
The Government is to launch the new Land Development Agency, which it says will coordinate State owned lands for regeneration and development, and open up sites for the provision of housing. It will be funded to the tune of €1.25 billion andwill have the power to use State land and to buy private lands on which potentially thousands of homes will be built across the country - writes rte.ie The Government believes the new agency could lead to the constructi...
Society
A report by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has found that alleged sex abuse victim Máiría Cahill was failed by a disjointed police investigation into her case. OmbudsmanDr Michael Maguirealso found that ten years earlier the then RUC had information about the alleged abuse of Ms Cahill, and an IRA inquiry into it, but did not investigate it - writes rte.ie In 2010, Ms Cahill told police she was sexually abused by an alleged IRA member Martin Mor...
Society
Mountjoy Square will soon be restored to its former glory in a new plan that will see a major revamp of the area. Dublin City Council have released a report which outlines plans to transform the Square into a replica of the parks of the Georgian era. The report acknowledged the great potential held by the Park and how it needed investment to help revitalise the area. The plan will see 33 dead trees being removed and the planting of flowerbeds based off Geo...
Society
A hugely popular food shop in Beaumont has closed it's doors for the final time. The Beaumont Drive-In closed on Tuesday after nearly forty years in business. A local Facebook group announced the news on social media with plenty people sharing their memories of the place. They wrote: "Shutters are down for the last time in Beaumont Drive-in. Trading ceased yesterday. "It was a very fine store selling the best of fresh produce. It is a big loss to the resid...
Society
A crack cocaine epidemic is threatening to wipe out a whole generation of young people, it was claimed yesterday. And a councillor added urgent action is needed to save lives and keep youths safe. It is understood children as young as 13 are being groomed by criminal groups in Ballymun, North Dublin, to become dealers. Independent councillor Noeleen Reilly said: “I think we’re going to lose a generation of young people in the area if we don’t tackle this n...
Society
A Dublin youth is awaiting sentence after he admitted sexually assaulting a schoolgirl who was surrounded by a group of boys on a footpath and prevented from getting away. The girl, who is in her teens, had been on her way home from school when the terrifying incident happened in north Co. Dublin on a date in 2016. The now 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children’s Court and was remanded on bail on W...
Crime
A crime gang is buying fake euro notes online and distributing the dodgy cash across the country, an Irish Mirror investigation has learned. The plot – orchestrated by criminals in the south west – involves a sophisticated network of handlers buying items with the counterfeit currency. The website, which we have not identified, has dozens of images of fake euro notes of all denominations. A source said: “This has come about after several incidents when for...
Incidents
Part of St Stephen's Green is currently blocked off as emergency services deal with a fire. Three fire brigades area dealing with a kitchen on fire which is currently blocking a large part of the road. Delays are expected on St Stephen's Green West for a time as the incident is dealt with. Dublin Fire Brigade tweeted: "Three units are dealing with a kitchen fire in the city centre, temporary traffic disruption on St Stephen's Green West." Follow our live b...
Society
Gardai have arrested four people in connection with the sale of so-called "dodgy boxes" which stream satellite TV channels via the internet. Two men and two women were lifted from properties in Crumlin and Ashbourne when gardai carried out an operation targeting illegal IPTV streaming services yesterday - writes dublinlive.ie The sting involved cooperation with police from England and Scotland and gardai revealed that "major" TV corporations and the Motion...
Society
New Garda chief Drew Harris was under pressure last night to explain why masked officers helped private security men in balaclavas evict housing protesters from an empty property. In extraordinary scenes, gardai were accused of using “heavy-handed tactics” in a “military-style operation” at the house in North Frederick Street, Dublin, on Tuesday. It was claimed: The masked security men arrived alongside the Garda Public Order Unit They broke the law by wea...
Society
Northern Ireland's first ever Citizens' Assembly is to be established next month. Between 50 and 100 people will be selected at random from the electoral register to make up the body, which is being funded by the charity, Building Change Trust. The Assembly will be broadly similar to the Constitutional Convention in the Republic, which has made recommendations on a number of issues, including the abortion referendum. The new citizens’ body will not have le...
Society
A brave young mum stricken with cancer has allowed TV cameras to film both of her breasts being removed. Andrea Irvine showed amazing courage by joking with the surgeon minutes before the 12 hour operation. Just before going under, the gutsy mother of one quipped: “I hope you had plenty of sleep last night?” The 30-year-old was stunned when she was diagnosed with cancer in her right breast in June last year thinking a lump she had noticed a year before was...
Society
Six people were arrested last night after housing activists were evicted from a vacant house on North Frederick Street. A private company called to the property at around 7pm Tuesday evening to remove the activists who had been occupying the north inner city property for a number of weeks. The security, who had covered their faces, arrived on site and soon boarded up the vacant building after a court injunction last month. The activists left the building p...
Society
Four people have been arrested during an investigation targeting illegal TV streaming. Two men, aged 42 and 45, and two women, aged 37 and 40, were detained yesterday following a garda search of two houses in Crumlin, Dublin and Ashbourne, Co Meath. Gardaí said the operation was the culmination of an investigation into the illegal streaming of TV content, including pay per view products. It has been done in conjunction with police forces in England and Sco...
Society
The Scally Review into the CervicalCheck crisis will be published today by the Government. The report will be brought before theCabinet, which will consider its 50 recommendationsaimed at restoring confidence in the national screening service. The review will provide the first independent insightinto what went wrong with the programme. It will explain why the 221women and familieswere not told of an audit of their previous smear tests, or the results. The...
Society
More than 62,500 students received the results of their Junior Certificate exams. The results weregiven to students at their schoolsand will also be available online from 4pm - writes rte.ie There has been a very small increase (1.5%) in numbers sitting the exam this year compared to last. This is the second year that sees students examined in the new English syllabus, which is assessed and marked in a new way. English was the first subject introduced unde...
Society
A study has found that many children are suffering from a hidden, undiagnosed condition that makes it harder for them to learn maths. Researchers at Queen's University Belfast explored the prevalence of Specific Learning Disorder in Mathematics, also known as dyscalculia - writes rte.ie Dr Kinga Morsanyi and the team from the School of Psychology studied the mathematics performance of 2,421 primary school children over a number of school years. The researc...
Society
A woman whose husband was left with serious injuries after a scrambler motorcycle landed on him as he sunbathed in a Dublin park has said she has been left with "no future". Ilabek Avetian, 39, and his wife Anzhela Kotsinian from Armenia were lying on the grass at Darndale Park on 9 June during the summer heatwave. Ms Kotsinian recalls the couple "talking about their dreams" when themotorbike drove off the brow of a hill and landed on top of them. She said...
Society
A record number of children and families turned to Barnardos for help in 2017, according to the charity's annual report publishedtoday. In 2017, Barnardos provided support to more than 15,300 children and families across Ireland -the highest number ever in one year to be helped by the charity. It said 44% of the children who required support were aged between sixand 12 and 35% were agedfive and under. The number of referrals to the charity in 2017 also inc...
Society
Independent Senator Joan Freeman has joined businessman Sean Gallagher in having secured the support of four local authorities to contest the Presidential Election. The Pieta House founder received a fourthendorsementthis evening, from Galway City Council. Senator Freeman was supported by the three Fianna Fáil members and four Independent councillors. The four Fine Gael representatives, along with two Sinn Féin councillors and two Labour Party members abst...
Society
Fianna Fáil TDs and senators will meet in Malahide in Dublin today as the party prepares for the return of the Dáil next week. Brexit, housing and the Budget are among the main issues for discussion - writes rte.ie The meeting comes as the party's public expenditure spokesperson, Barry Cowen, confirmed that it will be holding more detailed discussions today on the Budget with Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe. The upcoming Budget is the third and final o...
Society
Kildare County Council meets today and is expected to discuss what approach it will take to those still seeking endorsements to run in the Presidential Election. Yesterday, Independent Senator Joan Freeman and businessman Sean Gallagher secured their nominations to contest the election - writes rte.ie President Michael D Higgins will also contest the election on 26 October. The two independent candidates were nominated after a day of bumper council meeting...
Society
Household debt as a proportion of disposable income fell by almost almost ten percentage points over the year to March, the biggest fall among all EU countries. It is now at its lowest level since the start of 2004 - writes rte.ie New figures from the Central Bank also show that the value of houses increased by €9.5 billion in the first three months of the year. The rise in house prices was the main cause of a near €7bn rise in the net worth of Irish house...
Society
Five hundred children with special needs were waiting on a school bus place at the start of this academic year. Figures released to Fianna Fáil show that more than 2,700 applications for school transport for children with special educational needs were accepted for the 2018/19 school year. However, statistics reveal that transport arrangements were still being finalised for some 500 of these applications at the beginning of September. Fianna Fáil's Thomas...
Society
Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he still plans to set up a Commission of Investigation into the CervicalCheck crisis despite the author of the review into the controversy saying he did not think one was needed. The Scally Review, conducted by Dr Gabriel Scally, has 50 recommendations and is due to be presented to Cabinet tomorrow - writes rte.ie. Dr Scally has determined that he has uncovered what needs to be uncovered in the controversy, which a...
Society
Award-winning Dublin singer Damien Dempsey has admitted he can’t afford to have kids and would have to give up his career if he wanted to start a family. The 43-year-old from Donaghmede is one of the country’s most recognised voices and has been a regular on the airwaves since his 1997 hit Dublin Town. But Damien, who's gearing up to release his eighth studio album next week, has confessed he is still struggling financially. He said: “I wouldn’t be able to...
Society
A brand new bus route will kick off in Dublin on Sunday. The new service will travel between UCD and Citywest via Dundrum and Tallaght. The 175 route will be the first bus in Dublin operated by British transport company "Go Ahead". They're set to take over 10 per cent of Dublin Bus routes on a phased basis from October onwards. Because of this, Real Time Information won't be available for the route on the Dublin Bus app. However, the Transport For Ireland...
Society
The 42nd president of the United States met Michael Darragh at a Concern event in Dublin Castle on Friday. Former US president Bill Clinton has promised to wear a Dublin jersey after six-time All-Ireland winner Michael Darragh Macauley presented him with one yesterday. Michael Darragh continued his All-Ireland-winning celebrations by having an unexpected encounter with President Clinton at Concern's international conflict conference at Dublin Castle. The D...
Society
The defenceless little animals were huddled together when they were found by chance. Shocked animal rescuers who found 20 starving guinea pigs that had been flung into a ditch and left to rot say they're amazed that only one died. The frozen pets were found dumped in a bramble-filled ditch in north Dublin covered in mud alongside with the body of one baby guinea pig who didn't make it. The defenceless little animals – who cannot survive in the wild – were...
Crime
A depraved child killer on the run from a jail in the North is believed to have been spotted in Dublin city centre. Evil John Clifford, who raped and murdered his 8-year-old niece Sue Ellen Clifford, was allowed out on day release from a Belfast prison last Sunday but failed to return. Instead the monster boarded a train bound for Dublin, and on Tuesday he was seen in Balbriggan in north county Dublin. In the past half hour, a Dublin woman claimed she spot...
Society
A young woman who came to Ireland to start a new life says her “dreams are shattered” after a scrambler bike landed on her husband during the summer. Anzhela Kotsinian and her husband Ilabek Avetian, who works as a roofer, had only moved to Dublin a little over a month before the horror incident in Darndale Park in Coolock on June 9. The former teacher, 43, was making the most of the heatwave by sunbathing with Ilabek when a scrambler motorbike was driven...
Society
WOW airline is offering cheap flights from Dublin to Disneyland Florida starting December 18, 2018, until April 30, 2019. The Icelandic budget airlines will have a new route operating three days a week from Dublin to Orlando, Florida, US via Reykjavik. Orlando is home to several world-famous theme parks including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando. WOW air is offering fares starting from just €129.99 on select flights b...
Society
A dad-of-seven caught with 43,000 sedative tablets hidden in M&M sweet wrappers at Dublin Airport has been ordered to carry out community service work to avoid six months in jail. Joseph Anthony Roche (41), of Drumcairn Parade, Fettercairn, Tallaght, was prosecuted by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), the agency that regulates medicines in Ireland. He appeared again at Dublin District Court yesterday to face two charges under the Irish Medic...
Incidents
A teenage boy is in a critical condition after an alleged 'pre-planned fight' in Swords at the weekend. The 17-year-old is in Beaumont Hospital after being found unconscious in the early hours of Sunday morning - writes dublinlive.ie The youngster was discovered outside a shop in Airside Retail Park with a serious head injury. Detectives are believed to be probing if the young man was punched during a 'pre planned fight' which had been organised on social...