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Billionaire businessman Denis O’Brien has made sensational allegations that former Independent News and Media boss Gavin O’Reilly was involved in a concerted and unlawful conspiracy to damage him and his business empire. The revelations came to light after reporting restrictions were lifted yesterday in the High Court.
Thousands of gardaí, dignitaries and members of the public will gather in Co Louth today for the state funeral of Garda Tony Golden. The 36-year-old father-of-three was fatally shot last Sunday night in the Mullach Alainn estate in Omeath as he was helping a woman who made a complaint of domestic abuse.
The Irish Dental Association (IDA) has claimed that up to 10,000 children per year are being hospitalised for dental extractions because they are not being detected and treated early enough. The association said the number of under-15s having to be hospitalised is a “national disgrace” and is “an indictment of the slash and burn policy of the previous and current government to oral health policy”.
Senior Coalition figures are confident the budget will pass a crucial EU test despite financial advisory chiefs warning the spending plans are too expansionary, and that the money should not be injected into the economy. Both Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin said the €1.5bn 2016 budget would fall within EU guidelines even though the same amount is being pumped into spending this year.
Developer Michael O’Flynn believes Nama’s €4.5bn 20,000 residential unit building programme announced in the budget won’t solve Ireland’s housing shortage. Mr O’Flynn, who chairs the Cork-based O’Flynn Group, one of the country’s largest development firms, expressed disappointment the budget didn’t contain any measures to deal with the cost and viability of house building.
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Electric car maker Tesla Motors is leapfrogging competitors with a new autopilot system that lets cars change lanes by themselves. Like other semi-autonomous systems already available from Mercedes, Audi and Volvo, Tesla’s system automatically keeps the car within its lane and maintains a certain distance from the car in front, both at highway speeds and on city streets.
Iran has sent hundreds of troops into northern and central Syria in the first such open deployment in the country’s civil war. The troops are joining fighters from its Lebanese ally Hezbollah in an offensive against rebels and taking advantage of cover from Russia’s air campaign, a regional official and Syrian activists said.
New Kildare football manager Cian O’Neill revealed he rebuffed up to 15 inter-county positions in recent seasons and only left his Kerry role because his native county called. The Newbridge man, who has had successful stints with management teams in Limerick, Mayo and Kerry, and the Tipp hurlers, agreed to manage Kildare for the next three years.
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. The 18-year-old was forced from the field after injuring his right knee in the 80th minute of England U21s’ 3-0 victory against Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
Another day closer and there is growing confidence that Johnny Sexton will be fit to face Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final, while Keith Earls has responded to news that he sat out training by saying, "The body is good. The coaches are just watching my load, my running metres and stuff."
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A row about whether the Coalition is playing fast and loose with the EU’s spending rules flared yesterday after the chair of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council signalled it continues to have serious concerns about the spending plans of Budget 2016.
One of the Trumps said last night that he couldn’t be more pleased with the financial performance of Doonbeg golf resort. Overseeing the redevelopment of the Doonbeg course, Eric Trump was speaking yesterday about new accounts just filed with the Companies Office by Trump firm TIGL Ireland Investments Ltd.
All this politically correct blather about “care in the community” means, in practice, that families are left to cope as best they can in private, writes Victoria White
As cancer outcomes improve, there has been a slew of stories from survivors who refuse to let cancer grind them down. Unfortunately, it does grind down tens of thousands of people including Maria Woulfe, who carries the BRCA2 gene and lost her mother and cousin to the gene.
Michael Conlan claimed you can call him ‘Mystic Mick’ or the ‘Conor McGregor of boxing’ when it comes to successful predictions, but ‘champion of the world’ would be a more appropriate sobriquet this morning after he last night became the first Irishman to claim world championship gold.
Aer Lingus flight attendant Orla O’Brien went above and beyond the call of duty during a flight this week. Orla and the passengers left Boston on flight EI 136 late Monday night and it was during this flight that a seisiún ceoil broke out.
Publin.ie has released a nifty video highlighting 10 movies that have shot scenes in Dublin pubs. The video features clips from classic films such as The Commitments, Michael Collins and PS I Love you. Even Bollywood spy film Ek Tha Tiger had one of its scenes based in the Porterhouse Central on Dublin’s Nassau Street.
GAMING: Star Wars Battlefront is just coming off a major open beta and developers DICE and EA has spoken out about the experience.
MOVIES: A new Star Wars character will be "extremely significant” to The Force Awakens’ plot. That’s according to Kathleen Kennedy who is the producer of the upcoming film.
TECH: The Sony Xperia Z5 should still be the smartphone of choice for mobile photographers, according to image quality specialists DXO Mark.
Drug-taking at dance events is “off-putting” for around 40% of attendees, according to a Ticketmaster report. Just over a third of revellers take drugs at dance events that include festivals, clubs, warehouses and beach clubbing destinations such as Ibiza or Ayia Napa, the research found.
No casualties have been reported after a fire broke out a commercial premises in Cork city centre last night. According to a Garda spokesman, the fire started at IT Central in Castle St at some time before 11pm.
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