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Fresh confusion surrounds the Government’s response to the refugee crisis after Tánaiste Joan Burton said Ireland would take in 5,000 Syrians under the UN’s resettlement programme. The solo run by Ms Burton would commit the country to taking in almost 10 times the number already agreed with the UN which has only asked for 520 Syrians to be resettled here.
The parents of murdered Irish nurse Karen Buckley will be in court this morning for the sentencing of the man who bludgeoned their daughter to death. John and Marian Buckley, from Glynn, near Mourneabbey in north Cork, arrived in Glasgow Airport yesterday afternoon where they were met by a police liaison officer.
Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has admitted he made a big call when he withdrew record goalscorer Robbie Keane in a desperate attempt to find a priceless Group D breakthrough. The 35-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy striker went into last night’s must-win Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia needing to score just once more in a green shirt to match Germany great Gerd Muller’s tally of 68 senior international goals.
Tony Considine says that Kilkenny’s All-Ireland monopoly is damaging to the game of hurling. The fraternity have been blessed with a series of classic All-Ireland finals in recent years, titanic battles that will live long in the memory. 2015 did not add to the collection.
French president Francois Hollande said his country would welcome 24,000 refugees, and that he and Merkel had agreed on a mechanism to spread the migrant load across Europe. However, Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban said he wasn’t prepared to pitch in and questioned how any EU quota system for migrants could work.
A Minnesota dentist who experienced a global backlash after killing Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe is expected to return to work after more than a month out of the public eye. Walter Palmer was named in late July as the hunter who killed the revered animal.
It’s easy to muster compassion for people fleeing wars, but Europe also needs an influx of workers to counteract its falling birth rates, says Ian Buruma
Irish property investment firm Green Reit yesterday reported a 264% increase in profit and signalled its intent to pull back from further acquisitions in the coming year.
One of the Child and Family Agency’s largest clients in providing fostering services last year returned to profit. Newly-filed accounts show that Fostering First (Ireland) Ltd recorded pre-tax profits of €419,000.
Blarney Golf Men’s Club ran a fundraising golf classic in conjunction with the Evening Echo for journalist Deirdre O’Reilly from Bandon, Co Cork who suffered a massive stroke on December 22, 2013.
We’ve all been there. A buzzing bee just won’t leave you alone, and try as you might you just can’t catch it. This Irish mammy was in such a situation recently, made all the more difficult by her fear of the creatures which she bravely overcame.
You might remember Reshma, a beautiful young woman who was left with a serious facial disfiguration after her brother-in-law threw acid in her face while she was on her way to school last year. Now the brave 18-year-old is back, to show us how to nail the perfect red lip. Or is she? This makeup tutorial comes with an important message.
GAMING: It has been more than five years since Super Mario Galaxy 2 brought pitch-perfect-platforming to Nintendo players the world over. And there could be another game on the way, according to Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto.
MOVIES: The story behind the suffragette movement comes into the spotlight in a new movie starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep.
TECH: Motion sickness may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to research that’s ongoing at Imperial College London.
Doctor Who will find himself under attack from Daleks from across the show’s history in an “epic” start to the new series, which airs later this month. Peter Capaldi, who plays the Doctor, teased: “The opening episode of the new series is fabulous – the story is going to take us across the universe in to all types of dark, terrifying and funny places. It’s a particularly epic one to start.
Usually University Challenge comes and goes with the same old array of sensible blouses, smart shirts and the odd cardigan thrown in for good measure. But on Monday night, something magical happened. A fashion legend was born. That legend’s name is Shah.
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