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A gentle giant and a proud family man. Diligent, unassuming, and utterly selfless. A credit to An Garda Síochána. These are the qualities ascribed by friends and colleagues to Garda Tony Golden yesterday as they struggled to come to terms with the “darkness” that enveloped Louth — again.
The five children and five adults who perished in the Carrickmines fire tragedy last weekend may not be buried for a number of days because of difficulties in identifying the remains. Garda forensic experts returned to the Traveller halting site in Dublin yesterday to resume their examination of the scene. Investigations are expected to continue for some time.
The management company representing residents in Longboat Quay has lodged an appeal to the fire safety order that was served on the apartment blocks 10 days ago. The notice was the first step in having the 298 apartments evacuated if remedial work on fire safety issues was not started within a month.
Ireland’s hard-pressed middle income earners are set to reap modest rewards when the Budget is announced this afternoon. Only weeks or months from the next General Election the electorate is in line for a softening-up with sources in the coalition Government billing the limited restoration to pay packets as “family friendly”.
The Coalition will today move to prove the economic recovery is benefiting every section of society by returning 75% of the Christmas bonus to struggling pensioners and social-welfare recipients — up from the 50% that had been flagged.
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Palestinians have carried out three stabbing attacks against Israelis and police in Jerusalem, with two of the attackers shot dead. Two Palestinians stabbed two Israelis, prompting police to open fire, killing one of the attackers and wounding the other, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
A 62-year-old recreational hunter lost in a hot and arid region of the Australian Outback survived without water for six days - by eating ants. Police said Reg Foggerdy left a car driven by his brother last Wednesday in pursuit of a camel in the Great Victoria Desert in Western Australia state.
New Cork senior hurling boss Kieran Kingston has described the post as a “fantastic opportunity”, confirming yesterday that his former Cork team-mate Pat Harnett is joining him as a selector.
Apparently irked by a comment made by Gordon Strachan, Martin O’Neill is at pains to remind the Scotland manager — and everyone else — that Ireland deserve their additional shot at qualification for France 2016 through the play-offs. Arguing that the euphoria of last Thursday’s victory over Germany should not give way to dismay following Sunday night’s 2-1 defeat in Warsaw, O’Neill said: “I said to the players in the dressing room after the game that I would have taken this (play-off) situation throughout the group."
Ireland are bracing themselves to face Argentina in the World Cup quarter-final without pivotal pack leaders Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien. Talismanic captain O’Connell’s World Cup and Test-career-ending hamstring injury is expected to be confirmed by Ireland today, with flanker O’Mahony having already flown home to Cork with serious knee ligament trouble.
Leinster’s bullish back-rower O’Brien has been cited for his off-the-ball skirmish with lock Pascal Pape in Sunday’s 24-9 victory over France in Cardiff, and will appear before a London disciplinary panel on Tuesday lunchtime.
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Computer maker Dell has clinched a record $67bn (€59bn) technology deal to buy data storage company EMC. The deal will unite two mature companies which employ more than 5,000 people in Ireland and create an enterprise technology powerhouse.
The Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI), which oversees the country’s new debt resolution procedures for the thousands of households still facing debt, said its latest figures show that the new regime has so far helped people struggling with an aggregate of €3.75bn in debt.
All gardaí who have died in the line of duty never knew what the next call-out would bring, writes Caroline O’Doherty
WITH temperatures dropping and mist and rain increasing, many Irish people are turning their thoughts to getting on a plane and heading for the sun. Whether you are hoping to get away for a break during the winter or planning for next summer to give yourself something to look forward to, here’s how to get yourself the best possible deal.
Budget 2016 is fast approaching so we set off to find out what people in Cork’s English Market were hoping for?
There’s some good news for those who enjoy a glass or two of red wine, as new research has suggested drinking the beverage with dinner may improve the heart health of people with Type 2 diabetes.
Ryan Tubridy attended a very special ceremony in UCC today, where he received an honorary lifetime membership to Ravenclaw from the university’s Harry Potter society.
GAMING: The Uncharted video game series is full of thrills and spills and drama, and this video breaks down the best bits
MOVIES: Expendables never die, or at least that’s the lesson to be learned from this curiously enduring action series.
TECH: Cortana isn’t due to officially appear on Xbox One until sometime next year, but she seems to have tried to sneak on a little early. Accessing her, however, feels a little like entering a cheat code.
James Bond star Daniel Craig has said he would probably not be friends with his screen alter-ego if they were to meet in real life. The 47-year-old actor joked he is more than likely to “avoid him” because of the “fact he kills three people a week” and not because of his emotional issues, as he appeared on an ITV special for the new 007 adventure, Spectre.
Legendary Ireland out-half Ronan O’Gara on the day Ian Madigan shut the doubters up for good.
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