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BROOKS' DECISION TO PULL PLUG COSTS €50M
As Garth Brooks’ record run at Croke Park went from five nights, to three, to none, to fiasco, the hospitality industry has been left reeling with losses estimated at €50m and Ireland’s reputation in ruins.
TV LICENCE CRACKDOWN TO FOCUS ON CABLE DATA
TV service providers have reacted with caution to plans which allow An Post access to customer subscription data in a crackdown on licence fee evaders.
MINISTER WARNED TO ACT ON MORTGAGE ARREARS
A "significant" spike in family home repossessions is looming unless ministers get a grip on the mortgage debt crisis, an Oireachtas report has warned.
SCIENTISTS'FINGER DEVICE READS TO THE BLIND IN REAL TIME
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.
KIDNAPPER COULD STRIKE AGAIN, SAY MCCANNS
The McCanns fear that their daughter Madeleine’s kidnapper may "strike again" and believe he or she will have been "laughing" at claims that they hid their daughter’s body.
NIKE TO CUT TIES WITH UNITED
Manchester United will have a new kit supplier next year after American sportswear giant Nike opted not to extend its lengthy association with the club.
BRAZIL POST-MORTEM BEGINS
Brazil woke up to a new footballing catastrophe this morning, 64 years after it experienced the ’Maracanazo’ when the hosts lost in the final of the first World Cup on their soil.
DRAGON FIRM TO PAY €4K TO SACKED SALES ASSISTANT
The Employment Appeals Tribunal has ordered RTÉ Dragon, Ramona Nicholas’s pharmacy group to pay €4,000 to a female sales assistant the business unfairly dismissed.
WHEN he took on the role of health minister more than three years ago, a confident James Reilly stated that he chose the portfolio because he wanted the challenge of reforming a dysfunctional health service.
ELLEN AND PORTIA 'WORKING THROUGH ISSUES'
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are reportedly trying to work through their marital issues.
ED SHEERAN: "RICH? I GET AN ALLOWANCE, I REALLY DON'T SPEND MUCH"
JUST imagine — you bump into a Hollywood star, get on like a house on fire, and then get a pinch-me invitation to stay the night
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CAHALANE DOUBTFUL FOR CORK AFTER FREAK DRESSING ROOM CUT
Cork dual star Damien Cahalane is a doubt for Sunday’s Munster hurling final after picking up a freak dressing room injury following the provincial football final.
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