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A defiant John Halligan has told “arrogant” Fine Gael ministers to “shut their mouths” and leave him and his fellow independent minister Finian McGrath alone over their refusal to pay water charges.

The O’Higgins report into complaints by whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe has said any disciplinary proceedings against gardaí implicated “would not be helpful”.

The mother of Kenneth Relihan, who died in a house fire in Macroom last week, has been left with “nothing” following the tragedy, her daughter said yesterday.

Air Corps Commandant David Browne said they remained concerned about the possible impact of an invisible plume from an incinerator on the safety of helicopter operations in the vicinity of Haulbowline naval base.

Plans for a €10m FAI centre of excellence are expected to clear a major hurdle shortly, when councillors vote to rezone the land to allow for its development.


Malaysia says two more pieces of debris found in the Indian Ocean were "almost certainly" from Flight 370, which disappeared more than two years ago with 239 people on board.

Presumptive US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will visit Republican lawmakers today in a pivotal meeting where he will face pressure to tone down his rhetoric and clarify his policy positions as a step toward unifying the fractured party.


Ger Brennan talks about readjusting to life after inter-county football.

Agustin Pichot insists that the residency rules allowing foreign players to represent different countries must be changed, however, the new vice-chairman of World Rugby will face stern opposition to do so.


Expansion costs drove the Irish business of entertainment retail firm HMV into the red last year, as it recorded a pre-tax loss of €144,000.

Dublin firms received more than four times more venture capital funding in the first quarter of the year than the rest of the country combined.


The O’Higgins report says any disciplinary proceedings against gardaí, which might conceivably arise out of his investigation, ‘would not be helpful’, writes Cormac O’Keeffe


Avlyn McKeown was not expecting to have triplets, let alone three boys with autism and intellectual disability. But now aged 6 and in school, they are the apples of their mother’s eye, writes Noel Baker


This newlywed couple’s email to a guest has outraged the internet.

Old buildings are often scoffed at and pulled down for new structures but in rural areas derelict buildings are often allowed to stand and age with the surroundings.


GAMING: Doom is coming. Yep that's another title in the long running franchise which first arrived way, way, way back in 1993.

MOVIES: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot review: A TV journalist up ends her life to become a war correspondent in Afghanistan.

TECH: Huawei unveiled the Honor V8 and it includes some pretty impressive specs.


Stars from all over the world hit the red carpet, but not all of them got it right on the night.


Adopted in Sweden when she was three, Kari Rosvall was a Lebensborn baby — the product of systematic breeding between Nazi soldiers and Scandinavian women as part of a plan to create a Master Race.

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