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Patrick Hickey was the “big leader”  of the OCI’s ticketing operation, police in Brazil were told in interviews today with two OCI officials, a top detective said last night.

Lawyers for embattled Olympic Council of Ireland official Pat Hickey have urged Brazilian authorities  to transfer him from the notorious Bangu prison to house arrest because he is facing a wait of up to three months to be either charged or freed.

Spending Minister Paschal Donohoe has to find up to €1bn of extra revenue  to cope with our ageing population and the number of children being born, it can be revealed.

A senior garda has described the level of murderous violence in the Kinahan-Hutch feud as “quite staggering”.  at the centre of a full-scale alert at Cork Airport yesterday. It follows the shooting dead by Kinahan gunmen of Dublin father Trevor O’Neill in a case of mistaken identity in Spain last week.

Focus Ireland has urged the Government to implement legislation to protect vulnerable homeowners  and tenants from vulture funds, warning that thousands of people could be at risk of being removed from their homes.


Another strong aftershock has rattled quake-ravaged central Italy,  reportedly causing more damage to crumbled buildings in hard-hit Amatrice.

Aftershocks in central Italy have rattled residents and rescue workers trying to find more earthquake survivors.  A day after a shallow quake killed 250 people and levelled three small towns, a 4.3 magnitude aftershock sent up plumes of thick dust in the hard-hit town of Amatrice.


Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final joust with Dublin is the game Kerry have wanted and have been waiting for since last September,   according to Éamonn Fitzmaurice.

Pep Guardiola will return to Barcelona with Manchester City  as well as tackling Scottish giants Celtic after being handed a tough Champions League draw.


Building materials company CRH has said it is on track for record annual earnings, of around €3bn, this year.  It said it could comfortably spend up to €2bn on acquisitions in 2017 without damaging its balance sheet.

Pre-tax profits at Irish mobile technology company Zamano sunk by almost a third to €794,000  in the opening half of the year despite an 80% surge in sales during the period.


Were school days the happiest of your life? It all depends on your teachers, some well-known faces tellOlivia Kelleher


Frank Dowling was told he told he would be dead by last Christmas due to the pervasiveness of his cancer. But in a clinical trial his cancer was reduced by 90%  and he is due to start a college course, writes Noel Baker.


A new film released by Alcoholics Anonymous Ireland aims to help people seeking to achieve sobriety.

Magicians Penn & Teller performed an impressive magic trick on US TV last night and then swiftly told the world how they went about pulling it off.


There has long been a tendency in Ireland to play down any concerns about people who "are fond of the drink". Sir Stevo Timothy has made this very funny sketch video that nails that particular attitude and the excuses we make for those who clearly have a problem.


Respawn hosted a Tech Test for Titanfall 2 last weekend and “learned some valuable things,” according to a blog post.


Amber Heard has called on Johnny Depp to double the $7 million he plans to donate to charity in her name  to avoid claims his lawyers are seeking to reduce his divorce payment.


Patrick Hickey was the “big leader”  of the OCI’s ticketing operation, police in Brazil were told in interviews today with two OCI officials, a top detective said last night.

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