Ireland

Man jailed for raping woman while child slept beside her

A man who raped his friend while she was sleeping in her daughter’s bed with the child lying beside her has been jailed for four and half years. The 44-year-old man, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of the woman, was convicted by a Central Criminal Court jury sitting in Cork last June.…

Covid-19 vaccine portal will open for people aged 16 and 17 tomorrow

COVID-19 VACCINE REGISTRATION will begin tomorrow for people aged 16 and 17, the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced. “It is important that we continue to get as many of our population vaccinated as soon as vaccines are available and following the safety advice of our experts,” Donnelly said in a tweet this evening.…

Hospitality sector readying for Monday reopening as some fear public backlash

Hospitality businesses around the country are preparing to reopen their doors for indoor dining from Monday, with Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly expected to sign-off on the final regulations today. Fáilte Ireland published updated operational guidelines for businesses on Friday night, clarifying what is required for customers wishing to eat indoors. The new guidelines cover…

Indoor dining: People using fake Covid certs may face €2,000 penalty

People caught attempting to use fake Covid-19 certificates in order to avail of indoor dining will face a fine of up to €2,000 under proposed legislation to allow for the further reopening of the hospitality sector later this month. The certs will be available to people who have been fully vaccinated, or have recently recovered…

Varadkar expects to see rents falling ‘over the next couple of years’

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said he expects to see rents falling within the next couple of years. Mr Varadkar said recent moves by the Government to tie the level of rent increases to inflation were effectively a “rent freeze”, and should result in lower rates in the coming years. He also backed calls for increased…

Covid-19: Appeal for off-duty staff to help in under-pressure Belfast hospitals

Two health trusts in Northern Ireland have made emergency appeals for off-duty staff to come into work as hospitals come under increased pressure. The Belfast and South Eastern trusts issued the callouts on Sunday. The Belfast Trust said there was “extreme pressure” in the Royal Victoria and Mater hospitals due to emergency admissions and the…

In The News: Can Europe unite to fight climate change?

Last week, widespread flooding wreaked havoc across parts of central Europe with about 200 people reported dead in Europe’s deadliest flood in decades. Rescuers are continuing to try and find the hundreds who remain missing following the natural disaster which spread across parts of Germany and Belgium and also affected Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.…

‘It was like a step back to being an athlete again. You re-appreciate it, and pass on that knowledge’

Pictured is Sydney 2000 Olympics Silver Medallist Sonia O’Sullivan, working with the Olympics Federation of Ireland and FBD to show support for Team Ireland athletes competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Source: Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILE “IT’S NON-STOP,” Sonia O’Sullivan laughs at one point during the interview. Still, to this day, the Irish athletics legend is living…

O’Leary celebrates with Kerry team-mates two weeks after serious car crash

KERRY BOSS PETER Keane was delighted to see squad member Sean O’Leary get to celebrate with his team-mates after today’s Munster senior final win. Sean O’Leary with his Kerry team-mates after today’s game. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO The Kilcummin player was seriously injured in a car crash a fortnight ago, close to Abbeyfeale in Limerick. He…

Conor McGregor and Justin Bieber bro out of over breakfast Irish whiskey

“The Biebs” and “The Notorious” Irish fighter enjoy a “breakfast of champions” as McGregor recovered following Dustin Poirier defeat. Justin Bieber posted a photo to Instagram of the “Friends” singer and Dublin MMA fighter Conor McGregor chilling out with some Proper 12 Irish whiskey on Friday. His post read “breakfast of champions” and Bieber added…

The USA doesn’t dip its flag at the Olympics thanks to this Irish American

Ralph Rose broke with tradition in 1908 when he refused to dip the flag in London. Irish American Ralph Rose is behind the longstanding tradition of the US not dipping its flag during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. As a sign of respect, flag-bearers customarily ‘dip’ their flags in front of the host country’s…

South Carolina authorities release 911 audio of Murdaugh family murder

Audio of the 911 call made by Alex Murdaugh, a prominent attorney in South Carolina who found both his son and wife shot dead in unexplained murder, has been released. Paul Murdaugh, 22, and his mother, 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh, were found shot to death on the family’s Colleton County estate in South Carolina last month…

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