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President Higgins receives honorary doctorate in UK

President Michael D Higgins spoke of the contribution Irish people made to Manchester’s Industrial Revolution when he accepted an honorary doctorate from the city’s university. The President studied urban sociology and the life of migrants in cities at the University of Manchester as a postgraduate from 1968 to 1971. His …

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Niall Boylan to contest European election

Updated / Tuesday, 23 Apr 2024 21:46 Niall Boylan joined Classic Hits in 2011 Radio presenter Niall Boylan is to contest the European election in the Dublin constituency for Independent Ireland. The Classic Hits presenter announced he was stepping down from his radio show to run in the election. He …

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Suspended sentence for motorist over fatal collision

A woman whose father was killed after he was struck by another motorist while riding his motorbike has asked people to take care on the roads because “accidents don’t happen, they are caused”. Alan Rice died on 13 April 2021 after Terry Gaff, 56, veered onto the wrong side of …

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Bord na Móna to build walking and cycling trails on bogs

Bord na Móna is planning to build a new inter-county network of walking and cycling trails across bogs previously used for peat extraction in the midlands. Kildare-based Bord na Móna PLC is seeking tenders for the project, which is worth €30 million. Funding is being sourced from the EU Just …

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US Justice Dept to pay $139m to victims of Larry Nassar

The US Justice Department has reached a civil settlement worth almost $139 million (€129m) with hundreds of victims of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who is serving time in prison for sexually abusing athletes under his care, the agency said. The settlement resolves claims the FBI botched the initial …

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GAA coach jailed for abuse of boy has sentence increased

A GAA coach who “destroyed” a boy’s life through repeated rapes, physical abuse and humiliation followed by three years of harassment has had his nine-year prison sentence increased to 13 years by the Court of Appeal. The three-judge court had previously found that the sentence handed to the now 43-year-old …

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Man jailed over sexual assault of ‘defenceless’ girls

A man who sexually assaulted his daughter and niece when they were “defenceless girls” has been jailed for seven years. The man, who is now in his early 70s, was found guilty of four counts of indecent assault and 21 counts of sexual assault against his daughter and four counts …

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Man in court charged with rape and abuse of eight boys

A man has gone on trial accused of 121 charges including the rape and sexual assault of eight young boys over a 12-year period. The Central Criminal Court heard the offences were allegedly committed between 1995 and 2007. The man has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Prosecuting Counsel Dominic …

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Stardust families receive overdue State apology

Taoiseach Simon Harris dispensed with any preamble and got straight to the point of his Dáil speech. Maybe that’s because the Stardust families had already waited 43 years for justice. He acknowledged that they had been “forced to endure a living nightmare” and he then apologised. The Taoiseach said: “Today …

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Woman given suspended sentence for neglect of daughter

A mother who neglected her daughter who was hospitalised twice due to severe head lice that left her with matted hair which took weeks to untangle has been given a suspended sentence. The 57-year-old Dublin woman had a “meltdown” in the summer of 2018 and took off to the UK …

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