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Conan O’Brien traces Irish roots to Co Limerick village

US comedian and TV host Conan O’Brien has visited an Irish village where his great-grandfather is from as he traces his Irish roots. O’Brien has fronted three US TV shows since 1993 including Late Night and the Tonight Show. He has been posting to social media about his travels in …

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76 closure orders issued to food businesses in 2023

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland issued 76 closure orders in 2023, while 13 other enforcement orders were handed out over other issues. The authority said it is disappointed to see a 19% increase in enforcement orders on 2022, and reminded businesses to “train staff appropriately to produce, serve, and …

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UN ‘deeply concerned’ by detentions of Afghan women

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has said it was “deeply concerned” by “recent arbitrary arrests and detentions” of Afghan women, accused of flouting hijab rules set by Taliban authorities. The Afghan government quickly dismissed the statement from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) as “propaganda”. Media reports and …

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Serial objectors lose appeal in case covered by RTÉ investigation

Serial planning objectors John and Michael Callaghan have lost an appeal against a housing development planned for Co Cork. The details of the planning application process for the development featured in the RTÉ Investigates programme, ‘The Planning Trap’ which looked at so-called go-away payments made in the planning appeals system. …

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Judge in Trump fraud trial threatened as case wraps up

Former US president Donald Trump arrived at a New York court to observe closing arguments in a civil fraud trial that could hobble his business empire, as a threat against the judge overseeing the case prompted the court to bolster security. The New York Times reported that authorities in suburban …

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Stardust victim’s remains identified by engagement ring

The Stardust inquests have heard how in the hours after the blaze the fiancé of one of the victims identified her remains by her engagement ring. The hearing into the deaths of the 48 people who died in the 1981 fire continued to hear evidence from experts in forensic pathology …

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Iran seizes same oil tanker US targeted last year

Iran’s navy has seized an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman following “a court order” authorising the move, Iranian state media is reporting. “The Navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran seized an American oil tanker in the waters of the Gulf of Oman in accordance with a court …

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‘Real possibility’ of autumn election

Former Fianna Fáil Donegal TD Pat the Cope Gallagher believes there is a “real possibility of a general election in the autumn”. In a letter sent to party members in the county he said much needs to be done to prepare Fianna Fáil for this year’s electoral challenges. Mr Gallagher, …

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Arrests in Belgium after possible attack plot overheard

Belgian authorities stopped a bus travelling to Brussels from northern France this morning and arrested three people after a passenger overheard them discussing a possible ‘terrorist’ plot, the local public prosecution office said. “Every time we get a notification like that we take it very seriously and we don’t want …

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