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'Forgotten people' of Ireland's Black Valley left in the dark ages FRUSTRATION: Cllr Dan McCarthy tries to operate his iPad in the Black Valley, Killarney. The area under Carrauntoohil and the Gap of Dunloe was the last place in Ireland to be electrified and could be the last place to get broadband. Photo: Don MacMonagle Locals in the Black Valley, Co...
Spanish vote spins around the question of Catalonia   Up in the air: A banner of Spain's outgoing Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez looks down from his party's Madrid HQ. Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images The Spanish general election takes place tomorrow, after a fractious campaign dominated by the Catalan question. With a quarter of the electorate undecided, the outcome is unpredictable. There are...
Trump's 'sociopathic ramblings' condemned by former CIA director Donald Trump (Brian Lawless/PA) Former CIA director John Brennan has railed against Donald Trump‘s “sociopathic ramblings” after he called special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation an attempted “coup” on his presidency. Mr Trump made the comment in a phone interview on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Thursday evening and accused senior intelligence figures,...
California prisoner 'tortures and beheads cellmate' ‘This is the most gruesome case that I have seen,’ prosecutor says Jaime Osuna is accused of beheading his cellmate in a California state prison A California prisoner is accused of beheading his cellmate in an attack officials described as “heinous”. Jaime Osuna allegedly mutilated, killed and beheaded Luis Romero at Corcoran State Prison on 9 March,...
'If they cut CAP payments, that will be the end of the beef sector' MY WEEK: Robert Watson Robert Watson You have to make a profit to survive in the beef business is Robert Watson's simple message to the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, and he is certain that "most farmers in Ireland are losing money these days." The 51-year-old has been rearing...
Jeff Bridges: People must take action on climate change if governments do not The Big Lebowski star has done a new advert for Amstel beer. Hollywood star Jeff Bridges has filmed for Amstel. The Oscar-winning Hollywood actor Jeff Bridges has said citizens of the world need to “take action” on environmental issues instead of waiting for politicians to legislate. “As far as climate...
Liam Weeks: 'Better for Donohoe to be feared than loved' The Minister of Finance is a clever man - and he'll need all his intellect to plot the right path between prudence and popularity Finance minister Paschal Donohoe During the years of near-permanent Fianna Fail government, a golden rule of Irish politics was that taoisigh-in-waiting had first to do some time in...
Sri Lankan police hunt 140 with Isil links as shooting erupts during raid Shock: Girls react after seeing the damage to St Anthony's Shrine, in Colombo, after the bomb attacks. Photo: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha Sri Lankan police are trying to track down 140 people believed to be linked to Isil, which claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed 253,...
Philip Ryan: 'New Irish forced to fight their way on to the ballot' Parties lecture about diversity but make little effort to embrace minority candidates BOX SEAT: Yemi Adenuga, from Nigeria, is running for Fine Gael in Navan Leinster House is easily one of the least diverse working environments in the entire country. The corridors of power are stuffed to the brim...
Alan O'Neill: 'Decisions that make or break a family business' Family businesses have long played a very important role in the Irish economy however, they are not without their challenges 'I saw first-hand the positives and the challenges that go with the day-to-day operations of a family business.' (stock photo) Alan O'Neill, author of Premium is the New Black is Managing Director...

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