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Northern Ireland man banned from every shop, cafe and restaurant in the country.

He was also given a daytime curfew from 9am to 9pm.

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Increase in number of families living in hotels.

The number of homeless families living in hotels in Dublin has increased by nearly 5% at the end of last month.

- RTE - IE

FitzPatrick trial now expected to conclude in May.

The jury in the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank Chairman Sean FitzPatrick will return to court on 24 April when they are expected to hear the last witnesses in the case.

- RTE - IE

Minister invited to ASTI's annual meeting.

The Minister for Education has been invited to address members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland at the union's annual convention at Easter, for the first time in three years.

- RTE - IE

Kenny says letter reflects his discussions with May.

The UK's exit from the European Union will have "significant economic, political and social implications" for Ireland, the Government has warned after British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered the formal exit process.

- RTE - IE

Foreign Affairs Minister: Ireland is 'Team EU' in Brexit talks.

Negotiating Brexit will "be very challenging and very complicated" Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.

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Controversial app used by youths and causing concern among parents appears to be disabled.

The controversial SimSimi App appears to have been disabled in Ireland.

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Controversial Irish blogger 'gobsmacked' by recent phone roaming charges.

He said he received only two text messages from the provider about charges accruing, telling him he had been charged two separate amounts of €48.

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Ireland's government is turning the debate over its near-total abortion ban over to citizens.

Once dominated by Catholicism, Ireland has become significantly more secular. Gay marriage is legal, and the government has even considered decriminalizing drugs. But abortion is still illegal. Pro-choice groups in Ireland have long argued that the 8th Amendment to the Constitution – which equates the life of the unborn

- VICE News - US

UK: Human waste found in Coca-Cola cans, probe launched.

London: Coca-Cola has called in police to investigate after human waste turned up in a consignment of its drink cans at one of the company's factories in Northern Ireland.Police officials confirmed on Tuesday that they have opened an inquiry into how faeces ended up in the cans at the Hellenic Bottling Company factory in ...

- Sify - IN

Human waste found in Coca-Cola cans, probe launched.

Coca-Cola has called in police to investigate after human waste turned up in a consignment of its drink cans at one of the companys factories in Northern Ireland.

- BDNews24 - BD

Ireland must loosen abortion laws: Council of Europe rights commissioner

DUBLIN - Ireland must loosen its strict abortion laws and replace them with a regime more respectful to women's rights, the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner said on Wednesday.

- Reuters - US

Worries over future of Ireland's 'fluid' border as Article 50 looms

For residents of the small village of Bridgend, British prime ministerial statements made in the distant Westminster Parliament are usually an irrelevant affair.

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New energy supplier, BEnergy, offers lowest standard unit rate and standing charge in market

A new energy company has entered the market here, bringing greater choice of supply for electricity consumers, writes Dan Buckley of the Irish Examiner.

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Coca-Cola Plant Shut Down for Super Gross Reason

Police are investigating after suspected human waste was found inside cans at a Coca-Cola plant in Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph reports. Topless cans arrive at the factory to be filled by Coca-Cola products and sealed before they're sold around Northern Ireland. The cans in question—believed to have come from...

- Newser - US

The Irish lake caught in the middle of Brexit

Carlingford Lough is divided. Omeath, on the southern shore of Carlingford Lough and, in the distance, Northern Ireland at sunset. | January 31, 2017 | This picturesque estuary forms the easternmost part of the Irish border: Carlingford's north shore belongs to the British-run Northern Ireland and the south shore belongs to ...

- The Week - US

Irish cops investigating 'human waste in Coke cans'

Police are probing reports a consignment of cans due to be used at a Coke factory in Northern Ireland were contaminated with suspected human waste.

- Times Of India - IN

Medtronic launches a new site in Shanghai

MEDTRONIC said it has launched its first bioprosthetic heart valve manufacturing site in Shanghai as it seeks to leverage local manufacturing capacity and help alleviate global supply shortage. The manufacturing site is built within Medtronic's Shanghai plant in Caohejing Hi Tech Park which currently operates 15 ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Irish people react in the most Irish way ever to this Brexit puzzle

It's Brexit Day , when the process of leaving the European Union officially begins , and British newspapers really went the extra mile to mark this landmark date in the history of the country. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling uses SpongeBob to sum up her feelings about Brexit The Guardian, in particular, showed off its creativity ...

- Mashable! - US

We'll be fired up to win derby for Coleman, says Jagielka

Everton captain Phil Jagielka believes the horrific injury sustained by Seamus Coleman provides additional motivation for his team-mates heading into this weekend's Merseyside derby. The popular Republic of Ireland defender is facing months out after undergoing an operation on a broken tibia and fibula following a tackle by ...

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North's spending controls handed to British civil servant

Control of devolved spending in Northern Ireland will be handed to a British civil servant for the first time today.

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Rahm Reacts to Sessions Sanctuary Cities Proclamation — We Welcome People from Other Shores to Chicago

Monday on CNBC, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reacted to Attorney General Jeff Sessions threats to cut grants for cities who don't follow immigration law and declared to immigrants, “We welcome you to Chicago.” Emanuel said,”You are looking a person who's a grandson of an immigrant to the city Chicago 100 ...

- Breitbart - US

Triona Priestly's mother remembers her daughter's final moments with Ed Sheeran ahead of third anniversary

This weekend marks the third anniversary of Irish teenager Triona Priestly, who had her dying wish granted to her when she received a phone call from singer songwriter Ed Sheeran.

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Brokenshire says direct rule could be considered

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has told the House of Commons there remains willingness to resolve the political crisis in the North.

- RTE - IE

Magnusson free kick gives Iceland edge over Ireland

DUBLIN - Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson's sweetly-struck, first-half free kick handed Iceland a 1-0 friendly victory over Ireland on Tuesday as both teams gave a number of fringe players an opportunity to shine.

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Nuns left in limbo after phone line transfer hell

Judge Brennan fines Eircom after litany of screwups A judge has hit Irish telco Eircom with a €16,500 fine, after the former incumbent left a nursing home for retired nuns without phone service for weeks, then overcharged the sisters for the privilege.…

- TheRegister - UK

Irish central bank governor calls for Brexit transition periods

The governor of Ireland's central bank has become the latest in a long list of names to call for transition periods for Brexit.  "In addition to obtaining clarification on the nature of the new steady-state framework for trade in financial services between the EU and the UK, it will also be important to specify transition ...

- City AM - UK

Call for PSNI funding to be protected as talks collapse

Funding for police in Northern Ireland must be protected following the collapse of talks at Stormont, ministers have been warned.

- RTE - IE

Last year saw rise in transplants in Ireland

The Irish Kidney Association has reported an increase in transplants with 298 performed on Irish patients last year, compared to 266 last year.

- RTE - IE

'Human waste' found in empty cans at Antrim Coke plant

An investigation has been launched after what appeared to be human waste was found in drinks cans delivered to a Coca Cola factory in Northern Ireland.

- RTE - IE

Fears of wider disruption due to Bus Éireann protest

There are mounting fears of increased transport disruption tomorrow amid reports that staff at Dublin Bus and Iarnród Éireann may join a protest at Leinster House in support of Bus Éireann workers.

- RTE - IE

Brokenshire: Willingness to resolve NI political crisis

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has told the House of Commons there remains willingness to resolve the political crisis in the North.

- RTE - IE

Britain's new 12-sided pound coin enters circulation

London, United Kingdom, Mar 28 - Britain's new £1 coin with the symbols of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland goes into circulation from Tuesday on the eve of the launch of a Brexit process that has put national unity in doubt. The 12-sided coin is the first change to the shape of the £1

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

Direct rule will be reintroduced in Northern Ireland if talks fail, MPs told

The British government will countenance the reintroduction of direct rule in Northern Ireland if extended talks to restore powersharing fail, the British Secretary of State James Brokenshire has warned.

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Newlywed Limerick couple and lucky Cork man won big in the Lotto last weekend

Two Lotto players from Tipperary and Cork won an incredible €736,354 between them in Lotto Plus and Lotto Match 5+ Bonus prizes.

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Joanne O'Riordan calls on public to support disability march outside Leinster House

A number of well-known Irish faces have lent their support to a call for Ireland to ratify the UN Convention for People with Disabilities.

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Coca-Cola Plant In Northern Ireland Closed After Human Waste Found In Some Cans

When people talk about the ingredients in Coca-Cola that are cause for concern, they're usually talking about things like high fructose corn syrup and caffeine — not human waste.  A Coca-Cola plant in Northern Ireland has been shut down after employees found several tainted cans on the production line at the facility. ...

- The Consumerist - US

UK Royal Mint says new £1 'most secure coin in the world'

LONDON, March 28 — With the symbols of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — a new British pound coin goes in to circulation today. On the eve of the official triggering of the Brexit process — it's a sign of national unity at...

- The Malay Mail - MY

From 'blasphemer' to follower of God: We Are Messengers' Darren Mulligan details journey of faith

Darren Mulligan ran away to America to pursue a career in rock music and to escape his responsibilites at home in Ireland.

- FOX News - US

Don't bet on James Brokenshire saving devolution in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland secretary's decision to extend talks makes a settlement less, not more, likely.  The deadline for the parties at Stormont to form a new executive has passed without an agreement. Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire has – as was inevitable – taken the least difficult option and opened a ...

- New Statesman - UK

Irish employees want bosses to consider their health and wellbeing

Employers that offer health and wellbeing initiatives for their employees are likely to fare better when it comes to productivity levels as well as staff recruitment and retention.

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Funding secured for €125m City Quay office development in Dublin's docklands

Irish Life will pre-fund the €125m development of 13-18 City Quay in Dublin's docklands, City Development Fund has confirmed.

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Facebook's Snapchat clone is arriving for everyone in its main blue app

Facebook Facebook has decided that the future of social networking looks a lot like Snapchat. After replicating Snapchat's Stories format in Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger, Facebook on Tuesday is releasing Stories in its main mobile app. Aptly named Facebook Stories, the feature is being made available globally after ...

- Business Insider - US

Luxembourg to team up with Ireland in Apple tax appeal

Luxembourg is considering joining forces with Ireland as it prepares to appeal the EU commission's finding that Apple received €13 billion in illegal tax aid, a spokesman for the Grand Duchy's finance ministry told the Irish Times. The newspaper, citing observers, expects other countries to become involved in the ...

- EU Observer - EU

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 28

March 28 - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 24points on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers. * TESCO: Two of Tesco Plc's biggest shareholders have called on thesupermarket group to withdraw its 3.7 billion-pound agreed offerfor wholesaler Booker Group Plc, potentially casting doubt on the deal'sprogress. * ...

- Sify - IN

May holds crisis talks in Scotland on brink of Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday urged Scotland not to choose independence, while also fighting a political crisis in Northern Ireland in the frantic final days before she launches Brexit.

- EurActive - UK

When a popular event goes awry

The Irish love a party. None more so than on St Patrick's Day, which they celebrate across the globe, including on this tiny island. Large contingents of Maltese, who also love a party, readily join in to celebrate the feast of this revered patron saint of Ireland. For reasons which can only be explained in a uniquely ...

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Gardaí appeal for witnesses to fatal Dublin crash

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to a crash in which a female cyclist died after being struck by a lorry in Dublin.

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Bus Eireann strike enters fifth day: SIPTU to ballot Dublin Bus and Irish Rail to strike in support

The Bus Eireann strike has entered its fifth day, amid fears it could spread to Dublin Bus and Irish Rail.

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Fraudsters target international students looking for accommodation

Ireland has the worst record in Europe for fraudsters trying to con international students with accommodation scams, EU-funded research shows, writes Niall Murray.

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