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Dublin: 4 °C Tuesday 9 February, 2016

Today’s News

‘Paul O’Connell’s biggest attribute was his ability to inspire’

The Limerick native’s legacy will live on for generations to come as he will forever be remembered as a shining example of great leadership, writes James Galvin.

‘Get the f*** out of Wicklow’: Enda met his first protesters of the election today

It got a bit heated on the campaign trail earlier.

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Pat Kenny is coming back to your screens *

* But only to chair the first leaders’ debate of the election race this Thursday.

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Luas strike to go ahead this Thursday and Friday

The strike will start on Thursday morning and continue until 6.30 am on Saturday.

Judge praises prostitutes’ “courage and determination”, returns “hard earned” cash stolen from them

The prosecution in the case of thief Mantas Grazevicius had suggested that two prostitutes’ earnings that Grazevicius had stolen be confiscated by the State.

From The42 ‘I consider myself very lucky’ — O’Connell ready to improve golf game after dominating Irish rugby Legend

‘I consider myself very lucky’ — O’Connell ready to improve golf game after dominating Irish rugby

‘You’re either going to get back to being strong and fast and powerful again or you’re not. And that makes the decision for you.’

From Business ETC Vodafone, Meteor, Three and UPC all in trouble for breaking consumer laws Big Mistakes

Vodafone, Meteor, Three and UPC all in trouble for breaking consumer laws

With 111 nationwide inspections and 62 enforcement actions, 2015 was a busy year for Ireland’s consumer protection watchdog.

Gambler stoned to death by mob after killing two people with sword at casino

The man reportedly flew into a rage after losing about €260.

New armed unit in Dublin to respond to gangland feud

Eddie Hutch was shot dead at his home on Poplar Row in the North Strand yesterday evening.

Cavan courthouse cleared as bomb squad inspects suspect device

Virginia Main Street was closed for several hours after the morning alert.

Shark attacks worldwide are at an all-time high

Attacks involving the sea’s most notorious predators were at their highest in 2015 since records began.

From Business ETC It’s not just Dublin where businesses are being squeezed by high rents Into The West

It’s not just Dublin where businesses are being squeezed by high rents

Office vacancy levels are falling in key Irish regions.

At least nine people dead and 150 injured in German train crash

“This is the biggest accident we have had in years in this region and we have many emergency doctors, ambulances and helicopters on the scene.”

Authorities in India say bus driver was killed by ‘meteorite’

Three other people were injured in the incident.

Sinn Féin wants to scrap the Special Criminal Court

The party has launched its manifesto in Dublin today.

Man dies after being found on fire outside Prince William’s London home

Police were called to Kensington Palace to respond to reports of a man acting suspiciously.

David Attenborough turned down Terry Wogan for a job at the BBC because they already had an Irish announcer…

The then BBC 2 Controller of Programmes told Wogan that there was no room for a man of his “particular talents and experience”.

‘He was a decent guy’ – Sadness and fear in community after murder of Eddie Hutch

Locals have spoken of crime in their area, and how they feel gardaí are powerless to change it.

Gardaí rescue swans confused by Storm Imogen

The wet weather confused the swans making them land on wet roads instead of rivers.

‘Fat Freddie’ Thompson arrested in Dublin city centre

The gangster was stopped in a car and arrested under drugs legislation.

‘Nothing substantive’ in rumours about shots being fired in Tallaght

“There is a sense of fear. People are very concerned as to where they’ll strike next.”

From Business ETC Twitter is creating an anti-abuse council to help it curb online bullying Abuse

Twitter is creating an anti-abuse council to help it curb online bullying

The safety council is made up of more than 40 different organisations to help it stomp out abuse on the platform.

Micheál Martin got a little testy today on his party’s chances of winning

He’s not ruling out his party coming out on top.

From The42 Paul O’Connell retires from all rugby with immediate effect End Of An Era

Paul O’Connell retires from all rugby with immediate effect

The former Ireland captain has called it a day.

WATCH: Cruise ship forced to turn around after sailing into hurricane-force winds in the Atlantic No Smooth Sailing This post contains videos

WATCH: Cruise ship forced to turn around after sailing into hurricane-force winds in the Atlantic

The Royal Caribbean cruise liner was hit by 30 foot waves and 150mph winds.

Poll: What do you have on your pancakes? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: What do you have on your pancakes?

It’s Pancake Tuesday.

From The42 ‘Last April I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get back playing’ – Noel McGrath’s return from cancer battle Comeback Kid
Hugh Jackman tells people to wear sunscreen after another skin cancer surgery Word Of Warning This post contains videos

Hugh Jackman tells people to wear sunscreen after another skin cancer surgery

The actor said he is “an example of what happens when you don’t wear sunscreen”.

Bernie Sanders sneaks ahead of Clinton as first few votes cast in New Hampshire

A handful of votes have been cast so far – but the real action begins later this morning.

“The uniform no longer gives protection” – Gardaí call for more firepower amid gang feud

GRA’s Dermot O’Brien says that the force ‘doesn’t have the resources’.

The deadline for voter registration is TODAY: here’s what you need to know

If you’re still hoping to register, you might want to get your form in sharpish.

You risk blowing your savings on a lifetime supply of customised pens when you run for election

How much you spend on your campaign still plays a large role in determining whether you win a seat , writes Roslyn Fuller.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Here’s what you need to know as the day begins.

Wrap up warm – there’s sleet and heavy showers on the way

Snow is also expected on higher ground.

Conflicting claims over Continuity IRA’s involvement in Drumcondra shooting

A fresh statement from the dissident group says it wasn’t responsible.

Commuting liveblog: Loose horses, black ice and traffic delays

Here’s all the traffic, transport and weather news you need.

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