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Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Valid data downloaded from flight MH17 black box

The cockpit voice recorder was damaged but the memory module was intact.

From The Daily Edge This dog simulator allows you to experience life as a dog. That’s it. Dog Park

This dog simulator allows you to experience life as a dog. That’s it.

You play, wrestle, dig holes, bounce around, and otherwise act cute. Nothing else.

Erosion of Croagh Patrick a major concern ahead of ‘Reek Sunday’ pilgrimage

Between 15,000 and 20,000 people are expected to climb ‘Ireland’s holiest mountain’ this Sunday…

UN rights council launches probe into Israel’s Gaza offensive

Meanwhile, rockets were discovered in a UN school close to 3,000 displaced Palestinians.

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The High Court has two new judges, both women

Another male judge has been nominated for a vacancy that arises in the High Court later this year.

Experts helping the banking inquiry figure out what to investigate deliver interim report

The final report will help members determine how the inquiry model is going to work.

This top civil servant wants to talk about making it easier to sack public sector workers

Robert Watt has admitted it is easier to sack workers in the private sector than it is in the public sector.

Commission of Investigation into 1998 garda shooting of dissident

28-year-old Ronan McLoughlin was part of a gang that attempted to rob a Securicor van in Ashford on a day gardai were engaged in a “blue flu” action.

From The Daily Edge Now swans are losing the run of themselves When Swans Attack

Now swans are losing the run of themselves

Authorities in Edinburgh have been forced to ban boating on a pond after multiple swan attacks.

Decisions by Department of Social Protection have ‘catastrophic results on peoples lives’

A new report by charity Crosscare identifies social welfare issues as a major factor in homelessness.

Ministers sign off on over-70s free GP care plan

It’s expected that draft legislation will be ready by the end of the year.

Nine months after it was saved, the Seanad is finally being reformed

The proposals are intended to improve efficiency, but don’t address who can vote in Seanad elections.

Gardaí injured after patrol car ‘rammed’ in Portlaoise, four men arrested

GSOC have been informed and are sending a team of investigators to the scene.

Two Ukrainian military jets shot down in rebel-held area

The planes may have been carrying as many as four military personnel.

From The Score ‘We will go to war’ – Ireland U19s captain Chloe Mustaki ahead of Euro semi-final Coygig

‘We will go to war’ – Ireland U19s captain Chloe Mustaki ahead of Euro semi-final

The Girls in Green contest their first ever European Championships knockout game when they face the Netherlands tomorrow.

Costa Concordia finally begins its journey to the scrapyard

“Today, Giglio is once again ours,” said locals relieved to see the stricken cruise liner start its final voyage.

‘Definite line of inquiry’ being followed into source of Tolka pollution

A temporary barrier placed on the river to prevent the pollution spreading has been removed.

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

11 parents of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls have died since their abduction

One father reportedly died repeating his kidnapped daughters’ names.

Over 40 feared dead in plane crash near Taiwan airport

TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 reportedly crashed and caught fire during a second landing attempt.

Swimming ban lifted at Sandymount Strand

Just in time for the hot weather.

Body of a man found close to Kilkenny city centre

The discovery took place at 11.30am this morning in the Blackquarry area of the city.

WWI recruitment posters feature on new An Post stamps

The two commemorative stamps are to mark the centenary of World War One.

Driver killed after two-car collision in Co Limerick

It’s the second road death in Co Limerick in just 24 hours.

Homeless pensioner: ‘I want to live the rest of my life with some dignity’

The case of a pensioner couple facing eviction is just one of many elderly people across the country who are dealing with the housing crisis, a charity has said.

From The Score Captain Ger O’Brien confident Saints have right plan to complete Legia job Euro Vision

Captain Ger O’Brien confident Saints have right plan to complete Legia job

Tonight’s clash with Legia Warsaw offers St Patrick’s Athletic the chance to play Celtic in the next qualifying round of the Champions League

From Business ETC ‘Do I want my mum to see this?’: New app aims to stop teens sexting Parental Control

‘Do I want my mum to see this?’: New app aims to stop teens sexting

The app works by sending a copy of any images taken on the child’s phone to their parents.

Munster memorial ‘Jock’s Block’ outside Limerick pub painted blue by mystery man

The memorial is for the late Jock Hunter who was ‘A Proud Munster Man’.

From The Daily Edge Meet Ireland’s first ever gentoo penguin chick Dingle Oceanworld

Meet Ireland’s first ever gentoo penguin chick

The tiny bundle of joy was born at Dingle Oceanworld.

Need a 10-minute break? Step into the Reading Room…

Want to take a few minutes out to catch up with some interesting reads? We promise you’ll be out in 10 minutes or so…

Berehaven Credit Union to be liquidated after ‘poor governance and lending practices’

The Central Bank says problems at Berehaven resulted in “serious financial difficulties”.

Man charged with rape of two young girls, after extradition from US

The British national was refused bail, after appearing before the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin this afternoon.

Escalating crisis in Gaza poses “serious threat” to children, says UNICEF

Meanwhile, UN rights commissioner condemns military action by Israeli and Hamas forces.

From The Daily Edge 8 body woes every woman dreads in warm weather Hot Stuff

8 body woes every woman dreads in warm weather

From humidity hair to underboob sweat. It’s OK. We’re here.

Two Irish novelists have been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

So was Englishman David Mitchell, who lives in Co Cork.

Opinion: Ring them bells! Why Ireland should never get rid of the Angelus

Twice a day, we should all stop and listen to those bells. Let them serve as a reminder of what happens when we outsource our thinking to anyone else.

Lunchtime Fix: 6 things you need to know

Catch up as you refuel.

‘Dear Daughter’ director Louis Lentin passes away RIP

‘Dear Daughter’ director Louis Lentin passes away

Director Lentin is well known for highlighting abuse in Irish institutions in his documentary about Christine Buckley’s childhood.

From The Score GAA probe set to end as Meath decide not to pursue biting allegations Closure

GAA probe set to end as Meath decide not to pursue biting allegations

TV footage showed Mickey Burke’s hand coming into contact with Dublin forward Eoghan O’Gara’s mouth.

Someone vandalised Molly Malone’s cleavage…

Molly had only made her comeback in Dublin’s city centre last Friday.