Varadkar: EU can drag plug on Brexit talks

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned that the EU can drag the plug on the Brexit withdrawal talks in June unless Britain can put forward a coherent plan for the border within the next 10 weeks. Mr Varadkar said: “I think we require to seriously ask whether a withdrawal agreement is possible at all” after EU […]

Tourist airlifted from Blarney Castle after heart attack

An American tourist in his 50s who was airlifted from the leading of the landmark Blarney Castle in Cork after suffering a heart attack is recovering in hospital. The alarm was raised around 10.15am yesterday when the man, who is on holidays in this place with his wife, collapsed periods after they had scaled the flight of […]

Tourism body can have kept CEO email

Fáilte Ireland was under no obligation to keep records of its past CEO’s emails after he left the company, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has said. However, the Department of Tourism has refused to assert whether it believes the tourism authority acted appropriately by deleting all of Shaun Quinn’s emails after he left […]

Man admits making hoax 999 call to gardaí

Gardaí were notified in a 999 call of a man running around a residential area of Cork with a shotgun, but yesterday a man admitted to making the call as a hoax. Paul Foley, aged 38, with addresses at Comeragh Park, The Glen, Cork, and Lagan Grove, Mayfield, Cork, pleaded guilty to a charge that […]

Family: Brian shouldn’t have been left to die in ED

A man found dead in a hospital should not have been left to die in an emergency department waiting room, his people stated yesterday. Five brothers and sisters stated their farewell at the funeral of 40-year-old Brian Hamilton, discovered motionless in a chair at Tallaght Hospital last weekend. Joined by several hundred mourners at the […]

Driver quoted €19k for insurance gets €2k cover

A Co Meath motorist who was quoted more than €19,000 to renew his car insurance has secured fully-comprehensive cover elsewhere — for less than €2,000. Slane publican Brian Kelly, aged 48, is now geared up to continue his charity fund-raising after a Co Kerry insurance firm got to his aid, enabling him to continue driving. […]

Clubs urged to lead use of cycle lanes

Cyclists are not using the cycle lanes put in for their safety, a policing meeting has been told. Gardaí in Kerry have appealed to cycle clubs to “lead by example” and use cycle lanes, amid growing concerns about the number of fatal incidents involving cyclists, pedestrians, and other road-users. Patterns over a five-year stretch between […]

Advantage Leinster in travel stakes

There’s a lot left to be decided on the pitch, but it can be edge Leinster in the stands if there is an All-Ireland Champions Cup final. The head of the Irish Travel Agents’ Association (ITAA) warned Munster supporters that getting to Bilbao can be difficult should the Red Army overcome Racing 92 in Bordeaux tomorrow […]

Hidden O’Doherty murals re-emerge

One of the country’s greatest living artists returned to his homeland yesterday to unveil murals that were hidden for more than 20 years. New York-based Brian O’Doherty had completed the murals in the mid-1990s at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, but they were consistently designed for temporary display, and his brightly-coloured work had been […]

Varadkar from bankers bonuses but hands tied

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he is not in favour of a return of bankers’ bonuses, despite admitting he may be powerless to stop their reintroduction in a few banks. Speaking at an event in Dublin, the Taoiseach stated he does not want to see a return to such bonuses that were prevalent in the Celtic Tiger’ […]