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22 February 2018 00:00 Moral hazard of mortgage defaulters

That was the obvious question to the proposed bill from Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness which has been drafted by the master of the High Court Edmund Honohan. Essentially, the bill seeks to allow those people who are struggling to pay their mortgage, or are in arrears, to benefit from a debt write-down and remain in their homes. The people in mind are those 7

21 February 2018 22:21 The Council of Europe has told the UK to pass laws to protect the Irish language

The issue has been at the centre of the dispute at Stormont. THE COUNCIL OF Europe has recommended that the United Kingdom introduce legislation to protect the Irish language and the rights of Irish speakers. In a new report published today, the organisation also recommend that the UK government attempts to create a “political consensus” to ensure this happens 7

21 February 2018 15:16 'I remember hearing the whizz of bullets': Irishman recalls mass shooting in Tunisia

38 people died in the 2015 attack, including three Irish people. IRISH HOLIDAYMAKERS IN Tunisia barricaded the door of their hotel room during a terrorist attack as a gunman prowled the corridors outside, an inquest has heard. Raymond Hegarty and his family ran from the pool area as a gunman approached from the beach firing a Kalashnikov as he moved 12

20 February 2018 20:35 Graham Dwyer objects to the way phone records were used in his murder trial

Dwyer, 45, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Elaine O’Hara. GRAHAM DWYER WANTS the High Court to strike down provisions of the law that allowed data from mobile phones to be used by prosecutors as evidence during his trial for the murder of Elaine O’Hara. Dwyer (45) was sentenced to life imprisonment in April 2015 after a jury at the Central 11

20 February 2018 14:39 Rape trial: Stuart Olding arrested an hour after alleged victim was interviewed by police, court hears

The court heard from a policeman from the rape crisis unit. A WOMAN WHO claimed she was raped by two Ulster Rugby teammates told police she was “not entirely sure” about the exact details regarding one of the alleged sexual assaults, a court heard today. The complainant, who was 19 at the time of the alleged sex attack, has accused 24-year old Stuart 11

20 February 2018 00:00 Dad tells of being forced to leave dead son on roadside

The father of a teenage cyclist who was struck by a drink driver has described having to leave his son’s body at the side of the road to get home to break the news to his daughters before they found out on social media. Stefan Cooper, 18, died after he was struck by a car driven by Seán Collins at Barley Hill, Roscarberry, Co Cork, in March 2016. Collins 8

19 February 2018 22:18 Bertie Ahern says he's been 'talking to Simon Coveney' about the ongoing Stormont talks

Ahern also questioned Micheál Martin’s criticism of the government. FORMER TAOISEACH BERTIE Ahern says he has been speaking to Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney during the ongoing negotiations in Northern Ireland. Ahern, who was Taoiseach during the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 and the St. Andrew’s Agreement in 2007, told RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live that he has been speaking 8

19 February 2018 16:53 Graham Dwyer's case against the State argues his phone data should not have been collected

Dwyer was convicted of the 2012 murder of Elaine O’Hara. CONVICTED MURDERER GRAHAM Dwyer’s High Court challenge against the Garda Commissioner and the State over the use of mobile phone records during his trial is due to commence tomorrow. Dwyer was charged in October 2013 with the murder of Elaine O’Hara and was convicted by a jury following a lengthy 8

19 February 2018 15:20 'Devil incarnate' Barry Bennell sentenced to 31 years for child sex abuse

The former football coach was found guilty on 50 counts. DISGRACED FORMER FOOTBALL coach Barry Bennell was sentenced to 31 years in prison today for abusing 12 boys he coached between 1979 and 1991. “You were the devil incarnate. You stole their childhoods and their innocence to satisfy your own perversion,” Judge Clement Goldstone said as he read out the sentence 7

17 February 2018 00:00 Man who tried to flee court is sent forward for trial

A man has been sent forward for trial, on a plea of guilty, for trying to escape garda custody in a courthouse, and on a charge of assault, relating to the same incident. James McCarney, 40, had previously appeared in the district court on February 7, in relation to charges of dangerous driving and of having no insurance at a garda checkpoint the previous 8