He was reported missing and after a number of appeals from family on social media, the teen's severed limbs were found in a black sports bag on a pavement in north Dublin - about 30 miles from where he was last seen alive - just before 10pm on Monday. … [Read more...] about Gang war that sparked brutal murder of Irish teen ‘won’t end until three more killed’
Irish general election to be held on 8 FebruaryEven as the cabinet was meeting on Tuesday morning and Mr Varadkar was briefing his Fine Gael party colleagues and other independent ministers on the decision to dissolve the current Dáil, election posters in his Dublin West constituency were going up. … [Read more...] about Irish general election: What’s at stake for the parties?
Greg O’Shea looks mildly embarrassed as he explains that he has the unique distinction of being the world’s most followed rugby player on Instagram. Considering this is a man who is best known by British television audiences for playing out his romantic life while wandering around topless in the Love Island villa, self-consciousness may seem surprising. However, the reality show is partly the cause of the Irishman’s blushes. … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Love Island winner Greg O’Shea’s Irish Olympic ambitions – ‘Why would I throw away everything for a couple of months of fame?’
At the beginning of the novel, Cara, a receptionist at an upmarket hotel, is told by a guest that she is “a fat bitch”. The insult is deeply felt, and Keyes skilfully peels back the layers of Cara’s insecurities about food, about her body, about the image she sees – and loathes – when she looks into the mirror. What follows is a sensitive, visceral depiction of Cara’s eating disorder: the binge eating, the purging, the secrecy and guilt. That Keyes manages to convey Cara’s experiences without either trivialising or overdramatising is testament to her dexterity. … [Read more...] about Grown Ups by Marian Keyes – one big happy family?
On Brexit policy, the prime concern for the UK, little divides the two parties, neither of which is likely to achieve an outright majority on 8 February. Whichever of them emerges the stronger under Ireland’s proportional representation system, continuity of Brexit policy is likely in whatever coalition or arrangement emerges. The chief threat to that would be if Mr Martin was compelled by the result and his party into an unlikely coalition with Sinn Féin, which seeks an early border poll. This is an option Mr Martin has repeatedly ruled out, but which some in his party prefer. Either way this is a new era. For the first time since 1973, the UK and Ireland will be on opposite sides of the table on tariffs and trade. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on Ireland’s election: a contest with consequences