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Silvio Heinevetter stays Fuchse until 2014

One of the best goalkeeper in current season of Toyota Handball Bundesliga, Silivo Heinevetter (26) will stay in Fuchse Berlin until 2014 due his new signed three years contract.  He played for SC Magdeburg from 2005 until 2009, where he deserved also national team goalkeeper status (since 2007) from Heiner Brandt. Heinevetter came to Berlin in 2009 and in very short period of time, became person NO.1 in the court and around.– With Heiner Brandt and Steffan Kretzschmar, Silvio is the third brand name of German handball. With his talent, quality sports performances and personality, he has potential to become a world star, here in Berlin – said Fuchse Berlin President, Frank Steffel. “The contract extension with Silvio is an important sign to our fans, that in Berlin will TOP quality results will be made.” Fuchse BerlinSilvio Heinevetter ← Previous Story Zarko Markovic in Al Ahly (Saudi Arabia) Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 10): Problems for Ciudad Real read more

Anders Eggert the Best Danish player for the second time

For the second time in his career (after 2009/2010) Anders Eggert (31) been named for the best Danish player in the annual vote of all League and Division 1 players and Danes in foreign clubs.A Contest is organized Handball Players Association of Danish Handball Federation and men’s national team’s partner talkredit.Fantastic left wing of SG Flensburg won impressive 46.21 percent of the votes cast – almost twice as many as Niklas Landin, with 23.45 percent and Henrik Møllgaard who came third.“It’s obviously a great honor to be awarded as distinguished an honor by his colleagues, and I am both proud and humbled,” says Anders Eggert, who received the award at an informal gathering in the team’s three-day session in Sønderborg. ← Previous Story PROFIT IN HANDBALL? It’s possible in Aalborg! Next Story → Brazilian player Lucas Souza passed away Anders Eggerthandballhandball players read more

Martin Dolk stops Barcelona in TREFOR Arena

5Alingsaas HK400493:1200-270 2FC Barcelona4310130:1057250 FC BarcelonaKIF KoldingMartin DolkTREFOR Arena Brøndby 3SG Flensburg-Handewitt4301114:1046100 6Besiktas Istanbul400488:1230-350 1KIF Kolding4310118:917270 KIF Kolding Kobenhavn have showed once again how quality squad they have, this time, against one of the biggest favorites for the EHF CL crown – FC Barcelona 27:27 (14:16). Danish team believed until the end in positive score and achieved that in the last 10 seconds of the match, when left wing Martin Dolk scored for 27:27. Just one minute before the end, Kiril Lazarov scored for 27:25 and it was almost clear that Barca will take both points, but that didn’t happen, what was the signal for home fans (about 5.000) to start to celebrate at TREFOR Arena Brøndby. Macedonian star had last chance to shot, but Cleverly saved his ball above block…In the same group, Wisla Plock made a huge step towards TOP 16 by beating Swedish best team Alingsas 28:25. ← Previous Story Kielce win in France, Aalborg beat Motor – Boom, boom, Bombac Next Story → Šterbik saves Vardar’s point in Montpellier 4Wisla Plock SSA4202109:109400 read more

No mercy from Wisla Plock for Lijewskis new team

2Gaz-System Pogoń Szczecin7601228:18112 9Śląsk Wrocław7205175:2174 1Vive Tauron Kielce7700252:18314 The Polish runners-up Orlen Wisla Plock showed the strength in the match Wybrzeze Gdansk 35:21 (17:11), the team in which play Ex Oiler, legendary Marcin Lijewski. The boys of Manolo Cadenas didn’t let surprise as in clash with Stal Mielec, when they lost the only point so far in the domestic Championship.The home giant, 207 cm tall line-player Kamil Syprzak (photo: was the TOP scorer with 7 goals for the winners, while Rogulski scored one goal less for the team from Gdansk.Orlen Wisła Płock – Wybrzeże Gdańsk 35:21 (17:11)Orlen Wisła: Wichary, Morawski – Syprzak 7, Ghionea 6, Daszek 5, Rocha 4, Racotea 3, Zelenović 2, Pusica 2, Montoro 2, Wiśniewski 2, Nikcević 1, Kwiatkowski 1.Wybrzeże: Chmieliński, Plaszczak, Sokołowski – Rogulski 6, Lijewski 4, Sulej 4, Kornecki 3, Jasowicz 2, Nilsson 1, Papaj 1 oraz Rakowski, Mogielnicki, Abram, Prymlewicz.STANDINGS: 3Orlen Wisła Płock6510207:15111 5SPR Stal Mielec7313199:1977 6Chrobry Głogów7313172:1787 7Zagłębie Lubin7223209:2196 8MMTS Kwidzyn7205205:2114 4Górnik Zabrze6501190:17410 ← Previous Story Veszprém is still 100% in SEHA League Next Story → Ratko Djurkovic as fireman in Hungarian Komlo 11KS Azoty Puławy7025184:2192 12Nielba Wągrowiec7106162:2072 Kamil SyprzakMarcin LijewskiOrlen Wisla Plock 10Wybrzeże Gdańsk7115172:2183 read more

Guerreras upset defending champions

← Previous Story VIDEO: Massive fight PPD Zagreb – Meshkov Brest Next Story → Norway win Scandi derby for the EURO final! The Spanish Guerreras defeated defending champion Montenegro by 18-19 on the first semifinal of the day and are through to their second ever European final. It was an intense match that had two different halves, but where the ones ahead on the score, at all times, were the Spaniards.STATISTICSThe conducted by Jorge Dueñas displayed, yet again, an amazing defence and kept the powerful Montenegrin shooters away from their area, stepping out in the 9 meter line at all times. But it was not only the strong defence that kept them safe, it was also the outstanding Silvia Navarro, who stopped every effort from players of the caliber of Katarina Bulatovic and Milena Knezevic, who ended the match without any goals from seven attempts.While Spain was doing things right both in the defence and in the attack with their characteristic moves, Montenegro had a hard time trying to stop them, but also trying to score. It took the Olympic silver medallists 8:09 minutes to get their first goal, which was scored by Jovanka Radicevic.Due to Suzana Lazovic’s absence (took a red card against Sweden), Dragan Adzic used the wingers to cover that spot on the line, first with Majda Mehmedovic and then with Radicevic on the second half, who showed some good pivot skills, but were not enough to break the Spanish leadership.After the first 20’ of the game, Spain led 4-10 and Navarro was already becoming the hero of the night. Montenegrin goals were coming from outside the 9 meter line, quick shots taken by Bulatovic or Jovanovic who showed their efforts to keep Montenegro on the game. The first half ended with a 8-13 in favor for the Guerreras, who were playing in a great way.The last 30 minutes of the game were completely different from the first ones; Spain kept the intensity on the defence, but were now unable to score: Marina Rajcic had replaced Sonja Barjaktarovic under the posts and was doing a great job to keep the hopes alive for Montenegro.With 15’ played, the Spanish were now leading 13-16; Adzic’s girls were trying to recover and started to show a much better defence, but they still couldn’t find a way to get through Navarro’s goal, who would eventually finish the match with a 50 per cent save rate (18/36 saves). Montenegro managed to allow only 4 goals on the first 22 minutes, but that was still not enough to take the lead. Nerea Pena cut a 15’ scoreless spell for Spain and the match entered on a nerve racking final.The defending champions were still having a very hard time trying to surpass the Spanish defence and beating Navarro, who was having a superb performance; but with two minutes left on the clock Jovanka Radicevic scored from the pivot position to declare the 17-18 on the board. On the Spanish reply, despite the intense work by the Montenegrins, Elizabeth Pinedo was able to make her way through the defence from the left wing position until the very centre of the area and catch an assist from Marta Mangue to score the 19th goal and set a two goal difference with only 1:20 left to be played. Radicevic scored again, but time was not enough to recover the ball and force an extra time.The Spanish team made a great effort in defence throughout the entire tournament and is now enjoying their place in the final, in which they will have to face Norway. It will be Spain’s second European final after Macedonia 2008, when they also faced the Scandinavians, who will play their seventh final in a row. Navarro was named MVP for Spain while Andjela Bulatovic (1 goal) was MVP for Montenegro. The top scorer of the match was Vardar’s Jovanka Radicevic with 6 goals, followed by Spain’s Pinedo with 5 goals. Montenegro will meet Sweden on Sunday on the bronze medal match.TEXT: LAURA AGENA read more


GOALKEEPER:1. Paula Ungureanu 232. Katrin Lunde 223. Amandine Leynaud 194. Clara Woltering 17 LINE PLAYER:1. Heidi Loke 492. Dragana Cvijić 233. Oana Manea 194. Mette Gravholt 9 PLAYMAKER:1. Cornelia Groot 252. Isabelle Gullden 213. Allison Pineau 184. Ekaterina Ilina 10 RIGHT WING:1. Jovanka Radičević 392. Carmen Martin 233. Anna Vyakhireva 124.Julia Managarova 11 RIGHT BACK:1. Nora Mork 522. Katarina Bulatović 443. Nerea Pena 134. Susann Muller 4 DEFENSIVE PLAYER:1. Danick Snelder 182. Mari Kristine Molid 143. Suzana Lazović 124. Sabina Jacobsen 7 Here are the complete results of the MIZUNO FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015 Contest.Cristina Neagu is MIZUNO FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015, and here are the other members of the MIZUNO WORLD HANDBALL BEST 8 in this year:LEFT WING: Siraba Dembele (ŽRK Vardar – France)LEFT BACK: Cristina Neagu (ŽRK Budućnost – Romania)PLAYMAKER: Cornelia Groot (Gyor – The Netherlands)RIGHT BACK: Nora Mork (Larvik HK – Norway)RIGHT WING: Jovanka Radičević (ŽRK Vardar – Montenegro)LINE-PLAYER: Heidi Loke (Gyor – Norway)GOALKEEPER: Paula Unguareanu (HCM Baia Mare – Romania)DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Danick Snelder (HC Thuringer – The Netherlands)LEFT WING (cumulative votes – journalist and fans):1. Siraba Dembele 272. Majda Mehmedović 24. Camila Herrem 244. Maria Fisker 15LEFT BACK:1. Cristina Neague 842. Estavana Polman 173. Andrea Penezić 114. Karolina Kudlacz 8 ← Previous Story TOP 5 FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER IN 2015 Next Story → CRISTINA NEAGU – MIZUNO FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015 read more

Mens EHF Cup Round 3 draw – Berlin in Slovenia

EHF Cup ← Previous Story VIDEO: Unbeatable Nikola Karabatic match winner against Flensburg Next Story → Silvio Ivandija will be new RK PPD Zagreb coach The last step before Men’s EHF Cup Group Stage will be matches of the Round 3. Draw was made in Vienna on Tuesday.The first leg of the Qualification Round 3 takes place on 19/20 November, the second leg will follow one week later. The 16 winners qualify for the group phase, which will commence on 11 February.Men’s EHF Cup Qualification Round 3 pairings:HC Zamet (CRO) vs MT Melsungen (GER)SKA Minsk (BLR) vs Saint-Raphael Var Handball (FRA)KS Azoty-Pulawy (POL) vs SL Benfica (POR)Dinamo Astrakhan (RUS) vs HC Midtjylland (DEN)Rk Gorenje Velenje (SLO) vs Füchse Berlin (GER)Fraikin BM Granollers (ESP) vs ZTR Zaporozhye (UKR)St. Petersburg HC (RUS) vs Maccabi CASTRO Tel Aviv (ISR)SC Magdeburg (GER) vs RK Nexe (CRO)Helvetia Anaitasuna (ESP) vs Csurgói KK (HUN)Alingsas HK (SWE) vs GOG (DEN)SCM Politehnica Timisoara (ROU) vs RD Riko Ribnica (SLO)Cocks (FIN) vs Górnik Zabrze (POL)Frisch Auf Göppingen (GER) vs Pfadi Winterthur (SUI)Abanca Ademar Leon (ESP) vs KIF Kolding Kobenhavn (DEN)Bregenz Handball (AUT) vs Futebol Clube do Porto (POR)Grundfos Tatabanya KC (HUN) vs Maccabi Srugo Rishon Lezion (ISR) read more

TO COLOGNE VIA PARIS Rhein Neckar Lowen book place No4

Rhein Neckar Lowen will have extremely difficult way to Cologne at VELUX EHF Champions League. The German champions ensured place No.4 in Group after beating Orlen Wisla Plock 32:27 (14:15) in away match and that put them on Vive Tauron Kielce or THW Kiel, the fifth team of opposite group at the start of knock-out stage in European elite competition this season.If they succeed in the first knock-out challenge, the “Lions” will chase Paris Saint Germain at quarter-finals.Wisla Plock – Rhein Neckar 27-32 (15-14)Wisla Plock: Valentin Ghionea 6, Dan Racotea 5, Lovro Mihic 5, Gilberto Duarte 4, Jose De Toledo 2, Nemanja Obradovic 1, Marko Tarabochia 1, Maciej Gebala 1, Igor Zabic 1, Sime Ivic 1Rhein Neckar: Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson 10, Andy Schmid 6, Patrick Groetzki 4, Mads Mensah Larsen 3, Hendrik Pekeler 3, Alexander Petersson 3, Filip Taleski 2, Andreas Palicka 1 Rhein Neckar Lowen ← Previous Story EHF CL: Montpellier close to TOP 16, Skjern with -2 from Ukraine Next Story → “SIX MONTHS LOVE” WITH SUNDOVSKI: Israel looking for a new NT head-coach! read more

Two arrested after €80k worth of cannabis herb seized

first_imgTWO PEOPLE HAVE been arrested after cannabis herb was found during a garda search of  a car.The man and woman were arrested and a quantity of cannabis herb was seized following a stop-and-search of a vehicle in Ballymote yesterday evening.Gardaí stopped a car on the N4, Castlebaldwin, Ballymote, Co Sligo.When they searched the car, they recovered 4kg of cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €80,000, subject to analysis.The two occupants of the car were a man in his mid 30s and a woman in her mid 20s. They were arrested at the scene.The duo are currently detained at Ballymote Garda station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 and can be detained for up to seven days.last_img read more

Hidden History the first casualty in the American Civil War was a

first_imgLAST WEEKEND THEJOURNAL.IE began looking at the involvement of the Irish in the American Civil War.Nearly 200,000 men – and some women – from Ireland fought in the many battles that raged between 1861 and 1865. An estimated 750,000 soldiers were killed during the five-year war and the first casualty was actually an Irish man called Daniel Hough.A relatively unknown figure on both sides of the water, Private Hough is the subject of a new radio documentary due to air this evening on Tipp FM.During five months of research, presenter Tom Hurley discovered new information about the emigrant in the hope of solving some of the mystery that shrouds him.Dan Hough arrived in New York harbour in March 1849 after leaving his native Tipperary. Just two months later, he followed in the footsteps of thousands of his native countrymen and joined the US Army. It was one way the Irish had of securing a livelihood.Each time a soldier enlisted, he would have to promise five years service. Hough did this three times – in 1849, 1854 and 1859.However, there was a brief period in 1857 where he was interred in a mental institution as he was described as “crazy” by an army doctor who believed he had a hereditary condition. More recently historians have produced another version. Military historian Robert Doyle, who is interviewed as part of tonight’s broadcast, suggests that the Private worked with cannons which could have affected his hearing.On leaving the institution, Hough was placed in Company E instead of returning to Company D – a fact that directly led to his death. He had returned by the time the Civil War kicked off at Fort Sumter on 12 April 1861. Although nobody died during the 36-hour bombardment, Hough died when a cannon exploded prematurely while firing a salute following the surrender to Confederate forces.Another Irish man, Edward Gallway from Skibereen, county Cork was also injured in the blast which occurred on the 47th shot of what ended up as a 50 gun salute. He died a few days later from his injuries.Hurley says that it cannot be explicitly stated that the Private fought against slavery because he had joined the federal army before the outbreak of the war.The Hough mystery centres on where he is from and where is is buried.Hurley told that there is only one Daniel Hough who fitted the description to be found among information available across Ireland. He was born in 1829 in the Borrisokane area and had a brother called William. This would mean that he had lied about his age when joining the army – something that would not have been uncommon among Irish men joining the forces.There is a letter – written by a William Howe claiming to be Private Hough’s brother – asking for the money owed to the soldier to be forwarded to his address on Greenwich Street in Manhattan. There is also evidence that his family asked his body to be exhumed and moved from its burial location at Fort Sumter to New York.Tonight’s documentary features interviews with contributors from both Ireland and the US and incorporates resources such as famine ship passenger lists, Hough’s military record and Tipperary parish data.A recurring theme throughout the programme is how difficult research was because of the spelling of his surname. How it was pronounced and spelled on documents once he left Ireland varies greatly. According to Irish military historian Wesley Bourke, one reason for this was because many Americans spelled Irish names phonetically and were not corrected because of high levels of illiteracy among the emigrants. So Hough became Howe or Haugh on many occasions and details lost about the first casualty of the American Civil War.What the Hough – the First Casualty of the American Civil war was a Tipperary Soldier was made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Tipp FM. It will be aired on Tipp FM on 7 October at 6pm. It can be heard outside the county on or as a podcast. Hidden History: The Irish and the American Civil War>last_img read more

Column A new way to ask TDs questions – and get a

first_imgTRIBUNAL FATIGUE AND economic collapse has left the Irish electorate feeling cheated and jaded with the political system.Stories of bankers’ wives being forced to sell their jewellery and TDs evading correct expenses procedures filter through as the most resilient representations of the decisions made by politicians. Anecdotes become caricatures of the decision-making process subject to disdainful ridicule over pints with friends. Politics seems like an abstract practice, distant and irrelevant from most peoples’ daily reality.According to the 2012 Edelman Trust Barometer, 90 per cent of Irish people feel that the government is not listening to citizens’ needs and feedback. This figure indicates a massive breakdown in communication between the average citizen and their elected representatives, with the recent demise of suggesting that the disconnection is widening.Constituency hours, participation on social media platforms and an Oireachtas telephone number are ineffective in facilitating the kind of substantial and accessible engagement that is lacking. Politicians who want to communicate their accomplishments and intentions have no neutral platform that allows them to reach their constituents directly. Feedback comes from an active minority who can be unrepresentative of the community at large.A deferential nationThe Occupy Movement set out to ignite a global revolt against inequality. One year on, it is apparent that the movement was more an expression of frustration and anger, than a campaign with clear and substantive goals. In Ireland in particular, the disintegration of the movement reinforced how ineffectual protest is as a way of generating sustainable, long-term reform.We are a notoriously deferential, non-confrontational nation, reluctant to react against the status quo. While politicians battle to decipher the loudest voice among the clamouring interest groups, the majority of the electorate remains silent. However, apathy is not the only alternative to protest.Meaningful political change can only be achieved through co-operation. Consistent citizen participation in the political process, beyond election time, is essential if we are going to rebuild ourselves as a nation. Challenge and scrutiny are essential to the political process and we should all feel responsible for the constant revision of State matters.In March, as part of Change Nation, Ashoka invited the German organisation ParliamentWatch to Ireland to cultivate demand for a version of their platform, which enables citizens to communicate with their representatives directly. The forum attracts between 5,000-10,000 visitors per day in Germany and has made a substantial contribution to citizen engagement in political life.Direct questions, direct answersOverseen by a board of trustees from across Ireland, will launch here on Thursday, October 11, allowing anyone to ask any TD a direct question and receive a direct response. All questions and answers are public, and once posted to the site they remain there forever, forming ‘the voter’s virtual memory’, encouraging accountability and transparency.Beyond Q&A, the website will provide additional information on TDs’ attendance and voting records, how the Dáil works, and the committees appointed by the Houses of the Oireachtas. It will be available in both English and Irish.The widespread dissent over measures such as the Household Charge has demonstrated the dangers of top-down decision-making and the importance of buy-in from the citizen population. The electorate will only tolerate a sacrifice if they recognise it as contributing to the overall good of society. Policy decisions enacted unilaterally are perceived as attempting to use the public as a scapegoat to save a privileged few. If the electorate feel that they have been excluded from the process, new legislation is impossible to enforce.According to Edelman, 7 in 10 Irish people don’t trust Government leaders to tell them the truth. The eye-watering cuts that will be pushed through in the upcoming budget will require faith in our leaders and a consensus over the common good for our society. There must be a platform for open and honest discussion between the electorate and the elite around the direction of our country, to generate the level of trust and unity that is required to achieve the necessary sacrifices.Shaped by the peopleSocial media is direct but unsubstantial, while constituency hours are significant but inconvenient (and private). will provide TDs with a tool to efficiently communicate with people in a meaningful way, lowering the barriers to participation and making politics more accessible and relevant.By streamlining the interaction and making it public, constituents can search through previous questions by issue area and busy TDs do not need to answer the same question multiple times. The platform recognises the magnitude of responsibility that each representative undertakes and is designed for mutual benefit.Politics should not be a distant, inscrutable affair, far removed from citizen influence. Our government must be shaped by our people. By increasing engagement from both sides, we can create a more open and unified society.Engage with your representative from October 11 and contribute to how decisions are made on your behalf.Sarah O’Neill is the CEO of DáilWatch, which will launch this Thursday. You can follow @dailwatch on Twitter or use the hashtag #askaTD.The DáilWatch project is part of the ChangeNation initiative, begun by Ashoka in March 2012 when 50 of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs gathered with Irish leaders to begin implementing solutions to some of Ireland’s biggest challenges.For more information, visit or read more

Finally Ryanair overhauls its website to make it less ugly

first_imgUpdated 21:59FOR MANY YEARS, the Ryanair website has been the source of much angst for its customers.Potential passengers frequently complained about the bad design, the many requests to purchase add-ons for their flights, and the decidedly non-user-friendly experience.The company took pride in its no-frills approach online, pointing out that the website was still massively successful, despite the design problems. However as part of the Ryanair 2.0 which has emerged in recent months – including the announcement that seats are to be allocated from next year and that fees for reissued boarding cards are to be reduced, both of which were previous stalwarts of Ryanair’s back to basics policy – the website has now undergone a significant overhaul.The Ryanair Twitter account announced the new site this morning, telling customers: “We have a surprise for you!”. It described the new site as the “1st of many changes for”.It comes a day after the airline announced 300 new jobs for Ireland and a number of new routes out of Dublin Airport from next year.Here’s how the  site looked up until last night:And here’s how it looks now:What do you think? Any better?First published 11:47Read: ‘Warm and cuddly’ or ‘harsh and caustic’: Are we seeing Michael O’Leary 2.0? > Read: Good news: Ryanair announces 300 new jobs > Read: Ryanair to cut fees and bring in quiet flights. No, seriously >last_img read more

Irelands Watergate How the phone tapping scandal would lead to Haugheys downfall

first_img“I have done the State some service, they know it, no more of that.” – Charlie Haughey quoting Othello upon resigning in 1992. IT WAS THE political scandal that had such far-reaching consequences that they were still being felt 11 years later when Charles Haughey was forced to resign as Taoiseach in 1992.But no-one could have predicted that when the phone tapping revelations first emerged in 1983 and were just the latest in a string of controversies arising from Haughey’s GUBU government.‘Grotesque, Unbelievable, Bizarre and Unprecedented’ or GUBU was the moniker given to the events 1982 which engulfed the Haughey administration and were still causing problems even after Fianna Fáil was booted out of power in the November 1982 elections – the second that year.Haughey was in opposition for just over a month when the Fine Gael-led coalition blew the whistle on what was then and remains perhaps the biggest scandal in Irish political history or as Pat Kenny (below) referred to it at the time: “The biggest political crisis since the Arms Trial.”What emerged in three separate and lengthy government statements was, briefly, that two high-profile political journalists’ phones had been tapped on the orders of the Minister for Justice Seán Doherty, that Doherty had also facilitated the secret recording of a conversation between Fianna Fáil Ministers Ray McSharry and Martin O’Donoghue, and that as as result two of the most senior gardaí in the country were retiring.Fianna Fáil leaksThe phone taps were carried out in and around mid-1982 amid a heightened sense of suspicion that ministers were leaking information from Cabinet discussions.A series of stories were reported by both the Irish Independent’s Bruce Arnold and the Sunday Tribune and later Sunday Press’s Geraldine Kennedy about internal divisions within Fianna Fáil over the future of its leader, Charlie Haughey.After the February 1982 general election, where Haughey failed to win an overall majority, Dessie O’Malley emerged as a possible successor with his challenge reported on extensively by Arnold who even went as far as to list the Fianna Fáil TDs who he said were prepared to oppose Haughey.But Haughey would survive the challenge, garnering enough support at a stormy parliamentary party meeting to force O’Malley to withdraw his leadership bid.Meanwhile, Kennedy (below) broke several stories about dissent in the Fianna Fáil ranks in the Sunday Tribune prior to another leadership challenge in October of 1982.This was led by future finance minister Charlie McCreevy, the Kildare TD, whose motion of no confidence saw O’Malley resign from Cabinet in preparation to vote against the party leader. But Haughey would survive again after insisting on a roll call vote as opposed to a secret ballot.Kennedy would recall in 1983 how she was warned about two months before what became known as ‘The October Coup’ that her phone might have been unofficially tapped to record conversations she might have with five Fianna Fáil dissidents.“I thought that was very strange and sinister, but I couldn’t check it out, nor confirm it, so I didn’t do anything about it,” she told RTÉ’s Today Tonight.What would later emerge was that Seán Doherty authorised warrants for garda phone taps of the phones of Arnold and Kennedy. In the case of Arnold, a phone tap was sought to “secure useful information concerning subversive activity” on 10 May 1982 and was later withdrawn on 12 July.A few weeks later on 28 July a tap was applied to Kennedy’s phone and was said on the 27 October to be “yielding results”. It was withdrawn on 16 November.The scandal breaksRumours also circulated at the time that taps were also being applied to several Fianna Fáil dissidents’ phones including those of O’Malley, McCreevy, Haughey’s old rival George Colley, Seamus Brennan and Martin O’Donoghue.In the case of O’Donoghe a tap was conclusively proven and exposed in January 1983 when the whole scandal emerged.Just weeks into his term in office newly-appointed Justice Minister Michael Noonan (above) issued a statement on 6 January 1983 stating that an investigation is taking place into allegations that phones of two journalists had been tapped.He said that newspaper reports suggesting a widening of the investigation are “wholly speculative and devoid of any foundation”.But less than fortnight later, on 19 January, a further statement from Noonan revealed that “a new development has now taken place” and confirmed that morning that a miniature tape recorder, not involving telephone tapping, was sought from a garda source and subsequently returned together with a tape of a political conversation which was transcribed using garda facilities. A further statement was promised “within the next two days”.In fact it came the following day, on 20 January, when Noonan issued three lengthy and explosive statements. He noted that shortly after taking office he was notified from official sources about “the interception under official warrant of the phones of Bruce Arnold and Geraldine Kennedy”.But he also said that it had emerged the previous weekend that garda equipment had been used to record a “political conversation”.In fact, what had transpired was that towards the end of October 1982, Joseph Ainsworth, a deputy garda commissioner, received a call from then Justice Minister Seán Doherty in which he was instructed to bring recording equipment to then Tánaiste and Minister for Finance Ray MacSharry.The next day, Doherty had a tape sent to Ainsworth for transcription and the senior garda officer later took two copies of the transcript to Doherty at Government Buildings where the minister handed back the recording equipment.Secret recordingThe conversation that had been secretly recorded and transcribed was between MacSharry and Cabinet colleague Martin O’Donoghue and was described by Noonan as “related solely to party political issues concerning Fianna Fáil and included nothing which could be thought to relate to matters of concern to the Garda Siochána”.MacSharry later defended his actions, saying that rumours were sweeping the party that he could be ‘bought’ to support efforts to depose Haughey, and that he used the equipment to record any attempt to offer him bribes.Fianna Fáil minister Padraig Flynn would later recall how MacSharry was “furious” at the claims and wanted to have solid evidence to show he could not be bribed if he was offered.The scandal was huge.Noonan, little-known at the time having only recently been elected to the Dáil, came to prominence for an assured and commanding performance at a hastily arranged press conference on the night of 20 January where he laid out the details of the scandal.“The checks and balances which should operate in the system no longer operated,” he said, promising an investigation into all taps taking place and legislation to introduce safeguards.Press cuttings from the time detail how it was viewed as the ‘Irish Watergate’. Martin O’Shea wrote in the Irish Press that “all the elements are there; the deed, the rumours, the coverup… and finally the resignations”.Garda retirementsGarda Commissioner Patrick McLaughlin retired as did his then deputy, the aforementioned Joseph Ainsworth.Records revealed today show how far from Noonan’s insistence at the time that the two were NOT asked to resign nor retire, in fact McLaughlin felt he had no choice but to do so, and indeed that appeared to be the government’s view as well.MacSharry resigned from the Fianna Fáil frontbench while Doherty quit the party before rejoining again in 1984.Haughey was, as ever, the great survivor and in denying any knowledge of what had gone on he went on to lead Fianna Fáil in opposition until it returned to power, with him as Taoiseach, in 1987.However, it would be in early 1992 that the phone tapping scandal would finally catch-up with him when Doherty, in the wilderness for over a decade made a now infamous appearance on RTÉ television’s Nighthawks (above).He said for the first time that he had shown transcripts of Arnold and Fitzgerald’s recorded conversations to Haughey.A few days later Doherty claimed that a decision had been taken to stop the leaks from Cabinet and that transcripts of secret recordings were “handed to him [Haughey] directly”.The Taoiseach insisted that the claims “absolutely false”. But he did not survive and with the Progressive Democrats threatening to pull out of coalition, Haughey fell on his sword, resigning as Taoiseach and, after 13 years, stepping down as leader of Fianna Fáil.Of all the scandals and allegations that engulfed Haughey in the years during and after his turbulent reign it was ultimately the events of 1982 and early 1983, and specifically the tapping of journalists’ phones, that would lead to his downfall.Pics: Screengrabs via RTÉ/YouTube, and the National Archives. See National Archives, Reference 2013/16/1408FLASHBACK: No mention of Patrick Connolly, GUBU in 1982 State PapersColumn: It’s 30 years since GUBU. Now THAT was a political battle.last_img read more

Iraqs Fallujah falls to AlQaeda militants as 55 are killed

first_imgIRAQ HAS LOST Fallujah to Al-Qaeda-linked fighters, a senior security official said today, putting militants back in control of the city in Anbar province where American forces repeatedly battled insurgents.But security forces have struck fighters from Al-Qaeda-linked group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in two other areas of Anbar, killing 55 of them, a senior army officer said.MilitantsParts of Fallujah and Ramadi, west of Baghdad, had already been held by militants for days, harkening back to the years after the 2003 US-led invasion when both cities were insurgent strongholds.Fighting erupted in the Ramadi area on Monday, when security forces broke up an anti-government protest camp set up after demonstrations broke out in late 2012 against what Sunni Arabs say is the marginalisation and targeting of their community.The violence then spread to Fallujah, and a subsequent withdrawal of security forces from areas of both cities cleared the way for militants to move in.“Fallujah is under the control of ISIL,” a senior security official in Anbar told AFP, while the city’s outskirts were in the hands of local police.Meanwhile, Iraqi ground forces commander Staff General Ali Ghaidan Majeed told AFP security forces killed 25 ISIL fighters in Albufaraj, near Ramadi, and 30 in Garma, close to Fallujah.He also said police and tribesmen were hunting for militants in Ramadi, with army support.Majeed said there are three groups involved in the fighting: security forces and allied tribes, ISIL, and forces of the anti-government “Military Council of the Tribes.”Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki vowed today to eliminate militant groups in Anbar.Militant power risingUS forces suffered almost one-third of their total Iraq fatalities in Anbar, according to independent website two years after US forces withdrew from the country, the power of militants in the province is again rising.ISIL is the latest incarnation of an Al-Qaeda affiliate that lost ground from 2006, as Sunni tribesmen and former insurgents joined US troops against jihadists in a process that began in Anbar and came to be known as the “Awakening.”But the group has made a striking comeback following the US withdrawal and the outbreak of Syria’s civil war in 2011.Protest campPrime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had long sought the closure of the protest camp, dubbing it a “headquarters for the leadership of Al-Qaeda.”But its removal has caused a sharp decline in the security situation.And while the closure has removed a physical sign of Sunni Arab grievances, the perceived injustices that underpinned the protest have not been addressed.Violence in Iraq last year reached a level not seen since 2008, when it was just emerging from a brutal period of sectarian killings.- © AFP, 2014Read: Iraq suffers worst year of violence since 2008>last_img read more

Rehab are waiting too long to reveal their CEOs salary

first_imgREHAB GROUP’S DELAY in releasing the salary of their CEO has been criticised by the Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee.The board of Rehab will meet in three weeks time to decide whether to disclose the salary, something Jerry Buttimer called ‘a bit too long’ of a wait.The deputy, who yesterday called for all Section 39 organisations to outline their funding models, stressed the need to restore confidence in the sector, but said that can’t be achieved without the ‘full facts’.Speaking to RTÉ’s Prime Time programme last night, the Cork South-Central TD said the organisation had a ‘duty’ to their staff and those who use Rehab’s services.In a statement last night from Rehab, group chairman Brian Kerr said that the matter of revealing Angela Kerins’ own salary wasn’t a matter for her, but for the board of Rehab GroupThey will meet on 17 February for a special board meeting on the matter.He added they have received “no formal request from any relevant authority” to disclose financial details.Yesterday Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said that he expected the salary to be disclosed, but the time-frame wasn’t vital.Read: Section 39 organisations invited to discuss their finances >Rehab Group: Board will meet to decide whether to reveal Angela Kerins’ salary… next month >Varadkar: ‘Your local GAA lottery wouldn’t work like this >last_img read more

Postmortem confirms fire victim died in violent circumstances

first_imgA MURDER INVESTIGATION is underway in Co Cork after a post-mortem examination showed that a woman who was thought to have died in a house fire had actually “died in violent circumstances”.The body of Olivia Dunlea, 36, was found in the house at Passage West after the emergency services were called in the early hours of Sunday morning.It was thought that Dunlea had died as a result of the fire, with neighbours believing she was not in the house at the time because her car was absent and her children were staying with friends.It has now emerged, however, that Dunlea had been killed before the fire began.A post-mortem carried out at Cork University Hospital by the State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy, has confirmed that Dunlea had died “in violent circumstances”.An incident room has been set up at Togher Garda Station and a technical examination of the house in the Pembroke Crescent estate is ongoing.Gardaí have asked anyone who was in the area, and particularly in the vicinity of the housing estate, Passage West village, or the roads between the two between 12am and 2am on Sunday morning to contact them.Gardaí in Togher can be contacted at (021) 4947127, or via the Garda Confidential line at 1800 666 111.A man in his late 30s, who was arrested in connection with the fire this morning, remains in custody at Togher under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.Read: Man arrested over woman’s death in Cork house firelast_img read more

Man films unbelievable footage of tornado tearing through trailer park

first_img Source: Dan Yorgason/YouTubeThe rare EF-2 tornado logged peak winds of 120mph and was estimated to be about 100 yards wide. It struck the oil worker camp just south of Watford City and lasted for just 10 minutes.According to the Associated Press, nine people were injured, including one 15-year-old girl who is critical but expected to survive. All were in their trailers at the time of the storm.Yorgason said “There was literally nowhere to go. The tornado was coming down the hill along our only escape route. There was nowhere for us to go. It was crazy”.Ireland doesn’t fare too well in this excellent map of the world in stereotypes>Weatherman saves tiny shivering kitten from tornado rubble> WHAT’S THE FIRST thing you’d do if you saw a tornado belting towards you…? Film it?Dan Yorgason and his fellow oil workers had no basements to hide in when a twister went on a rampage through a nearby trailer park in North Dakota on Monday. Instead, they decided to go outside to get a proper look.The group escaped in a truck, but not before capturing this amazing footage, complete with a tornado warning on the background radio.Bit late.Warning: STRONG language within. Seriously. No, really.last_img read more

80yearold activist Margaretta DArcy given two week sentence in court for Shannon

first_imgANTI-WAR ACTIVIST MARGARETTA D’Arcy has been given a 2 week suspended sentence for entering part of Shannon Airport which is closed to the public.D’Arcy, who is 80, was sentenced at Ennis District Court yesterday. Co-accused Niall Farrell of Maree, Oranmore, in Galway was also given a suspended sentence for unauthorised entry at Shannon in September last year.The judge ordered both Farrell and D’Arcy to sign a bond promising not to trespass at the airport again – however RTE News reports that D’Arcy said she will not sign the bond.She and Farrell had attempted to block the runway at Shannon Airport in protest at the use of the airport by US military since the Iraq War, and also against western intervention in Syria.D’Arcy, of Woodquay in Galway, was accompanied by Nobel prize winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire at the court yesterday. Clare Daly TD was also in attendance outside the court. Source: planxtysumoud/YouTubeD’arcy spent time in Mountjoy Prison earlier this year after being sentenced to three months behind bars in January for refusing to stay out of the unauthorised zones at Shannon Airport.The writer, who is a member of Aosdána, has been treated for cancer in recent months.Speaking at the time of her release last year, D’Arcy was sanguine about her imprisonment and said she would continue to her anti-war protests.“If Enda Kenny wants to spend thousands of euro putting me in prison, he can go ahead,” she said.Read: “We are now a blood-ridden country”: Margaretta D’Arcy rounds on TDs over Shannon > Read: ‘If that’s the way the cookie crumbles’: Margaretta D’Arcy says she’ll go back to prison if she has to >last_img read more

EU leaders could live to regret choosing Junker as Commission president

first_imgJEAN-CLAUDE JUNKER was named as the next president of the European Commission today, dealing a bitter blow to Britain after David Cameron warned the EU could “live to regret” the move.European leaders now face having to repair the relationship with Cameron after a very public row over one of the EU’s top jobs ahead of a slated referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU in 2017.Cameron forced an unprecedented vote on the issue at a high-stakes Brussels summit despite having the support of only Hungary among the other 27 EU members. Juncker’s nomination was confirmed on Twitter by Herman Van Rompuy, who heads the European Council of leaders. Leaders are expected to try and appease Cameron, potentially by offering London a top job in Brussels, but the dispute threatens to fuel eurosceptic sentiment in Britain ahead of the referendum, to be held if Cameron’s Conservatives win next year’s general election.Cameron could also “retaliate” against the nomination of Juncker – who he sees as too federalist and unable to deliver reform – by refusing to sign the conclusions.The disagreement comes a month after anti-EU parties made sweeping gains in European elections, with outright victories for the UK Independence Party in Britain and the National Front in France.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe’s most powerful leader, yesterday urged EU colleagues to “compromise” with Britain.“I think we can find compromises here and make a step towards Great Britain,” she said.“I repeatedly spoke of a European spirit which is needed and which will help us to find good solutions.”She and Cameron met briefly for talks before the main discussions on Friday, officials said.‘Europe needs Britain’ Other European leaders seemed to be heeding Merkel’s advice as they arrived for the summit today.“Europe needs Britain to be part of us,” Danish Prime Minister Helle-Thorning Schmidt told reporters.“I hope that after today that we can get back on track.”European leaders enjoyed a lunch of fresh tomato gazpacho, turbot with chervil and baby vegetables and chocolate and apricot millefeuille before an afternoon of tough negotiations.Facing rising euroscepticism at home, Cameron is demanding EU reforms including the repatriation of powers from Brussels ahead of the planned referendum.A string of senior jobs in the EU are up for grabs this year which could be used in an overall package to sweeten the pill of Juncker’s nomination for Cameron.Another summit is set to take place on July 16 to decide the positions, and analysts say a British politician could be offered a senior job.Other compromises could include naming Thorning-Schmidt – who made headlines with a selfie with Cameron and US President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s funeral last year – as Van Rompuy’s successor as European Council president.Away from disagreements over top jobs, European leaders also signed landmark association and trade accords with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.The pact, inked by Ukraine’s new President Petro Poroshenko, has been at the heart of a months-long crisis in Ukraine and is fiercely opposed by Russia.Poroshenko described the move as “a historic day, the most important day since independence” from Moscow in 1991.It was then Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to put the agreements on ice in November, under pressure from Moscow, which led to protests in Kiev and his ouster, followed by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and subsequent unrest in east Ukraine.- © AFP 2014.Read: Cameron not backing down from EU showdown over Junker vote>Read: Taoiseach supports Juncker saying he is a strong candidate for presidency> I’ve told EU leaders they could live to regret the new process for choosing the Commission President. I’ll always stand up for UK interests.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 27, 2014 After the decision was announced, he hit out at EU leaders: I know the odds are stacked against me at the EU summit today – but I will be sticking to my principles:— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 27, 2014 Source: David Cameron/Twittercenter_img The move has to be rubber-stamped in a European Parliament vote next month. Downing Street confirmed the outcome but had no immediate reaction.Cameron was defiant as he arrived for the summit, insisting Juncker was “the wrong person” for the role. Source: David Cameron/Twitter Source: Herman Van Rompuy/Twitter Decision made. The European Council proposes Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission #EUCO— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) June 27, 2014last_img read more

Poll Does a politicians age matter

first_img No, only performance matters (1916) Yes (1055) I don’t know (46) Poll Results: No, but time in power does (700) WITH A CABINET reshuffle seemingly imminent, calls are being made to remove some of the older members of cabinet.Speaking today on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said that calls for the likes of himself and Education Minister Ruairí Quinn to step aside was “ageism”.But, does it matter? In sport, they say “if you good enough you’re old enough”. Is the reverse true in politics, that if you’re good enough, you’re young enough?Or is a call for fresh blood just a desire to see new faces?We’re asking: Does a politician’s age matter? YesNo, but time in power doesNo, only performance mattersI don’t knowVoteRead: Alan Kelly expects to be promoted if he becomes Labour’s deputy leader next weeklast_img read more