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Ireland will have 'hardest border in Europe' if UK doesn't reach Brexit deal, ally of Merkel warns

IRELAND will be forced into living with the “hardest border in Europe” if the UK crashes out without a Brexit deal, a key ally of Angela Merkel has starkly warned.

'It looks like a scene from a war movie' - hundreds of holidaymakers forced to evacuate popular Wexford beach due to fire

Hundreds of holidaymakers have been forced to evacuate a popular beach in Co Wexford this afternoon due to a fire on the sand dunes.

Six of 16 puppies found in 'appalling' conditions inside horse trailer have died

Sixteen puppies were found in "appalling" conditions earlier this week inside a trailer in Athenry, Co Galway.

Irish woman (21) dies in crash in Canada

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A 21-year-old Irish woman has been killed in a single-vehicle crash on a highway in Canada.

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David Clifford saves Kerry with dramatic last-gasp goal: As it happened

It's a huge fixture for Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Kerry after last week's defeat to Galway, Monaghan would knock the Kingdom out of the race for Sam Maguire with a victory on home turf.

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Kildare 0-16 Galway 0-19 as it happened: 14-man Lilywhites beaten by the Tribesmen

It's back-to-back defeats for Kildare. Galway built on their win over the Kingdom and edged a thriller in Newbridge.

Brexit secretary signals UK will refuse to pay £39bn Brexit bill without trade deal

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has accused the EU of "irresponsibly" ramping up pressure in withdrawal negotiations.

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Bye dry July: Met Éireann warns of dramatic weather change this week

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Ireland's few weeks of glorious sunshine will feel like a distant memory this week as Met Éireann has predicted rain for most parts of the country.

Obesity expert on 'landmark moment' as he treats 'unweighable' 50-stone patient

A leading medical consultant has spoken about a landmark moment in Ireland's battle with obesity, revealing he is treating a young patient weighing more than 330kg (51.9 stone) - too heavy for the hospital scales to weigh.

Jobless man who brought €60,000 personal injury claim had been driving two Mercedes cars, court told

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A Dublin man, who stated in a €60,000 personal injury claim that he was jobless, had been driving an AMG Mercedes recently in the UK and was currently driving a 2017 Mercedes around Dublin, a judge has heard.

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Boy (3) seriously injured following suspected acid attack in UK shop

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Police are appealing for information after a three-year-old boy was seriously injured in a suspected acid attack.

'I've had to ignore people's advice and trust my own instincts' - James Kavanagh's secrets to success

The key ingredient to success is to “just put your blinkers on” and trust yourself, according to social media star James Kavanagh.

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Boy George travels to Ireland for genealogy show and discovers uncle's tragic fate with the IRA

Boy George said he is both "proud" and "sad" at learning of his uncle's fate in Ireland on Who Do You Think You Are?

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Mickey Harte blames Sky for the decision to narrow the Healy Park pitch for Dublin showdown

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has said the decision to narrow the pitch at Healy Park in Omagh by 4-6 metres had nothing to do with him.

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'I very quickly learned to drop my accent' - Irish nurses on the triumphs and challenges of working with the NHS

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'I got out before they kicked me out," jokes Kitty Finch, who dedicated 54 years of her life to the NHS, having joined when it was just a year old.

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'We want her to enjoy her childhood without pain' - family appeal for funds for 'life changing' surgery for daughter (4) with cerebral palsy

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A family from Drogheda are appealing for help to get their daughter to the USA for "life changing" surgery that will allow her to walk.

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Innocent family defies criminal's intimidation campaign after man left with life-changing injuries

AN EXTREMELY violent criminal linked to the Kinahan cartel has been found guilty of a vicious assault on an innocent man, whose family suffered a campaign of terrifying intimidation in the build-up to his trial.

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'If he wasn't there it could have ended a lot differently' - man who helped rescue stranger from river hailed a hero

The quick-thinking action of a man prevented almost certain tragedy last week, after he rescued another man from the River Boyne.

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'Exercise caution' - M50 partially closed after truck carrying horses overturns

Motorists have been warned to expect delays after a truck carrying horses overturned on the M50 this evening.

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'She made an inestimable difference to so many lives' - funeral held for mum who tragically died on family holiday in Turkey

The funeral of a mother tragically killed in a balcony fall while on holiday in Turkey has heard how the nurse made a huge difference to the lives of so many people through her work.

Saturday, Jul 21

'I am jobless and homeless' - Pete Taylor opens up on tragic shooting at Bray Boxing Club

PETE Taylor sits in the lobby of a Dublin hotel, wrestling – he says – with a compound of emotions.

'A dark cloud rests over our community' - Twin sister of Carrickmines victim dies in 'tragic circumstances'

A family devastated by the Carrickmines fire has been hit with tragedy again as the twin sister of one of the victims has died.

'It's pretty tricky on a relationship' - RTE presenter Jacqui Hurley on leaving her husband to be a 'single parent' at weekends

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RTE sports presenter Jacqui Hurley has admitted that she experiences working mum’s “guilt” when she works weekends.

'I could walk for 24 hours... and then I was paralysed' - Woman on the accident that changed her life forever

Kerrie Leonard (26), from Culmullen, Co Meath was accompanying her father on his tractor when she fell from the vehicle and was rolled over by the tractor wheel when she was six years old.

Friday, Jul 20

Gardai fear there may be more than one sex attacker on the loose after fifth woman assaulted in just weeks

FIVE women have been sexually assaulted in the same area of west Dublin in just weeks – with gardai now fearing there may be more than one sex attacker on the loose.

WATCH: Last remaining member of indigenous Amazon tribe caught on camera

Footage has been released of an indigenous man who has been living alone in the Amazon for over 22 years.

'There is not a day in my life I don’t remember you abusing me' - abuse survivor directly addresses her father in court as he is jailed for 18 years

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A former member of the Irish Defence Forces has been jailed for 18 years for the “horrendous” sexual abuse of his daughter throughout her childhood from the age of three.

Rotunda MRSA outbreak in neo-natal intensive care unit contributed to deaths of babies

An outbreak of the MRSA superbug in the neonatal intensive care unit at Dublin's Rotunda hospital contributed to the severity of illness suffered by two babies, who died due to complications of being born premature.

Thursday, Jul 19

Garda thought he would die on 'day of mayhem' as he tried to seize vehicle of woman high on crack, court hears

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A garda has said he expected to die the day a woman, who was high on crack cocaine, accelerated away as he was attempting to seize her vehicle.

Irish teenager (14) dies after balcony fall in Majorca

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THE IRISH youngster admitted to hospital after a second-floor balcony plunge at a Majorca hotel has died in hospital.

Anger as permission refused for Páirc Uí Chaoimh to host Liam Miller charity match

Organisers of the Liam Miller charity match were refused permission to host the game at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Dublin man with 16 CCTV cameras convicted of harassment after secretly filming neighbours

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A DUBLIN man who used a hidden camera to secretly film his neighbours has been convicted of harassment.

Wednesday, Jul 18

Rapist asked girl (10) in shopping centre toilets if she knew how to use condom

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A CONVICTED rapist approached a 10-year-old girl in public toilets at a Dublin shopping centre, showed her a condom and asked if she knew how to use it.

Ireland ready 'if proverbial hits the fan' and there's a disorderly Brexit - Varadkar

Contingency plans for a hard-Brexit will have to be accelerated as the risk of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal grows.

Two children hospitalised following E.coli outbreak at Galway creche

A creche in Co Galway has been forced to close as two children were hospitalised following an E.coli outbreak.

Mother of brothers sentenced to life for murder of dad of two apologises to victim's family

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Two brothers wept as they were sentenced to life imprisonment this morning for the murder of a gunman who shot at their home.

Tuesday, Jul 17

'They were in the water for hours' - two men dead and one hospitalised after boat capsized off Donegal coast

A MAN in his 60s and a 16-year-old boy have died after their fishing boat capsized.

Man convicted of raping sister-in-law as a child threatened to sue her for defamation

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A man convicted of raping his sister-in-law when she was a child later threatened to sue her for defamation after she told somebody in his family about his abuse.

WATCH: Irish mimic Conor Moore nails the world's top golfers including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy ahead of The Open

His impersonation of Joe Brolly is almost legendary at this stage but Conor Moore is receiving global acclaim for nailing some of the world's top golfers.

Elon Musk's 'insult' on Thai Cave rescue member 'completely uncalled for', says hero Irish caver

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Billionaire businessman Elon Musk's bizarre attack on British diver Vernon Unsworth was "completely uncalled for", says the Irish based caver who took part in the Thai cave rescue.