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Website to help find Raonaid Murray's killer

The family of Raonaid Murray, the teenager who was murdered close to her home in Glenageary, Co Dublin, ten years ago have set up a website, www.raoinaid.com, dedicated to the teenager’s memory and appealing for help in finding her killer. The 17-year-old teenager was stabbed to death at Silchester Crescent in the early hours of […]

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Online use requires new protections for holidaymakers

The increase in people booking package holidays online rather than relying on a travel agent to handle matters means that new measures are needed to protect consumers, the EU consumer affairs commissioner has said on a visit to Ireland. Speaking to media, Meglena Kuneva said that current EU laws designed to protect consumers were out […]

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Harvey Norman vows to stay in Ireland

Australian electrical and furniture retailer Harvey Norman will continue to trade in Ireland despite reporting a net loss of €41.1 million in the year to June, Aidan Brady, general manager of finance and adminstration at Harvey Norman Ireland (HNI), has said. Brady said the company was committed to Ireland for the long-term. Each of its […]

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C&C confident cider sales will stabilise

After announcing a decision to adopt separate strategies for the Irish and UK markets, drinks group C&C is confident that sales of Bulmers and Magners cider will stabilise this year. John Dunsmore, chief executive, C&C, said. The drinks group pulled off a €205 million deal to buy the Irish and Scottish businesses of Anheuser-Busch InBev. […]

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Former Irish footballers sign up for The Sun

Former Republic of Ireland players David O’Leary, Tony Cascarino and Joe Kinnear have joined The Irish Sun as sports columnists. O’Leary, who spent most his playing days at Arsenal, will preview weekend games every Saturday, editor Michael McNiffe has confirmed. Tony Cascarino, who played up front for Chelsea and Millwall, will give post match analysis […]

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TV3 to explore suicide-related issues

TV3 News will broadcast a series of special reports on suicide in Ireland next week. Southern correspondent Paul Byrne spoke to people who have direct and painful experiences of losing loved ones. They talk about the surprise, anger and suffering they encountered since someone close to them took their own life and what they have […]

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Boxing reality show raises over €100,000 for charities

Charity Lord of the Rings, the reality show which pitched ten people from the world of business, sport and media in a boxing ring, raised €109,000 for various charities. Sean Gallagher, the Cavan-born boss of Smart Homes, who featured in Dragons’ Den, and TV presenter Joe O’Shea each generated €17,350 for the National Council of […]

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Sweet wrapper with coupling leaves sour taste

German sweet marketer Haribo has caused some unrest in the UK over a wrapper image for its Maoam chewy sweet brand which appears to depict pieces of fruit having sex. A letter writer to the Daily Mail complained about the “lurid” illustrations on the wrappers and said he had a “heated exchange” with his local […]

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Lisbon Yes gets Ryanair funds

Ryanair has promised to spend a total of €500,000 on media advertising and “deeply discounted seats” in support of a Yes vote, with €200,000 going on press, posters and online activity, the airline’s chief executive Michael O’Leary said at a press conference yesterday. O’Leary said that Ireland’s future success depends on being at the heart […]

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'Hangover' gives cinema reason to be fired and emotional

Helped by movie releases like ‘The Hangover’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’, cinema attendances for the first five months of 2009 were better than the same period last year. Carlton Screen Advertising/Nielsen EDI reported 7.4 million admissions between January and May compared to 7.2m for the first five months of […]

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Airtricity renews support for Miriam O'Callaghan show

Airtricity, the independent domestic electricity supplier, is to extend its sponsorship of ‘Miriam Meets…’, the RTE Radio 1 show in which Miriam O’Callaghan interviews two people who have a strong connection, whether through family, business or personal ties. The package includes four credited stings per show for an undisclosed sum. The show is switching to […]

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Business more optimistic about prospects than consumers

Business leaders in Ireland are more positive about the likely signs of economic recovery than consumers with 27 per cent of those in business believing that while the economic situation is bad it has stabilished, a study by the iReach market research agency has reported. While 15 per cent of business leaders think the economy […]

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Switching providers pays off for consumers

By changing broadband, mobile phone or electricity provider four out of five consumers save money, a National Consumer Agency (NCA) survey has shown. Switching one’s mobile phone provider is most popular, particularly among young people with 41 per cent of 15-24-year-olds making the switch due to peer pressure and promotions. Ann Fitzgerald, chief executive, NCA, […]

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