Ireland has been ranked as the 8th best-performing advanced economy in the world. The finding is from the World Economic Forum, which kicks off in the Swiss town of Davos today. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will be among those in attendance when the World Economic Forum begins in Davos today. Norway is ranked as the best-performing advanced economy for 2018. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will be among those in attendance when the World Economic Forum begins in Davos today.
January 23, 2018 07:30 UTC
Britney Spears is coming to Dublin for 3Arena date on Pieces of Me tourThe Grammy award-winning star will take to the stage at the 3Arena on August 20 with tickets going on sale this Saturday January 27 at 9am. With over 250 shows, the record-setting residency was sold out on a regular basis, generating over $140 million gross revenue and selling nearly 1 million tickets. It will be the last time Spears will perform the show. Spears will then head to Europe where she will perform at Brighton Pride on August 4. She will play a show at the O2 Arena in London on August 24 as well as the SSE Hydro Glasgow, Oslo, Antwerp and Dublin.
January 23, 2018 07:05 UTC
A man is due in court this morning, charged in connection with an assault in County Monaghan. It is after a 35-year-old man was found on Main Street, Carrickmacross with a serious head injury on Saturday night. The victim remains in a critical condition in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. Yesterday evening, Gardaí charged a 34-year-old man they had been questioning in connection with the investigation. He is due before Virginia District Court in Cavan later.
January 23, 2018 06:56 UTC
US singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, one of pop music’s all-time best-selling artists, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and plans to retire from touring, his official website said on Monday. “I have been so honoured to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” Diamond said in the statement, offering apologies to those who purchased tickets to his upcoming shows. Diamond, known for hits including Sweet Caroline and Cracklin’ Rosie, said he plans to remain active in song writing and recording. Later this week, Diamond will turn 77 and on Sunday the Recording Academy plans to honour him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. “This ride has been so good, so good, so good thanks to you,” he said.
January 23, 2018 06:22 UTC
Cold runs are easy in comparison with hot ones, mildish coldish drizzlyish ones are the easiest of the lot. And you feel so good after cold runs because you’ve made yourself warm as opposed to uncomfortably hot. I’d forgotten that regular running provides the very same tonic as a glass of winePerhaps it’s because I’ve had a holiday that I feel properly rested and invigorated and as a result am less inclined to drink. I’d forgotten that regular running provides the very same tonic as a glass of wine. Since Annalisa came a year ago, I delegated the school runs to her so that I had longer at my desk to write; a move which was counterproductive.
January 23, 2018 06:00 UTC
The evidence of the former commissioner to the Charleton tribunal yesterday would nearly make anyone think about chucking in the job and trying for a place in Templemore. Nóirín O’Sullivan’s evidence was very confusing, though. By the close of business, Maurice McCabe – the whistleblower at the centre of this inquiry – emerged as the most cherished of An Garda Síochána’s deeply cherished ranks of awkward cops. Maurice McCabe at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Sgt McCabe and his wife Lorraine sat at a table in the area reserved for legal teams while the former commissioner gave her evidence.
January 23, 2018 05:48 UTC
The face of the campaign against repealing the Eighth Amendment will not be a Catholic bishop. It will be a delightful smiling kid with Down syndrome. You can see her in the glossy pamphlets already delivered to homes by the apparently well-funded Love Both group. It’s also an argument that deserves to be treated with respect. To dismiss it merely because it is uncomfortable is both wrong in itself and, for the repeal movement, potentially dangerous.
January 23, 2018 04:52 UTC
Alexis Sanchez sealed his switch from Arsenal to Manchester United and then hit back at former Gunners players who have criticised him. One of the most high-profile swap deals ever was finally completed on Monday as Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, both 29, traded places. Last week ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown had branded Sanchez "the biggest mercenary in football", while Keown’s old team-mate Ian Wright claimed he had "clocked off" in December. "Since I was a young lad I’ve always said that my dream was to play for Manchester United, and I’m not just saying that because I’m here now and today it’s come true," Sanchez told MUTV. And I told him that my dream was to come here to Manchester United.
January 23, 2018 04:30 UTC
US musician Neil Diamond has announced he is retiring from touring following a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The Sweet Caroline singer, who turns 77 on Wednesday, said he had made the decision with “great reluctance and disappointment” and thanked fans for their support. However the singer reassured fans that he plans to continue to write and record music “for a long time to come”. Neil Diamond Live in London - Show #2 @O2Arena https://t.co/QMGGPpKwov — Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) October 19, 2017“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring,” he said in a statement on his website. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.”Diamond was due to embark on the third leg of his 50th anniversary tour in Australia and New Zealand in March.
January 23, 2018 03:11 UTC
Californians who fled the Montecito mudslides will be able to return home by the end of this month as before and after images reveal neighborhoods being returned to normal after a mammoth cleanup operation. Sections of the 101 freeway that were inundated with mud and streets blocked by logs and rocks have now been cleared, images show. Robert Lewin, director of Santa Barbara County's office of emergency management, said it may be into February before natural gas service is restored to the area. Governor Jerry Brown declared Monday a Day of Remembrance of the Montecito Mudslides and ordered flags flown at half-staff over the state Capitol. Officials ordered residents in most of the southeastern corner of Montecito, which is east of Santa Barbara, to leave their homes for what was likely to be 1-2 weeks.
January 23, 2018 03:03 UTC
Aircraft-leasing giant Gecas is a "keeper" for parent group General Electric as the conglomerate considers breaking itself up, according to the leasing unit's chief executive, Alec Burger. Aircraft-leasing giant Gecas is a "keeper" for parent group General Electric as the conglomerate considers breaking itself up, according to the leasing unit's chief executive, Alec Burger. Speaking at the Airline Economics conference in Dublin, Mr Burger dampened speculation that GE might offload the unit entirely. "So, you read in the paper obviously, the whole [GE] portfolio is being looked at, and I think Gecas is a solid keeper." Last year, Gecas contributed $1.4bn (€1.1bn) in net income to GE, which is expected to generate $7.3bn in earnings for 2017.
Ireland is to be the fastest-growing economy in the eurozone out to 2024, PwC has forecast. Ireland is to be the fastest-growing economy in the eurozone out to 2024, PwC has forecast. Irish economy to be eurozone's fastest-growing through to 2024The Irish economy is projected to show GDP growth of 3.5pc in 2018 and average growth of 2.8pc for the period 2020 to 2024, compared to eurozone average growth of 2.2pc and 1.6pc respectively for these periods. Fifty-seven percent of business leaders say they believe global economic growth will improve in the next 12 months. Optimism in global growth has more than doubled in the US after a period of uncertainty surrounding the election.
US President Donald Trump has signed a bill reopening the country’s government and ending a 69-hour partial shutdown. US President Donald Trump has signed a bill reopening the country’s government and ending a 69-hour partial shutdown. Mr Trump’s signature drew to a close a near-three day display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. The House approved the measure shortly thereafter, and Mr Trump later signed it behind closed doors at the White House. Mr McConnell had previously said he would bring a deal to a vote only if President Donald Trump supported it.
A man is fighting for life in hospital after he was attacked in the street while celebrating his twin daughters' christenings with family members. A man is fighting for life in hospital after he was attacked in the street while celebrating his twin daughters' christenings with family members. They had been together celebrating the christening when the attack happened outside Carrickmacross garda station. A 34-year-old man was arrested in relation to the attack on Sunday and detained at Carrickmacross garda station. The Irish Independent has learned the attack was captured on CCTV cameras at the garda station and the footage will be central to the investigation.
Connie Sawyer, a woman hailed as the oldest working actress in Hollywood, has died at 105. Sawyer died at her home in Woodland Hills Monday. Scroll below for videoGone but not forgotten: Connie Sawyer, a woman hailed as the oldest working actress in Hollywood has died at 105Sawyer - who was born in Pueblo, Colorado on November 27, 1912 - began performing vaudeville at the age of 18, according to Deadline. She was the oldest working person with membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and approached her duties in a 'very serious' manner. Throwback: Shows she appeared on included 1970s staples like Welcome Back, Kotter; she is seen here with John Travolta on a 1977 episode of that series
January 23, 2018 01:52 UTC