Today’s headlines: Brian Cowen speaks about his 12-month recovery battle; Man and woman lost their lives in Kerry marine tragedy

Here are today’s top news stories on The Independent

‘I was unconscious for two weeks, it didn’t feel good, but I came out of it’ – Brian Cowen

The former Taoiseach looks back on his 12-month recovery battle and says he has ‘amazing luck’.

Man and woman lost their lives in Kerry marine tragedy

A major air-sea rescue operation was launched after reports of two persons Difficulty at sea off Ballybunian in North Kerry on Thursday afternoon.

Suspect arrested for collecting his doli in violent sabotage

A criminal, considered one of the country’s leading gangsters linked to a wave of piracy in the country, has been arrested in connection with a violent vandalism at the house of a vulnerable 64-year-old man.

‘Stark’ figures show fifth pub has closed since 2005

New research shows that a fifth of pubs in Ireland have closed permanently in the past 16 years.

Robbie Williams: ‘I Took An Online Test To See If I Was A Narcissist’

Robbie Williams sits in the Paris apartment where he and his family have been staying for a few summer weeks, the Eiffel Tower built into the window behind him. When they talk, children of different ages slip in and out of the room from time to time, seeking different types of attention and affection. “Life is really good,” he tells me. “Life is really good.”

Gangs with fear and hatred in the world of drugs after €700k bust. the pressure rises

A gang at the center of an operation that seized €700,000 worth of cannabis on Sunday, previously the organizers of another import operation that went awry.

Celebrities living in Dublin’s ‘Dalki sur Mer’ are no strangers to planning controversy

From U2 to Van Morrison, and veteran broadcaster Pat Kenny to film director Jim Sheridan, household names in Ireland are no strangers to rows with their neighbors and planning bodies over issues involving their homes or neighborhoods.

The girl (12) chewed on chains to escape the house where she was held captive along with the pieces of her mother and brother

A man has been arrested after a 12-year-old girl was held captive in a mobile home for a week with her mother and brother in pieces.

3rd income tax rate of 30 percent on table for budget to ease pressure on families

A third rate of income tax of 30 per cent is still being considered in the budget negotiations. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s proposal for the new rate is being examined by the Finance Department and will appear in a published strategy paper soon.

‘I felt like my baby was starving because I couldn’t breastfeed him’: Mom opens up on ‘painful’ journey

The mother of two has described the start of her breastfeeding journey as a “painful” experience that has badly affected her confidence as a parent.

‘After three years of yelling and yelling I’m forced to shut down’: businesses anger over car ban on busy Dublin route

Business owners and residents have warned of “unprecedented traffic chaos” when road closures and diversions come into force next week along one of Dublin’s busiest commuter routes.

Social workers failed to care for 63 children

At least 63 children in Tusla’s foster care service were overdue to visit a social worker at the end of March, according to the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa).

Virus expert issues chief Covid warning: ‘I fear a winter recession’

A major covid warning has been given by the former chairman of the all-party Orichatus Special Committee on the virus and its deadly effects.

Twitter goes after billionaire hedge fund executive Ken Griffin in an effort to force Elon Musk to close the deal

Ken Griffin, the billionaire founder of hedge fund Citadel, was added to a Twitter-wide list of people who have joined Elon Musk in his effort to force Elon Musk to complete his $44bn (€43bn) purchase of the social media company.

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Taiwan on alert after China deploys test missiles and jets

A day after US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a solidarity visit to the self-governing island, China deployed several planes and fired missiles near Taiwan in its largest-ever exercise in the Taiwan Strait yesterday.