Today’s headlines: Tipperary hurler Dillon Quirke (24) dies after falling ill during match; Holiday home owners to be offered cash to house refuges

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Tipperary hurling star Dillon Quirke (24) dies after falling ill during match

A Tipperary hurler died after falling during a match at Semple Stadium last night. Dillon Quirke (24) left the field shortly before half time at Thurles on Friday.

Holiday home owners to be offered cash incentives to help ease refugee housing crisis

The government is urging holiday home owners to lend their assets to the state to help ease Ukraine’s refugee crisis, and may offer them monthly cash payments over the €400 currently being given to homes .

‘Everyone is just shocked by the scale of the tragedy’ – locals stunned after brother and sister drown at Kerry beach

A community is in shock after a man and his sister drowned while swimming at a popular tourist destination. Desi Byrne, 52, a father of two, died trying to save 62-year-old Muriel Erickson after she ran into trouble on a Ballybunian beach in Ko Kerry.

Sabina Higgins: a pacifist who found herself in the firing line

For someone who worked as an actor for years and trained herself to handle all the pressures of being on stage, Sabina Higgins could be forgiven if she felt floored this week.

Gardai investigates new claims that Ian Bailey met with Sophie Toscan du Plantier before his murder

Gardai has new information to show that self-admitted suspect Ian Bailey knew Sophie Toscan du Plantier prior to her murder – and may have reportedly dined with her.

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Like a scene from Narcos: How the Kinahan Cartel is Using Longford to Fly in Millions of Drugs

Gardaí has ​​seized €8.4m worth of cocaine after being flown into Co Longford in a scene straight from the crime chain Narcos.

Europe’s foodie’s guide: Ireland’s top chefs tell us where they eat over the holidays

From the best tortillas in Barcelona to a disused petrol station in Copenhagen serving up delicious burgers, our favorite foodies share their tips for your next European getaway.

Dublin airport accused of ‘massaging’ the queue figures just to get into the building, not counting the passengers waiting outside T1

Dublin airport has been accused of “massaging the numbers” in relation to the length of time it takes to queue for security at the country’s largest airport.

Regulation That Keeps Mortgage Rates High for Irish Homeowners Defended by the Central Bank

The central bank has defended regulatory rules, which many blame for keeping mortgage rates higher here than in the rest of the eurozone.

State to issue record number of work permits amid surge in jobs

The Department of Enterprises is on track to issue a record number of employment permits this year as officials race to clear the backlog of applications created during the pandemic.

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Going Green: How Ireland’s Major Tourist Attractions Have Been Eco-Friendly

A bag of cheese and onions may not scream Tayto Crisps consistency, but the snack’s sponsored theme park is leading the pack as Ireland’s greenest tourist attraction.

Philly McMahon: I was offered a senior county managerial job this week. that’s why i turned it down

Philly McMahon says a county board proposal this week made her realize her desire to be an inter-county boss and wondered how counties appoint their supremo.

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Scientist says sorry because ‘new star’ image is chorizo

A world-renowned scientist has apologized after sharing a stunning photo of a star — and it turned out to be a piece of chorizo.