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Saturday, 13 September 2008 12:15
A consortium of investors from Ireland has purchased the island known as Great Britain.  The Great Britain in question is one of scores of islands being built off the coast of oil-rich Dubai.  The development, known as The World, contains island replicas of each country and covers thousands of acres.  Though Richard Branson planted the Union Jack on the island as part of a publicity stunt, the island is now the property of the Irish.  The investors, from Galway, plan to market the property as a vacation investment.
 
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Saturday, 13 September 2008 12:00
Irish tax payers have requested €535 million, close to $1 billion, in tax refunds.  Of the 2.37 million filers, about 800,000 have filed for claims in rent, health related expenses and trade union subscriptions.  The increase in claims over the past few years is mainly due to a publicity campaign mounted by the Revenue Commissioners, the Irish equivalent of the IRS, to encourage claims on basic tax credits.
 
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Saturday, 13 September 2008 10:00

The Belfast Telegraph reports that Northern Ireland Electricity, NIE, the exclusive provider for the six counties, is likely to increase rates by as much as 30% on October 1.  The company reports that the price increases are necessary due to higher fuel charges.  The average household is likely to be hit by an increase of around $270 a year.

 
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Saturday, 13 September 2008 08:00
You read it correctly.  There is a centuries old tradition of people from Ireland joining and fighting in the British Army.  During the three decades of the Troubles, that flow became a trickle; however, with peace in Ireland, volunteers have come flooding back.  Recruiters in the North reported that almost one in six of those enlisting in the British Army are from South of the border.
 
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Saturday, 13 September 2008 06:00
The Archdiocese of Dublin began the largest ever pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Lourdes.  The pilgrims left from Dublin on September 8.  The six-day pilgrimage was led by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin assisted by fifty priests.  A total of 3000 pilgrims, including close to 180 very sick people, departed from Dublin on two chartered planes.
 
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Friday, 12 September 2008 22:24

A BBC Radio 4 documentary has discovered documents that disclose a plan by Harold Wilson to essentially abandon Northern Ireland.  In Wilson's plan, Northern Ireland would have left the United Kingdom and would have been converted to an independent dominion territory, much like Bermuda.  The big difference is that the province would not be part of the Commonwealth of Nations: it's hard to figure out how that would work!

The action following the collapse of the Sunningdale Agreement triggered by the Ulster Workers Council.  The collapse of the Agreement ended a power-sharing arrangement between nationalists and unionists.

A little more trivia: Bermuda has the third oldest functioning parliament in the world.

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Friday, 12 September 2008 22:07
A Nigerian priest, Fr. John Achebe, was arrested at Dublin airport and imprisoned on suspicion of attempting to enter the country illegally.   Fr. Achebe, dressed in clerical garb, was on a flight from Istanbul and arrived in Ireland on a tourist visa to visit relatives in Limerick.  Following his arrest, he was escorted to Cloverhill Prison.  The next day, after the intervention of the Nigerian Ambassador, Fr. Achebe was released.  The Immigration Act of 2004 grants extensive authority to the Garda National Immigration Bureau to detain citizens from a number of different countries for an indefinite period of time.
 
Irish author considered for the Booker Prize PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 September 2008 20:00

Irish author Sebastian Barry is one of the six authors vying for the prestigious Booker Award.  The Secret Scripture, his latest offering, is seen as strong contender.  Barry was nominated in 2005 with the novel A Long Long Way.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction (most commonly referred to as the Booker Prize) is awarded for a full-length fiction novel written in the English language.  The prize is awarded annually to citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations and the Irish Republic.

 
Massive Northern Bank robbery trial set to start in Belfast PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 September 2008 12:00
The trial of Christopher Ward is set to begin in Belfast.  Ward is accused of being involved in the December 2005 £26.5 million robbery of the Northern Bank on Donegall Square West in Belfast.  When it occurred, it was the largest bank robbery anywhere in the British Isles.  On Monday, the judge granted a 24 hour delay in the start of the trial.  Ward was an employee of the bank and denied involvement in the crime.
 
Mass grave in Tipperary likely dates back to the Famine PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 September 2008 11:00

A mass grave was found in a small town of Borrisokane in north Tipperary.  The graves are believed to date back to the time of the Famine, when hundreds of thousands of people died of starvation.  The State Pathologist of Ireland, Dr. Marie Cassidy, is carrying out an investigation on the site.  The graves were found close to a workhouse which once employed over a thousand people.

 
DUP leader Peter Robinson holds talks with UVF and UDA PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 September 2008 10:00
The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, First Minister Peter Robinson, has held talks with the loyalist paramilitary organizations the UVF and the UDA.  Both organizations have felt increasing pressure to completely decommission weapons and dismantle their respective military infrastructure.   The DUP leader reported that the meeting was positive.
 
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