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Greek government rejects any debt negotiations with ‘anti-European’ troika — Greece has rejected any further dealings with the troika, sparking fears of major tensions in negotiations with Europe in the weeks ahead and potential financial upheaval. The new government does not plan to deal with the troika - the EU Commission, ECB and IMF - the country's finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, told the head of the eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers on Friday.

Anne Enright: How the world reads Irish writers — We live in a country that is already translated, as the road signs keep reminding us. Every new place throws a mock-historical shadow. Coill na Silíní, my children say, with relish, every time we pass through Cherrywood - a grey expanse of concrete, hoardings and negative equity - as though there were real cherries somewhere in this part of southeast Dublin, hanging in the ghost of an ancient wood.

Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks: 1927 - Ardnacrusha hydroelectric scheme — Ardnacrusha: the name resounds with the heroic - an image of brave-new-world engineering, reinforced-concrete architecture and early Free State aspirations. Ardnacrusha is the short name for the Shannon hydroelectric scheme, in Co Clare, initiated by the Cumann na nGaedhael government in 1924 and undertaken by a team of Irish and German engineers (from Siemens-Schuckert) and labourers between 1925 and 1929.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @IrishTimesCultr: Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks: 1927 – Ardnacrusha hydroelectric scheme

Scientology: ‘You don’t fall out with them lightly’ — John Sweeney knows he may always be remembered for a single moment. While filming an investigation of the Church of Scientology for the BBC current-affairs programme Panorama, in 2007, the journalist felt he was being obstructed, harassed and spied on.

Sub judice is not necessarily the ultimate conversation-stopper — Sub judice, meaning "under judicial consideration", is a conversation-stopper. At times its deployment in political debate is a convenient way to shut down an awkward discussion; at other times it's an important reminder that loose talk about a subject that is pending before the courts could fall foul of the rules on contempt of court.

Suspect in killing of Irish soldiers in Lebanon deported by US — A Lebanese man suspected of kidnapping, torturing and killing two Irish United Nations peacekeepers in war-torn Lebanon in 1980 has been deported from the US over immigration offences. Mahmoud Bazzi (71), a resident of Dearborn, Michigan, was ordered back to his home country in August after admitting that he entered the US more than 20 year ago with a false passport.
Jan 30, 2015

US officials on Bazzi: America shouldn't be "safe haven" for those seeking to "distance themselves from their pasts"…

Jan 30, 2015

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Mitt Romney will not run for US presidency in 2016 — Republican Mitt Romney said on Friday he will not seek to run for the US presidency in 2016. In a statement, Mr Romney told supporters he had opted against a run. But he has discovered that several of his past supporters and major fundraisers had defected to former Florida governor Jeb Bush.
Jan 30, 2015

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Garth Brooks tickets worth €120,000 yet to be refunded — More than €120,000 worth of Garth Brooks tickets for the concerts that never were have yet to be refunded a full year after they went on sale. The country singer's back-to-back Croke Park concerts scheduled for last July fell foul of Dublin City Council's long established licensing rules and it refused to allow him play the last two of the proposed five concerts.

Hasenstab slashes Irish bond holdings by 32% — Michael Hasenstab, one of the world's most famous bond investors, cut about a third of holdings of Ireland's debt across two Franklin Templeton Investments funds, after snapping up the securities at the height of country's financial crisis.

Shortlist announced for Ireland’s best loved poem — Patrick Kavanagh's timeless A Christmas Childhood, William Butler Yeats's Easter 1916 and Paul Durcan's Making Love Outside Áras an Uachtaráin have been chosen as among Ireland's best loved poems of the last 100 years. A shortlist of 10 has been chosen by an independent jury from public nominations received as part of the RTÉ A Poem For Ireland project.

The Irish Times — Applications are invited for the role of Political Reporter. The person appointed will contribute to political reportage and analysis under the direction of the News Editor, through the Political Editor.
Jan 30, 2015

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The life and troubled times of an authentic Irish war hero — On February 1st 1915, the Irish Guards were attacking a stretch of the La Bassée canal in northern France near the Belgian border. Lance Corporal Michael O'Leary, a 24-year-old ex-policeman from Macroom, Co Cork, ran forward in front of his men, mounted a railway embankment and shot five members of a German machine-gun crew at the barricade.

‘Plain of feature’ neuroscientist and author Colleen McCullough obituary raises eyebrows — Goddess help us if a woman who has actually achieved anything ever dies. Colleen McCullough died in hospital on Norfolk Island, a small outcrop in the Pacific Ocean, on Thursday afternoon. She was 77. You might remember her for her best-selling novel The Thorn Birds. Anyone of a certain age will anyway.
Jan 30, 2015

‘Plain of feature’ neuroscientist Colleen McCollough obituary raises eyebrows… via @IrishTimes

Shake Shack readies New York Stock Exchange debut — Nearly 14 years ago, on something of a lark, the restaurateur Danny Meyer opened a Chicago-style hot dog cart in Manhattan's Madison Square Park, hoping to draw crowds to the park and give summer jobs to the staff at one of his nearby high-end restaurants.

The rise and fall of Pegida: how Islam-critical movement has changed German politics — The grassroots Islam-critical movement appears to be imploding after a mass walkout of leading figures on Wednesday. But whether it goes under or not is far less interesting than the effect it has had on German politics.
Jan 30, 2015

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The Irish Times — Applications are invited for the role of Foreign Affairs Correspondent. As well as reporting, analysing, and commenting upon Ireland's foreign policy and world affairs, the successful candidate will undertake foreign reporting assignments. S/he will contribute to international news coverage in both print and online and may also be required to carry out general newsroom duties.
Jan 30, 2015

The Irish Times are looking for a Political Reporter (…) and a Foreign Affairs Correspondent (…)

Running for your life: An Irishman’s Diary on exercise and longevity — There's a well-established theory that for every hour of vigorous exercise you take, you add two hours to your life. That's the general principle anyway. But of course, as with all insurance policies, there's small print. The later you start exercising, for example, the higher the premiums and the lower the return.

There is no ‘other side’ to any type of bullying — In 2000/2001, I was the captaen scoile at Coláiste Íosagáin, the head girl, a role bestowed onto a student who was nerdy enough for the teachers and popular enough for the students. What's slightly tricky to understand about Coláiste Eoin and Coláiste Íosagáin, secondary schools on the Stillorgan Road in Dublin, is that they are both linked and separate.

Last one to leave, please turn off the lights — If you work in a Dublin city office block you may feature in this video. Bryan O'Brien has been shooting around the city at dusk capturing that time of the day as offices close and workers leave for home. Video: Bryan O'Brien