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Cardinal Law told Mary McAleese he was ‘sorry for Catholic Ireland to have you as President’

Former Irish President Mary McAleese has opened up on a major diplomatic row with an American cardinal who was later disgraced for covering up child sex abuse.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, October 7, 2012, 7:23 AM

Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart live 'Rumble' debate crashes internet server -VIDEO

Forget Barack and Mitt. The “Rumble in the Air Conditioned Auditorium” as it was dubbed between Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart was so big that the host company’s internet server feed crashed because so many wanted to tune in.

By JAMES O'BRIEN

Published Sunday, October 7, 2012, 7:27 AM

NBC host Jimmy Fallon, says being an altar boy gave him the performance bug – VIDEO

Jimmy Fallon said his introduction to the life on stage began when he was an altar boy.

By MOLLY MULDOON

Published Sunday, October 7, 2012, 7:34 AM

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish blow Miami Hurricanes out of the Windy City 41-3

Last night in Chicago on the hallowed ground of Soldiers Field in front of a racaous capacity crowd of 62,871 with the Shamrock Series on the lone The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won big over its rivals the Miami Hurricanes 41-3. And did so this time on the offensive rather than the defensive.

By BRYAN FITZGERALD

Published Sunday, October 7, 2012, 9:11 AM

Google pays just $10 million Irish tax bill by routing €9 billion profits abroad

Internet giant Google paid a mere €8 million ($10 million) in Irish taxes, despite generating a whopping €12.5billion ($15.6 billion) in revenue last year.

By CATHY HAYES

Published Sunday, October 7, 2012, 8:30 AM

Pope’s former butler Paolo Gabriele sentenced to year and a half in prison

On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI’S former butler Paolo Gabriele was officially sentenced to three years in prison for stealing secret documents from the Vatican. His sentence was immediately reduced to only half that - 18 months.

By KERRY O’SHEA

Published Sunday, October 7, 2012, 8:11 AM

Ireland’s diplomatic service forced to shop for bargain basement gifts

Ireland’s economic collapse has hit the diplomatic gift business – Irish ambassadors across the world are now handing over $10 cufflinks and $15 key rings to dignitaries.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, October 7, 2012, 8:08 AM

Controversial Irish sign to hang above Belfast’s City Hall again this Christmas despite DUP

Belfast City’s Council voted against the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on Monday and decided to continue the tradition, started in 2011, of hanging an Irish “Happy Christmas” sign above Belfast’s City Hall.

By CATHY HAYES

Published Sunday, October 7, 2012, 7:46 AM

Fugitive Irish lawyer Michael Lynn’s $103 million is out of the reach of the law in Brazil

An Irish fugitive attorney has managed to get residential status in Brazil.

By ANTOINETTE KELLY

Published Sunday, October 7, 2012, 7:45 AM

Stripper ruptures groom’s bladder with over-zealous move at Penthouse Club bachelor party

What happens at The Penthouse Club usually stays at the club unless it involves a falling stripper and a visit to the ER.

By ANTOINETTE KELLY

Published Sunday, October 7, 2012, 8:27 AM

Chance of Irish E3 visas put on hold by US presidential election

Though the Irish government has been working with the Irish lobby for passage of an E-3 work visa, the U.S. elections have placed plans on hold until Congress returns at the end of November.

By DEBBIE MCGOLDRICK

Published Sunday, October 7, 2012, 7:44 AM

World Cup headache for Irish boss ahead of German game in Dublin

Ireland’s World Cup hopes have been hit with a treble blow ahead of Friday night’s big game against Germany in Dublin.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, October 7, 2012, 8:48 AM

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