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Today's top Irish news stories:

The New York Times questions Ireland’s highly-praised economic recovery

The widespread positive coverage of Ireland’s economic recovery after the IMF/European Union bailout has been challenged in a stark New York Times lead feature written by reporter Liz Alderman...READ MORE

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No Irish prosecution for man named as world’s largest child porn kingpin

Irish authorities will not prosecute Eric Eoin Marques, who is wanted on four charges of distributing child pornography. His extradition to the U.S. is sought by the FBI, but it is unclear whether Ireland will hand him over...READ MORE

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Bah! Humbug! The ten worst things about Christmas (PHOTOS)

 1. The umpteenth rendition of the “Night Before Christmas” usually by a slow-witted celebrity who just "discovered” the poem...READ MORE

 

 

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Spanish judge slams Ryanair’s sexist air hostess calendar

 A Spanish judge has called a Ryanair calendar featuring air hostesses in sexy poses “illegal, discriminatory and unfair."..READ MORE

 

 

 

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Massive royalty check for Shane MacGowan, “Fairytale of New York” remains Christmas favorite

 Shane MacGowan and The Pogues can expect a colossal six-figure Christmas bonus this year from their seasonal favorite, "Fairytale of New York."..READ MORE

 

 

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